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Are you considering a Labrador mix with Pitbull as a companion or family dog? This hybrid dog between the infamous Pitbull terrier and the much-adored Labrador retriever gives the best of both worlds.

Designer dogs have won the hearts of many pooch enthusiasts and have grown in popularity due to their excellent traits. This mix results in a medium-sized doggie that inherits the affection and smartness of a Labrador and the might and loyalty of a Pitbull terrier.

In this article, we shall put the Labrador mixed with Pitbull under a microscope to understand their temperament, appearance, health, nutrition, life expectancy, and more. By the end of this review, you will have decided whether the mix is the right choice for you.

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What is a Labrador mix with Pitbull called?

The Labrador mixed with Pitbull is also called a Labrabull or Pitador. Although they are not recognized by the AKC as a breed, you can register them with other bodies. They include the DRA, IDCR, and ACHC.

Table

Size20 to 24 inches tall
Weight 45 to 90 lbs.
Lifespan10 to 15 years
Grooming NeedsSheds heavily
TemperamentAffectionate, Loyal, Energetic
Coat & ColorsStraight & dense; comes in a variety of colors
Suitable for:Active individuals & families

History of the Breed

The Labrabull or Labrador Pitbull mix is believed to have existed inherently for many years. However, breeding Pitbull terriers and Labrador retrievers intentionally happened in the late 1990s. This designer dog breed might have begun in North America.

Parents

To understand the Pitbull Labrador mix or Pitador better, let us take a look at the parents.

A black labrador retriever
A black labrador retriever

The Labrador Retriever – The earliest origins of the Labrador retriever date back to the 1830s in Newfoundland province in Canada. Labradors were originally fishermen’s dogs that hauled nets in and used to retrieve fish that fell out of the hook from icy waters. The breed has webbed paws and water-repellent coats which makes them excellent swimmers. They come in two varieties, including the English and American Labrador.

A full-grown Labrador stands 22 to 24 inches tall at the shoulders for both males and females with a weight of between 64 and 79 lbs. for males and 55 to 71 lbs. for females. Although they are generally healthy with a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, they are prone to certain health issues. Common health problems in Labs include joint issues, bloat, obesity, ear infections, and heart disease.

Labradors are very good with kids and have an easy-going nature which is why they are ranked as the top choice for American family dogs. Their adorable appearance also makes them popular. The Labrador retriever was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1917 and the UKC in 1903. In terms of IQ, Labradors have ranked the 7th smartest pooches out of 138 different breeds.

Pitbull terrier on the ground
Pitbull terrier on the ground

The Pitbull terrier – The history of Pitbull terriers dates back to the 1800s in the UK and they were originally bred from Old English Bulldogs. Being the descendants of bull-baiting dogs, these medium-sized dogs have retained a reputation for bad temperament. And while Pitbulls are stubborn, their loyal and protective nature, plus their love for kids make them excellent family dogs. There are 3 types of Pitbulls, with the American Pitbull Terrier (APBT) being the most bred.

When fully grown, an ABPT male stands approx. 18 to 21 inches with a weight of between 35 and 60 lbs. while females are 17 to 21 inches tall and 30 to 35 lbs. in weight. This breed has a life expectancy of 8 to 15 years. However, common health problems such as hip dysplasia, kneecap dislocation, and degenerative myelopathy can shorten their lifespan.

Although Pitbulls are not accepted by the AKC as a breed, the UKC recognized them in 1898. In terms of IQ or smartness, the ABPT is an average to an above-average dog.

Appearance

Labrabulls are a hybrid breed so you can never be sure what your Labrador Pitbull mix will look like. Your pup might resemble both parents or favor one most and you can only tell when they are mature at 18 months. Expect a dog with a muscular yet lean stature with floppy ears.

A Labrabull standing
Labrabull standing

A Labrador mix with Pitbull is a medium-to-large dog breed that stands between 20 and 24 inches in height with a weight of 45 to 90 lbs. Females are typically smaller than males. The cross will have a short smooth coat with black color with white accents being the most common color. The main colors include black, white, yellow & silver, brown, and gray.

Labrabulls have a broad head with almond-shaped eyes and a long tail.

Temperament and Characteristics

Both parents of the Labrabull have a playful temperament and friendly character and love being around people and so should your mix. This affection for people makes them prone to separation anxiety so they dislike being left alone for long periods. Pitadors can develop destructive habits if bored.

The crossbreed is highly intelligent with an outgoing nature, especially due to the Labrador parent which makes them trainable. While they are not barkers, they are excellent guard dogs, traits passed from both parents, and will alert you when something is not right.

And while Labrabulls can be easily frightened even with their muscular build, they are protective and very loyal to their families. So, be ready to see aggression if the family is threatened. Labrabulls are also great with kids, but both your kids and pooch should be trained on how to live with each other.

Ease of Training

A Labrador mix with Pitbull has a high IQ which makes these dogs very intelligent. Both parents have a strong desire to please people which makes training them easy. Make sure you use positive reinforcement during your training for the best results. Avoid punishment as it would make them more stubborn.

Pitbull terrier Labrador mix sitting
Pitbull terrier Labrador mix sitting

The mix is not keen on too much repetition so, make sure that you keep your training sessions short and thought-provoking to maintain their attention. Ensure that you are consistent with your commands as well to avoid confusion. They are recommended for novice dog owners.

Exercise

Pitbulls are athletic and Labradors do not do great as kennel dogs which mean that a Labrabull is best suited for active people or families. They need abundant exercise to burn off this energy so at least 60 minutes of daily exercise is sufficient. From hikes to runs and walks, your Lab Pit mix is playful and will love spending time with you outdoors and having fun.

We also recommend that you include mental stimulation activities in their daily routine with games and puzzle toys. They will also love agility training challenges so make sure they get that. And did we mention that they might want to swim?

Nutritional Requirements

As we have seen, a Pit Lab mix is a high-energy pooch which means they need to eat adequately to maintain their energy levels. The amount of food they require depends on their age. A Labrabull pup needs 12g of protein per kg of their body weight with 8% of their diet being fat.

A beautiful Labrador Pitbull mix
A beautiful Labrador Pitbull mix

Adult Labrabull requires around 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day. Therefore, you should feed them 4 cups of high-quality kibble divided into 3 small meals throughout the day.

Health Issues

Unlike their purebred Labrador retriever parent and the Pitbull terrier parents, Pitadors are generally healthy. However, they are susceptible to certain health conditions that their parents have. Some common health problems in Labrabulls include OCD, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and bloat.

Make sure you maintain good care of your Pitador and go for regular vet checkups.

Life Expectancy

In good health, a Pitbull Labrador mix will live for 10 to 14 years.

How to care for them

Make sure your Lab Pit mix maintains regular vet checkups so you can learn how to keep your pooch healthy. Labrabulls are prone to weight gain so you should check how much food you pour into their bowl and give them adequate exercises to burn off energy.

When it comes to grooming, their short coat is easy to maintain since it is low shedding. Brushing it once a week keeps your pooch looking great! However, your Labrabull’s short thin coat is not good for extreme weather conditions so cloth him or her well in such seasons. Since your dog is prone to tartar build-up, brush their teeth at least twice or thrice a week or even daily. We recommend regular dental visits as well.

In addition to oral health, check your Pitador’s ears for pests and debris and follow your vet’s advice on how to clean the ears. Clipping their nails once or twice each month is also good.

Cost

The Lab Pit mix is among the affordable hybrid pooches that you will find on the market today with a puppy priced somewhere between $100 and $700. Make sure you get your pup from a reputable and responsible breeder who has clean medical records for both parents.

Where to Adopt

Rather than buying, you can consider adopting a Labrabull or Labrador mix with Pitbull from your local shelter or rescue group. While it is more affordable, you have a chance of getting a well-trained and behaved pooch. You will also be saving a life.

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