American Pit Bull Terrier / Chow Chow Mix

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Other name(s): Pitchow

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 Pitchow is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Chow Chow, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This unpredictable mix can't be recommended to every dog owner.  Check your local laws and insurance coverage to be sure you are allowed to own APBT mixes in your area. Even if you are confident of your experience with pit bull mixes, be aware that the Chow Chow in the mix can make the animal even more challenging to socialize and manage.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but most owners say it's obvious at a glance that the dog is a pit bull mix. Some individuals may have the blue Chow Chow tongue.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, the American Pit Bull Terrier / Chow Chow Mix is likely to represent some challenges that make it completely unsuitable to the average owner. You must know how to be a consistent alpha who can socialize and manage even the most challenging personalities.