The Bullador is one of the few designer mixed breeds that actually make sense.
It combines the friendly and kind nature of a Labrador with the strong and intimidating personality of the English Bulldog. It is a perfect choice for those who want a Lab that isn’t hyperactive and a Bulldog that isn’t stubborn. With a Bullador, you get the best of America’s two most favorite breeds – and why not!
The Bullador makes for a perfect family pet. They will love each and every member of your family. They will play with the kids and even assist the elderly. If you need a competitive running companion, they won’t disappoint.
Not to mention the most significant advantage of crossbreeding, these dogs are generally healthier than purebreds.
As an offspring of two breeds with a strong personality, there is a lot to learn about the Bullador. So, let’s get started with a brief overview.
Bullador: Breed Overview
Both the parent breeds, the English Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever, have a rich history and big personality. We won’t get too much into the ancestor, but you can check our complete guide for the Bulldogs and the Labradors to learn more about them.
Just to give you an idea, here is a brief comparison of both the breeds:
English Bulldog vs. Labrador Retriever
The English Bulldog belongs to a non-sporting breed while the Labrador is considered a hardworking, sporting breed. Bulldogs may look intimidating, but they are quite calm and sociable in nature. They aren’t very energetic and but they have good stamina.
The Labbies, on the other hand, are full of energy. They need plenty of exercise and will always need someone to be around. Both the breeds are good with kids and other pets. While both are purebreds, Labradors Retrievers are generally healthier than Bulldogs.
Now the question is…
Is a Bullador more of a Bulldog or a Labrador?
With cross breeds, you can never be sure.
Bulladors aren’t always 50% Labs and 50% Bulldogs. Each offspring can inherit a different trait from each parent. This uncertainty exists in almost every crossbreed. From personality to appearance, everything varies from puppy to puppy.
While the Bullador is widely considered a new breed created by designer breeders somewhere around the 90s, some experts disapprove of this origin story. According to some sources, Bullador naturally existed for over a century due to chance mating of Labs and Bullies. It is believable since both the breeds are common pets, and have even coexisted under the same roof.
During the 90s, designer breeders started crossing the Labrador Retriever with a lot of other breeds. The lovely Labbies are among the kindest and friendliest dogs. Without exaggeration, it is a breed well-deserving of the ‘mankind’s best friend’ title.
Adding these traits to other breeds that may be a bit aggressive, stubborn, or passive makes complete sense. Besides, crossing eliminates the risk of genetic diseases in the offspring of purebred dogs. However, it’s essential to understand that in the case of Bulladors, some dogs may inherit diseases from the English Bulldog, a breed known for severe health issues.
After this designer breed garnered popularity in the 90s, it was soon recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry, and Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Like all crossbred dog breeds, every Bullador can look different from the other. One can be more of a Labrador while the other can be more of a Bulldog. The only thing that remains constant is the fact that they are always super adorable.
They have a cute and innocent face, and kindness is evident in their eyes. Some have shorter faces like Bulldogs, while others can have longer head and muzzle slightly. Even their ears can be high and pointed or round and flappy.
Most Bullador get longer legs from their Labrador parents. Even if some do have shorter legs, they are still longer than that of a Bulldog.
Even the coat has more variation than that of a pure breed. It can either be a single-layer coat like that of a Bulldog or double layer coat like that of a Labrador. Also, there is a broad spectrum of colors and markings it can have. It can be black, white, and any shade of brown.
Some breeders try to get puppies with specific color and markings through careful breeding, but there is still a lot of unpredictability. Ultimately, it all boils down to what the puppy manages to take from the gene lottery.
Size also varies in designer breeds, but Bulladors are generally medium to large-sized dogs. Their weight can be anywhere between 50 to 90 pounds, and they can reach a height of 22 to 25 inches.
Personality and Temperament
Once again, we have the same unpredictability we do in case of appearance.
The personality and temperament of a mixed-breed dog can vary from pup to pup. Some Bulladors are more Lab, while others are more of a Bulldog in nature. Even if you have a perfect mix of both personalities, you can never be sure which parent’s traits will inherit.
However, since both the parent breeds are actually known for their friendliness and kindness, you can rarely expect a bad behaving Bullador. We may go as far as saying that it may be the best Lab mix you can get.
Here are a few traits that a Bullador is sure to inherit:
A Perfect Playful Pet
Labs and Bulls love to play with their humans and fellow pets. While Labradors have too much energy and may demand too much attention, the Bulldog genes can bring it down to an adequate level. Unlike the Labrador, a Bullador won’t need too much outdoor playtime and will be absolutely happy with indoor activities.
So, if you are looking for a dog that is playful but doesn’t demand too much playtime, consider a Bullador.
Easy to Train
A lot of people find Bulldogs a little tough to train due to their stubborn nature. You will have to establish your authority to make them obey. That is not the case with the Labradors, as it’s a breed with a history of serving humans. A Bullador is most likely to take after its Lab parent. They are easy to train, but the training must start early.
A Trusted Watch Dog
Most Bulladors get their protectiveness instincts from their Bulldog parent. They may be friendly with you and your family, but they can get skeptical of strangers. However, they may not act as aggressively as a Bulldog specially trained as a guard dog. If you want your Bullador to be friendly with strangers, focus on early socializing.
We know it sounds like a gamble to get a mixed breed dog, but here is a silver lining. Every breed has its positive and negative traits, and yes, there is an equal probability of a crossbred pup inheriting either trait from each parent. However, with these crossbred dogs are considerably easier to train.
For instance, your Bullador may inherit destructive chewing habits from the Labrador, but it will be easier to control in the child than in its parent.
Training Your Bullador
When it comes to training, both the Labrador and the Bulldog are poles apart. The Labs, being smart and intelligent, are easy to train. The English Bulldog takes its time to train and isn’t the smartest breed out there. Most Bulladors are somewhere in between, but it isn’t impossible to end up with an easily trainable or an extremely stubborn one.
Either way, you need to follow a smart training strategy and start as early as possible. Lack of training can turn the brightest, obedient pets into a bad behaving one. Optimal training, one the other hand, will turn a dull dog into a useful one.
Here are a few training tips to make sure your Bullador is always at its best behavior:
- It is worth reiterating that you need to start as early as possible. The first step of training is socializing. Ease them into your home one room at a time, and gradually introduce them to new people and new places.
- It is crucial to establish your dominance and authority before you start obedience training. Be firm and consistent, but not aggressive. Like a Bulldog, a Bullador will respond well to anyone it has accepted as its master.
- Once your little canine friend accepts your authority, focus on positive reinforcement techniques. Like the Labrador, the Bullador also loves praises and appreciation.
Caring for Your Bullador
The Bullador isn’t exactly a high-maintenance dog. It loves to play around, but it won’t demand your attention round the clock. Take care of their diet, and you will find your Bullador quite self-sufficient in every other area:
It won’t be wrong to say that the Bullador comes from two greedy parents. If your pup doesn’t come with a huge appetite, there may be an underlying health issue like Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome.
A healthy Bullador will always be in a mood for food. An adult needs 3 to 4 cups of any premium large breed dog food kibble. It should be divided into two to three meals a day. The transition from puppy food to adult food should start at around 12 to 15 months.
Your furbaby might demand to eat more at a time but don’t give in to those puppy eyes. While they can eat more in a go, it can lead to bloat, a fatal health issue. Not to mention, it will also cause obesity.
The breed is susceptible to health issues related to bones, joints, and eyes. It is best to opt for a dog food that contains a healthy amount of glucosamine and taurine.
The Bullador needs less exercise than a Lab but more than a Bulldog. They are lively and active but never hyperactive like Labs. However, regular exercise is essential for preventing obesity. At least 45 to 60 minute of walking or hiking is enough for a Bullador.
If your Bullador suffers from breathing issues inherited from the Bulldog, you need to cut down the exercise time a bit, as pushing it will only cause more problems. Focus on less strenuous exercise and give them interactive toys that can keep them busy.
Never make your dog exercise right after a meal. Give them an hour or two to digest the meal, even if you are just walking them to the next block.
As for mental stimulation, it is more critical for Bulladors that are sharp like their Labrador parent. Look for interactive toys that can keep your dog mentally engaged. Such activities will also prevent bad behavior fueled by boredom.
Bulladors are low maintenance in terms of grooming as well. They are moderate shedders. Regular brushing will keep your furniture safe from their fur. It will also distribute the natural oil all over the coat to keep it healthy and shiny. These dogs don’t even need too many baths. Bathe them only when there is visible dirt on the coat that can’t be removed with a wet cloth.
Look for signs of sores and redness on your Bullador’s skin. The breed is prone to allergies and infections, especially in extreme weather. Their diet can also cause allergies. If your furry friend gets allergies too often, opt for hypoallergenic food rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Check their eyes and ears regularly for any sign of infection. Watery eyes aren’t uncommon in Bulladors. You can simply wipe them off with a damp cloth.
Bullador Health Issues
The Labrador is considered a healthy breed. Most Labs live a long, happy, and healthy life. They stay lively and energetic well into their adulthood. However, purebred dogs always have a higher probability of inheriting some diseases due to the smaller gene pool.
On the other hand, the English Bulldog is a breed that comes with several health issues. Due to selective breeding for ages, this breed now suffers from a lack of genetic diversity. We may have overbred Bulldogs, and therefore, the higher probability of inherent health issues.
Contrary to popular belief, crossbreeding isn’t always a matter of aesthetics. It is an effective way to cancel out diseases that may be becoming prevalent in the pure breed. So, the probability of a Bullador inheriting any disease from its parent is lower than that of a purebred Labrador or a Bulldog pup.
That said, certain health concerns are common in both the parent breeds of the Bullador. Be sure to get a health certificate to verify that the parent of your Bullador pup does not suffer from the following problems:
Bone and Joint Dysplasia: Hip, joint, and elbow dysplasia is common in Bullador because both parents are susceptible to the problem. The problem can cause deformities that will affect the mobility of your dog. Consequently, lack of activity can lead to obesity for this breed with a great appetite. Obesity itself is a gateway to tones of other health issues, including heart diseases.
Eye Problems: Both Labs and Bullies inherit eye-related diseases. While the Labs often inherit Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Bulldogs are prone to Brachycephalic Ocular Disease due to shallow eye sockets. The latter is more common in Bulladors who inherit their looks from the Bulldog.
Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS): Speaking of Bulldogs , another problem caused by their facial deformity is Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. If your Bullador has a short muscle like a Bulldog, they might inherit BAS, which can cause breathing difficulties and chronic discomfort.
Skin Problems and Infections: The Bullador is susceptible to skin allergies and infections, although not as much as a Bulldog. The problem is usually connected to its diet. High quality, hypoallergenic dog food can prevent the problem.
Bloat: Bloat is a fatal health issue prevalent in Labradors. Since Bulladors also tend to be deep-chested large-sized dogs, they can also suffer from this issue. However, it is mainly caused by overeating or exercise right after a heavy meal.
Keep in mind, most of these health issues are manageable with proper diet and regular visits to the vet. Keeping a check on your Bullador’s weight will also prevent health issues caused by excess weight.
A hybrid breed is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you are gonna to get. Still, it is absolutely worth finding out.
There are many advantages of mixing too pure breeds. However, there are some controversies around Bulldog mixes. The Bulldog is an inherently unhealthy breed. While mixing it with a healthy breed like the Labrador can introduce healthy genes, there is no way to ensure a perfectly healthy puppy. Many Bullador pups are born with Bulldog health issues and end up in rescue centers.
If you are truly interested in a Bullador, it is good to adopt one from a rescue center.
The Bullador is a beautiful mix of the Labrador and the English Pitbull. It is an adorable dog that inherits friendliness and kindness from both its parent. It is one of the popular Labrador mixes ou there. If you are looking for a perfect family dog that is both playful and protective, a Bullador is worth considering. Just make sure you are getting your puppy from a trusted breeder who can provide proper health certificates for the pup and its parents.
How much does a Bullador cost?
A Bullador puppy can cost your around $500 to $750. Reputable breeders who offer complete parental health certificates and DNA reports may even charge about $1000 to $12000. Despite being so cute and adorable, a lot of Bulladors end up in rescue centers. Adopting one can be a gratifying experience.
Are Bulladors good with kids?
The Bulladors are really good with kids and just like Labs, make for a great family pet. They even get along well with other animals in the house.
What is the average lifespan of a Bullador?
The average lifespan of a healthy Labrador is around 12 years, while an English Bulldog rarely makes it past 6. The lifespan of a Bullador varies between 8 to 12 years.
Do Bulladors make for good guard dogs?
Bulladors may be friendly in nature, but they are extremely protective of their family. They instinctively try to protect their family and home from any kind threat they sense.
Is crossbreeding bad for dogs?
No, crossbreeding has its own set of pros and cons, but it isn’t unethical or illegal. In fact, many mixed breed were created to introduce genetic diversity and control prevailing health issues in pure breeds.