American Bullador

United States
American Bulldog
Labrador Retriever
Though not a recognized breed of its own, the American Bullador is a much-loved hybrid, combining the popular American Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever, two huge favorites in the United States. Crossbreeding the two parents began in the 1900s to create a healthier offspring while keeping the excellent traits of both parent breeds. The loyal and dutiful watchdog qualities of the American Bulldog and the even tempered, intelligent, calm disposition of the Labrador are some of the traits breeders look to capture in their American Bullador puppies.
Purpose
Companion, watchdog
Date of Origin
1900s
Ancestry
American Bulldog, Labrador Retriever

American Bullador Breed History

The American Bullador is a cross between two favorites in America: the American Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever. The intentional hybrid breeding of these two favorites was to produce a new line that was healthier and stronger than its parents but possessed some of the best qualities of both sides. The Bulldog genes of this hybrid are sometimes reported as American Bulldog and other times as English Bulldogs or as both. The English and the American are both closely related through the Mastiff (Bull) lineage, but the American Bulldog stands taller than the English Bulldog and has a close resemblance to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeds; another close relative. Breeders have been crossing and breeding multi generational American Bulladors in the United States since the 1900s and hope to establish a recognizable breed in time but currently, there are no set standards for appearance, and the American Bullador can range in looks from a striking American Bulldog to an unquestionable Labrador. Weight can also vary widely in this hybrid from 55 pounds up to a reported weight of 100 pounds, though the average range is between 55 and 85 pounds among the sexes. The American Bullador is recognized by the Dog Registry of America and the American Canine Hybrid Club as a working-class hybrid. The American Bullador is a dutiful watchdog, and family protector who doubles as a fantastic family companion but will vary in temperament depending which parent breed the hybrid leans towards. If your American Bullador is more Bulldog, he will likely be a little more stubborn and have more energy to burn, but if the Labrador is stronger, he will be easier to train and slightly less active.

American Bullador Breed Appearance

The American Bullador is a cross between an American Bulldog and a Labrador Retriever but can have striking resemblances to either parent. Considered a medium to large-sized dog, the American Bullador can stand up to 25 inches and weigh as much as 100 pounds though the average height and weight are slightly less. The coat on the American Bullador is dense with short hair that has a glossy finish. The coat is also waterproof, a trait it gains from its water retrieving Labrador genes. The American Bullador's head is square with almond shaped eyes and a long muzzle. The ears are set high on the head but fall down and are usually larger than its Bulldog parent's ears. The Bullador’s body is muscular and conveys strength and agility. The tail is set low, is long, and curved. Often, the tail tapers to a point and can have some light feather, like a Labrador. The American Bullador’s legs are straight and end in compact feet with thick pads.

American Bullador Breed Maintenance

The American Bullador is a low shedding hybrid, thanks to its Labrador parent. However, the dense coat catches the dead and loose hair and will need weekly brushing to remove it. When you brush his coat, also check the American Bullador’s ears and remove any dirt, wax, or debris with a veterinarian approved cleaning solution to prevent ear infections. It is also important to brush your American Bullador’s teeth regularly to prevent gum and tooth disease. The American Bullador’s toe nails are strong and grow fast. If they are not naturally kept short due to contact with harder ground surfaces, you will need to clip them every two to three weeks to prevent splitting and overgrowth.

American Bullador Activity Requirements

The American Bullador are known for their courage and as excellent protectors of their families. They are also loving dogs but tend to be more aggressive if not properly trained and socialized. Training a Bullador should start early and be firm but never negatively reinforced. The American Bulldog parent brings a slightly stubborn trait and sometimes a willfulness to hybrid so training may require patience if your hybrid leans towards his Bulldog roots. Despite the stubborn nature, the American Bulldog parent also brings an intense love of its people to the American Bullador and your dog will be very loyal and affectionate. The Labrador strengthens the love and affection and makes the hybrid eager to please so training may not be as difficult as you expect if he leans towards the Labrador. When it comes to kids, this hybrid is a great family dog but will be highly protective and territorial around other dogs and strangers. Proper socialization at an early age is important to help your American Bullador get acquainted with other dogs, pets, and people. Both parent breeds bring a lot of energy to the American Bullador, but while the Labrador has a lot of endurance, the Bulldog prefers short bursts of energy. You will find your American Bullador is more even with his activity levels but quite capable of bursts of strength as well and he will require daily exercise.

American Bullador Owner Experiences

Hooch
3 Years
8 People
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Playing in the snow
Fetch
Cuddles
Tug-of-war
Running around the farm
Hiking
My dog Hooch is one of the best things to ever happen to my family 💖 Hooch is our 3 year old Bullador and then my sister, who lives with us, has a Catahoola-Lab Mix named Murphy 😊 We got Hooch when he was just a year old, and he was already huge! He has always thought he was a lap dog, he won't hesitate to jump up on to you and love in you as soon as you sit down on the couch! He's so energetic and he has the most human-like personality I've ever seen in a dog... I look at him and I just immediately understand what he wants. He's truly amazing, and he's an even more amazing protector! There have been times when, unfortunately, the mail man has been scared off while we weren't home and had the dogs out lol But they're very well behaved otherwise. We have free range ducks on our farm, and it wasn't too difficult to teach them that the birds are friends not food. We also have farm cats that Hooch and Murphy will chase every once in a while, but the worse that ever happens is a cat gets stuck too high up in a tree and we have to help em down. Hooch takes time to warm up to people, but having Murphy around helps him to socialize since Murph will seek attention from anything and everything. I think if we had gotten Hooch as a puppy, we might have been able to socialize him more, but that's irrelevant now. I love him and I'm gonna hate having to leave him when I go to college :^(
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Darcy
7 Years
5 People
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Perfect with children affectionate with all people. Can be wary of other large dogs, but will become a good friend to them with a little time together
2 months ago
Link (Lincoln)
3 Years
2 People
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My boy is the perfect family dog. He is super affectionate and he never turns down a game of fetch. He has become more than just a dog to me over the 3 years I've had him due to his personality. He also will never turn down a good bowl of food! This is a amazing breed for anyone that wants to take a little while training their best friend.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Marley
21 Months
3 People
Condo
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Pastimes
Swimming at the beach
Marley inherited the black lab trait in which made him extremely easy to train. He's just a little shy of two years old and still wants to be trained more.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Lugnut
3 Years
2 People
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He loves his chickens, cats and plays very well with other dogs. He's so loving sweet and a big cuddle bug.
7 months ago
Bella
2 Months
7 People
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Snuggle
Going on drives
Playing
Walking
She is very smart, friendly, training very quick, friendly to other pets, and friendly to strangers.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Jake
4 Years
5 People
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Jake is our perfect family dog. He is almost 5 years old. We got him when he was 6 weeks old and our oldest child was 4 months. They have since grown up together and Jake is a proud "big brother" to a little brother and a new little sister coming in 2 weeks. He is so loving, calm and understanding with his human siblings. We couldnt be happier with our Jake dog.
1 year, 4 months ago
Bando
4 Months
4 People
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Energy
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Pastimes
Going to the Beach
Going on drives
Cuddling
Going to the park
I am very blessed to have been able to adopt Bando at 2 months from the humane society here in Miami where I currently reside. Ever since my boyfriend and I adopted him, he's always been very affectionate and friendly. He really loves people and always stops to greet someone. When we take him to the dog park, or to the beach, he is never shy around other dogs and usually always make a new best friend. I am so happy with my bullador. Dogs are the greatest thing in this universe.
2 years ago
Duke
6 Months
2 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Learn a new trick
Play with new toys
Playing
Walking
My American bullador is very friendly with everyone he meets. He is gentle and kind and very smart. He loves to learn new tricks for treats and has an appetite like no other. He is my best friend.
2 years, 1 month ago
Artcher
1 Year
5 People
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Sleeping
Tug-of-war
Swim
Walking
He is shy and can get scared really easily
2 years, 3 months ago
Dash
14 Months
3 People
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First time owner looking for advice on how to train and manage
2 years, 3 months ago
Bella
10 Weeks
3 People
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Not owned long enough to know yet
2 years, 4 months ago
Darcy
4 yesrs
5 People
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Loves to run distances with my marathon running w
Affectionate and protective of children in the house. Need patience when socializing with other dogs, but if you stick with it all’s well.
2 years, 5 months ago
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