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Dingo / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix

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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.

The Dingo is currently in the process of being recognized as a full species-- a species that is under threat by interbreeding with domestic dogs. This mix should never be performed by intention. If you rescue a Dingo / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix (or any Dingo mix), you should not allow your animal to breed and further dilute the gene pool. 

An addded twist is that all APBT mixes are not being created by people with good intentions. They should only be held by responsible, involved owners who know how to socialize and manage loyal protector breeds. Finally, the "primitive dog" psychology of the Dingo can bring its own challenges. All in all, this mix is rarely if ever going to be the right match for anyone but the highly experienced.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be different depending on whether the Dingo or the APBT traits dominate.

Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog but you are going to need to bring your best dog psychology to the Dingo / APBT mix. You must know how to be a consistent, respected "alpha." On the positive side, a well-socialized animal could be an utterly loyal family guardian.