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.
good watchdog, friendly temperament, sweetest dog, loyal personality, good family pets
anger issues, aggression, neighborhood cats
LabPit mix, proper socialization, endless energy, PitLab mix, tennis ball
"I'm going to put a disclaimer on here that this review is primarily about my experience with my current dog who is a pitbull/lab mix. He is 3/4 pit and 1/4 lab. He definitely inherited part of the lab.<br><br>Owning this dog is kind of like having a permanent 3 year old. He's sweet. he has personality. He loves EVERYTHING. But he's also a clutz and even though he is trained, sometimes being naughty is just too much fun.<br><br>Now, he is only a year old, so part of that I think he will grow out of, but I really want people considering a puppy to know that this is all part of the package. He's chewed stuff up (like brand new shoes), he's pooped and peed on the floor countless times, he's drug me down the road by a leash, he's jumped on people, he's knocked stuff over, and the list goes on.<br><br>That being said, there's a ton of love in this dog. He love everyone and everything from the kids to the mailman, the rat to the squirrels outside. Not everyone understands or appreciates his affection (squirrels, my grandma, birds), be he loves them and he's going to show them by running up to them and smothering them with dog kisses. He has never intentionally hurt anyone or anything, but in his need to show love he has knocked over each of my kids (5, 3, and 1) on several occasions when he forgets that he is now 50+ pounds and not a lap dog.<br><br>Any purebred pit that I have come across does not shed like Courage. I'm sure that's the lab, but the fur is atrocious. I've tried every de-shedding comb/brush out there and nothing stops the constant shedding. Over the summer we opted to shave him to a 1 guard and while he still sheds, it's much more manageable and he was way happier to sit for a shave than any amount of brushing.<br><br>This is a great dog for someone who wants something to love them ALL OF THE TIME and has a lot of patience.."
From gerrarr Sep 16 2015 8:19PM
"Buddy was the first dog that my wife and I got together. When we went to the shelter I said, "We're not getting the first dog we see." But, a happy wife makes for a happy life. So, wouldn't you know it? We got the first dog we saw! Buddy was just a little guy about 4-5 weeks old, all alone in the shelter cage. He had been thrown over the fence of the animal shelter, clinging to life as a little pup. They told us that they thought he was some sort of pointer mix and would grow no larger than 35-45 lbs, but we've come to believe that he is part pitbull and part labrador. He has grown to 105 lbs! Buddy is one of the most intelligent dogs I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He learns very quickly, and never complains. I've never even so much as heard him whine. He is very tough, and very sweet. Having him in our lives has certainly made us happier and our lives more rich with him in it. Buddy is simply the best dog I've ever had ."
From DontBullyMyBreed Dec 11 2016 7:47PM