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American Pit Bull Terrier / Akita Mix

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Other name(s): Akita Pit

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 Akita Pit  is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Akita, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer hybrid isn't particularly common, and the reasons for its development seem obscure. There may some belief that the APBT in the mix will moderate the Akita and make the dog a bit easier to train. You should be an experienced and responsible dog owner to consider this mix. Check your local law to be sure you are allowed to own APBT mixes in your area.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog but at least some Akita Pits tend to be shorter-haired and to resemble the APBT side of the family.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed, it's always important to be a responsible, experienced owner when you're working with any APBT mix, because of the controversies surrounding this breed. Actually, the APBT may be more easily trained than the AKita, but you must also work with your neighbors' perceptions of your dogs. In any case, Akitas can be stubborn and have a mind of their own. Since you don't know which genes will predominate or how they will blend, you must know yourself. Are you a consistent alpha who can socialize your dog properly? If not, invest in the proper training-- or select a different mix.