Labrabull (Pitador) – The Labrador Retriever American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
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
The 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.
When 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.
And here’s another picture of a Pitador mixed dog.
And here is a video with a Labrabull dog, if you want to see one moving around.