Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Greybull
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 Greybull is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Greyhound, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix.
Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the Greybull tends to resemble a sleeker, more slender APBT. Many people will still be able to recognize most individuals as APBT mixes. Therefore you will need to check your local laws and insurance coverage to be sure you are allowed to own APBT mixes in your area.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, the Greybull may give new meaning to the word "unpredictable." The Greyhound side could bring a sensitive, even timid, "touch-me-not" personality if the dog wasn't socialized properly from an early age. You may need to be an especially intuitive dog owner to make sure you can socialize and train this mix without losing its trust.
"Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.<br /><br />For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.<br /><br />Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP<br />www.mywoofgang.com."
From myWoofgang 20 days ago