A Labrador mix with Bulldog is a cross between the American Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever. The offspring is a charming, friendly, and playful pooch that combines the most admirable traits of both parent breeds making it a great addition to your family.
You might think that the mix will not be active because of the Bulldog parent but the Lab’s lively nature balances this off and makes your pup very active. These hybrid pups are not as cheap but when you bring them home, they will be your kiddo’s best friends. They also get along with other pets.
But before you say that the Bulldog Labrador mix is the right hybrid pooch for you because of what we have said above, read through the whole article. We have included all the info you need to know such as the personality, appearance, health issues, training, diet, cost, and more.
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The Bulldog Labrador cross is also known as a Bullador. Unlike their purebred parents, these designer dogs are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). You can, however, register your Bullador with the ACHC, DRA, and IDCR.
|Size||17 to 20 inches tall|
|Weight||50 to 90 lbs.|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years|
|Grooming Needs||Low shedders|
|Temperament||Very friendly, energetic, affectionate but standoffish|
|Coat & Colors||Short-haired|
|Suitable for:||All families but active ones are best|
History of the Breed
Like most hybrid pooches, there is no definite record as to when or where the Labrador Bulldog mix initially originated. The Labrador Retriever and American Bulldog were crossed by designer breeders most likely in North America in the 1990s.
As with most designer dogs, the breeders wanted to create a cross with fewer health risks than their purebred parents. Their success led to the increased popularity of the Bulladors leading to grown demand for this energetic and friendly companion pooch.
To learn more about the Bulladors, let us briefly look at their parents.
The Labrador Retriever – Native to Newfoundland, Canada, Labrador Retrievers were bred as water dogs and fishermen companions. Their purpose was to retrieve ducks and fish that fell on frozen waters or off the fishing hook. As working dogs, they also used to draw nets full of fish out of the water.
These purebred pups come in 2 types, including the American Labrador and English Labrador. Due to their sweet nature, people, especially here in America adore them for their outgoing, calm, and gentle personalities. That explains why they are ranked as the top dog breed for the last 3 decades up to 2022. Labs have a high dog IQ and rank as the 7th smartest breed known to man out of 138 distinct breeds. They were registered by the AKC as a breed in 1917.
Labs are medium-to-large dog breeds that stand 21.5 to 24.5 inches tall and weigh 55 to 80 lbs. And although a healthy dog breed with a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, they are prone to common health issues like obesity, hip dysplasia, soft joints, epilepsy, bloat, allergies, and eye disease.
The Bulldog – A breed of dog of the Mastiff type, the Bulldog is said to have its origins in the British Isles, according to the AKC. The breed was initially bred to participate in the bull-baiting games that were prominent in the UK before being banned for animal cruelty. They are reliable and predictable making them a great family pooch that loves children and is a good watchdog. Read this guide about the 5 most common American Bulldog mistakes.
Bulldogs are classified as medium-sized pooches that measure 12 to 16 inches tall and have a weight of between 40 and 55 lbs. They are intelligent but have low dog IQ in terms of working and obedience, ranking at number 77 which makes them harder to train. They are characterized by a muscular built, wrinkled face, and a unique pushed-in nose. Bulldogs are not recognized as an AKC breed but can be registered with them.
A Bulldog has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years. They have many health issues such as hip dysplasia, and cardiac & respiratory disease, among others. You can read about the best dog shock collars for American bulldogs here. Ever imagined what a Pitbull Bulldog mix would be like?
Being a cross between an American Bulldog x Labrador Retriever, a Bullador can have an eye-catching appearance to either parent. Since they are a relatively new cross, only a few standards are available when it comes to size. However, you expect to be a medium to large-sized dog. Most Bulladors have a height range of between 17 and 20 inches and a weight of 50 to 90 lbs.
A Labrador Bulldog mix will have a short, dense coat (waterproof) that is either thicker like the Labrador parents or almost like the Bulldog parents. When it comes to coat colors, it may be black, white, or any shade of brown (from dark to light). Common color markings in Bulladors include piebald, brindle, or brindle with white.
Your American Bullador will have a square head and almond-shaped eyes, a long muzzle, larger ears that sit high on the head, and a well-built physique. Bullador tails narrow to a point and can be like that of the Lab parent with some light feathers.
Temperament and Characteristics
Like their Lab parent, Bulladors tend to be very friendly but can be standoffish like the Bulldog parent. In terms of activeness, the mix will be livelier than the Bulldog parent but a little less active than the Lab parent. Just like both parents, your Bulldog Labrador mix loves the company of kids, but this does not mean they should be left alone together. Pooches can be unpredictable.
Due to their prey drive, Bulladors will enjoy being in a home with a large yard in which they can run around chasing small critters and birds. Make sure that the yard is fenced properly because the excitement can lead them to stray away.
The rule of the thumb is that your Bullador will be well-behaved in public when you start socializing them from puppyhood. They are loyal and affectionate with an eager-to-please personality so they will love being around their family. Bulladors get along with other pets as well.
Ease of Training
When it comes to training, a Bullador is not the best choice for first-time dog owners because despite being smart, they also tend to be willful like their Bulldog parent. That can make training sessions hard and it requires someone with patience and understanding. When training them, be consistent and use positive reinforcement and they will respond well to commands.
As a rule of the thumb, avoid harsh treatment during training or shouting at your pooch or they will leave you to train yourself.
We recommend you read this article about what influences intelligence in dogs.
Typically, the exercise requirements of your Lab Bulldog mix will depend on the parent your pup favors most. That being said, most Bulladors are full of life due to their Lab parent and will enjoy a tug-of-war and hiking, as well as mentally stimulating games like fetch. Make sure that your Bullador gets at least 60 to 90 minutes of quick-paced walking or hiking to maintain a healthy weight.
Make sure your Bullador gets enough exercise daily or they will become bored and destructive. The hybrid is also prone to weight gain so failure to exercise could complicate their overall health. Caution: while your Bulldog Lab mix possesses the eagerness of a Lab, Bulldogs are susceptible to breathing problems. Therefore, monitor your exercises closely.
The type of food that is ideal for Bulladors is determined by their activity level and age. Typically, you should feed your Bullador premium dog food that is formulated for medium-to-large dog breeds that are active. Both parents of the Bulldog Lab mix love food so the same is expected with their cross. If you do not monitor their eating habits to prevent overeating and weight gain. This can lead to a plethora of health problems.
If you are not sure about the type or amount of food that your Bullador should eat, consult with your vet for diet recommendations.
Most Labrador Bulldog mixes are generally healthy but exposed to a few health conditions that their parents may suffer from. Some common health issues that affect Bulladors include breathing difficulty, obesity, skin issues as well as hip & elbow dysplasia. As such, it is recommended that you take adequate care of your Bullador and maintain vet visits.
We mentioned something about weight gain. Instead of throwing them treats that could lead to weight gain, give them celery or sliced carrots.
A Labrador mix with Bulldog has a lifespan of between 10 and 12 years.
How to Care for them
Your Labrador x American Bulldog mix needs a lot of care and attention. If they take after their Bulldog parent, they are likely to have folds on their skin. Cleaning them regularly will help prevent infections. We know that Bulldogs are extremely inclined to heat problems. But did you know that they can easily drown in swimming pools or other water bodies? Although the Lab parent is a swimmer, watch out for your Bullador when you see them approaching the water.
Although these pups are low shedders, Bulladors need proper grooming starting with brushing their dense coat weekly. Check and clean wax, debris, and dirt from their ears as instructed by your vet to prevent ear infections. To maintain good oral health, brush their teeth regularly.
Bulladors have strong toenails that grow fast so you should clip them every two to three weeks.
The price of a Labrador mix with Bulldog puppy ranges between $600 and $800 when buying from a reputable and honest breeder. If possible, you should visit the breeder’s location to see their workplaces and request to see the parent’s health records.
Where to Adopt
Should you opt for adoption rather than buying from a breeder, reach out to workers in your local shelter or rescue centers for the parents. You might be lucky to lay your hands on your desired pup.
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Hi there! My name is Alex Landy, one of the co-founders here at Our Pets HQ and a parent to a small-breed Yorkie. I am a published author of two books on dog breeding and currently write on various pet-related blogs about caring for dogs. I am a parent of two daughters and live outside Boston where I spend a lot of time with family and serve in different breeding clubs. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org