American Pit Bull Terrier / Mastiff Mix

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Is the American Pit Bull Terrier / Mastiff Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): American Bandogge, Pitbull Mastiff

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 APBT / Mastiff is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Mastiff, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Know how to train and socialize a huge, powerful dog with lots of energy and a need for purpose. The reality is that some of these muscular mixes may be created by breeders with questionable intentions. Be aware of your own abilities to establish yourself as a loving alpha. This mix will not be right for everyone.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but in all likelihood this mix will produce a giant bully-type dog who will be banned in many areas under local law or your insurer's rules of coverage. Know the legality of owning this mix before you take it home.

Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the intent behind the Pitbull Mastiff is to create a loyal, protective guardian that will deter all but the most determined intruder. This animal is high-powered protection and is no more appropriate to the average household than a high-powered rifle. You should be an expert at socializing and handling large, protective breeds. Some people have reported that this mix doesn't bark before it attacks a perceived intruder-- a serious liability if you intend to have visitors to your home.

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