If you’re an outdoor activity-loving family and into such things as hiking, running, or trekking, and you want a four-legged friend to take along with you, the Staffy X Labrador would make a fantastic choice. This cross is not only energetic, but they’re also devoted and terrific with children.
What Is a Staffy X Labrador?
The Staffy X Labrador is a crossbreed or hybrid of the two most popular dogs in the UK, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffy) and the Labrador Retriever.
|Weight||40 to 80lbs|
|Life Expectancy||10 to 14 years|
What Is a Staffy Labrador Cross Called?
The Staffy X Labrador is known by several names such as:
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- Staffy Lab
- Labrador Cross Staffy
- Staffy Cross Labrador
How Long Do Staffy Labradors Live?
Staffadors live between ten and fourteen years. This figure is only an estimate, and we base it on the lifespans of the Labrador and Staffy. Labradors typically have a shorter lifespan than the smaller Staffy. So the genes the puppies inherit will partly determine their lifespan. Other factors will be important; the health of the parent dogs will be a crucial factor in how their offspring develop.
In addition, the dog’s owners will influence the dog’s lifespan. Feeding the dogs a quality age-appropriate diet, regular health checkups, and vaccinations when necessary all play their part in a dog’s life expectancy.
Staffy Lab Characteristics
When you mix a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a Labrador, the result is a medium-sized dog that is robust and well-built; typically, you will see a broad head and a long, permanently wagging tail.
If a dog with low energy levels that will lay by the fire all day is what you’re looking for in a furry companion, the Labrastaff is most definitely not for you. This cross will inherit the Staffy’s and Lab’s high energy, dash everywhere personality.
Much of what we talk about here is conjecture because no one knows how much of each parent they’ll inherit until the puppies come along. They could have the thick, dense waterproof coat of the lab or the short, smooth coat of the Staffy.
Staffies live a little longer than Labs which might extend the puppy’s lifespan. In addition, the Staffy is a bit healthier than the Labrador, so hopefully, that will also pass to the litter.
A propensity to be overweight is a problem for both parent dogs, mainly because the Staffy and the Lab are greedy dogs and will eat until they burst. So attention needs to be given to this area when the puppies grow a little older.
Labradors are always one of three colours, black, yellow, or chocolate, but Staffies can come in various solid colours and brindle. The parent’s colours will determine the puppy’s coat colour.
Staffy Labrador Temperament
The Labrastaff is known for its tolerance to young children, with family-oriented parent breeds, that’s to be expected. Overly enthusiastic play from children is unlikely to antagonize the Labrastaff.
Being such people-pleasers and wanting to be into everything going on with their family, you’ll naturally have a dog that doesn’t enjoy long periods alone.
You can be sure that your children and Labrastaff will have a great time if you provide them with a secure area where you can keep your eyes on them. Even though they are lovable, they are still pretty big dogs for young children. Add in the boisterous nature, especially when young, and accidents can happen.