Breed group : Sporting, Terrier
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GENERALBreed group: Sporting, Terrier Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Guarding, Herding, Jogging, Watchdog, Weight pulling
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 45 - 90 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10 - 14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Labrabull, sufficiently trained and socialized, can be a very affectionate and loyal family dog that will tolerate even rambunctious children's play. Natural aggressiveness and prey drive may show, but these would normally be directed towards strange people or other animals, making the Labrabull an excellent choice as watch or guard dog.
Labrabulls can inherit the Labrador's solidly-colored coat, in black, brown, white or yellow, or come in various coat colors, as the APBT.
The coat is usually dense, short and shiny, with a silky feel. Rarely does the Labrador undercoat come in, so this breed will not do well exposed to cold conditions.
The Labrabull will require firm and leadership qualities in its owner, from puppyhood. It needs to understand that it belongs in a pack, and that it is NOT the leader. Otherwise, subsequent training and behavior will be hard to control. Intelligent, protective and sweet, the properly socialized and trained Labrabull will make an ideal family dog. Its athleticism and love of activity will meld well with children or an active owner. Regular exercise and stimulation is necessary so the dog does not become bored or expend its energy through destructive behavior. The Labrabull is a friendly dog, but will not tolerate unintroduced strangers in what it considers its territory. They are intelligent dogs, though, and will usually take their cue from their owners if a new person is introduced.
The Labrabull's coat is easy to maintain. Brushing, at most once a week, will get rid of dead hair and keep the coat shiny. Regular bathing is not recommended; dry shampoo is best.
Careful socializing and training is needed to bring up a dog that has natural aggression tendencies, even if it does want to please. It must be taught to be subservient to a leader. Jumping up on people is not acceptable behavior and must be reined in while early. Positive response should be rewarded well and reinforced with treats and verbal praise. Labrabulls can be great with active kids, as long as they have been raised with or exposed to them.
Labrabulls will appreciate high levels of outdoor activity. Long leashed walks or runs are recommended. They usually become attached to their owner, so the risk of them running out of bound is small; the leash is for when other dogs or animals are present.