Pitbull Lab Mix: A Complete Pet Parent’s Guide To The Bullador Dog

The Pitbull Lab Mix, also known as a Bullador, is a hybrid dog.

This energetic, smart and loyal dog is the result of cross breeding a Pitbull with a Labrador Retriever.

Having genes from the most popular dog in the US (i.e. the Lab), you are certainly getting a loveable rogue with this mix.

High in energy, and super easy to train, this dog breed is a great addition to any family who are used to large breed dogs.

Read our complete pet-parents guide below to learn more about this dog breed’s temperament, appearance, exercise and feeding requirements.

Pitbull Lab Mix Dog Breed Summary
Size 12 to 24 inches in height
Weight 50 to 80lb
Lifespan 10 – 14 years
Breed Type Mixes and More
Purpose Companion
Suitable For Families And Homes With Experience Of Dogs
Color Variations Black, Yellow, Brown, White Markings, White and Tan
Temperament Eager To Please, Trainable, Smart, Loyal And Energetic
Other Names Pitador, Bullador, Labpitt and Labrabull

What is a Pitbull Lab Mix? Dog Breed Information

What is a Pitbull Lab Mix
A Pitbull Lab Mix is a hybrid of a purebred Pitbull and Labrador Retriever.

The Pitbull Lab Mix is an energetic dog who loves to keep busy. This is hardly surprising when he comes from two parents who were historic working dogs.

Being a hybrid dog breed, the Pitbull Lab Mix isn’t recognized by any major Kennel Clubs, but, they are recognized by the Designer Breed Registry as a Labrabull.

It is unclear when these happy-go-lucky dogs first appeared.

Some people argue breeders attempted to combine the best qualities from both parent dogs:

  • Labrador Retirver’s temperament
  • Pitbull’s loyalty

On the subject of the parent breeds, let’s look at them in a little more detail to understand more about the Pitbull Lab Mix.

Labrador Retriever

Yellow Labrador Retriever

Being the most popular dog in the US, we would hazard a guess you know someone who owns a Labrador!

They are super friendly, energetic and confident dogs.

Being the traditional water dog of Newfoundland, they were adored for their work ethic. They were used to retrieve the fish that came in off the trawl, which is why most Labradors you will meet, love the water!

Still popular workers today, but most commonly as guide dogs, the Labrador found its way into the homes and hearts of many and they make a perfect family companion.

The Pitbull

Powerful Pitbull

There is often confusion around the Pitbull dog.

Generally speaking, the term Pitbull is used as a classification of dogs who tends to have a similar appearance:

  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

So, your Pitbull Lab Mix, could technically be a cross between a Labrador and any of the four above dogs.

All of these dogs were historic fighting dogs and none of them have a particularly good reputation.

When raised in the right hands can be the most loyal and loving dogs you could ever wish to meet – they are eager to please, incredibly smart and super-trainable.

Pitbull Lab Mix Puppies

Pitbull Lab Mix Puppy
The typical litter size for a Pitbull Lab Mix is between five to ten puppies.

As with any cross breed, you can never be entirely sure of the dog you will end up with.

You may end up with more Pitbull qualities than Lab or vice-versa, you won’t know until your puppy has matured into an adult dog at around 18 months of age.

Generally, your Pitbull Lab Mix will have small droopy ears with a soft, smooth coat, however like temperament, hybrids can be unpredictable in appearance, you can see in the pictures in this article!

Your Pitbull Lab Mix puppy will likely come from a litter of 5-10 puppies, but, the average size is 7 puppies.

A Pitbull Lab Mix price should be around $500.

As both parents can be similar in size, it generally doesn’t pose an issue which parent is the sire or dam providing you have sourced a reputable breeder.

Age Weight
8 weeks 4-8lb
12 weeks 6-12lb
16 weeks 8-16lb
6 months 13-26lb
12 months 26 – 52lb
Your hybrid dog will reach maturity between 12-18 months of age

Pitbull Lab Mix Temperament

Characteristic Rating
Ease of Care
Exercise Requirements
Social Tendencies

The Pitbull Lab Mix, when raised and socialized correctly, can be super-sociable and friendly. They can learn to love everyone and everything.

However, you must be mindful of the tenacious history of the Pitbull dog. They can be feisty if their energy isn’t channeled into the right activities and exercises.

They are incredibly smart, so you too must be prepared when it comes to training.

He responds best to positive reinforcement and reward-based dog training.

Being so eager-to-please, they will be top of the class in puppy school and they will wow your family with the party tricks the kids have taught them.

Not known barkers, they will only alert you if something is wrong (the Pitbull in this hybrid hasn’t forgotten their guardian duties).

The most noise they make will be their snoring!

Pitador Dog
Mixing the best qualities from both breeds, this dog can be a friend for life for the entire family.

The Pitbull Lab Mix is a loyal companion to kids of all ages, when raised with them and when the kids understand their needs, including their need for space.

A crate den can be a perfect addition to your home to help teach your kids that dogs need quiet time too!

Multi-pet households won’t faze this hybrid, when introduced to other pets correctly. Other dogs and cats can be loved allies!

The Pitbull Lab Mix loves a busy home where there is always something to stick their nose in, and someone to play with, they don’t tolerate being left alone.

They can get stressed which results in destruction and despair when left alone for long periods of time. Keep time spent alone to a minimum and source a local dog walker or daycare if necessary.

Caring For A Pitbull and Lab Mix (Feeding, Exercise & Training)

Pitbull Lab Mix Sitting Down
An adorable companion for all families, you will need as many pairs of hands as possible to meet the exercise needs of this dog.

Food and Diet Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Calories 1,500 to 2,000
Cups of Kibble Four Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

Your Pitbull Lab Mix will need plenty of food to keep his energy levels high.

The most important thing is to feed a good quality feed that meets his nutritional requirements. Specifically, his protein and fat needs:

  • As a puppy he will need 12g of protein per kg of bodyweight
  • This will reduce to 2.62g protein when he reaches full maturity

Fat provides energy and we know he’s going to be burning through plenty of that:

  • As a puppy he will need at least 8% of his diet in fat form
  • When he matures, this can reduce to 5%

You should feed your dog three times throughout the day, splitting the total serving into three even meals and keeping a bit back for treats throughout the day.

A good feeding schedule for your Pitbull Lab Mix puppy is:

  • 07:00
  • 12:00
  • 17:00

Exercising Your Dog

Pitbull Lab Mix Portrait

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 120 minutes
Activity Level This is a high activity dog breed

This dog will have plenty of energy, so will need his daily walks.

Upwards of 60 minutes is essential for this hybrid dog, 120 minutes of exercise is ideal for a Pitbull Lab Mix.

You should only exercise your dog to this extent once he has reached full maturity. As a puppy, stick with the 5-minute rule.

5 minutes of exercise per month of age.

Being part Labrador, he may be partial to a swim, so look for opportunities in your area when you can take him to swim safely.

Remember to invest in a life jacket for your puppy if you are going to be spending time by the water.

Being super trainable, your Pitbull Lab Mix will thrive in any dog sport:

  • Agility
  • Herding
  • Flyball

Your dog will have the intelligence and energy to nail these sports! The kids can also get involved; many clubs will allow child handlers too.

Be mindful of the regulation in your area. If Pitbulls are restricted, you may have to abide by the same restrictions with your Pit mix.

This can often include being kept on a leash or even muzzled in a public space.

Training Advice

Just like all dogs, the Pitbull Lab Mix responds best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training.

Eager-to-please, they want to do what you ask of them.

Start socialization early, introduce him to everything the world has on offer, people, animals, household equipment, machinery, trucks, trains, everything!

Train the basic commands and those that could one day save his life, like stop, stay and leave, especially if he has retained the Labrador scavenging gene.

How To Train Leave

  1. Hold a treat in a closed hand.
  2. Let him sniff but don’t give him the treat (He may try to get it from your hand, but don’t let him).
  3. As soon as he turns away, give him the treat.
  4. Repeat. You want him to learn that if he leaves something, he gets something good anyway.
  5. Label the behavior, “leave” as he turns his head away.

Progress to leaving treats on the floor and asking him to leave.

Health Problems

Pitbull Lab Mix Feature

They typically live for between 10 and 14 years, with insurance costing around $400/year. Being a hybrid dog, the Pitbull Lab Mix can suffer with any of the health issues his parents can:

  • Labradors can suffer with Hip Dysplasia, this is when there is abnormal development in the hip joint. It causes pain, stiffness and can lead to early onset arthritis. Despite it being a hereditary condition, environmental and nutritional factors can affect its progression.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy is common in Labradors, this is where there is progressive degeneration in the eye which can lead to eventual blindness. Any reputable breeders will screen for this before breeding any of their dogs.

Pitbull Lab Mix Color, Appearance, Coat and Grooming

Being a hybrid, your Pitbull Lab Mix can vary lots in appearance:

  • The Labrador Parent could have been yellow, brown or black.
  • The Pitbull parent, technically, could have been any one of the breeds that are generally identified as a pit; including tiger striped!

The parents will give you the best indication of their expected appearance.

They will generally have a short, smooth coat. Most likely floppy ears. They will be muscular, but lean in stature.

Classed as a medium to large breed, a Pitbull Lab Mix will weigh anywhere up to 80 pounds. Females will generally be smaller than males.

Your Bullador may look more Labrador than Pitbull (or vice versa) but, later generations will be more predictable in temperament and appearance:

  • When a purebred Pitbull is bred with a purebred Labrador, you get a first generation litter (F1)
  • Pit Lab mix x Pit Lab mix, is a second generation litter (F2)


Your Pitbull Lab Mix will fall relatively low on grooming requirements, 2-3 brushing sessions per week will be more than enough.

They will shed, a lot, like most Labradors will.

So, investing in a good vacuum will keep your home clean and as hair free as possible.

Regular bathing will keep them smelling clean and fresh, but 3-4 per year will be more than enough.

Check their ears and nails weekly, and brush their teeth several times per week.

Bullador Dog


Being super friendly, sociable and eager to please, the Pitbull Lab Mix fits in to any family.

They thrive in a busy home, where they can enjoy their daily walks and regular play.

Their smart nature means they pick up commands and tricks incredibly quickly meaning they are a perfect training buddy for kids!

Like any dog they will push their boundaries, so they are best suited to families who have experience of large dogs.

Being crossed with one of the most popular dogs in the US, these guys may experience the same popularity. However, Pitbulls are restricted in a number of states so ensure you can legally own one and check the restrictions that apply.

Let us know if you own a Pitbull Lab Mix in the comments below.

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.
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  1. I have a Lab pitbull mix and he is so hyper and fun and likes to get into stuff that he shouldn’t be. He definitely is a cuddler likes to sleep on my head like a head band or in my arms like a baby. His name is MJ and he’s the cutest dog I’ve ever had he’s my first dog I’ve never have owned a dog before and my friends and boyfriend are helping me raise him!

  2. My fiance got me a lab pitbull mix for my birthday hes 8 months old hes the sweetest thing ever. He listens pretty good, still trying to train him but he’s really smart!

  3. My son and I recently rescued a ‘pitbull mix’ and have been trying to figure out the other breed-After reading the various sources and looking at photos I am convinced Oz is a labrabull. I was nervous about adopting a pitbull but he is the sweetest most loving dog I ever met. He does bark at other dogs and pull on the leash so I am looking for a trainer to help with that. Any advice on that subject? There are no children in the home, just two cats that he treats with respect/fear and growing affection. He seems to think that all humans are friends who just don’t know him yet.

    • Hi Pia, He sounds like a gentle dog. It also sounds like he perhaps missed appropriate socialization before you had him. Is the barking out of excitement or are you concerned he’s stressed? If you are keen to find a trainer, look for force-free practitioners in your local area. To help with leash training, hold treats by your hip, this encourages him to stay close as he’ll want what is on your hip. If he starts pulling, simply stop and lure him back towards you. To tackle the excitement towards other dogs you want to counter-condition his response.

      So, start with a dog in the distance and reward him for staying calm. Slowly, move yourselves closer to the dog, reward him for remaining calm. If his emotional state changes, then move away again. This can be a long process, but you want him to understand that calm is the behavior you want, and that’s when he gets rewarded.

      • Love this! We recently adopted a puppy from the shelter. He was assumed to be lab pit mix. He is amazing! He joined a home with a rescue yellow lab and a rescue golden retriever. I’ve been working from home since we have had him. In a very short time, he was housebroken and sleeps thru the night with his brothers. We have plenty of toys for him which has been successful in not chewing anything inappropriate. He has spent minimal time in a crate – only if no one is home. And he has complete melt downs when in the crate. Tips on this?

  4. I also have one of these breeds. His name is Brutus black with a white chest he’s about 4 years old had him about a year he’s my best friend. He loves his mama and can be very protective of me at times. I love this breed good combination of dog breeds his mama was a blue pit and his daddy was a black lab the previous owner of his parents didn’t intend for them to breed but they did.

  5. My husband and I just rescued an assumed to be Lab Pit Mix. We got him at 10 weeks, he is now 15 weeks. We are trying to get him to not bite so hard on us when he is playing. We understand he is teething, and we do try and redirect with the many chew toys he has!

  6. We just adopted a pit/lab mix from a rescue. She was shy of 8 months old and we got her as an emotional support dog. Due to her history of being taken then returned several times, she was not trained. In the short time we have had her she learned sit, stay, shake, high five. She has an issue with her kennel so we are still working on this. The biggest issue is her barking and howling when left alone, kennel or not. So that is our next training. I was honored to be able to adopt this sweet girl.

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