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Alaskan Malamute / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix

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Other name(s): Alaskan Pit Bull

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes. 

The first generation Alaskan Pit Bull  is a cross between a pure Alaskan Malamute and a pure American Pit Bull Terrier, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Approach with caution. When you combine the Malamute independence with the bad press of the APBT, you will need to take extra steps to be certain your dog is properly socialized, because any close neighbors are sure to take notice.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, and some Alaskan Pit Bulls look more like the Malamute side than others. Expect a muscular animal with a coat that stands up to cool weather.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, the reality is that both parent breeds can offer significant challenges to inexperienced owners. Be a confident, consistent owner who knows how to socialize a powerful animal that can sometimes be stubborn or over-protective.