American Pit Bull Terrier / American Bully Mix

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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 American Bully is itself a crossbreed between the American Pit Bull Terrier  and American Staffordshire Terrier. If it is mixed with a pure APBT Terrier, it may still be considered an American Bully. Since it will be easy to identify as a APBT mix, you must know how to socialize and manage a powerful protector breed-- and you must also check your local laws and your insurance coverage to be sure you are allowed to own this mix.

Appearance / health:
This mix could be as much as three-quarters American Pit Bull Terrier, and you should expect your neighbors to call it a pit bull after one glance. Make sure your local law allows you to hold APBT mixes in your area. 

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. Owners often report that these dogs are among the sweetest and most loyal to their families, but you must also socialize those protective instincts so they don't represent a threat to your neighbors.