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American Pit Bull Terrier / Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix

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Other name(s): Pit Bull Catahoula

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 Bull Catahoula  is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Catahoula Leopard Dog, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer mix is intended to create a high-quality hog-hunting dog.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, and you can expect a lot of variation in the appearance of the Pit Bull Catahoula. It is bred for its working ability, rather than a certain appearance. If you prefer a dog that is certain to look like an APBT or certain to look like a Catahoula, you should choose a purebred dog instead.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed, the Pit Bull Catahoula is reported to be a fine hunting companion, just like its Catahoula Leopard Hound genes would suggest. The Pit Bull genes may contribute tenacity and physical power. This animal is not a toy. Be able to be a consistent alpha.