Labrastaff

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
Male Labrastaff size stats
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 40-80 lbs
Female Labrastaff size stats
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 Labrastaff eyes
Hazel
brown Labrastaff eyes
Brown
amber Labrastaff eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labrastaff nose
Black
brown Labrastaff nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Labrastaff coat
Brown
black Labrastaff coat
Black
brindle Labrastaff coat
Brindle
sable Labrastaff coat
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Labrastaff straight 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
Labrastaff requires weekly brushing
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
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Labrastaff Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Labrastaff size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Labrastaff size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Male Labrastaff size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Female Labrastaff size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 53 lbs
18 Months
Male Labrastaff size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Labrastaff size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 55 lbs

Labrastaff Owner Experiences

Boomer
1 Year
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Running
Hiking
Dog Parks
Fetch
Boomer is very patient with me and is always wanting to please people. He is incredibly tolerant of my shenanigans (I put tshirts on him, booties, bandanas, etc.) and loves all the attention all of the time. He is great with other dogs and always has the most energy but tires quickly. However, whenever he is left home alone, he does need to be crated otherwise he will chew anything and everything he can get his paws on (figured that out the hard way). He howls at police sirens and loves to chase a lazer pointer around! He does have really bad seasonal allergies but some Zyrtec and Omega-3 pills help him (and his skin/fur) get through it! He catches on quickly through routine and repetition, which is fantastic! I don't have to tell him "kennel" anymore, he knows to go in there as soon as I start filling his mini water dish up! He's also learned to ring his bell on the door to let me know he needs to potty. Overall, I am impressed with this breed and this is my first dog that I've owned and taken care of myself!
6 days, 19 hours ago
King
3 Months
3 People
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Energy
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Running
Walking
Great dog, easy going but not so friendly with my other dog
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Marti
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
anything in the water
Riding in Car
Fetch
We got our Marti when we saw a family leave her on the corner and wave goodbye. She was about 4 months at the time. I will say she was a tough puppy. She needed (and still does) a lot of attention. I'm home the majority of the day so it wasn't too tough, but when we left she was beyond destructive. She always has a ton of chew toys, but as a puppy she would chew everything - not just shoes and things, but she tore apart couches and chairs, ate thru the drywall, ate the molding around the door, ripped up brand new carpet. I know people will say I should have crated her, but that style of training just isn't for us. So we dealt with it and she slowly matured and she's a wonderful dog to have. She still requires a lot of attention, but there is calm attention now. She LOVES driving in the car and she really really loves being in the water. She'll play fetch in the water all day if you let her. She definitely protects us and will bark if there is a stranger. She is super easy to train with verbal and hand commands. She is just starting to be okay with other dogs, but still not a huge fan of them. She just wants to make everyone happy. When scolded for something she will come up to you and put her head on your chest. If someone yells or says ouch she will run up to make sure they are okay. She really is a fantastic dog!
3 months ago
Cash
1 Year
4 People
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Energy
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Cash has been an absolute joy to have. He is protective, silly, smart, ornery, and hands down the strongest dog I've owned. Sometimes I'm taken aback by just how strong he is. He learns quickly but keeping his focus is a challenge. Hates water but loves fireworks. Great hunter and very vocal. If you have been gone all day he will howl at you to let you know he missed you. He also howls when we mess with him as if to express his annoyance. For example, my kids love running in circles around our island in the kitchen and when they change directions on him as soon as he has almost caught up to them he will howl. He also howls if I don't make his meals fast enough. He is an absolute backwards weirdo that we love more than ever. He is a big time "velcro" dog and no matter what he's doing, if you leave the room, he follows. If I stand still long enough as in doing the dishes or folding laundry, he will literally lay across my feet and jumps at any chance to cuddle. Very picky eater as well. I could go on for days! He's the best! Oh! He's a little over 60 lbs and growing still!
3 months, 1 week ago
Roxee
19 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
loves to run
She is very loyal. Plays with neighbors yellow lab. She’s a talker and has very expressive eyes. She alternates lifting her eyebrows up. Hilarious
3 months, 1 week ago
Sana
20 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Off-leash
Hike
Dog Parks
Day Trips
We got Sana from the pound 6 months ago...She had an ear infection and a hip injury...She has healed nicely. We changed her diet to grain free kibble, she gobbled it up at first but seems bored with it and loves (really expects our food: smoothies, fish, red meat, salad) We make sure she gets up to an hour of outdoor activity every day (off leash walk, dog park etc)...If she doesn’t get this she definitely has extra energy in the evening...15 min of toss usually chills her out She loves to be with her people and we take her with us whenever we can, not leaving her home alone for more than 3 hours at a time (in a small office) We took her to the river last week and it was so much fun seeing her get comfortable in the water (she usually avoids baths and taking walks in the slightest rain. She is super friendly and shows so much joy, she is a good read of how to play safely with other dogs at the park. She is the dog who finds the dog that wants to run...At home she is chill and knows her spaces (sleeps with our 12 year at night) and only chews on toys she is given ...Her only challenge is walking on leash and pulling when another dog is present...hoping she will out grow with age??? She is our first family pet and we can’t imagine the family without her
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Skylar
6 Months
8 People
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I love my labrastaff because she is very friendly and energetic
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Layla
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Car rides
looking serious
digging
snuggling
Fetch
Napping
sun bathing
Stuffed toys
Playing
Walking
She is such a great girl. Extremely loving and cuddly. Loves to play with humans and other dogs. She is very mellow indoors, and even comes to work with me daily, walking around the office and greeting everyone, lays in sun. :) She is a super scaredy cat- any loud noises make her shake, I'm talking anywhere from something falling over, a doorbell, a blender or thunder. Otherwise she is protective but not overly. She's a bit of a treat snob and very picky food wise. She also has been showing leash aggression but loves all dogs off leash. Since she is always so nervous, we think she likely had a bad experience before we got her that lead to this. :) She's wonderful!!
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Fancine
17 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Francine has boundless energy. She's proven to be hard to train and is not food motivated. She loves to play tug, and chase (as in running away and refusing to come back). She loves all people, has no aggression towards people, but fights with other dogs, to the point where they are bleeding.
6 months ago
Faye
7 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Walks
Cuddling
Dog Parks
Fetch
Outside play
Tug-of-war
training
Faye is only 50% Labrastaff, the other 12.5 is Rott, 12.5 shetland Sheepdog and 25% of unknown which may be Dane or another big dog breed. She is very energetic and always on the go. She loves squeaker toys, a lot! She is a great protector over our family but loves to meet new people and play with new friends at the parks. She also loves to dig if shes not being watched and will get into things shes not suppose to if bored. She is also a one person dog, shes attached herself to me, but loves the rest of my family as well just follows me everywhere. She does not take well to being left alone either. Training is great and she picks up on it quickly but will get bored after awhile if it's the same thing and then choose to be stubborn. She is a big time cuddle bug though and loves to show affection.
7 months ago
Spazz
5 Months
3 People
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Walks
Play
Wonderful puppy! She does great with my toddler, and already knows how to play with kids versus playing with adults!
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Beau
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
dog park
Hiking
swimming
Cuddling
Beau is a sweet, eager to please dog. His favorite things are being active outside, and napping on people. Useless as a guard dog though.
10 months ago
Spoony
1 Year
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tracking
Play
Swim
Sleeping
Walk
Go to Park
A very loyal, protective dog (maybe sometimes too much, you can't reassure him when he is protective for no reason or he'll think its good). Learns very quickly and is very affectionate.
10 months, 1 week ago
Cookie
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Learn a new trick
Nap
Tug-of-war
Dog Parks
Fetch
She's been an amazing addition to my family. She's wonderful with my cats and she makes for the best snuggle buddy. I feel safer knowing she's around and I would do anything to make sure she knows she is loved.
1 year, 5 months ago
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