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American Pit Bull Terrier / Perro de Presa Canario Mix

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Is the American Pit Bull Terrier / Perro de Presa Canario Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Presa Pit

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 Presa Pit is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Perro de Presa Canario, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer mix is intended to create an intimidating guard dog. It does not belong in the hands of ill-intentioned, inexperienced, or irresponsible owners. Check your local laws and insurance coverage to be sure you are allowed to own APBT mixes in your area.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the Presa Pit can be a huge, muscular dog.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, with the heritage of two dog-fighting breeds in its background, the reality is that the Presa Pit is not always being bred by well-intentioned people concerned with creating dogs with the sweetest of temperaments. Know the breeder, and know how to socialize a large, powerful with a powerful bite. In many areas, it may be illegal to keep these dogs.

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