Labrastaff

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40-70 lbs
17-23"
Unknown
Labrador Retriever
American Staffordshire Terrier

The Labrastaff is a hybrid breed whereby the Labrador is crossed with an American Staffordshire Terrier. Relatively new, there is little information available about the Labrastaff; as a Labrastaff puppy will inherit traits from both of his parents, it is best to consider the characteristics of his parent breeds when seeking an understanding of what the hybrid will ultimately be like. The Labrador is both strong and athletic; a dog of the breed will enjoy spending time with his humans, whether embarking on outdoor adventures or a trip to the grocery store. Loyal and smart, the American Staffordshire Terrier will be gentle with his humans and have a lot of patience with children. The hybrid combination of the two will be energetic, enthusiastic, and eager for fun.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Labrador Retriver and American Staffordshire Terrier

Labrastaff Health

Average Size
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 40-80 lbs
Height: 17-23 inches Weight: 40-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Bone And Joint Problems
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Labrastaff Breed History

The hybrid called the Labrastaff is a new breed of dog without a detailed history. The two breeds that are bred to create the hybrid have long histories. Initially called the St. John’s Water Dog after the capital of Newfoundland during the 1700’s, the Labrador was found to be helpful to fishermen that were fishing with their nets. Dogs of the breed were later called the Labrador after the Labrador Sea, where the breed developed. According to records, the Labrador arrived in England in the 1820’s. Skilled at retrieving during hunting, the dogs achieved a high level of popularity. Unfortunately, strict government restrictions and tax laws led to the breed becoming extinct in Newfoundland. In the 1920’s the Labradors were brought to the United States where the breed established a presence. It is thought that the ancestor of the modern American Staffordshire Terrier was a mix of the old Bulldog and Terrier (possibly a Fox or English Terrier). Early dogs of the Staffordshire Terrier breed were developed for bull baiting and as pit fighters. These dogs were brought to the Americas and they continued to fight and compete, while also being bred to increase their size. In 1936 the American Kennel Club accepted the breed as Am Staff though in 1972 the name was changed to American Staffordshire Terrier to show it as a separate breed from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England.

Labrastaff Breed Appearance

Though there is not much information available about the appearance of the Labrastaff, one can consider the appearance of the hybrid’s parent breeds. The head of the Labrador will be broad and his body muscular and athletic. Strong jaws and a wide muzzle are typical of the Labrador, whose eyes can be brown, golden brown or hazel. Pendant-shaped ears will hang down from his head and his tail will be thick at its base, then tapered at its end, allowing it to aid the dog when swimming. The American Staffordshire Terrier is typically well-muscled and built low to the ground. Dogs of the breed appear strong and stocky, with powerful jaws, a broad chest and a heavy neck. The ears of the breed are place high on his head and his eyes are dark and round. The breed is seen in all colors as well as a variety of marking types like masks, points, spots and patches. Your hybrid will likely be agile, have great strength and exhibit a powerful gait.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Brown
Black
Brindle
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labrastaff Breed Maintenance

There is not much Information about the maintenance of the Labrastaff though you can consider the maintenance requirements of his parent breeds to get an idea of what to expect. The grooming required for a Labrador is simple. He should be brushed daily in order for his shedding to be kept under control and bathing should occur every few months. Dirt and bacteria can build up inside the Labrador’s ears and cause inflammation and odor, therefore the dog can benefit from regular ear checks. The short coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier will be simple to maintain. Weekly brushing will allow you to remove dirt and excess hair and help his coat remain shiny. The breed can be stubborn in regards to grooming, so brushing from an early age will be helpful. Both breeds require regular teeth brushing to maintain their long term dental health and nail trimming as needed. Based on these combined needs, your Labrastaff's maintenance requirements will depend on which parental genes prevail. However, you can expect to spend more time enjoying your Labrastaff than you do grooming him.

Brushes for Labrastaff
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labrastaff Temperament

The Labrastaff is a patient dog who will enjoy spending time with his humans. The breed is very tolerant of small children, even when their ears are being tugged or their tail pulled, and will even allow children to dress them up. They draw the line when it comes to food and supervision should be provided when children are around your dog while he is eating. Dogs of the breed do not enjoy spending long periods of time outside by themselves and if bored and lonely may get into trouble. Bright and loyal to his humans, the Labrastaff may take after the American Staffordshire Terrier parent as well, who is sometimes known as a “nanny” dog due to his patience with kids. Dogs of the breed may do well as guard dogs though early and consistent training is necessary. A people pleaser, your hybrid will be calm and gentle around people but can be aggressive toward other dogs. Care should be taken upon introduction and socialization will be important. 

Labrastaff Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Labrastaff can be determined from those of his parents. Exercise is important for both the physical and mental health of the Labrador. Dogs of the breed enjoy the water and will enjoy exercise from swimming in a river or lake, as well as from taking long walks or playing with humans. The Labrador enjoys helping and will do well as a service or therapy dog. The American Staffordshire Terrier is active and enjoys digging. Having a job to do is ideal for a dog of the breed who will do well with training and playing that is task oriented, which will keep him physically and mentally healthy. Despite their activity and energy level, the American Staffordshire Terrier will not require a large amount of outdoor space to run in. Your Labrastaff will be enthusiastic and ready to play as well; taking on this hybrid as a pet means you will need to keep him busy and mentally stimulated.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Labrastaff Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Labrastaff Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Height: 19 inches Weight: 53 lbs
18 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 55 lbs

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