Labrabull- A Labrador Pitbull Mix

What is a Labrabull?

What is a Labrabull? Where does it come from? Well, we have those answers and many more answers to your questions. The Labrabull is a mix between the Labrador which is the number 1 family dog to own, and the American pit bull terrier which is getting a really bad black eye due to some truly rotten apples, and from the media.

In my opinion dog’s who have gone “bad” are generally suffering from lack of training, socialization, exercise, care, and love. It’s not the dog’s fault that they were not trained properly at a young age, it’s the owner’s fault.

The dog does not know what is the wrong behavior and what is the right one until he has been trained to know what is right and what is wrong.

Now before we dive into the Labrabull we will learn a little bit about there parents, first off is the Labrador!

The Labrador Retriever

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  • Weight- 55-80 pounds
  • Height-22-24 inches
  • Lifespan- 10-14 years
  • Exercise- 30-40 minutes
  • Temperament- Loving, caring, loyal, playful, athletic

America’s favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever, is an agreeable and friendly companion. This breed holds a significant distinction as an ever-popular choice for families. Labs are highly social and have a love for all people, children and animals alike, which explains their widespread popularity.

The Labrador was first bred in Canada. There, they worked to help fishermen and hunters retriever their catches. They needed a friendly dog that loved fetching and being in the water.

The Labrador was sent over to England in the 1800s by some English noblemen who had discovered the breed while visiting Canada. Those breeds began the line that is now the English Labrador Retriever, bred more for show, companionship, and conformation.

The English Labrador is shorter, stockier, thicker necked and more mellow than their American cousins. If you would like to know more about the American Labrador VS, the English Labrador we have that article here as well.

The Pitbull Terrier

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  • Weight- 30-90 pounds
  • Height- 17-19 inches to the shoulder
  • Lifespan- 8-15 years
  • Exercise- 15-30 minutes
  • Temperament- Friendly nature, athletic, desire to please people

Pitbulls are kind, sweet, loyal, and loving; the only reason why they are labeled as “Dog aggressive and dangerous!” is because of a few bad apples in the cart.

The Pitbull is not a breed but merely a catch-all for all dogs that have a similar style. There are several theory that says that the Pitbull comes from way before the Romans, in fact, the ancient Greeks used a now extinct dog breed as a forerunner to the Pitbull.

Then the breed spread to England where they were known as the mastiff when the Romans conquered Britan they soon fell in love with the breed as well.

Another theory says that the conquering Normans used a large mastiff-like dog to hold onto a rampaging bull. This action soon turned into a sport known as bull-baiting, this is their origin of there name Pit-bull-dog or otherwise known as Bullpit.

The Labrabull

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  • Weight-  45-90 pounds
  • Height- 20-24 inches
  • Lifespan- 10-14 years
  • Major Health Concerns- Bloat, and Epilepsy
  • Grooming- Brush weekly
  • Colors- Grey, Black, Fawn, Silver, Brown
  • Eye Color- Hazel, Brown
  • Exercise- 30 minutes of running, walking, or playing
  • Training- 30 minutes each day
  • Socialization- Start at a young age at puppy training and take her to the city or town whenever you can
  • Temperament- Kind, Gentle, Playful, Loyal, Athletic, Watchful, Friendly nature
  • House or Apartment?- Needs a house with a yard

What does a Labrabull look like?

The Labrabull has four other common names like the Lab-Pit, Pitador, Pit-Lab, and finally the Pitador-Retriever.
A Labrabull can look like a pit bull and yet he/she can have the loving spirit of a Labrador. Or the body of a Labrador with the coloring of a pitbull.

Their fur colors could be Grey, black, fawn, silver, brown, and or silver, but most of the time the Pitador will mostly be the color of black except for the chest and the tip of the tail. the labrabull is a small to medium-sized fellow. He/she will 20-24 inches at the shoulders. Their temperament is kind, gentle, playful, loving, loyal, silly, and best of all a hard work.

You may be worried about the Pit bulls temperament showing itself in the Lab-Pit but never fear. For the Labrabull is a really big snuggler with any who can spare the time, I tend to think that the Labrador’s gentle side generally takes out any “aggressive” behavior. If your still not convinced then the proper training of the Labrabull will.

What are the Socialization and Training needs of the Labrabull

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Training, Socialization, and Exercise are needed to maintain a healthy, loving, respectful relationship with the dog. If the dog is missing any of these three things then you will not have a respectful, and loving relationship.

The Lab-Pit like all dogs needs to be socialized at an early age, it is an important first step to creating a very stable and loving relationship with your Lab-Pit. The general idea is to get he/she interested and unafraid of different sounds, i.e cars, trucks, slamming doors and other things that make a loud sound.

You also want your puppy to get use to people coming and going from your house, you wanna invite friends and family over to your house or take your puppy to their house.
When friends come over to your house if they have a dog of there own have them bring him/her over.

Labrabull’s Training

Training your Labarabull should take no lesser than 30 minutes a day while he/she is a puppy! This is essential that you imprint on their mind that you are the boss. Any command you have given them they need to follow it, no matter how many times you need to repeat the command do not give up.

If you really don’t know what you’re doing I would suggest you find a much easier dog to train, but if you really want a challenge then I say go for this dog! Get professional help, this allows you to make mistakes and have the pro take the hit’s if it blows up. 😉 ( just kidding!) The real reason to go is to get some expert advice from a really good source of info.

First start training her to sit, lay down, stay, and come, once you get those four basic commands down pat without any trouble you can move on. Here are a few more training exercises, heel, which trains them to come to your heels. With me, leave it, drop it, wait, leash walking – leash walking is very important you don’t wanna be flying down the street holding on for dear life because your dog saw a squirrel or something.

Leash Walking

A little side note here- Beleive me when I say being dragged by a dog is not fun! When I was around 8-9. My dad sister and I were at a park and I decided I could run fast enough to keep up with our dog Onyx a Doberman mix. Shortly before my failure, my dad told me to never let go of the leash because we were near a busy road. So I waited for them to walk halfway around the track.

Then I said something to the effect of “Getty up!”. For the first two seconds, we were flying down the track then something happened and I was flat on my stomach head banging up and down. True to my word, I never let go for the whole seven seconds it took for Onyx to go halfway around the track to reach my sister and dad. Though truth to tell it felt like a thousand years!

Anyways going back on track, I wish for no one to experience being dragged behind a fast-moving dog. This is why training any dog especially big dogs to walk at your heels is very important.

What is the Temperament and Exercise Needs of the Pitador?

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Labrabull’s are sweet, loving, caring, loyal beyond belief, playful, and gentle, the Lab-Pits are some of the gentlest dogs. The Labrabull’s parents are the Labrador and the pit bull, both of which are kind, gentle, playful, loyal, athletic, watchful, and last of all friendly natured.

Some people might be thinking but where is the vicious man-eating side of the pit bull in the Labrabull? I can tell you in four words. It is in the way you raise, train, socialize, and exercise your Labrabull that will determine whether or not you Labrabull is a good boy😇 or a bad boy👹.

Exercise

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Labrabull’s should be exercised every day, for at least 30 minutes whether that is running, jogging, walking, and or playing. If the Labrabull does not get enough exercise or any then they can become depressed, they can also make some major trouble in and out of the house.

So if you can’t give them the right amount of exercise then you might just wanna get a dog that is fine with 10-15 minutes.

What are the Labrabulls Health and Grooming needs like?

Lab-pits grooming is pretty basic 10 minutes brushing every week during the summer and winter, and 15-20 minutes during the fall and spring every three days. They also need an ear cleaning every two weeks so that the ear wax does not go into and ear infection.

In order to understand the health problems of the Labrabull, we need to understand there parents health problems.

The Labrador’s health issues

  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia- which is common to most purebred dogs.
  • Bloat- Bloat is where the dog has just eaten or has eaten in the past 20 minutes and you go out to exercise him. The stomach builds up acid and the stomach starts twisting itself into knots.
  • Retinal atrophy- PRA is short for a disease that causes blindness over time.
  • Obesity- Labradors are especially susceptible to overeating if given the chance, so monitor your dog’s diet.
  • Cold tail- Cold tail mainly happens to sporting dogs, this is where the tail ceases to work.

The Pit Bull Health Issues

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  • Hip Dysplasia – Again common in most dogs
  • Thyroid issues- This is common to middle-aged to old-aged dogs. Common signs are skin disease, weight gain, intolerance to the cold.
  • Allergies- grass, food, pollen and things of that nature.
  • Skin Infections- Pitbulls can get infections from either not getting enough zinc and or getting enough and cannot process it.
  • Nerve diseases- Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis or NCL occurs to young Pitbulls around 1-3 years old. The early stages are weak rear legs, which then leads to losing usage to all four legs. There are some treatment options at the vet.
  • Blader stones-

The Labrabulls Health Issues

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  • Hip dysplasia- Again common in most dogs
  • Thyroid issues- This is common to middle-aged to old-aged dogs. Common signs are skin disease, weight gain, intolerance to the cold.
  • Allergies- grass, food, pollen and things of that nature.
  • Skin infections- Labrabulls can get infections from either not getting enough zinc and or getting enough and cannot process it.
  • nerve disease- Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis or NCL occurs to young Pitbulls around 1-3 years old. The early stages are weak rear legs, which then leads to losing usage to all four legs. There are some treatment options at the vet.
  • Bladder stones-
  • Bloat- Bloat is where the dog has just eaten or has eaten in the past 20 minutes and you go out to exercise him. The stomach builds up acid and the stomach starts twisting itself into knots.
  • Obesity- Labradors are especially susceptible to overeating if given the chance, so monitor your dog’s diet.
  • Cataracts- Common to most animals and humans this happens over time.
  • Cold tail- Cold tail mainly happens to sporting dogs, this is where the tail ceases to work.

All in all if I were rating the Lab-pit I would give him a 4 out of 5 stars, due to his health issues which are larger than most. But that should not stop anyone from buying/fostering/adopting this magnificent dog breed.

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