Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Labrabull, Pitador
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The Labrador Retriever and the American Pit Bull Terrier are two of America's, if not the world's, most popular dogs. It seems like a natural to moderate some of the Pit Bull's more problematical terrier traits with DNA from the fun-loving, easy-going Lab. Enthusiasts have a lot of good things to say about the pet quality of well-trained Labrabulls. They are playful, loyal, and love to be a part of an active family. However, as with any cross-bred dog (especially the first generation crosses), the traits are not guaranteed. You could have a dog that seems a bit more like a Lab or a bit more like a APBT. In almost all cases, though, you will have an active dog that enjoys exercise. Be aware that every mixed-breed dog is an individual.
Appearance / health:
Every mixed-breed dog is different but, as a general rule, expect an APBT/Lab mix to be a short-haired, muscular dog.
Behavior / temperament:
The plan with this cross is to create an ideal companion animal with the APBT's fierce loyalty combined with the Lab's wonderful personality. Many owners are enthusiastic about this cross... if the dog is properly trained and exercised. If you don't have to time to channel this dog's energy, look elsewhere.
great personality, guard dog, loyal dog, sweetest dogs, quickly wagging tail
excited energy, strangers, escape artist
energetic animal, minimal shedding, Energetic Commitment, strong dog
Kaysia the Black Lab/Pitbull
Well Now I have the somewhat sad story of Kaysia, the Pitbull and Black Lab mix, who was taken from us as an adolescent when she was tragically hit by a vehicle while visiting rural washington :( We got Kaysia as a very young puppy from a family that had 4 children and not nearly enough time for the whirlwind we eventually nicknamed "Tornado" lol. My first experience with KKaysia was when I still had Cash Money and I put them together to see if they wouuld play. At first Cash the chiweenie tried to puff out his chest and be boss and Kaysia promptly straddled him and pottied on him lol!!
And thats how Cash lost control of his home and his manhood for a bit. ha. She relentlessly tortured him picked him up would CONSTANTLY potty on him and take all his toys. Eventualy we started having to put one or the other in the crate which was sad for me because Cash was my baby boy and I missed him at my side. Then started the potty wars where one or the other would potty on the couch to mark their territory and as loveable and cute and floppy eared as Kaysia was, she was an uncontrollable nightmare to train. I shouldnt say train, i should say manage. she ate everything. pottied on everything and got into everywhere. She couldnt sit still and would only sleep... nope I dont remember her sleeping. or us for that matter it was like having a newborn baby but one that could eat your shoes and tear up your carpet at the same time lol.
Every once in a while if you held her really tightly she would stop for a moment and instantly fall asleep snoring on your chest and thats when you fell in love with her all over again :) but would definately recommend a lot of space, professional training, a ton of patience and little to no attachment to your shoe collection or furniture.
Definately no other smaller dogs, and certainly no children (The poeple we got her from lived in an apartment. how?) and like I said lots of patience. I know she would have grown up to be a very good dog, and a beloved family member as she allready was (I had never heard my fiance weep before the day he called to tell me what had happened) And she was given a beautiful burial and ceremony and like my fiance put it, God must've needed another tornado up in doggy heaven. RIP Kaysia you crazy beautiful puppy and Cash misses you too even though you pottied on him. :).
From MarieCorey13 Sep 10 2015 5:51AM
Bubba the Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull
Bubba is actually my aunt's dog but I couldn't resist writing about him. They found him abandoned when he was a puppy and took him because it was so cold. He is a beautiful chocolate auburn color with gold eyes. He is a wonderful dog that loves to go for rides and walks. He has learned to say "I love you" and waits patiently for the bank teller to give him a cookie. He is very strong and considers a car tire a toy. He loves to dig holes and is constantly up for pretty much anything.
I know that Pit Bulls get bad reviews but Bubba is extremely gentle and loving. My cousin has ADHD and anxiety issues and she and Bubba get along wonderfully. This picture below is the two of them chilling out together and the other is Bubba in his winter had. He is Mr. Personality..
From mdmartinauthor Sep 22 2015 8:00PM
Labs are Great, but Be Prepared for Large Dog Problems
I've always loved the idea of a big dog; that is, until I met my husband and his dog, Shadow. Shadow was a great dog though I didn't meet him until he was 5 years of age and he'd already grown attached to my husband, which I expected to happen. However, he wasn't great at listening to anyone else even if you were the most experienced with dogs. He was truly stubborn and he got into his moods. He was also very costly when it came to vet bills due to his size and his innate ability to hurt himself by running through windows and into other sharp objects. He was easy to maintain in the sense that he only needed a good brushing with the changing of the seasons, but he would stink right after coming from outside despite having a bath that very day. He was also prone to some serious ear infections, but then he liked to dunk his head into any body of water he could reach. He was great around children unless he was in one of his moods and then you better keep your kids away from him. This is the ultimate reason we had to put him down since our son was such a small thing and we wouldn't risk his safety for our dog, no matter how much we loved our Shadow. He did have some good points though. He was a great guard dog and acted like our own security system because he would go berserk if anyone tried to enter our home if we weren't there. However, he was also the worst chewer. He destroyed things worse like carpet and furniture if he got left at home for any length of time (this includes 5 minutes). Would I get another Lab? Maybe. I would only do so if I had tons of land for him/her to roam and explore because they are not meant for apartment living or homes without backyards. They need lots of exercise both mentally and physically..
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