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American Pit Bull Terrier / Doberman Pinscher Mix

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Other name(s): Dober Pit, Pit Pinscher

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 Dober Pit  is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier  and a pure Doberman Pinscher, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. While the intention of the pairing is to create a superior protection animal, the reality is that many of these mixes are too much for the average dog owner. You must know how to socialize, train, and manage a large guardian breed.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, many Dober Pits look like tall, strong dogs with the Doberman's markings. 

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, the well-socialized Dober Pit should be a loyal dog who responds to consistent training. A neglectful or irresponsible owner could create a destructive or dangerous animal.