American Pit Bull Terrier / Golden Retriever Mix

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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 pairing between an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Golden Retriever isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, you can expect your American Pit Bull Terrier / Golden Retriever Mix to be a large, powerful animal.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's always impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by any mixed-breed dog, it's easier than usual for a novice to make a mistake with the American Pit Bull Terrier / Golden Retriever Mix. Both breeds may be family friendly, but the Golden genes encourage an outgoing, goes-to-anyone pet that fits in well in many neighborhoods, while the APBT is a family-first defender. If you need a protection animal, you would probably do better to go with a purebreed. If you want to be guaranteed the Golden personality, get a Golden. The owner of this mix should be a confident, observant owner who can tailor the training to the traits that emerge from the individual dog in question.