Pitbull Labrador Retriever Mix: Labrabull 101 (Breed Info & More)

What could be better than a mix of loving kindness and undying loyalty? It’s hard to say—but we know you can get this irresistible blend with a Pit Bull Lab mix. With all the best traits of both the Pit Bull and the Labrador Retriever, this package deal includes much more than just a cute face.

Like all dog breeds, the best thing you can do before adopting one is learning as much as you can about them. The more prepared you are, the better you can take care of your newest family member. A happy dog is the best kind of dog!

We’re going to spend some time going over the basics of this wonderful mixed breed as well as a little bit of information about the two parent breeds. Read on to learn more.

Basics

Like we mentioned, the Pit Bull Lab mix is a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. Both of these purebreds make great dogs, but they also have a variety of traits that differ from one another.

Because of that fact, this mix has a little bit of both to create its unique look and personality. Some other names for the Pit Bull Lab mix include the Pitador, Labrabull, and Bullador. In our case, we’re going to be referring to them as Labrabulls.

This mid-sized pup houses traits of energy, intelligence, and affection along with strong loyalty and boldness. To get a better idea on what you Labrabull might be like, we’re going to take a closer look at the two breeds that make it possible.

Pit Bulls

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a direct descendant of the English Pit Bull Terrier, which obviously originated in England. During the 19th century, the Pit Bull was most often used in dogfighting. While this sport is illegal now in the United States, it was once considered an extreme sport.

A Pitbull is not a single type of dog. In fact, it is used to refer to several breeds of dogs that are descended from Bulldogs and terriers. These include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Perhaps its origin is what gives the Pit Bull a bad reputation today, but the fact of the matter is that this breed is very loyal and protective. Later in their history, they were used as farm guard dogs as well as big game hunting dogs.

These pups are very strong and muscular, which is why they are reliable as guarders and protectors. While they tend to have a more dominant attitude, they respond very well to proper training and take commands positively.

You may hear of Pit Bulls referred to as “nanny dogs.” This is because they are excellent around children. Despite their strength, courage, and bravery, they are extremely gentle with young kids and employ a sense of protectiveness around them.

There is a significant fluctuation in the exact appearance and coat color of the Pitbull because they are often mixed with other dogs while still keeping their “pit bull” title. Dogs who don’t even have a relationship at all to a Pitbull breed are often improperly labeled as Pitbulls as well.

Pit Bulls are usually just 17 to 19 inches tall, but they can weigh anywhere from 30 to 85 pounds due to their large amounts of muscle. They come in a wide array of colors like blue, brown, grey, black, and white. Though their colors range of extensive, they require very little grooming. Their coats are short and low-maintenance.

Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. If you have ever interacted with this happy-faced pup, you can probably understand why. Labrador Retrievers are not only super friendly companions, but they are intelligent working dogs, too.

Historically, Labs have long been used for both hunting and fishing. Today, they are used more in hunting. Their name gives them away, as they are great for retrieving game as well as flushing birds and tracking scents.

Friendliness is the Lab’s most well-known trait. When you couple that with their intelligence, you get a very useful breed. Not only are Labs great family pets, but they are frequently trained as service dogs, emotional support animals, competitors, and search and rescue dogs.  Because of their temperament, they are often picked as the other half of many different mixed breeds, like the borador and the mastador for example.

This breed can be anywhere from 21 to 25 inches tall and weighs 55 to 70 pounds. Though their two-layered coat is fairly easy to care for, these pups do shed quite a bit. Their colors of yellow, chocolate and black give them great variety, and the design of their coat allows them to stay warm and dry through all of their outdoor activities.

As with many breeds, the “show line” and “working line” have developed to look quite different. In general, show Labs tend to be smaller with stockier build and fuller faces. They are also slightly calmer than their working counterparts.

Working labs are usually taller and lighter-framed. They are built more for speed and endurance than their show counterparts. Their muzzles also are longer and their faces less broad.

A Lab is very active and athletic, so they need a lot of entertainment and exercise. Don’t be fooled by their innate friendliness; a bored, lonely, and pent-up Lab can quickly turn destructive and disobedient. Proper training and activity will keep a Lab very happy and fulfilled.

Physical Traits

After hearing a bit about the Pit Bull and the Labrador Retriever, you’re ready to dive into the personality and physical traits of this beautiful and strong mix. Let’s learn a little about the Labrabull.

Pit Bull Lab mixes are very strong, solid dogs. When you take the athletic ability of a Labrador and combine it with the muscular frame of a Pit Bull, you end up with an agile, tough, and energetic animal.

Like all mixed breeds, it can be hard to nail down the exact physical traits of a pitbull lab mix. You can expect your mixed breed to be anywhere between 17 and 25 inches tall. While Labs are on the taller side, Pit Bulls are a little shorter, so you never quite know which genes will take precedence. In the same way, your labrabull mix could be anywhere from 45 to 90 pounds heavy.

The best way to get a better idea of your Labrabull’s adult size is to take a close look at their parents’ measurements.

Most Pit Bull Lab mixes have a head that is broader than a Labs, but smaller than a Pit’s. They tend to have long muzzles and long pointed ears. Both the Labrador and the Pit Bull have short-haired coats, so a Labrabull will follow suit in a wide variety of colors.

Temperament

You can expect this mix to be friendly and love people. When socialized, they will likely get along with everyone they meet. Generally, these dogs are good with people and other pets. Sometimes their prey drive can be relatively high, so they might have some difficulty getting along with cats and other small animals.

However, an early introduction can prevent this from happening. If you teach them that cats aren’t prey animals, they won’t treat them as such. They are often intelligent and people-pleasing. Easy to train, these dogs will often do what you want them to do quite easily.

The most significant behavioral problem with these dogs is that they can be quite hyper. Without proper exercise, their excitability might cause them to accidentally injure someone. They do best in an active family that will tire them out or with a big, fenced-in backyard that can run in.

Grooming

Pitbull lab mixes are very low-maintenance pups in terms of grooming. Their short-haired coat is fairly low-shedding, but brushing it once a week will help keep their fur shiny and smooth. If your Labrabull winds up with a denser coat due to its Lab background, once daily brushing might work better.

Labrabulls have sensitive skin, so they’re susceptible to allergies and other skin conditions. Dog dry shampoo can help preserve their natural oils between bath days. Other than that, these mixes require the same, if not lower, maintenance than the average pup.

Exercise

Athletic and muscular should be two clear signs that the Labrabull needs a lot of exercise. Since both its parents are active breeds, this mix requires access to large yards, active interaction with people and other dogs, and plenty of play time.

It’s never good for a dog to have pent-up energy with no way to release it. Busy individuals who don’t have access to space or time to walk their pet should consider a less active breed than the Labrabull. Otherwise, neither of you will be happy, and your personal items and home will certainly suffer—as will your dog.

These dogs also like to chew, so chew toys will need to be provided. All your other toys should be tough, durable and able to withstand chewing as well. These dogs love to fetch but tend to destroy their balls.

Nutrition

Labrabulls are fast-growing pup who need plenty of fuel and nutrients to develop properly. As puppies, it’s important to have a well-planned feeding schedule that delivers all the ingredients they need to sustain their muscular development.

Since these dogs are very active, strong, and athletic, they need at least three cups of food per day. This amount of sustenance gives them the fuel they need to match their energy levels. However, since Labs are prone to obesity, it’s important that you don’t overfeed your mix to maintain healthy weight levels.

Health

Although mixed breeds are less likely to deal with genetic issues than purebreds, they are still at risk for health issues from either parent. To properly assess your Labrabulls health risks, you have to look into the parents.

Labradors are known to contract hip and elbow dysplasia, which can lead to significant pain and immobility. They are also at high risk for gastric dilation, which can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. Other health risks Labs are prone to are eye disease, blindness, and exercise-induced collapse.

Pit Bulls are generally pretty healthy animals. However, because they have such short hair, they are more likely than other dogs to have skin issues and allergens like demodectic mange. Other possible issues for Pits are hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia.

The above issues are all ones to look out for with your mixed breed. It can be very helpful to have an accurate record of your pup’s parents’ health. You should also test your dog for these issues.

OCD

This is probably not the OCD you are thinking about. When used to refer to dogs, OCD is an acronym for Osteochondritis Dissecans. This disorder is characterized by the bone development process being disrupted during a fetus’s development. Usually, a developing dog will grow cartilage, which is then turned into bone.

However, sometimes the process gets a little messed up. This results in an unusually thick piece of cartilage where bone should be. Large breeds, including retrievers and Pitbulls, are prone to this. Therefore, this mixed breed can develop it, as well. However, environmental factors play a large role in the development of this disorder.

Signs of this disease usually present itself very early on. Since dogs are born with it, it is sometimes identifiable from birth. Lameness is the most common symptom. Swelling and pain can also occur. There are many causes for this disease, but it appears to be genetically predispositioned. A lack of blood flow and nutritional deficiencies in the pregnant mother can cause it to occur.

Luckily, this disorder is curable with corrective surgery. After surgery, your dog will need pain medication, and activity will need to be limited. However, most dogs go on to live full lives and are not impacted whatsoever.

Bloat

Bloat, which is also known as GDV, is a condition that is common amongst larger dogs with deep chests. It is a condition in which the stomach twists and then fills with gas. Vets are not sure why this happens, but it seems to be linked to large meals followed by intense physical activity.

Outwardly, bloat can look unserious. However, this is a life-threatening disease that requires emergency medical help. As the stomach fills with gas, it will begin to expand. This can stretch the stomach, cut off blood flow, and even disrupt breathing.

Symptoms include uneasiness, panting, drooling, and a slightly swollen stomach. The swelling is not always visible from the outside. Dogs often act like something isn’t right and will act uncomfortable. The only treatment is surgery. A vet will open need to manually untwist your dog’s stomach. The stomach is then attached to the cavity wall to prevent it from twisting again.

Most of the time, dogs who survive through surgery live on and have full lives. However, because the symptoms are so ambiguous and unconcerning, many dog owners do not get their dogs to the vet in time. This results in this disease killing many dogs per year even though it is curable.

Personality

Both the Pit Bull and the Labrador are very loyal pets. They both have high levels of intelligence, too. Your Pitbull lab mix will be a loyal, clever, and loving dog—with the proper amounts of training and attention.

This mix tends to form a very strong bond with its master and family. Their outgoing personality allows them to freely learn, grow, and play within a family setting. They love attention, and lots of praise will get you far.

However, because they have such a strong ability to form bonds and they love attention, they don’t do well in busy families who are gone often. They don’t like to be left alone and need frequent company.

Despite the Pit Bull’s bad reputation stemming from its years in the dog-fighting business, Pit’s are actually very even-tempered. Tests even show that they have calmer tempers than dogs like Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds. The downside is that, if not properly trained, Pit Bulls can develop issues with anxiety.

Because of these facts, and the added ingredient of a Lab’s friendly nature, your Pitador will likely have a very even and loving temperament. But, it’s your training that will seal the deal on your dog’s ability to maintain kindness and gentleness.

Training

When training a labrador pitbull mix, consider yourself lucky. Both the Pit Bull and the Labrador are highly trainable and very intelligent animals who do very well with positive reinforcement. Therefore, the Pit Lab mix will be equally as rewarding to train.

As with all breeds, you should start training your Labrabull puppy as soon as you get him. This mix takes instruction very well, and they are super willing to please their masters.

To avoid issues of aggressive later in their life, it’s important that you do not use harsh punishment during your training sessions. When you get angry or overly frustrated during training with this breed, it can lead to issues of distrust. Your pup won’t show signs of unhappiness out of fear, and that can lead to aggressive behavior and biting in the future.

If you plan to crate train, make sure you get a crate that’s the right size, and start early in puppyhood so that your new furry friend gets used to the crate early and often, decreasing the amount of protesting you’ll endure.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can never have too much information about your mixed breed. While we have provided a lot of good knowledge for you already, we know that you may still have some questions. Check out a few of these commonly asked questions and their answers.

Q: How long do Pit Bull Labs live?
A: Pit Bulls typically live from 10 to 15 years, while Labradors average 10 to 12 years. Because of these numbers, you can expect your Pitador to live about the same length: anywhere from 10 to 15 years, depending on their health, any conditions they may have, and your level of care for them.

Q: How much do Pit Bull Labs cost?
A: The mix of a Pit Bull and a Labrador Retriever can cost as much as $400 from a breeder. However, it never hurts to check in with your local shelters, as they tend to hold more mixed breeds than purebreds.

Q: Are Labrabulls aggressive?
A: Contrary to what one might think due to the bad reputation of a Pit Bull, Pitadors are not naturally aggressive. In fact, they are fun-loving, calm, and loyal breeds. The only kind of aggression that comes with this breed comes from neglect, poor training, and lack of attention.

Final Thoughts

In today’s society, the name Pit Bull tends to raise a few eyebrows along with questions of safety. However, several myths concerning their levels of aggression and tendency towards biting and harming people have been debunked.

The truth of the matter is that between both the Pit Bull and the Labrador Retriever, you have an excellent mixed breed. Qualities of loyalty, courage, intelligence, friendliness, and love shine through this adorable animal every day.

Great around small children, adults, and other dogs, a Labrador Retriever Pitbull Mix may be the perfect choice for you. Just remember that it is extremely important that you train them without aggression and give them plenty of time to release their high levels of energy!

2 thoughts on “Pitbull Labrador Retriever Mix: Labrabull 101 (Breed Info & More)”

  1. We have one of these beautiful dogs. She is all that you describe here except for the courage part but maybe that comes as she gets older, she is almost three years old. She is afraid of many things except small animals we come across, cats especially but the squirrels and rabbits in our yard drive her nuts too.

    She wants to charge and chase. She is the most loving, cuddly, happy dog (her tail is always wagging) and she loves everyone she meets and most dogs. The only time I have seen any aggression is when another dog starts it. She is a brindle so everyone we meet wants to instantly pet her. I never worry about it being a bad experience. She absolutely loves kids of all sizes and knows to be gentle with them when they are very small.

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