Welcome To Our Complete Guide To The Pitbull Lab Mix. A Cross Between The Loving Labrador Retriever And The Loyal Pitbull Terrier.
In this article you’ll discover all you need to need to know about the fascinating, enigmatic cross-breed sometimes known as a Labrabull.
A dog of many names the Pitbull Lab mix is sometimes called a Pitador.
Other names for the Labrador and Pitbull mix include Lab-Pit, Pit-Lab, and even Bullador!
But whatever you want to call them, this designer dog is really taking off.
But before you go and find your puppy, let’s find out a bit more about this interesting mix.
We’ll tell you what you need to know about the Labrador Pitbull mix if you’re considering welcoming it into your home, such as where to find one, what they look like, and their temperament.
In addition we’ll explore important issues such as expected health and longevity, and discuss honestly the pros and cons of owning a Pitbull Lab mix.
Pitbull and Lab Mix
A Labrabull is a mix between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Labrador Retriever.
To answer one of the most common questions regarding this intriguing cross breed, there simply is no way to predict with certainty what a Pitbull Lab mix’s temperament will be like!
A crossbred dog has too many variables in its genetic background to be able to forecast its individual personality.
Most of the time we make an educated guess about a mixed breed’s temperament based on the personality profiles of each parent.
With no way of predicting the outcome when two purebreds are mixed, you might say that the offspring is truly a “mixed bag!”
So, what can you realistically expect from a Labrabull?
One of several possibilities!
Some offspring will emerge with the best characteristics of both breeds, which is absolutely a win-win situation.
Conversely, some pups are left with the most unfortunate characteristics of both breeds.
And of course, there’s always a middle ground to be found, in this case a dog who has inherited a true amalgamation of various and assorted characteristics.
As far as designer dogs go, Pitbull Lab mix breeds are nowhere near as popular as some.
It takes a lot of time and careful breeding to create a “true” hybrid in which we can reasonably predict the litter’s appearance and personality.
Therefore we know very little about what to expect from the Labrabull in terms of overall temperament, adaptability, etc.
For this reason it’s critical to understand both the Lab and Pitbull profiles to gain a sense of what to expect from Lab and Pitbull mix puppies before you make an ownership decision.
Pitbull Lab mix origins
Let’s take a closer look at Labrador and Pitbull dogs individually before we explore what transpires when you create a Labrador and Pitbull mix.
The ever-popular Labrador never met a stranger—his friendly, versatile personality welcomes all comers.
Labs are one of the most popular breeds both in the US and the UK. Its ancestors originated in Canada. There they were bred in the 18th century to aid fisherman who needed a trusted and reliable helper dog.
On the flip side, this hard working, rough and tough, canine also had a sweet personality. This earned it a place as a family dog back home once the day’s work was done.
Today Labs are best described as loyal and intelligent, friendly and eager-to-please. Labs can co-exist with various age groups and as well as with a cross-section of other animals.
Because they take to training easily, Labs are popular choices as police dogs, service dogs, and in search and rescue work.
The Lab’s natural exuberance requires a regular physical outlet and plenty of mental stimulation in order to stay healthy and happy.
Pitbull Lab Mix Personality
The American Pit Bull Terrier hails from the English Pit Bull Terrier. The latter was bred in the 19th century. It has a history of being used in physically punishing ways such as dog fighting.
In America this tenacious and strong dog was bred with larger canines. It had an early history as a farm guard dog who was also called upon to aid in hunting large game.
Today the American Pit Bull Terrier retains an alert, protective nature. It also comes with a reputation for being a naturally aggressive breed.
Data on bite statistics, clinic records, and experts’ opinions inform much of our understanding of canine aggression.
According to one source, in 2016 there were 22 Pitbull dog bite fatalities in the US. Accounting for 71% of all US dog bite related deaths. For the same year, Labradors and their mixes were responsible for 3 deaths.
A study done in 2000 reported that of the breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. Pitbull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of the deaths.
It is important to note that in many countries, including the United Kingdom, the Pitbull is a banned breed.
However, a lot of people believe that this loyal dog has been maligned. So what can you expect from a Pitbull cross in terms of temperament?
Pitbull Lab mix temperament
With a Pitbull and Lab mix, one hopes to attain the best characteristics from each breed’s markedly different personalities.
However, with a hybrid dog the outcome of breeding two purebreds may result in a lopsided effect. In which the offspring more closely favors one or the other breed in terms of temperament.
Since the characteristics of each parent will be seen to one degree or another in the Lab Pitbull mix. Let’s take a closer look at each breed, offering you the information you need to decide if a Labrabull is the right dog for you.
Guess which dog breed is the most-registered in the American Kennel Club? You guessed it, Labs!
A large chunk of their popularity is down to their friendly demeanor and loyal manner.
Labs have warm and friendly eyes and wide muzzles that can appear to be smiling back at you! Their tails are thick and round, and webbed feet mean they are great swimmers.
They require regular exercise to burn off a natural rambunctious streak, so a dip in warm ocean waters would be right up their alley!
Plenty of chew toys are needed to curb their penchant for excessive chewing and mouthing.
Male Labs average around 23 inches in height, and 65-80 pounds is the norm. Females on average are around 22 inches tall and typically range from 55-70 pounds. Their lifespan on average is 10-14 years.
The Pitbull does not match the Lab in the overly pushy and friendly department (few dogs do!). The mix can be described as having a reserved nature, especially with strangers, while still being capable of having a friendly presence.
The Pitbull largely has a reputation as an aggressive, fight-loving dog. As such it’s reputation is the polar opposite of the affable and congenial Lab.
Of course it should be noted that there are tons of Pitbull owners who would gladly attest to their dog’s family-friendly ways.
A Pitbull that is well socialized and bred from friendly parents could well end up being a lovely pet. But the statistics are understandably concerning to some.
American Pit Bull terriers enjoy an average lifespan of between 12 years to 15 years. Males typically weigh between 35 and 65 pounds with females falling into the 30 to 60 pounds range. Both genders can range anywhere from 15-19 inches in height.
Labrador Pitbull mix socialization
Early socialization is key to fine-tuning your Pitbull Lab mix’s affinity for other animals, including humans! With socialization you can have a reasonable expectation for her to get along well with children and other dogs, and to make a good family pet.When it comes to other pets, the Labrador side of your Labrabull has a better chance of getting along with them than does the Pit Bull.
As we’ve noted before, there is no way of predicting which side of his family tree your Pitbull Lab mix will lean more toward. Caution should be taken with strangers and other dogs until you know how your animal typically reacts in such situations.
In regard to Labrabulls, one source reports that since 1982, 46 Pitbull Lab mix attacks have been recorded.
As mentioned previously, it is impossible to predict how and when a mixed breed’s manifold characteristics may emerge.
In the case of the Labrabull, one should be aware of the Pitbull’s possible influence toward aggressive behavior.
Although a pup with a very friendly Pitbull parent, and that is well socialized, could of our be very friendly indeed.
A healthy Pitbull Lab mix that is thoroughly and well trained, loved and respected, can be expected to show their affectionate side and get along with children.
Pitbull Lab training
Like his Labrador progenitor, an intelligent Pitbull Lab mix will take to training readily.
He may not be the quickest student in the park, but with early, consistent and positive reinforcement training methods he can be a terrific companion.
Punishment based training is not recommended as a modern training method and it has the potential to mask potential problems.
Pitbull Labrador appearance
The Labrabull is a large, powerful dog who can reach up to two feet in height and weigh anywhere from 50 to 90 pounds when fully grown.
Like her parents, the Pitbull Lab mix will have a short coat that is easy to brush. The fur is smooth and shiny, and not difficult to maintain.
Depending on whether you obtain a Black Lab and Pitbull mix, a Chocolate Lab Pitbull mix, or a Yellow Lab Pitbull mix, you can expect the common coat colors to be a solid tan, black, white, yellow, or brown.
But the Labrabull can also arrive with various colors like the Pitbull; a Pitbull Lab mix brindle is entirely possible!
Oftentimes a Labrabull inherits ears just like a Lab’s and has a wide head.
In other words, given his parentage, your Labrabull can be counted on to be one of the most handsome dogs zipping around the dog park!
Pitbull Lab mix grooming
Pitbull Lab mix enjoy a silky, short, and dense coat that benefits from a daily brushing. The Labrador undercoat is not common in Labrabulls.
Regular attention to your fur baby’s nails and ears is needed to keep them clean and neat.
Use a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste to keep his pearly whites clean. And at the same time check for any signs of infection.
Overall, Pitbull Lab mix parents report that their pet’s grooming needs range from low to moderate. So I think we can safely say that a Pitbull Lab mix falls squarely in the average range in regards to grooming!
Pitbull Lab mix shedding
Your pup is not a hypoallergenic animal. Labrabull owners report that their pets shed on the low to average end of the spectrum. However a Lab Pitbull mix could well take after their Labrador parent in the moulting department. In that case it would be a very heavy shedder indeed.
His short, easy to groom coat should be brushed daily to maintain a glossy and healthy sheen.
Labrador Retriever Pitbull mix health
What potential health issues will a Pitbull Lab mix inherit?
Based on his parentage, the Labrabull is at risk to inherit joint problems, with larger dogs generally have greater issues with hip and elbow dysplasia.
In addition, epilepsy and hypothyroidism may be potential issues for your pup. Heart, eye, and ear issues should be inquired about with your breeder.
Purchasing your Pitbull Lab mix from a reputable breeder decreases the chances of owning a dog with unexpected, surprising health problems.
Both parents should be health tested for conditions that commonly affect their breed.
The Labrador parent should have good hip and elbow scores, clear eye test and be clear for PRA in a genetic test.
The Pitbull parent should be free from skin conditions, and have a clear genetic test for retinal dysplasia.
Pitbull x Labrador life expectancy
The Pitbull Lab mix lifespan reflects that of his cross breeds, and they can be expected to enjoy a life expectancy of approximately 10 -14 years.
Pitbull Lab mix puppy
Pitbull lab puppies show early signs of how they will look as adults, ie, coloring. Depending on whether you have a Black Lab and Pitbull mix, a Chocolate Lab Pitbull mix, or a Yellow Lab Pitbull mix, the coat colors will generally be a solid tan, black, white, yellow, or brown.
Then again, your Pitbull Lab mix may inherit a mixed color or brindle coat like his Pitbull parent!
Even more difficult to predict is how your puppy’s disposition will bloom.
Will she display a more playful side characteristic of the friendly Lab, or will her nature be a bit more reserved like the Pitbull?
Pitbull Lab cross breeders
So, what do you get when you cross a Pitbull and a Lab? We wish we could answer that question definitively!
The fact is that the behavior patterns and personality in the offspring of any two different breeds is predictably unpredictable.
Yes, there are some hints to be found in the two breeds’ temperament profiles, but there is no way of knowing how these individual traits and tendencies will (or won’t!) emerge in the end.
As we’ve discussed, Labs are recognized the world over as a fun-loving, friendly dog. Pitbulls have an entirely different reputation for the most part.
If you buy from a breeder, ask about the temperaments of your Pitbull Lab mix’s parents and ask to see the bloodlines of both of the parents for any clues.
When buying a Labrabull puppy, make sure that one parent is a true American Pit Bull Terrier and not a variant such as Staffordshire Terrier, etc.
It goes without saying, but you should only deal with an ethical, reputable breeder that can ensure your Pitbull Lab mix was cross bred from parents free of medical issues. A breeder must provide you with the health clearances of your dog’s parents.
The cost of purchasing a Pitbull Lab mix is estimated to range from approximately $100 to $700.
Pitbull cross Labrador rescue
All too often designer dogs end up relinquished by owners who were ultimately unable to care for their needs.
If you are interested in rescuing a Pitbull Lab mix, you can find many rescue groups and resources online. But remember, these organizations likely will not have detailed information about your pup’s history.
Is a Pitbull Lab mix right for me?
The Pitbull Lab mix is a large, agile, powerful, and loyal dog, with a talent for protective activities such as herding or serving as a guard dog.
The flip side is that this strong, enthusiastic dog must be appropriately trained and very well socialized in order to maximize his potential as a companion animal.
Carefully consider the foregoing information, and especially the unpredictable nature of a cross breed, before making a final decision to add a Labrabull to your life!
What about you?
Do you have a Pitbull Lab mix? What has your experience been with this unique hybrid? Tell us and our readers about them in the comments section below!
Resources and Further Reading
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Bergman, R.L., et al, Dystrophin-Deficient Muscular Dystrophy in a Labrador Retriever, Journal of The American Animal Hospital Association, 2002
- Duffy, D.L., Breed differences in canine aggression, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2008
- Mughannam, A.J., Change in intraocular pressure during maturation in Labrador Retriever dogs, Veterinary Ophthalmology, 2004
- Raghavan, M., Fatal dog attacks in Canada, 1990–2007, The Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2008
- Sacks, J.J., et al, Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2000
- Smith, G.K., et al, Evaluation of risk factors for degenerative joint disease associated with hip dysplasia in German Shepherd Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Rottweilers, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2001
- Dog Bite Statistics