Labrabull Overview

Parent Breeds:
American Pit Bull Terrier & Labrador Retriever
Breed Nickname:
Labrabull
Size:
Medium
Height:
20 to 24 inches
Weight:
45 to 90 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 14 years
Coat Colors:
Black, gray, white, golden, silver, and brown

Labrabull Characteristics

Friendliness
Intelligence
Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Labrabull

What Is A Labrador Poodle Mix Called?

The offspring between a Labrador Retriever and an American Pit Bull Terrier is known as a Labrabull. It is also sometimes referred to as the Pitador, but this is much less common.

Pitbulls tend to get a bad reputation due to their history in dog fighting, so the Labrabull might be the more popular name to conceal the true parent breed.

Despite this unfavorable reputation, Labrabulls are lovely, loyal, and energetic dogs that offer the best traits from both parents. If you’re looking for a companion dog for your family, the Labrabull might be the one!

Our ultimate guide teaches you all about this intriguing dog breed.

Labrabull Breed History

  • First bred in the 90s in North America.

  • Mixed bred to minimize health issues of parent breeds.

  • Labradors are one of the most popular dogs in the world.

Labradors and Pitbulls might have been breeding for centuries naturally, but they were intentionally bred by designer breeders in the 1990s.

The main designer breeding scene is in North America, so that’s likely where the Labrabull originated.

It’s thought that the breeders were aiming to mix the Labrador and Pitbull to minimize the health issues they suffer from.

Both parent breeds are popular in the US, meaning that most purebreds are overbred and inbred. This opens up a whole slew of health concerns (but more on those later).

The American Pitbull Terrier is traced all the way to the 1800s. They were originally bred in the UK for hunting and herding purposes.

Their temperament and stocky bodies made them ideal for dog fighting and bull baiting, too.

Labradors were bred as early as 1830 in Newfoundland, where they were used as retriever dogs and herding dogs. Their intelligence and loving nature quickly made them one of the most popular dogs in the world.

Labrabull Personality & Temperament

  • Loving and loyal dogs.

  • Don’t depict the same traits as fighting dogs.

  • Not for novice owners.

Labrabulls are known for their loyalty and their love for their owners. They have plenty of energy to burn, so they’re not for the faint of heart!

Once they’ve finished burning this off, though, they also love a cuddle to finish off the day.

Pitbulls have an unfortunate history of dog fighting and bull baiting. This gives many the prenotion that they are aggressive and dangerous, in which they are not.

They need early socialization, just like any other dog, to keep them from acting territorial over their owners. The same goes for Labrabulls.

However, Labrabulls are also sensitive and easily spooked. They don’t make good guard dogs because they’re gentle-natured and well-mannered.

Labrabulls suit single-person households as well as large families, but they’re not for beginner dog owners. They need an active owner who can keep up with them and give them all the attention they need (and deserve!).

Labrabull Health

  • Can suffer from parent illnesses like OCD and bloating.

  • Vet checkups are necessary every year.

  • Life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.

The Labrabull might inherit some of the same health conditions that the parent breeds suffer from during their lives. While mixed breeding is used to prevent this, it doesn’t always work.

These dogs are generally considered healthy, but there are a few issues you should be concerned about. Contact your vet if you see any symptoms of OCD, Bloating, Epilepsy, or Hypothyroidism.

Routine checkups with your dog’s vet can prevent these symptoms from turning into anything more sinister. Labrabulls should be checked over by a vet at least once a year, so stick to your appointments!

Labrabull Training

  • Very intelligent, eager to please dogs.

  • Respond well to positive reinforcement.

  • Can become stubborn as they mature.

Labrabulls are eager-to-please and intelligent dogs, so they shouldn’t be too difficult to train – provided that you catch them at the right moment.

Establish yourself as the alpha in the household early on in your relationship, and they should be easier to train once they accept this.

Train your Labrabull as early as possible to take advantage of their puppy willingness. The older dogs get, the more stubborn they tend to be.

However, with plenty of positive reinforcement, even stubborn Labrabulls can learn new tricks easily. They love learning new things, too, so make sure you have a long list of commands to teach them.

They’ll love the bonding time with you!

Labrabull Exercise Requirements

  • Very intelligent, eager to please dogs.

  • Respond well to positive reinforcement.

  • Can become stubborn as they mature.

Labrabulls are very energetic and need at least one hour of exercise a day to burn their energy off. They’ll build their energy back up throughout the day, so it might be best to take them on two 30-minute walks, instead.

These dogs are strong and muscular, making them great for agility training. They love succeeding and the attention of winning, so this could be a great bonding experience for you both.

Labrabulls also love hiking, swimming, and playing fetch. They need an active owner who can keep up with them. Are you up for the challenge?

Labrabull Diet & Feeding

  • Choose high-energy food for medium dogs.

  • Feed them smaller portions throughout the day.

  • Look for high protein and healthy fats.

Look for food formulated for medium-sized dogs with high-energy levels. Only feed them as much as their weight needs, as the Labrabull will overeat if they’re given the chance.

Don’t leave food out during the day and be mindful with treats.

Labrabulls suffer from bloating which can become dangerous if left untreated. Offer them lots of small meals rather than one meal, as this should help with the bloating.

If this is persistent, though, speak to a vet about alternative treatments.

Dogs are always fluctuating in weight, so check their weight once a year to ensure that you’re not over or underfeeding them.

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Labrabull Cost

  • Costs $500 to $1,000.

  • Always look for reputable breeders.

  • Ongoing costs include necessities, toys, and vet bills.

Labrabulls are one of the more common designer breeds, so their cost is lower between $500 and $1,000. This price will differ depending on the location, parents, and how trusted the breeder is.

Reputable breeders can charge more for their puppies as they screen the parents and can offer you more information about your dog before you commit to a purchase. They’re more in demand, so they can charge more.

While you might want to save some money, we recommend always going for a trusted breeder.

You also need to think about ongoing costs for your dog, which include food, toys, furniture, vet bills, and more.