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Pitbull Labradoodle Mix: Pictures, Care Guide, Temperament & Traits

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

The Pitbull and Labradoodle are fabulous all on their own, but what about when they combine? These two breeds are cheerful, loyal, and full of energy—but what are some more specifics about them?

If you are interested in this mixed-breed dog and want to know what to expect, we have you covered. The Pitbull Labradoodle mix isn’t a formally recognized hybrid, but it sure creates a really spectacular dog that would make a perfect addition for many folks.

Height: 18–24 inches
Weight: 35–90 pounds
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Colors: White, black, brindle, fawn, tan, blue red, gray, chocolate, yellow, cream
Suitable for: Emotional support, home protection, active families
Temperament: Amiable, protective, eager-to-please, obedient

The Pitbull Labradoodle mix is a combination of the American Pitbull Terrier and Labradoodle. The Labradoodle is also a hybrid breed itself, combining the charming and intelligent Poodle and loving and friendly Labrador Retriever. So, this dog is mixed three times over!

When that happens, it might be hard to pin down specific characteristics, which greatly depends on the individual dog and the overall temperament of the parents. Due to possibilities, we’re going to give you an overview of everything you can expect, and how you can adequately socialize these animals to be spectacular family members.

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Pitbull Labradoodle Breed Characteristics


Pitbull Labradoodle Mix Puppies

Pitbull Labradoodle mix puppies will be a ton of fun! These dogs tend to look at the sunny side of life, making fantastic playmates and companions. Since these puppies will grow to be medium to large dogs, they can take a little while to learn their feet.

It would be best to exercise caution when these puppies are around small children, as play can get rough sometimes and result in injury. However, with proper guidance, they can acclimate just fine and usually outgrow the puppy phase by roughly 2 years old.

With this combo, most litters will be accidents. Someone’s Pitbull climbed a fence, or a Labradoodle got loose for a day—and then, surprise! Here’s a litter of adorable pups. These things happen, and most folks will just want the puppies to go to good homes without trying to sell them for high prices.

You probably won’t find many reputable breeders whipping up this combination. So, we highly recommend steering clear of purchasing these animals from potential backyard breeders. Use caution if someone has intentionally bred these dogs and is trying to sell them for profit.

Puppies should come with a clean bill of health. They should have sound temperaments, healthy systems, and be in good physical shape. Always check vet records and living conditions—and most importantly, ask about the parents.

You’re more likely to find one of these dogs at a rescue or shelter. Buying from a rescue or shelter cuts out a lot of the expense for you right up front. Not only do you have the cost of the puppy itself taken care of, but you also have vaccinations, deworming, anti-parasite, treatment, and potentially microchipping done before you even bring them home.

Pitbull Labradoodle parent breeds
Image Credit: (L) Chris Anabalon, Shutterstock | (R) Justin Sienkiewicz, Shutterstock

Divider 1Temperament & Intelligence of the Pitbull Labradoodle Mix

These dogs can have varying temperaments due to their mixed nature.

Pitbulls are incredibly loyal, lovable dogs who get very close to their owners. These goofy boys and girls make friends with just anyone they meet.

However, Pitbulls can also show an inclination for high prey drive. This can make it complicated if you try to teach them to coexist with smaller pets. However, mixed with the Labradoodle, this instinct might cancel out a little bit.

Labradoodles tend to be extremely agreeable with everyone they meet—furry, or otherwise. These dogs are amiable, good-natured, and docile. Also, most Labradoodles are considered hypoallergenic, which might make it easier for those with mild allergies to dogs.

When you put these two together, you have a big ball of love who will protect and stand by their families all their days.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Pitbull Labradoodle mix is incredibly wonderful for big families. They are very lovable, getting along with children and adults alike. These animals should have the proper training to ensure they know how to interact with all family members.

All the dogs in this combo are super loyal to those in the home. They will consider you part of their pack, protecting and loving you all the way. They will love going on adventures and playing with the whole crew in the backyard. Once you have made a friend, you will have a buddy for life.

With proper handling, they will fit in with just about any family—but do be mindful of breed restrictions. Since many rental companies have lists of unacceptable breeds, Pit mixes might not be permitted. Always check with your landlord to ensure you can have this breed if you rent your space.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Pitbull Labradoodle mix can make a terrific buddy for other household pets. They generally get along well with other dogs and can even make friends with household cats, permitting that they are socialized and acclimated well.

Some Pitbulls and Labs have a high prey drive, so these traits might bleed into the mix. However, as puppies, they can get along well with our feline friends—and they might even become best pals. They might enjoy chasing or taunting your cats if you get this breed fully grown with no prior socialization.

Because this is a larger breed, they shouldn’t be trusted around cage animals and other smaller pets. So, always supervise interactions with other critters just to be safe. Accidents happen, even if the play is all in good fun.

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Things to Know When Owning a Pitbull Labrador Mix:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Right off the bat, your Pitbull Labradoodle mix will not have any dietary restrictions or special requirements. Because they are an athletic breed, getting them a protein-rich, high-quality dry kibble for the appropriate life stage is best.

More and more folks are moving towards fresh food options for their dogs. These fresh recipes are more specific for your individual dog, creating a healthy outside and inside. You can opt for your dog to have a subscription box sent to your front door and cut out all of the extra work for you.

Pitbulls are prone to food-related allergies, which might transfer to puppies. If your dog has suspected allergies, your vet will run a series of tests and start food trials to uncover the issue. Often, animal protein is the main culprit, so your vet will suggest a diet plan accordingly.

Grain-free recipes are all the rage these days, but no healthy dog requires it. These recipes have been linked to specific health issues and should be entirely avoided unless your dog has a diagnosed grain allergy—which is rare.

Exercise 🐕

This breed combination will require plenty of exercise! They will absolutely love going on their daily walks, visiting the dog parks, and accompanying their humans on basically any adventure! These dogs require an owner that can keep up with their daily needs.

This will likely be easy to manage if you have multiple members in the household. However, if you are single or have physical restrictions or disabilities, you might not be able to give this breed the right amount of physical exertion.

On average, this breed will require over an hour of exercise per day. They will benefit from walks, games, puzzles, and new adventures.

Training 🎾

Your Pitbull Labradoodle mix will be relatively easy to train. Both parent breeds are incredibly loyal and eager to please. These traits help during training; they want nothing more than to make owners happy.

Sure, they might be rambunctious or silly occasionally when you want to be serious. But it’s nothing a favorite treat won’t fix. These dogs should learn basic concepts like potty training and simple commands with no issue.

If you want, try very advanced training, too. If you want to, but need to be better-versed in dog training, trust a professional to help you achieve your goals.

Grooming ✂️

When it comes to grooming, you should have a pretty easy time managing this mixed breed. Pitbulls have naturally short coats that are a single layer. Labradoodles can range between the curly hair of a poodle to the thick, medium coat of a lab.

Your dog has a lot of coat possibilities here. They might have some curls, they might have short straight fur, or a combination. The extent of grooming depends a lot on your particular dog’s coat. It’s best to acclimate them early by brushing them every day.

This creates a bonding experience with your dog, keeps them looking fresh, and makes the oils evenly distributed on their skin.

Health and Conditions 🏥

As with any other dog, your Pitbull Labradoodle mix can have its fair share of health issues that they pick up from either parent. When you bring your puppy home, they have likely already had their first shots and parasite treatment. It is very important to start vetting early.

However, from that point forward, it is your duty to keep up with necessary vet visits. You can opt for spay and neuter surgery and microchipping in the first year to keep your pet healthy and safe. After the first year of life, visits will decrease to once a year, permitting you to have a healthy pet.

While this breed combination is generally pretty healthy, there are some issues that might be a concern. Here are the possibilities.

Minor Conditions
  • Skin allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Luxating patella
Serious Conditions
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Addison’s disease

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Male vs. Female

Regarding personality, the boys and girls will each have their very own regardless of gender. However, males tend to take a little longer to mature.

Because of sexual differences, it poses some concerns for each. Females who aren’t fixed can start having issues with their reproductive systems, so most vets suggest early spaying—usually around a year for larger breeds.

Males who are intact might show a little territorial aggression and other behavioral tendencies.

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1. Pitbull Labradoodle mixes can make terrific emotional support animals

Because this mix will be so loyal, intelligent, and protective, they make excellent emotional support animals—no special training is required! If you would like to look more into emotional support animals, check local laws, as it varies by state.

2. Siblings in these litters might look very different from one another

Because you have three very different coat type possibilities in the genetic code, Pitbull Labradoodle mixes can look very different. Some of them might have curly hair, others will have a scruffy beard, and some might look just like the Pittie parent—it’s hard to tell what you’ll get!

3. The Pitbull Labradoodle mix definitely has the brains to impress

Poodles are one of the most intelligent dogs of all. Labs and Pits are fun-loving brainiacs, too. So, even though they might make you laugh with their goofy nature, your lad or gal will be smart as a whip.

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Final Thoughts

You may have had your eye on a cute Pitbull Labradoodle popping up on your Facebook newsfeed from a local shelter. Or, maybe you just got curious and want to know if this mix is a new trend in the hybrid breed world. Regardless, now you know just what to expect if you own one of these adorable pups.

If you want to adopt or bring a pup home, make sure they are fully vetted, physically healthy, and temperamentally sound. Crossing these traits of the checklist ensures the best experience with your new best friend. Best of luck on your puppy search!

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