Labrabull (Pitador) – The Labrador Retriever American Pit Bull Terrier Mix

The Labrabull, which is also known as a Pitador, is a mixed dog, a combination between parents of two different breeds, in this case between a Labrador Retriever and an American Pit Bull Terrier.

Mixed dogs are characterized by their uniqueness, due to the combination of physical characteristics, temperament, health issues and intelligence which comes from two different breeds.

When you’re getting a Labrabull (or Pitador if you prefer the name), you’re never really sure what you’re getting. You can get a general idea of their physical appearance, since even as puppies they might display signs of being closer to one breed or another, but as far as health goes and even their temperament, those can be unknown quantities at this point.

Because the genetic legacy of both parents will influence the Labrabull in one way or another, we’ll cover below the characteristics of both sides, specifically where they are similar and where they differ.

The Labrabull Appearance and Behavior

Labrabull-Dog-InformationThe Labrabull’s size will vary in height between 12 and 27 inches, with a weight between 30 and 115 pounds. These are the extremes of the two breeds, so chances are that the dog will be somewhere in the middle.

Both breeds have a short coat, which sheds moderately and doesn’t require a lot of grooming from the owner.

The Pit Bull is not much of a barker, but the Labrador does have a bit of a tendency to do it, so your new Pitador might or might not enjoy barking a lot while you’re sleeping.

As far as friendliness goes, the Labrador is well known for his love for all strangers, but the Pit Bull is a bit more reserved, though still friendly overall. The Labrador doesn’t need to be the dominant one, but the Pit Bull on the other hand is quite dominant, and needs training in this regard while he’s still a puppy. Both breeds are easily trainable, with a bonus in this area for the Labrador, which is a pleasure to work with.

Both breeds can be raised in apartments, as long as they get plenty of exercise. Either way, if they’re kept indoors, you can expect them to be active.

In both cases, the Labrabull should do well with kids, especially if he takes from the Labrador side of the gene pool more.

As far as other pets go, the Labrador side might do OK with them, but if he inherits from the Pit Bull, you can expect a lot of aggressiveness towards other dogs of same sex, and towards other types of pets. If you do own other dogs or cats, a Labrabull mix might not be a good idea, at least if it’s an unknown quantity as far as temperament is concerned.

Both breeds can do well in areas like agility or competitive obedience, and they should enjoy activities like hunting and tracking (retrieving as well for the Labrador). They can be watchdogs as well.

Pitador Puppies

Labrabull-Pitador-PuppyWhen looking at puppies that are mixed between an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Labrador Retriever, you can already see some of the characteristics that will dictate how the dog will look like as an adult. You might also see the playfulness of the Labrador, or the dominance of the Pit Bull.

The Labrabull puppy should begin training at a fairly young age, especially when it comes to his issues of dominance and obedience.

The puppy should be fed with appropriate food and if it’s not super premium kibble, the diet should be supplemented with vitamins and calcium, according to the vet’s advice.

Pictures of Labrabulls

Here’s a picture of a black Labrabull, a good looking dog for sure.

Black-Pitador-Mix

And here’s another picture of a Pitador mixed dog.

Pitador-Mixed-Dog-Labrador-Pit-Bull

And here is a video with a Labrabull dog, if you want to see one moving around.

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10 Responses to “Labrabull (Pitador) – The Labrador Retriever American Pit Bull Terrier Mix”

  1. lw says:

    “but if he inherits from the Pit Bull, you can expect a lot of aggressiveness towards other dogs of same sex, and towards other types of pets. If you do own other dogs or cats, a Labrabull mix might not be a good idea, at least if it’s an unknown quantity as far as temperament is concerned.” This is just not true. Most Pits if well trained and well socialized DO NOT have dog aggressiveness. As terriers they can be dominant and bossy but it is up to us to work with them. This just perpetuates a stereotype and is not good information.

    • Julie says:

      I agree. We have a lab and pit mix that is just over a year old here at my house because it is my daughter’s and she, unfortunately, moved back in. Anyhow, he gets along great with the cat, the beagle, and the chihuahua that are here. He is just so much bigger than all the other animals that he clumsily plays with them. He and the chihuahua play the best. The beagles doesn’t like to be bothered by him. Anyhow…thought I would share.

  2. Alex says:

    Iw, I do believe you are right about Pits, they can be wonderful dogs and there is a lot of bad information about them out there. As you mentioned, IF they are given the proper amount of attention and training, they will be great dogs. That good training is not guaranteed though, and most people will not be capable of offering it. I believe it’s a good idea to tell people that a breed needs more attention, before they get that dog. We’re not talking about how dogs behave if they are trained well, we’re talking about their natural behavior/instinct.

    I don’t claim to be right about everything though, so if you have direct experience with Pit Bull dogs, please feel free to share in the comments (or do a guest post on the blog about this breed). I’d be happy to hear from a pit bull owner.

  3. Kasey says:

    My family and I adopted a 1 yr old Labrabull from our local SPCA. (Actually, he picked us. Leapt up on my shoulders and pinned me to the wall with big sloppy puppy kisses. Absolutely had to take him home. ^_^)

    Marley had been severely abused and still holds the scars from his horrible experience. His previous owners tied him up in an unsheltered backyard and moved away. The rescuers found him near death.
    At the time, my husband and I had a 2 yr old daughter and a 4 yr old son. Marley became a predominate house dog (going outside to play and do his business). We thought it important he be introduced as part of the family especially because of what he had been through. Of course, I was a stay at home mother and there to help Marley every step of the way.

    Marley is almost 7 yrs old now and we have another addition to our family.

    Never once have we had a problem with our Pupzilla. He adores the kids, has suffered all kinds of friendly children attention, and crying.
    However, (and I don’t know if it’s because he’s very protective of his family or because of his abuse)he doesn’t suffer other animals around us. He will play with other neighborhood dogs just fine, but if they come in the yard, all bets are off.(Puppies are not included in this. He’s actually very fond of baby anything.)

    I think pit bulls and this particular breed have an unfounded personality stigma. By all stereotypical standards, Marley should have been aggressive and temperamental. He’s not. He’s easy going and so loving, always wagging his tail and soaking up attention. Still hates taking a bath though. LOL

    I agree with lw and Alex. It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort, and love to raise any animal. A larger breed and those with Marley’s background need extra attention. Mostly because they don’t know their own strength sometimes and Marley was very unsure, never aggressive, just would run behind my legs when the kids got too rowdy. After several months of constantly working with him, the kids and the dog ran through the house chasing one another as a close knit group. Now, they’re inseparable. He tries to follow them onto the school bus.

    To be honest, I never considered Marley’s pit bull lineage to be a factor. He clearly has the features and is massive at 95 lbs, but is misunderstood. As far as people are concerned, he’s never met a stranger. He loves to meet new people, is a favorite at the vet, and if you rub his belly he’s your friend for life. In fact, I tell my husband if we were ever robbed, Marley would probably let them walk right on out of our house with everything we owned as long as he got attention. ^_^

    I don’t believe it’s the dogs or breed that cause the ill-tempers, its the owners. A dog starved for affection or in need of guidance will test boundaries and sometimes those can go to the extremes depending on the circumstance. Any living thing is a great responsibility and it’s not for everyone. Neglect in several regards is unfortunately common. Feeding them and petting them is just not enough. It’s a commitment and a life changing one.

    Marley is a testament to all neigh-sayers out there, give them enough love and attention and show them how much you truly care and you will have the best dog in the world.

  4. Reyna says:

    So me and my bf found a pit/lab mix, super adorable, female && the chunckyness on her make you want to eat all her cuteness up , any tips for training ? We also have a 5yr old

    • stevie says:

      Reyna, I have had a labrabull from the time he was a puppy. Amazing dog hands down. He is very smart but in a very dumb goofy kind of way. When I first got him I made sure to expose him to kids, babies, strangers, other types of animals and hes never once shown any type of aggression or unease. Actually it turned out very different being that he loves playing with the neighborhood kids and dogs and will sit outside and watch them and cry and cry until he gets permission to “go see” He ran away only once because he heard a kid crying at a local park which was across the street. He is a pit mix with does carry some habits that I broke early such as shaking of the head, he still does it but never learned how correctly so it just looks funny. With a lab breed it was jumping which was also broken very early, never had any problems. with both there was a little chewing up toys and whatnot but now he knows if he destroys his toys they get taken so he never does. The important thing is to be dominate but also very loving as both breeds can get feelings hurt very easy. Some good tips when training, If they chew up a toy, take it away and do not give it back and if you throw it away let them see it and show them that if they “hurt” their toys, they are gone. make sure you are very dominate, feed them after you eat, make them sit and wait, play with them constantly and teach them as many tricks you can because they will anyways try to impress you to get approval but stay consistent in any training. They can get separation anxiety very easy so I would recommend kennel training, (even if you are at home) very early if you see any signs of it (we did and he never needs it now) but try not to use it as a punishment, make it a comfort place for him. also if you see signs of SA, don’t let him sleep in bed with you, make him sit by himself if you are home and only come to you if called. When you do come home ignore him for at least 10 minutes until hes calmed down and if you do kennel train, you can leave a shirt or towel that smells like you, leave a tv on or a radio, it helps. expose him to many many different things. Never let him feel in charge. If you do treats, make sure its limited because they have a BIG appetite sometimes and instead of treats when training them, you can do a lot of loving petting and “good boys” with tons of energy behind it, it was more effective with mine but all dogs are different. stay dominate and you should be good. reward and punishment I have found has worked with every dog I have ever had. Do not let any bad behavior pass and if he does shake his head while playing i would recommend stopping it.

  5. Al says:

    I have my second labrabull she stands 25 inches high weighs 85 pounds black/white chest and tips pf paws. I had another one about 20 years ago. My current labrabull turned out to be a scent dog and it didnt take much training it came natural for her. She can now track human scent, do area search and cadaver work and is extremely good at it. I got her at 4 months old rescued her she needed to be fixed and had a umbilical hernia also that needed to be fixed she is now 3 years old and by my side 90% of the time. I can not stress how active these dogs are, given that the breed requires a owner to spend time daily with the dog including long walks. If you don’t these dogs will be very destructive. Mine loves all animals,people and kids for some reason seem to favor girls over boys, so she is aware of genders of kids. Like any dog they require training but even more so because of the breed.

  6. Puppylover16 says:

    I just got a pitador and she is very hyper. She also loves attention and to get whatever she can into her mouth.but she is very affectionate and loves to please me. I would recommend this breed for a good family dog.

  7. Ajaxxxxxxx says:

    I have 2 female Pitador’s. The older one has strong pit bull instincts while the young one has strong lab instincts. Both have been great family dogs. They are absolutely the best dogs that I have ever had. The best part is that I got them for free as puppies.

  8. nitin says:

    Hi i have one labrabull 4 month pupy. And i want to know that if he will fight against daberman or german shepherd than what will happen i mean who will be the best ????

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