The Bulldog Lab mix is a cross between two popular purebreds, but there is quite a bit to know about this hybrid before you decide to bring him home!
Meet the Bulldog Lab Mix!
To some, owning the offspring of the English Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever may seem like you’re getting the best of both worlds.
However, there are a number of pros and cons when it comes to the Bulldog Lab Mix.
Especially considering the purebred Bulldog has some very serious health problems that could be passed on.
Along with health issues, other things like temperament, defining characteristics, and lifespan can all be left up to chance.
Meaning you may not know what you are truly getting until years down the road.
But it’s not just the Bulldog Lab mix that has people quarreling.
The debate regarding crossbreeds, in general, has many people up in arms!
The Crossbreed Controversy
Designer dogs are nothing new, but a steady rise in popularity over the last 20 years has brought the controversy to light.
For instance, many insist that crossbreeds and mutts are one and the same.
However, there are others who point out that crossbreeds are the offspring of two specifically chosen purebred parents.
Mutts, on the other hand, are simply “mixed breeds” created by accident with a largely unknown lineage.
To learn more about the debate regarding mutts versus crossbreeds, visit us here.
What about health?
Health Considerations in Purebred and Mutt
As many of us know, purebred dogs have been excessively bred throughout the years by breeders struggling to maintain breed standard.
What has resulted is a very small gene pool in which genetic disease is continuously passed down to new generations.
And although supporters of crossbreeding point out the practice enlarges the gene pool and in turn may reduce the chances of health problems being passed down.
There is still no guarantee that crossbreeds are healthier.
In fact, many specialists argue that purebred dogs and crossbreed dogs are still equally susceptible to inheriting genetic diseases.
For more information on the conflict of crossbreeding, click here.
While we still don’t know who is correct on the issue of crossbreeding, we do think is important to learn as much about your prospective new dog as possible before you get him.
With that in mind, let’s learn more about the Labrador Bulldog Mix!
What is the Origin of the Bulldog Lab Mix?
Considered a first-generation crossbreed, the Labrador Bulldog cross has a questionable origin.
Since we cannot pinpoint exactly how he came to be, let’s take a look at the histories of purebred parents.
Origin of the Bulldog
Hailing from England, the Bulldog is believed to have been bred for bull baiting in the 13th Century.
The cruel practice of bull baiting was considered a sport during this time, and audiences would bet on packs of Bulldogs as they went head-to-head with an angry bull.
Many Bulldogs perished during this violent practice.
But it is believed that this vicious “game” is what resulted in the modern-day Bulldog’s unwavering courage and extremely high pain tolerance.
Once bull baiting was banned in 1835, the Bulldog became a useless pawn to gamblers and dog-fighters, and thus faced extinction.
Luckily for the breed, there were those who felt he would make a better lover than a fighter and worked to convert the Bulldog from his bull baiting ways to an adoring family companion.
By 1886, the Bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
An English breed through-and-through, the resilient Bulldog has been a long-standing icon for England. He is also the mascot for a number of American University sports teams.
Unfortunately, due to what many would consider irresponsible breeding practices throughout history,
The Bulldog of today is very different from the Bulldog of the past, thus resulting in some serious health and skeletal issues.
Regardless, the Bulldog is considered the fourth most popular dog in America by the American Kennel Club.
Origin of the Labrador Retriever
Hailing from Newfoundland, Canada, the Labrador is an ancient breed who has existed since before the1500s!
A duck hunting dog who also excelled in retrieving fish, the Labrador was a fisherman’s best friend.
The Lab had a perfect build for working alongside his master on boats with his weather-resistant coat, his unique intelligence, and his natural instinct to “retrieve.”
Furthermore, the Labrador’s “otter-tail” made for the perfect propeller, helping him to move through the frigid Canadian waters to retrieve his master’s catch.
The breed continued to be polished during the 19th Century by British enthusiasts.
It is said that the modern-day Labrador maintains many of his original traits that made him so popular from day one!
Registered by the AKC in 1917, the Labrador resides impressively at number one on the organization’s list of America’s most popular dog breeds.
Bulldog Lab Mix Personality
Considering both the Bulldog and the Labrador are friendly, intelligent breeds, it comes as no surprise that their English Bulldog and Labrador crossbreed would be the same.
Still, as with all crossbreeds, there are other personality traits that will be left up to chance when it comes to the English Bulldog and Labrador mix.
We recommend early socialization and obedience training for all dogs, and we also encourage you to look into the temperamental traits of this crossbreed’s parents.
Let’s begin with the Bulldog.
Temperament of the English Bulldog
Being brave is a staple for this mighty breed who, despite his stout size, is celebrated for his unique perseverance and apparent imperviousness to pain.
However, this breed is also adored for his approachable nature and calm, loving disposition.
A properly socialized Bulldog makes for a wonderful family companion, although he can have territorial instincts if not properly trained at an early age.
Due to his courage, the English Bulldog makes a great watchdog, and he also gets along well with family pets he was raised with.
However, the Bulldog has been known to show aggression towards strange dogs.
This is a people-oriented breed who does best when he is with his family.
In fact, he will actively seek out his people’s affections and wants nothing more than to please those he loves.
He is typically easy to train, although he can be prone to some willful behaviors.
Also, keep in mind that the Bulldog loves to chew and if he becomes bored, his chew toy of choice could become your furniture or personal belongings!
Experts recommend plenty of chew toys and mental stimulation to keep this breed from becoming destructive.
Early socialization will also be key to ensuring the Bulldog is well-rounded into adulthood.
A prospective owner should consider obedience training as well beginning in puppyhood.
Temperament of the Labrador Retriever
The Labrador is a gregarious companion who gets along with just about everyone!
With his loyal and intelligent nature, the Lab is eager to please and learns quickly.
He is gentle and kind-hearted but he can be slow to mature and behave in a puppy-like way into adulthood.
The Lab can also be a chewer, and his intelligence means he will need mental stimulation as well as exercise to keep him from becoming bored and destructive, just like the Bulldog.
Early socialization and obedience training should be utilized with the Lab as well.
Of course, as previously mentioned, your Bulldog Lab mix could inherit any number of the temperamental traits listed above.
Now, what will the Bulldog Lab mix look like? Let’s find out.
Defining Characteristics of the Bulldog Lab Mix
Is there such a thing as a Black Lab and Bulldog mix?
What about a Chocolate Lab Bulldog mix?
The type of Bulldog Lab mix will depend on what he inherits from his purebred parents.
Of course, even then the look of a Bulldog Lab mix is going to vary, depending on chance and genetics.
So, what options are there? Let’s take a look.
Defining Characteristics of the Bulldog
The Bulldog is a unique-looking breed with an unmistakable wide head, squat legs, muscular body, jowls, short ears, and curled tail.
He weighs in at 40-50 pounds and stands at 14-15 inches tall. The Bulldog also has a short, sleek coat that comes in a number of colors, including:
- Brindle and White
- Red Brindle
- Red and White
- Fawn and White
Defining Characteristics of the Lab
The Labrador is around 22-25 inches tall and weighs about 55-80 pounds.
With his floppy ears, expressive face, and long “otter tail,” the Labrador is a beauty inside and out!
His weather-resistant coat comes in three standard color options:
Remember, a Bulldog Lab mix could inherit any number of the above mentioned physical traits. It will all be left up to chance and genetics!
Now, let’s talk about grooming.
Grooming and Over-all Care for A Bulldog Lab Mix Dog
Grooming an English Bulldog Labrador mix is going to be contingent on the type of coat he inherits from his purebred parents.
Still, a prospective Bulldog mix Labrador owner should expect to brush this crossbreed about two to three times a week.
This is because both the Labrador and the Bulldog are shedding breeds who shed more heavily during shedding season.
While the Bulldog Lab mix will only require intermittent bathing, he will need his nails trimmed on a consistent basis to keep them from tearing.
His ears will need to be cleaned regularly to avoid ear infections.
How Do I Train My Bulldog Lab Mix?
Since both the Labrador and the Bulldog are intelligent breeds, you can expect a Labrador Bulldog mix to be clever and pick up new commands and tricks with ease.
Both the Lab and the Bulldog are eager to please and they are likely to pass this sentiment on to their offspring.
However, keep in mind that the Bulldog and the Labrador are both chewers and can be prone to destructive behaviors when bored.
As previously mentioned, early socialization, obedience training, plenty of chew toys, exercise, and mental stimulation will help to alleviate undesirable behaviors.
But what about exercise?
Exercise Needs For the Bulldog Lab Mix
The Bulldog and the Labrador are quite different when it comes to their exercise needs.
For example, the Bulldog is a calm dog who is a bit lazier than the Lab. Still, that doesn’t mean he won’t need exercise to stay healthy.
Short walks and a game of tug-of-war are enough to keep this breed in shape.
Bulldogs should be kept indoors during especially warm days, as they can be prone to severe breathing issues which can be made worse by heat.
Also, unlike the Labrador, who loves to swim, the Bulldog cannot be left alone in water that is deeper than his elbows.
On the contrary, the Labrador is a very athletic and energetic breed who needs about an hour of exercise a day, plus lots of playtime in the backyard.
Long walks and games of fetch or Frisbee are an excellent choice for an active Lab, and of course, he does enjoy swimming.
This is at odds with a Bulldog, who should not be left in water unsupervised.
When it comes to your Bulldog Lab cross, experts recommend moderate exercise every day.
Bulldog Lab Mix Lifespan and Inheritable Health Concerns
While it is true that many experts insist crossbreeds are healthier than purebreds, the reality is that there is no guarantee of what you are going to get with a hybrid dog.
In this case especially, prospective owners of a Bulldog or Bulldog cross need to be aware of the health issues of the breed.
Cute as he may be, the Bulldog suffers from a very serious breathing issue called Brachycephaly Airway Obstruction Syndrome as a result of his squishy little face.
This is unpleasant and dangerous for the dog and can be devastating for an owner both emotionally and financially down the road.
The Bulldog also suffers from an issue known as Screw Tail, which is a health complication resulting in dogs with very curly tails, like the Bulldog.
There are a number of other health problems your Bulldog crossbreed could face that you should be aware of.
With a lifespan of 8-10 years, you might not get to enjoy your dog as long as you would like.
The purebred Bulldog is also prone to overheating, skin issues like allergies, eczema, dry skin, and acne, arthritis, degenerative spine disease, cherry eye, hip dysplasia, joint and ligament injuries, idiopathic head tremors, vomiting and regurgitation, fold dermatitis, and heart disease.
And sadly, the Bulldog also has the highest cancer rate compared to any other dog breed.
Compared to the Bulldog, the Labrador is relatively healthy.
With a lifespan of 10-12 years, he can be prone to elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, loose knee joints, ruptured ligaments in their hind legs, heart disease, eye disease, epilepsy, cancer, obesity, bloat, and chronic allergies.
While we always recommend early health screening, health screening is especially important for the Bulldog Lab mix so that you can understand and prepare for any health issues he may face in the future.
Are My Home and Lifestyle Right for a Bulldog Lab Mix?
The English Bulldog mix with Lab is cute and intelligent, but he might come with some special needs a novice dog owner isn’t prepared for.
Due to the many serious health implications of a Bulldog or a Bulldog crossbreed, a prospective owner should truly think long and hard before deciding if this is the dog for them.
Aside from health issues, you should also consider your lifestyle.
A Bulldog Lab cross will do best in family settings with people who have the time and patience to train him, exercise him, and play with him every day.
Your Bulldog Lab mix will also need to be brushed two to three times a week, and he will thrive on your companionship and affections.
Picking Out A Healthy Bulldog Lab Mix Puppy!
Remember, English Bulldog Lab mix puppies are crossbreeds and could very well inherit the serious health issues of their Bulldog parent breed.
For this reason, getting your English Bulldog Labrador mix from the right source is of the utmost importance.
Research is key, so whether you are going through a rescue or a breeder to get your Bulldog and Labrador Mix, make sure you do plenty of it!
Keep in mind that adoption fees will run anywhere from $50 to $100, and typically most shelters will cover the initial vet fee.
On the other hand, if you decide to go through a breeder, keep in mind that the price will be much higher.
On average, Bulldog Lab mix puppies go for $500 to over $1000.
However, one benefit of going through a breeder is that you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about any health or temperament issues that may have cropped up with the parent breeds or previous litters.
Furthermore, reputable breeders will have health screened their puppies and will be able to provide you with certificates proving your puppy is healthy and ready to go home with you.
On the other hand, if you are worried about the health of your Bulldog Lab mix due to the many health implications facing Bulldogs, consider some other options.
There are lots of popular Lab mixes available that have similar qualities to the Bulldog Lab Mix but don’t share the same health issues.
Some of our favorite Lab Mixes you may be interested in are the Black Mouth Cur Lab Mix, the German Shepherd Lab Mix, the Australian Shepherd Lab Mix, the Newfoundland Lab Mix, and the Weimaraner Lab Mix.
Have you had experience with this mix? Let us know in the comments!
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