Acquired: Bred dog myself
Training: Previous owner
Illinois, United States
Posted September 23, 2014
Manny stood out from the litter of puppies. They were the result of an American Pitbull Terrier female dog and a Labrador Retriever male. Manny was a chunky ball, and as he grew older he traded in his rolls for lean muscle. He is a very strong dog, which leads me to my first con.
Walking is an ongoing learning process with this dog. He has the body of the American Pitbull Terrier, which gives him an advantage in strength. He also has the high energetic qualities of both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. Combine both factors together and walks are always an adventure. He gets easily distracted by birds and squirrels. He also must keep moving forward, and will rarely stop. We have made some improvements, and he sometimes stops himself and sits down when he realizes he is tugging too hard on the leash.
He is also very mischievous. If you decide to get a dog that fits into one of these breeds, or is a combination of both breeds, make sure that you have plenty of toys to keep the dog occupied. I actually recommend that you invest in some of the toys composed of harder materials like Nylabone. Other toys hardly last around Manny, as he will often chew them to the point of destruction. There were plenty of times that he would end up ingesting parts of the toy. The Nylabones, on the other hand, keep him occupied for hours and are very durable.
As a puppy he also liked to chew on other things, such as shoes, cables, and also wooden porches. You will need a lot of time to devote to this dog in order to curb those habits. At three years old, he knows not to chew on these materials. Another thing to watch out for is the jumping of fences. Manny has jumped into the neighbor's yard a couple of times, and I know that his brother also does the same thing in his home.
Lastly, he is also a frequent digger of holes. There are many holes on my backyard, and I am still working on correcting this behavior.
Despite the challenges that I have faced in owning and training this dog, I still recommend this breed to anyone who has the energy and time to keep up with it. I'll end with the positives.
Faithful Companion: Manny follows me everywhere. He is also accustomed to sleeping in the room with me.
Great with Other Dogs: He gets along with dogs of all sizes and temperaments. He is very friendly to other dogs. If the other dog exhibits aggressive behavior towards other dogs, then Manny will give that dog its space.
Great with Kids: Manny has shown a good temperament and patience with kids of all ages. He has demonstrated great behavior with my little sister whom has a disability.