The American Pit Bull Terrier Labrador Retriever mix is known as a Labrabull or Pitador. And while the two breeds have very different reputations, they are actually more similar than most people realize.
If you are considering adopting a Labrabull – like I did – here are some things to know about the mixed breed.
There are a few different breeds that are sometimes referred to as Pit Bulls. For this blog post, when I say Pit Bull I am referring to the American Pit Bull Terrier.
- Labrabull Quick Facts
- How Big Are Labrabulls?
- What Color Are Labrabulls?
- How Long Do Labrabulls Live?
- How Much Do Labrabulls Cost?
- Do Labrabulls Shed?
- Are Labrabulls Hypoallergenic?
- Do Labrabulls Bark A Lot?
- Are Labrabulls Good Guard Dogs?
- Do Labrabulls Like The Water?
- Are Labrabulls Good With Children?
- What Health Concerns Are There With Labrabulls?
- Are Labrabulls A High Energy Breed?
- How Much Exercise Do Labrabulls Need?
- Are Labrabulls Good Apartment Dogs?
- Are Labrabulls Smart?
- Do Labrabulls Smell Bad?
- Are Labrabulls Aggressive?
- Do Labrabulls Protect Their Owners?
- Do Labrabulls Make Good Family Pets?
- Are Labrabulls Recognized As Their Own Breed?
Labrabull Quick Facts
|Labrabull, Pitador, Bullador
|18" to 24"
|50 to 75+ lbs
|primarily black, brown, or tan sometimes with white markings
|11 to 14 years
|$50 to $500
How Big Are Labrabulls?
On average, Labrador Retrievers are 20 to 24 inches tall and weigh between 55 and 80 pounds.
While Pit Bulls have an image as a big strong dog, which they are, on average they are actually smaller than Labs.
Most Pit Bulls are between 17 and 20 inches tall and weigh 50 to 75 pounds, although their size varies more than other breeds.
Most Labrabulls are anywhere from 18 to 24 inches tall and like Pit Bulls, weigh between 50 and 75 pounds. However, the largest Labrabulls can weigh up to 90 pounds.
What Color Are Labrabulls?
Like Pit Bulls and Labrador Retrievers, Labrabulls come in a wide variety of colors.
The most common main color of a Labrabull is black, brown, or tan. Many Labrabulls will also have white accents on their snout, chest, and paws.
How Long Do Labrabulls Live?
While their smaller terrier counterparts can sometimes live past 20 years, this larger breed is unlikely to live as long.
The expected lifespan of a Labrabull is 11 to 14 years.
How Much Do Labrabulls Cost?
As a mixed breed dog that is also not a designer breed, it may be difficult to find a reputable breeder of Labrabulls.
However, there is a good chance that you will be able to find a Labrabull to adopt from a shelter or rescue organization.
The cost to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue vary widely from $50 to $500 or more.
A good place to start your search for a Labrabull is PetFinder.com. Filter for Pit Bull Terriers and you should be able to find a few Pit Bull Terrier Labrador Retriever mixes.
Do Labrabulls Shed?
Pit Bulls are moderate shedders, but Labrador Retrievers are heavy shedders.
How much does the Pit Bull side tone down the shedding?
Well, I can tell you from personal experience Labrabulls shed a lot. It’s just a part of living with a Labrabull that you have to learn to accept.
Are Labrabulls Hypoallergenic?
The main characteristic of hypoallergenic dogs is that they are low shedding breeds.
As I mentioned above Labrabulls are heavy shedders and are definitely not hypoallergenic.
Do Labrabulls Bark A Lot?
Compared to growing up with a Westie who barked non-stop, I would say that Labrabulls are not “barky” dogs.
That doesn’t mean that they never bark, but rather they don’t tend to bark for seemingly no reason.
Lily will bark at animals in the yard or when the UPS driver comes to the door, but other than that she is pretty quiet.
This is also how Pit Bulls and Retrievers normally are as well, so it makes sense that Labrabulls would be the same.
Are Labrabulls Good Guard Dogs?
Yes, Labrabulls make great guard dogs. As I said, they don’t bark that much, but when they do it’s for a reason.
Of course, they aren’t the best at deciphering real threats from perceived threats, but they will alert you if there is someone on your property.
In addition, they are big enough to be intimidating. While they are usually friendly, a big barking dog is enough to scare off almost any would be burglar.
In fact, a survey of burglars concluded that “[i]f a homeowner had a big, loud dog most burglars would stay away.”
While Lily hasn’t scared off any burglars that I know of, she did alert me to someone stealing a package off my front steps – which led to the thief being arrested and me getting my package back.
Do Labrabulls Like The Water?
Yes, most Labrabulls like water. In fact, most even have webbed feet.
Purebred Pit Bulls do not have webbed feet, but Labrador Retrievers do.
Webbing between the toes is a common trait of water dogs such as retrievers, Poodles, and Newfoundlands that helps them swim better.
Lily, my Labrabull, has webbed feet and loves the water.
Are Labrabulls Good With Children?
Labrador Retrievers are usually ranked as one of the best breeds for families with children.
And despite their reputation, Pit Bulls are also good with children.
So, yes, Labrabulls are good with kids. I have never had an issue with my Labrabull and my young daughter in the 5 years they have lived together.
That being said, you should always use caution and supervise any interactions between any dog and young child.
Your dog and your child should be introduced to each other in a safe environment so that they can get used to each other and learn what is expected of each of them.
What Health Concerns Are There With Labrabulls?
While Labrabulls are generally healthy dogs, all dog breeds are affected by their own set of health problems.
One thing to be aware of is both Labrador Retrievers and Pit Bulls are susceptible to Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) injuries.
A torn CCL in a dog is the equivalent of a torn ACL in a human. The difference is that in dogs, the tear usually develops slowly over time.
My Labrabull tore her CCL and had to undergo surgery to repair it. Thankfully, all went well and after a few months she was back to herself.
Here is a video of Lily running top speed 18 months after surgery.
Are Labrabulls A High Energy Breed?
Labrabulls are definitely a high energy dog breed.
They mostly get their high energy levels from their Labrador Retriever side, although Pit Bulls are also considered a high energy breed.
Labradors are known to maintain their puppy like energy well into adulthood.
It wasn’t until Lily was around 7 years old that she finally started to calm down a little bit.
How Much Exercise Do Labrabulls Need?
Labrabulls require 60 minutes of exercise each day. A combination of walks, fetch, tug of war, and swimming are good ways to tire them out.
As they get older, Labrabulls may require a little less exercise each day, but for the first 6 or 7 years they need an hour every day.
If they aren’t able to get their energy out, they may become destructive and chew up things around the home.
If you aren’t able to get them their exercise for day and have to leave them home, you should consider leaving them with a treat toy.
While not as good as exercise, working on getting their treats out of the toy will provide some distraction and mental stimulation.
Are Labrabulls Good Apartment Dogs?
While Labrabulls will adapt to most environments including an apartment, they are better suited to a home with a yard.
It is not impossible to have a Labrabull in an apartment, but it becomes even more important to make sure that they get outside to exercise for at least an hour every day.
Are Labrabulls Smart?
Yes, Labrabulls are smart dogs. The Labrador Retriever is widely considered to be among the smartest dog breeds.
And while the America Pit Bull Terrier is not recognized by the American Kennel Club – and therefore is left off of most lists – they are also thought to be highly intelligent.
I know from experience that while my Labrabull can do some dumb things, she is actually quite smart.
I’m far from a professional dog trainer, but I am easily able to teach Lily new tricks.
Do Labrabulls Smell Bad?
Labrabulls have an about average “dog smell.” However, because they shed a lot, their hair has a tendency to get all over the place.
If you are not vigilant about vacuuming and cleaning up their hair, your house could end up smelling like dog.
Are Labrabulls Aggressive?
The image of an aggressive Pit Bull has become a cliché and is widely considered to be overblown.
However, there is some evidence to suggest that Pit Bulls are prone to be more aggressive than the average breed towards other dogs.
According to Dr. Pamela Reid of the ASPCA’s Animal Behavior Center in New York, Pit Bulls are “less tolerant” of other dogs than the average dog.
I’ve experienced this with my Labrabull as well. She loves playing at the dog park with other dogs, but she can sometimes take things too far.
While she has never injured another dog, I have had to step in and remove her from the park on a couple of occasions.
On the other hand, she has never shown any aggression towards humans (other than barking at the mail man).
Do Labrabulls Protect Their Owners?
Most dog breeds, including Labradors and Pit Bulls will protect their owners if they sense they are in danger.
Fortunately, I’ve never been in a situation where I thought I would need my dog to protect me.
One situation that I have experienced is my Labrabull protecting my young daughter if another dog gets too close.
If Lily thinks that another dog is too close to her sister, she will become more aggressive and step in between them.
This has happened on several occasions. And while I appreciate that she wants to protect my daughter, I don’t think that there was ever any real danger.
That’s the thing. While dogs want to protect their owners, they are generally not great at assessing situations.
Do Labrabulls Make Good Family Pets?
Yes, Labrabulls make great family pets for active families. They always want to be near their humans and involved in family activities.
I’ve talked about how my Labrabull can be aggressive with other dogs, but that’s only with dogs she doesn’t know. With dogs she is familiar with, she’s fine.
If you have other dogs in your household, I would not hesitate to adopt a Labrabull, especially as a puppy.
Are Labrabulls Recognized As Their Own Breed?
Not surprisingly, Labrabulls are not recognized by the American Kennel Club or the UK Kennel Club.
Also, unlike other mixed breeds including some Labrador mixes and American Pit Bull Terrier mixes, the Labrabull is also not recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) or International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
Labrabull Final Thoughts
Whether warranted or not, the perception of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever could not be more different, but the Labrabull makes for an awesome dog.
If you are looking at shelter dogs, I highly recommend considering a Labrador Retriever Pit Bull mix breed.
Similar Mixed Breeds
- Jack Russell Terrier Labrador Retriever Mix (Jackador): The Jackador is an outgoing, intensely energetic, and loyal family dog that weighs between 25-50 lbs.
- Boston Terrier Labrador Retriever Mix (Boston Lab): The Boston Lab is a designer dog breed of medium size that is notable for its lively spirit, amiable temperament, and flexibility to adapt to diverse surroundings.
- Labrador Retriever Bull Terrier Mix: The Labrador Retriever Bull Terrier Mix Breed combines the playful and energetic nature of the Bull Terrier with the friendliness and loyalty of Labrador Retrievers, resulting in a sociable, affectionate, and versatile family pet.
- Boston Terrier Pit Bull Mix (American Boston Bull Terrier): The American Boston Bull Terrier, a Boston Terrier Pit Bull mix, is a medium-sized, muscular and friendly dog breed known for its intelligence, energy, and distinctive appearance.