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American Staffordshire Terrier / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix

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

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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.

In theory, the first generation Amstaff / APBT is a cross between a pure American Staffordshire Terrier and a pure American Pit Bull Terrier, with subsequent generations potentially having different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. In reality, so many people conflate the various pit bull-type breeds that you may not necessarily know exactly what mix you have unless you know the breeder and the parent dogs well.

As a practical matter, the bully mixes can be some of the most popular but also some of the most controversial pets. They are not for inexperienced, irresponsible, or ill-intentioned owners. 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.

Appearance / health:
While the appearance of this mix can vary considerably, with some dogs being quite a bit larger than others, everyone will recognize your pet as a pit bull type-- a problem in areas where these breeds are banned.

Behavior / temperament:
While the personality of a mixed breed can vary somewhat, you can expect a typical so-called pit bull type dog that is loyal to its owner and potentially dangerous to others in what it perceives to be defense of owner and property. You must know how to properly socialize this mix to bring out its best potential as a loyal, loving pet.

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