Pitbull Lab Mix

Pitbull Lab Mix

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!

Pitbull Lab Mix

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.

Pitbull Lab Mix

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.

Pitbull Lab Mix

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!

Pitbull Labrador mix - mix breed info  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
  • AKC
  • 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


  1. We adopted a 1 1/2 yr old Lab mix and couldn’t be happier! His name is Harley and he has a great personality. He definitely has that strong loyal side, wherever I go he follows and if I’m sitting on the pourch he will either sit in front of me as close against me as he can manage, or will lay down On my feet. On walks if I stop he will come to me and brush tight against me or whomever is walking him and stand firmly in front of them/me or squeeze between the legs and sit there until it’s time to continue walking. He is definitely a BIG chewer and eats everything he finds on the floor lol. He loves to fetch and still plays rough but he is working on it. He took to the Come and Sit commands very fast and he is working on his other basic commands. Like a little kid he listens 1/2 the time lol. Like the lab nature he thinks EVERYONE he sees walking downstairs past the porch is coming to see him, lol! And yes he thinks his place is on my lap and if allowed will climb his 50lb butt up and squeeze it onto my lap while I’m sitting in a chair! He is definitely a member of our family! We are so glad he adopted us.

  2. My pitlab mix is shiney dark chocolate brown, his name is Kobi. He is so sweet. My husband when we met was no dogs in the house type person. The dogs have always been in the house, but I was good with not on cough/bed. Then came Kobi, he was a puppy when we got him. Husband says where is he going to sleep? I said confidently “the bed”, so I can take him out when he moves. Now this was November and the biggest snow season for a while. He was so simple to potty train, thank goodness for some roof overhang. He would go out put one foot off the cement and pee. He only had one poop in the house because the husband said to him you just went out. Well Kobi showed him he was serious. The neices and nephews come over 4 and 8 now. Kobi plays so soft with them he will pull the 4 year old around on her butt on the floor while they are both handing on to one of the toys. He will pull the sled with the rope. He has always protected the kids from day one. He will go sleep with them when they are over. Kobi loves the cats, him and one of them lay together. He sits and waits patiently for the cats to finish their food so he can lick the bowl. Lays his head on your leg waiting for us and drools a lot. He can smell anything out, our other dog had hid different dog treats somewhere last winter he kept digging them all up and bringing them in. One time I went out and cut flowers for Memorial Day and took my mom without Kobi. When my husband let him out he said Kobi followed my exact walking around the back yard. He wants to play with everyone and thinks everyone wants to play with him. The best personality of a dog I have had. He thinks he is a lap dog does like to be under a blanket. Has never weaned himself out of the bed a year later. My husband and I laugh about it.

  3. We have a 10 year old black lab/pit mix that we rescued at 2 1/2 years old. I was nervous at first because of the pitbull aspect but gave him a 2 week trial period…8 years later,lol. He is literally the BEST dog I have ever owned. For the most part, he is extremely gentle, loving and kind in nature. He’s a natural healer because if anyone get’s hurt, even the cats, he will try to lick the wounds to heal them or stay by your side. We had an indoor/outdoor cat that came home one time with a small gash on his head. Buddy (our lab-pit mix) would pin him down and start licking it until it completely healed. He’s always been good with the cats. They can smell, or try to eat out of his bowl, he may hover a little, but never showed aggression. He even play’s with our cat Jazzie (the first cat’s offspring) and if we have to intervene, it’s because of the cat, NOT the dog. He loves just about anybody and everybody, he’s literally everybody’s buddy, so long as the “pack” accepts them. If someone tries to come to the door, he will notify us and if we go to the door and let them in, he is fine. If they try to enter without us being there, he will not, unless it becomes apparent they are “part of the pack”. Like my parents, usually knock first but my parents can walk in and he is fine. It took my daughter’s BF a few months, but now he is looked at as “part of the pack” and can come in and out without an escort from anyone. But if they are not part of the pack, he will growl, bark and not let them in. His growl is extremely intimidating and have had solicitors literally run off the property after hearing him growl at the front door. It’s kind of funny because when I answer the door, I literally saw them running down the street! He looks extremely intimidating as well so when I do answer the door, they are more focused on the dog then what they came to the door for and usually leave really quick! He loves car rides, but we do avoid places that we may run into other dogs or alot of people. For the most part he is really good and loves attention, but once in a blue, someone will walk by and he starts growling at them. For precautions, we only leave then window down to head level while driving and cracked when we stop in a more public place. In this sense, he can be unpredictable. He is protective of the family, but he get’s most of his clues from us. If we are ok with the person, he usually is to and then tries to con them into throwing his ball! His favorite activity is playing ball and tug of war. He has gone a little overboard and nipped a couple time while playing tug of war with his rope, though he doesn’t intentionally try to hurt people, I don’t think he realizes his own strength. He is protective of me and my kids. He actually seems very intuitive. He is protective of all of us, but mostly of me and the kids, even though the kids are grown and teens. One time, recently, my husband and I were horseplaying. I don’t think Buddy understood we were playing around and my husband was on top of me, so at that point, he started growling and barking at my husband, and then nipped his hand. It wasn’t a major bite, but it was clearly a warning. So, he does understand the difference between warnings on going on complete attack mode. He does try to be friendly with other dogs, but if the dog is hyperactive, shows aggression or doesn’t just walk up and sniff his butt, basically, isn’t calm, then he will get on defense mode. We have us a choker chain because of his size, especially for myself, since I am only 120 lbs and he can drag me down the street. This isn’t really an issue anymore since we have our own property now. He stays within the boundaries and doesn’t wander off. For the most part he does listen well, but sometimes I think he pretends like he didn’t hear me and starts trotting faster to pee on a tree,lol. Even my mother loves him and feeds him food, and she is extremly afraid of dogs. He learned early on of this fear, so he will walk a bog circle around her. He knows not to get to close to her and she now trusts him enough to hang out in the living room with everyone. He is extremely social and loves attention. He does get a little jealous when attention is given to the cat, but he will either pout and give you the neglected puppy dog look or he will just sit and learn on you. But there literally hasn’t been any fights with the animals. In fact, Buddy is a push-over. He doesn’t bark alot, in fact, hardly at all unless he is trying to get our attention. He doesn’t like loud voices, if he even thinks I’m remotely upset, he will run into my son’s room. I think it’s more of a pitch in my voice then anything. Even though he is extremely well with little kids and will try to play with them, he also doesn’t view them as threat, whether part of the pack or not, maybe it’s a size thing, but he does like to run and play. I have to watch him closely around small children so he doesn’t trample them. He is also gentle with getting food from hands or grabbing toys for the most part, but sometimes he get’s into play mode and doesn’t realize how strong he is, which could inevertanly hurt the small child. But have NEVER seen actual aggression towards them, in fact, he seems protective of them. I know this is long, but wanted to give a bigger picture on our experience. We do take precautions because we know what they pitbull side could be capable of doing, but I have actually seen more lab qualities in him then pit. His size is bigger then the average pitbull and I wouldn’t have another pitbull in the house while owning Buddy. But if we were to bring in other animals, if they were grown, probebly not a good idea, but he does seem very accepting of animals that were here before him, or one’s that are introduced very young. When our cats had Jazzie, he was born in the house and we introduced Buddy to him before we did his dad. Buddy was very acceptaing and wanted to keep liking the kitten, but his mouth is so big,lol. But basically, with out Lab/Pit mix, he seems to be very well balanced emotionally, physically and super smart! He’s loving, compassionate and literally man’s best friend. You do have to take some precautions because of the protective nature of him, with both humans and other animals, but other then that, they are very social and loveable dogs. I don’t know about keeping the dog outside, ours is an indoor dog and has really meshed in well with the entire family, in-laws included! I hope this helps in your decision!

  4. I have a Pit lab mix named Vader. Hes is Black lab mixed with a white pitbull. We rescused him and he is the best dog i have ever had. We Taught him to sit, lay down, roll over and play dead. My family loves him and even asked if we were bring him along for christmas. He is very energetic and LOVESSS tennis balls. Playing fetch and swimming are his favorite things in the world. We have yet to find him a toy that will last longer than a few hours lol but hes is irreplaceable. We did find out when he was 1 that he has a birth defect found in his breed. Hip displaysia. It does cut back the time we will have with him but im blessed to have found such a wonderful companion. He is 2 now and still such a puppy at heart. He gets along with everyone and loves little animals. He loves to chase squirrels from our back yard and bunnies in the park. I love him and his breed.

  5. We “inherited” a black lab-pit bull mix who will be 2 years old in Feb., 2018. She has a wonderful personality, and like most labs, retains puppy characteristics for a long time. We go to the dog part almost every night and she is great with other dogs, never attacking or even posturing with them. In fact, she tends to be the “sheriff” of the dog park. When two dogs are getting serious about posturing or even fighting, she immediately goes over and gets in between them and starts playing with the aggressive dog. She doesn’t acknowledge aggression in other dogs-it seems she sees the world as nothing but fun and games. In other words, she is fearless of other dogs. I am not sure why, but she must give off some signal to them to not mess with her, as the only time I have seen her get even slightly aggressive with a dog is if they start it first. She is a GREAT dog and gets compliments from the other dog owners all the time about how good she looks and how sweet she is. I had my doubts at first. You know-the “pit bull” stigma, but I am very happy we got her. She is a character and a sweet, sweet dog.

  6. I have a 2 year old Lab Pit mix(Maggy)
    She’s far more lab (personality wise).
    She’s the sweetest dog I have ever been around.
    Very energetic dog.
    At times, annoyingly so.
    But when she is her normal self she’s rather calm, tolerant and loving.
    A very affectionate dog.
    I would highly recommend, even with small children. If the dog grows up around the kids, he/she will learn the boundaries.
    She does have many of the physical attributes of a pit.
    Strong, lock jaw and incredibly agile.
    I wouldn’t trade my Maggy for all the riches in the world.

  7. I have been blessed with a pitlab my mom got from breeders. And she happens to have personality from both sides. Extremely Strong and muscle packed dog, but is very loving to other pets and people. Some issues may be they don’t know there own strength and when they play they play hard, so watch for small animals and children. They love water and are powerful natural swimmers. Just show them it’s safe. Training is a bit of an iffy. The lab side Will be attentive, smart and easy. The Pitt side well….they can be stubborn ..very stubborn. Good protector and Hunter. And once they lock those legs in and those jaws are set whatever pray they got is not going away. I think they get the best of both. Especially with temperament. 🙂

  8. Our lab pit was given to us at 6 weeks. Although wild as a puppy, he has been the best family dog. He is white and 50 lbs. His name is Snow. He is very active and loves to run and play. Best dog ever!

  9. My husband rescued a 6 year old pitbull lab mix female weighing only 35 pounds that we named Petunia last year. She had tape and hookworms and was beaten by a neighbor. She is now 70 pounds and trained her ourselves as my Service Dog for my degerative arthritis and my PTSD. She’s so vicious she even backs away from our female cat DJ lol