What You Should Know About Pitbull Labrador Crosses

The Pit Lab mix is a mixed breed and a cross between a Pitbull terrier and a Labrador retriever. It is also known as Labrabull and sometimes called a Pitador. Both the Pitbull as well as the Labrador are two extremely popular breeds of dogs and can be found in many households around world. 

The combination of traits of two breeds in one dog will contain the genetic legacy of the parents who belong to both the breeds. You?ll find below the characteristics of both breeds especially where they are similar and also where they may be different.

What Do I Need To Know About Designer Dogs?

Designer dog is a term that is popularly used to describe a cross between two purebred dogs. A purebred dog will have puppies that look and have the same personality as others in its breed. In the case of purebred dogs you will know what to expect. On the other hand designer dogs will contain characteristics of both breeds in a single dog and it will be difficult to predict which traits will be seen in the puppy

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How Big Will My Puppy Get?

The Pit Lab mix can grow up to 24 inches and gain a weight of anything between 45 to 90 lbs. they will resemble their parent breeds and will be similar in physical characteristics

What Will The Coat Be Like?

The Labrabull will have a coat that is thick and shiny and will contain short hairs interspersed with silky hair. The color of the coat may be white, brown, yellow or black. The color will also depend on the coat of its parents and you will see a mix inherited from its parents

Are There Any Specific Coat Concerns Should Be Aware Of?

Fortunately the Labrabull?s coat is very easy to groom and you must ensure that it is brushed regularly so as to keep it free of dead hair. You can also apply dry shampoo but there is no need of regular reading. The coat sheds moderately and you will have no issues if you brush it regularly.

What Will My Lab Pit's Personality Be Like?

The pit lab cross is generally extremely energetic and can be socialized early when they are puppies. You must impart obedience training and they will also be good with children as well as with other pets. When you train the dog you must reward and praise it regularly. They are very good apartment dogs and will move around with you in the house. The Labrador is extremely popular because of the affection shown towards strangers but on the other hand the Pitbull is a bit reserved ? the Labrabull puppy may inherit either of the two characteristics. They?re also good watchdogs similar to its parent breeds but at the same time you must train the dog so that it does not jump at strangers. 

How Much Exercise Will My Pitbull Lab Need?

They need to be taken outdoors for exercise regularly like long walks and running. When you take the dog out for a walk you must ensure the dog walks on a leash behind you. Similar to a Labrador the cross breed can gain weight easily if there is no exercise. Along with obesity there will be various health issues that will be seen. The life expectancy of a Pit Lab dog can be from 10 to 14 years though it may sometimes vary.

What Are Common Health Concerns?

Though hybrid dogs tend to have less health issues than their parent breeds you will see some of the illnesses manifested in the cross breed dog.

How Do I Know If These Dogs Are Right for Me?

A Pit Lab mixed dog will be friendly like Labradors but will not bark is much since the Pitbull is a quiet dog. Both breeds need a good amount of exercise, hence if you do not like to go outdoors too much then this may not be the dog for you. You need to train the dog well when it is a puppy so that it does not get too aggressive like some Pitbulls do. They do not like being left alone for too long which may result in aggressive behavior.