When mixing two breeds of different sizes to form a mixed breed, sometimes it’s tricky to predict the parent breed from which the puppies will inherit size features. With increased crossbreeding of the Staffy Lab Mix, it’s getting easier to predict the parent breed that will influence the puppies’ size. So, How big does a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Labrador Retriever mix get?
- What Is a Staffy Lab Mix?
- Related Questions
What Is a Staffy Lab Mix?
The Staffy Lab Mix is usually described as a medium-sized mixed breed of Labrador Retrievers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. It grows to a height of about 17-24 inches. Male Staffy Lab Mix adults can weigh up to 40-70 lbs, while female adult Labrastaffs can weigh up to 80 lbs.
As breeders breed more Staffordshire Bull Terriers with Labrador Retrievers, the exact size standards of the Labrastaffs may vary. Looking at the history and size of the parent breeds is an effective strategy to estimate the size of most Staffy Labs.
History of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Labrador Retriever
It’s not entirely clear when breeders began breeding Staffy Labs; however, by the 1900s, owners had already started mixing Staffordshire Bull Terriers with other breeds. Analyzing the history of the parent breeds lines can help you better understand the history of the Staffy Lab and some of the characteristics you can expect from it.
Brief History of the Labrador Retriever Parent
Labrador Retrievers originate from the Canadian Province of Newfoundland, located northwest of Newfoundland Island. These dogs have a supernatural affinity for water which is seen in Staffy Lab’s love for playing in the mud. They are super intelligent, easy to train, and enthusiastic about retrieving things, a trait you may notice in your Labrastaff.
Brief History of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Parent
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, one of the most popular UK breeds, originates from Birmingham as a mix between Bulldogs and Terrier breeds. They were initially bred for:
- bull baiting
- dog fights
However, this bloodthirsty behavior was flagged down and banned. Even though this aggression has been bred down, your Staffy Lab Mix may portray aggression, especially if you don’t socialize and train them from a young age.
Physical Characteristics and Health Problems of Staffadors
Staffy Labs inherit outstanding physical characteristics from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. You can already expect the Staffy Lab to be one of a kind from the greatness of their parent breeds.
Coat Texture and Coloring
Staffy Labs come in brown, brindle, and black colors. Their coat tends to be short and dense, almost like the Staffy’s. However, it can be a bit longer due to the Labrador Retriever’s genetic influence.
Health Conditions and Problems
Labrastaffs generally inherit excellent health from the parent breeds. Some of the health issues that their parent breeds are prone to include:
- Heart Disease
- Ear Infections
- Hip Dysplasia
- Luxating Patella
Crossbreeds can inherit the same issues as either parent, so be sure to take your Staffy Lab for regular vet checkups.
Feeding Requirements and Grooming Needs of Labrastaffs
Because the parent breeds are not known for being fussy eaters, Labrastaffs are usually happy to eat just about anything you offer them. This breed also doesn’t require as much grooming attention as double-coated dog breeds.
Exact food amounts vary from dog to dog; however, an ideal diet for Staffy Cross Labradors should satisfy a medium-sized high-energy breed. Consider supplementing Labrastaffs’ diet with fish oils, glucosamine, and chondroitin to prevent diseases like Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, common in highly inactive Staffy Labs.
Short-coated dogs are prone to skin diseases, so keeping your Staffadors coat shiny and healthy involves frequent brushing over a week. Staffadors love to dig and play in mud paddles. Bathe your dog once in a while, and when it gets dirty.
The Personality of the Staffy Cross Labrador
Staffy Cross Labradors inherit a playful, energetic, and friendly personality from their parent breed lines. They are intelligent, active, and require much attention and exercise. Labrastaffs’ friendly nature can have them jumping and licking you as a way of welcoming the gifts you bring them.
Staffadors are gentle, playful, and tolerant, mainly because their parent breed, the Staffy, is one of the only breeds recognized by the Kennel Club as suitable for living with small children. Labrastaffs can form strong bonds with young ones and develop a guardian role towards your kids. It’s essential to introduce them to other owned house pets, family members, and other dogs they meet on walks, as these dogs can be very protective.
If you still have a question in mind, you may find an answer in the related questions we think one can ask about the Staffy Lab Mix.
How Long Do Staffy Cross Labradors Live?
The Staffy Lab Mix is a healthy hybrid that can usually live between 10-16 years. Plenty of exercise, a healthy diet, and regular health checkups are necessary for a happy, fuller lifespan.
Can Staffy Lab Mixes Get Aggressive?
Staffy Lab Mixes seldom get aggressive, especially if trained and familiarised with people and other pets from a young age. They are generally gentle dogs that love human attention and desire to please their owners.
Contrary to popular assumptions, Staffy Labs don’t make good guard dogs because they love people too much. Staffadors are fond of family settings, childminding, and playing outside for families with a fenced compound. They make a great addition to any home and are easily house-trained to be loving, loyal family dogs.