The Labrabull is a friendly and affectionate mix of a Labrador Retriever and an American Pit Bull Terrier. While this cross has probably existed for a long time, they were first intentionally mixed in the late 1990s. If you’re considering bringing a dog into your family, you might be wondering if a Labrabull would be the right match. Read more about this hybrid in our complete Labrabull puppies guide to find out!
Where To Get Labrabull Puppies
Since the Labrabull is a mixed breed, it’s not recognized by the American Kennel Club, which is devoted to certifying purebred dogs. However, there are similar organizations devoted to hybrid breeds. A certification from the International Designer Dog Registry, the Dog Registry of America, or the American Canine Hybrid Club is a good sign you’ve found a responsible Labrabull breeder.
Like most mixed breeds, Labrabulls are more likely to show up in backyard breeding operations or puppy mills. This is why it’s extremely important to do your research when looking for a responsible breeder. You really want your money to go towards someone who cares about the health and well-being of their dogs and the bloodlines of their mixed breeds. Don’t trust someone who won’t show you where they’re keeping their puppies and breeding pairs. Make sure whoever you choose is transparent about health issues and can answer any questions you may have.
If you’re not sure you want a puppy, rescuing or fostering a Labrabull may be a great option for you! Since Pitbulls have an undeserved bad reputation, you’re more likely to find a Labrabull or other Pitbull mixes at your local animal shelter. In addition, you can check Labrador and Pitbull specific rescue organizations for Labrabulls. While rescuing has a lot of upsides, there are a couple of downsides. For one, you’re less likely to find a puppy at a shelter or rescue organization than you would from a breeder. It’s also possible the rescue or shelter will not have complete health and breeding information for their dogs. Whether you go the breeder or the rescue route, it’s extremely important to research before choosing your Labrabull. Zola…
A Labrabull puppy can range very widely in price. Depending on a few factors, they may cost anywhere from $200 to $1000. A higher price is usually a good sign that you’ve found a responsible breeder. An ethical puppy breeder will usually incorporate important costs into the costs of their puppies, like vet bills, costs related to the birth, early training, and health screenings. In addition, a higher up-front cost means your puppy is most likely to be a healthy one from the start.
Labrabulls can really vary in appearance and coat color. Their short coats can be black, gray, white, silver, or yellow. Most, however, will have black coats with white accents.
Size is also highly variable with a Labrabull. They’ll grow to be about 20-24 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing 45-90 pounds when fully grown. They’re considered a medium to large size dog hybrid. Bourbon…
The Labrabull is the offspring of two breeds that are great with kids. Therefore, your Labrabull will most likely get along great if you have kids. It’s still a good idea to supervise any interactions between your dog and kids, and to teach kids how to interact with your dog. While they can be okay with other dogs if socialized, they’ll probably thrive better as the only dog in a household. Labrabulls are generally friendly towards strangers, but tend to be watchful at doors, barking when someone comes to them. Without proper training and socialization, a Labrabull can be overprotective of their family. A Labrabull may look and act tough, but they are affectionate and easily frightened.
A Labrabull will have high physical and mental energy needs. If your family is active and loves finding new things to do, a Labrabull will be a great fit. Your Labrabull will love days filled with games, walks, and play. When they’re worn out, they’ll love cuddling up with you. It’s important not to leave your Labrabull alone for too long, since this breed is prone to separation anxiety.
Labrabulls are an intelligent hybrid breed. This should make training very easy. It’s important to get training and socialization started early. Without it, a Labrabull can be a bit mouthy and vigilant. It’s important to establish yourself as pack leader with your Labrabull. As with any dog, use patience, positive reinforcement, and praise. Axl…
Labrabull Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Labrabulls can develop health conditions common to both their Pitbull parents and their Lab parents. These can include obsessive compulsive disorder, epilepsy, bloat, and hypothyroidism. A responsible Labrabull breeder will have done health screenings for these conditions. However, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for symptoms of these conditions, especially for a behavioral problem like OCD. Regular vet visits should help with early detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
After getting your Labrabull puppy, you’ll want to schedule vet visits every three weeks until they’re about a few months old. These vet visits are very important. They help your vet get to know your dog, and make sure they’re growing up happy and healthy. In addition, this is where your vet will administer a series of puppy vaccinations. These include shots against distemper, rabies, and parvovirus. If you choose, you can also vaccinate your dog against kennel cough at one of these visits. Read our puppy vaccine schedule to learn more. Luci…
Whatever food you choose for your Labrabull should be formulated specifically for medium to large breed dogs. It should have a good percentage of protein from either meat or meat meal. This will help support your Labrabull’s high physical energy and their muscular body. It’s important to make sure a raw or grain-free diet is the best choice for your Labrabull before committing, since there have been risks associated with both.
There are some digestive issues to take into account with a Labrabull. Since Labs are prone to bloat, or gastric torsion, it’s important not to feed them too much at once. Bloat can be fatal if not treated. Both parent breeds are prone to both weight gain and obesity. It’s important to keep your Labrabull to a feeding schedule. Don’t leave their food out all day, and limit treats.
Like with any dog, you should take your Labrabull’s weight, health, and age into account before choosing a food. Your vet or a certified pet nutritionist can help you with any questions.
A Labrabull will shed, but, thankfully, they have an easy to groom short coat. They should do best with a weekly brush through with a grooming glove or de-shedding brush. This will help spread their natural oils through their coat and skin. They only really need baths occasionally, usually when they’re stinky or dirty.
Since your Labrabull will have a short coat, it’s a good idea to have a coat and booties on hand for them. This is especially important if you live in a place where it snows and is very cold during winter. In summer, since they may have some spots where hair is sparse, we recommend putting sunscreen on those areas.
Check your Labrabull’s ears frequently for wax buildup, debris, and signs of infection. Unless you’re walking them frequently on hard surfaces, your pup will need a nail trim every two weeks or so. Since both their parent breeds are prone to tartar buildup, you’ll want to brush their teeth a few times a week at least.