Species group: Mixed Breeds
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 pairing between an American Pit Bull Terrier and an Australian Bulldog isn't all that common, especially since the Australian Bulldog is little known outside its home country. However, be aware that not all bully breed mixes are being created by well-intentioned people. You will need to know how to socialize and manage a powerful animal with some fighting dog ancestry.
Appearance / health:
The American Pit Bull Terrier / Australian Bulldog Mix will usually be instantly recognizable as a so-called pit bull mix, so you will need to check your local laws to be sure you are allowed to own these animals in your area.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's always difficult to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, enough breeders and trainers have worked with APBT / Bulldog mixes to report that a well-trained, well-socialized animal will be a devoted family pet and an excellent family guardian. However, a poorly socialized dog could be a problem or even a legal liability.
"Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.<br /><br />For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.<br /><br />Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP<br />www.mywoofgang.com."
From myWoofgang 24 days ago