Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): APBT Mix, Pit Bull Mix
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 American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is one of the most popular, yet one of the most controversial, dogs. As a result, there are a number of APBT mixes available for rescue. In mixes where the APBT traits clearly dominate, you should take into account the history of this breed.
Because the APBT was originally developed to fight other dogs in the gambling ring, this dog is powerful, muscular, and somewhat intolerant of other aggressive dogs. Dog-fighting is now banned almost worldwide, but there are still those who have attempted to train these dogs as guard or even attack dogs-- a dangerous practice because of the power of the dog's bite.
A well-trained, well-bred APBT in a single-dog household can be a devoted pet who enjoys regular exercise with its humans. However, the American Pit Bull Terrier isn't right for everyone. If you are not willing or able to train your dog carefully from an early age, or if you have an active household crowded with other dogs, then you may be setting yourself up for a serious problem. You should also be aware that many insurers will drop your homeowner's or rental insurance if you own one of these dogs. Finally, a bored APBT can find a way to make trouble, if only with destructive chewing. If you're too busy to work frequently with your dog, don't choose this breed.
Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs are individuals, but here are some tips about what to look for in a mix where the American Pit Bull Terrier traits dominate.
The APBT is slightly longer than he is tall; his wedge-shaped head is of medium length, flat, broad, powerful and large; his muzzle is shorter than the length of his skull and is deep and wide and his teeth for a scissors bite. His jaws are powerful and strong, with emphasis on the lower jaw; his cheek muscles are prominent; his nose large. His ears are set high and may be cropped or left natural. His eyes are set low, wide-set, round, and may be any color other than blue. His neck is thick with well-defined muscles and rises from a thick, deep chest. His tail is tapering, should be low-set and short, is never carried over his back, and should never be docked or bobbed.
Behavior / temperament:
All mixed breed dogs are individuals, but here are some tips about what to expect from a well-trained, well-handled American Pit Bull Terrier mix.
The personality of the APBT is most typically happy, friendly and amusing; they are consistently thrilled to see family, friends and even strangers. She is good-natured with people, obedient, loyal, intelligent, loving and curious. She has a strong desire to please her people and requires a large portion of her time be spent with her human family in order for her to have the maximum good mental health.
The APBT is rated high in learning rate, medium in obedience, and medium in problem-solving. Proper training and early, extensive socialization of this breed cannot be emphasized enough. Because of their incredible intelligence, they will get away with whatever they can. A poorly or irresponsibly trained dog can be dangerous. Know what you are doing.
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We rescued Pitunia from a local shelter in 2014. She is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever had. She has been the perfect companion for our 9 year-old daughter, who originally came to our home at 7 years-old as a foster child. Pitunia is very sensitive to her emotional state and sleeps with her every night. She also goes to school with her weekly to meet and greet the other kids coming off the bus! Although "pit bulls" are not really a breed of dog, many dogs, like Pitunia, exhibiting certain physical charactersitics are placed in this "type." Because of this, experiences and personalities will vary greatly. Pitunia has proven to be a good ambassador for her type of dog, although, she can be dog-reactive. I am careful to maintain control of her when we are out in parks where other dogs are. We have gone through obedience classes and she has done well. I would like to get her 'Good Citizen' certification or maybe certify her as a therapy dog, especially since she does so well with children..
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The STT evaluates tear production. "Dry eye" is a condition in dogs that can predispose them to corneal ulcers (imagine your eyes feeling like sandpaper because there aren't enough tears to clear out the everyday debris that lands in the eyes). If the debris isn't cleared out, it can lead to abrasions on the surface of the eye (ie. cornea) and cause ulcers. This test is very simple to perform, but dogs need to sit still for it. For some patients, this can be very challenging. This test is part of every eye work-up to ensure we aren't missing an additional problem..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 232 days ago
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.
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.
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