American Pit Bull Terrier / Australian Cattle Dog Mix

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Other name(s): Pit Heeler

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 Pit Heeler is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Australian Cattle Dog, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer mix is going to be a high energy dog. Make sure you can keep up-- and check your local law to make sure you're allowed to hold APBT mixes in your area. 

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be very different depending on whether the Australian Cattle Dog or the APBT traits dominate.

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.

An added complication is that the herding dog genes may encourage some individuals to nip-- and a biting dog with the muscles of an APBT could be a dangerous one.