Labrabull (Labrador Retriever & American Pitbull Mix)

If you are going to be spending the next 10 to 14 years of your life with a new furry friend, you will always want to make sure that you are getting the perfect one.

Finding the right dog can be challenging, but I’m here to help. The Labrabull is by far one of my favorite dog breeds and with good reason.

The Labrabull consists of a mix between an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Labrador Retriever.

Few mixed breeds take so many of the exemplary aspects of their parents and combine them into a wonderful breed on its own.

I am willing to argue that the Labrabull is one of the finest examples of a mixed breed because of how well the two parents’ aspects cancel each other out.

Throughout this guide, we are going to be looking at everything that you could want to know about the Labrabull.

We will go over how these dogs behave in the home, how much food they need, their common health issues, and everything else that you may need to know about them.

A brown and white Labrabull laying down
A Labrabull is always happy.

Labrabull Puppies – Before You Buy…

Who doesn’t love puppies?

Regardless of the breed, these little balls of fur always seem to have a way of worming their way into your heart.

It can be hard to keep a cool, level-headed demeanor when purchasing a new dog when the breeder brings out a basket of puppies, but I’ll urge you to hold on just a little longer.

Let’s take a look at some of the main things to consider about Labrabull puppies.

What Price are Labrabull Puppies?

Since this breed is a mix of two relatively common breeds, you will find that Labrabull puppies are rather affordable when compared to other options.

If you don’t mind a mix that isn’t a perfect 50/50, then you may even be able to find a Labrabull up for adoption at your local shelter.

If you prefer a Labrabull from a breeder, you will typically find yourself paying anywhere from 200 to 1000 dollars depending on the dog’s parents, coat, and demand in your area.

Labrabulls with lighter coats tend to sell for more since black fur tends to be the most common outcome.

How to Find Reputable Labrabull Breeders?

If you’re trying to find a Labrabull breeder that is both humane and reliable, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

Provided that you live in an area with a decent number of dog breeders, some online investigation should lead you to the best Labrabull breeder in your local area.

On the other hand, if you are in a rural area, you may have to drive a decent distance to find a Labrabull breeder.

While these dogs are relatively common as mutts, this has the effect of diminishing the demand for Labrabull breeders. Regardless, the Labrabull isn’t as rare as some designer breeds.

3 Little Known Facts About Labrabull Puppies

  1. The vast majority of Labrabulls have a distinctive black and white coat. The majority of the dog is typically black except for the chest, the tip of the tail, and the ends of the paws.
  2. Labrabulls are ideal family dogs, and they will be accepting of younger children and other new additions to the family. As long as they socialize with other pets from a young age, they will also accept other dogs and even cats.
  3. While they are descended from Pit Bulls, which have a reputation for toughness, you will find that the Labrabull can be easily frightened. If you are looking for a hardier dog, you may want to opt for a different breed.
A black Labrabull looking at you
The Labrabull is a great family dog.

Physical Traits of the Breed

The Labrabull has a body that is more reminiscent of the Labrador Retriever than the Pit Bull.

These dogs tend to be relatively lithe, though an example with more Pit Bull blood will look a little sturdier.

In a 50/50 mix, however, the Labrador genes tend to be the more noticeable ones.

As I previously mentioned, most of these dogs have a very distinctive coat which consists of a white tip to the tail, white paws, and a white chest coupled with an all-black coat.

While this may be the most common coat for this breed, sable and brown examples are also prevalent enough.

Even dogs with a lighter coat tend to feature the white spots on the areas that I previously mentioned, and that is something of a trademark of this breed.

While these dogs aren’t usually heavily muscled, they can get a good deal larger with a proper feeding routine and a lot of exercise.

How Big is a Full-Grown Labrabull?

These dogs can get somewhat tall, but their weight often depends on how much Pit Bull they have in them.

Since the Labrador Retriever is relatively thin, a higher proportion of that breed will make for a dog that weighs somewhere between 45 to 65 pounds.

Labrabulls with a higher percentage of pit bull genes can weigh up to 95 pounds, on the other hand.

These dogs typically grow from around 16 to 24 inches tall, so they have a rather wide range of sizes that highly depend on their lineage.

When in doubt about the potential size of your new Labrabull, ask the breeder about the purity of its parents.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Labrabull?

You can expect these dogs to live an average lifespan for most dogs.

Labrabulls can typically live from 14 to 15 years, depending on their lifestyle and whether or not they have any hereditary conditions.

The health of the Labrabull tends to gradually decline as they get older, so this isn’t a dog breed that tends to pass away suddenly.

You will usually have plenty of time to prepare when your Labrabull starts to reach the end. The lack of many debilitating conditions for these dogs means that they tend to pass relatively peacefully.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labrabull

If you are looking for one of the sweetest dog breeds around, few of them will match the Labrabull.

These dogs tend to be very energetic when they are younger, and they slow down as they reach an older age, much in the same way that humans do, so these dogs will mature along with children.

Labrabulls are an ideal family companion dog since the Labrador in the mix mellows out the more aggressive nature of the Pit Bull half.

Keep in mind that Pit Bulls are a relatively misunderstood breed that has an unfair stigma associated with them, and few breeds can do more to prove it than this one.

Even the worst Labrabulls will rarely exhibit much aggression, and these dogs tend to balk at confrontation more often than not.

If you want a dog that won’t get into serious trouble, a Labrabull is an excellent option.

These dogs usually feature average intelligence, though they make up for it when it comes to their caring nature that encompasses everyone in the home.

The Labrabull’s Diet

Labrabulls can subsist off of a relatively varied diet, and they will typically need 1.5 to 2.5 cups of food per day, depending on their size.

You will find that these dogs positively adore treats, and they are one of the best options when it comes to reward-based training for labrabulls.

These dogs should also have a decent amount of meat in their diet, so canned food should be introduced into their food relatively early on.

Some Labrabulls are not heavy eaters, and if you are coming from another breed, this may be a source of concern.

Don’t worry if your dog chooses to eat at its own pace, as this is relatively normal for the breed, and they can be somewhat picky.

A Labrabull with snow on its face
This Labrabull looks scared.

How Much Exercise Does a Labrabull Need?

The Labrabull is a breed that needs a substantial enough amount of exercise to stay in shape.

I would recommend a minimum of two walks per day, though they can go for much longer. Incorporating a visit to a dog park in your weekly routine is also a great idea.

Labrabulls are also very proficient swimmers, so don’t be afraid to let them go in the water.

These dogs seem to love rivers and lakes, so you may have some trouble keeping them away in the first place.

If there are any local bodies of water where dogs can swim, your Labrabull would love to visit.

Labrabull Health and Conditions

Labrabulls tend to be a relatively healthy breed, but there are a few conditions that can develop as these dogs get older.

Being a mixed breed, you will find that Labrabulls are quite a bit healthier than many purebred dogs.

Serious Issues:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Heart problems
  • Hyperthyroidism

Minor Issues:

  • Skin conditions
  • OCD

3 Important Training Tips

  • The Labrabull makes for a very intelligent hybrid dog that is fairly easy to train given that you start at a young age because that is when it’ll learn the most.

You can easily crate train your pup from a very early age by using a small crate, just enough for a bed and a few toys, so that your puppy can recognize it as a place to sleep.

Using a small crate will allow your dog to identify it as a place to only sleep so that when it’s time for it to potty you can take it outside to a designated spot every day.

During the first few months of your pup’s life you must take it out frequently after meals and playtime to ensure your dog knows that it has to go outside the house to potty.

  • The key to a well-behaved Labrabull is that you start it’s socializing from a very early age.

Make sure to let your pup accompany you whenever you meet your guests and let them pat on its head (only if it’s well-received the first time).

This will allow your Labrabull to become very friendly with strangers and this will help you a great deal in the future when you want your friends to meet your dog.

  • The third and final tip is to choose a catchword very early on, such as “watch me” or “here boy”, and use it repetitively before and after the name throughout the life of your dog.

This simple exercise will help you develop a deep bond with your dog since day one as it will always associate that one phrase with you.

In the beginning, you can use this phrase to help your dog focus on you but after a while, you can use it to call your dog whenever you want to train it.

My Final Thoughts on the LabrabullA small Labrabull puppy

If you need a family dog, few breeds can hope to match the Labrabull when it comes to loyalty and sweetness.

The Labrabull is an example of one of the best-mixed breeds on the market, as it takes every positive feature of both of its parent breeds and mixes them into a single dog

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