It is no secret, Pitbulls receive a lot of negative press. Despite their wonderful companionship, loyalty, and the fact that they are an absolute dream to be trained, they still hold the stigma of being an aggressive dog.
They are highly energetic with a lot of love to give, despite what some people say about Pitbulls. Not only that, they do deserve to find a home where they can live and be happy, just like any other dog.
If they are well cared for and trained properly, they can be a great family dog because they are known to love to socialize.
Whilst the Pitbull might originally come from England and also Ireland, this is hugely debated by some dog experts.
So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at what a Pitbull is, and what some of the best Pitbull mixes are.
What Actually Is A Pitbull?
First of all, many people think that the term ‘Pitbull’ itself is a dog breed. It actually isn’t, and instead refers to a collection of dogs who descend from the same breeds: Terriers and Bulldogs.
The main four are the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier, American Bulldog, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Unfortunately, despite its popularity in America, the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the American Pitbull Terrier as a Pitbull breed.
Pitbulls have certain characteristics and features that are recognizable to most people. From their block-like heads and long mouth, to their straw jaw and stick out ears.
They are also athletic looking, which can put the heebie jeebies in some people.
Despite how powerful they look, they are also one of the most loving dogs out there due to their loyalty and willingness to please, especially to their ‘master’.
Even so, they are still considered by many to be dangerous dogs. Whilst they do have a bad reputation (they were once bred for blood sports, and still are in some illegal cases) they have, overtime, had this bred out of them.
However, like with any dog, biting and bad behavior does happen. If a dog is clearly not trained well or cared for, they are more likely to show destructive behavior.
What Are The Best Breeds Of Pitbull Mixes?
Even though there are lots of Pitbull mixes to choose from, we decided to whittle it down to just 7. Here is a list of Pitbull mixes in no particular order:
This Pitbull mix has grown in popularity since it first came about at the beginning of the 2000s. It was the end product of crossbreeding both the Pitbull Terrier and a German Shepherd.
Both of these dogs are known for being a little aggressive if not handled well, so this mix is best to be owned by those who have plenty of experience with dogs.
They also do better with older children rather than families with young kids, so be aware of that.
Despite this, they are extremely loyal and make great guard dogs for the home. Not in the professional sense, of course, but they will keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t seem right.
Olde Pit Bulldogge
Noted to be a dog which is great for looking out for threats within the home, yet is wonderfully loyal is the Olde Pit Bulldogge. It is the combination of both the American Pitbull Terrier and Olde English Bulldogge.
They can grow quite tall up to 22 inches, but are still on the lighter end at around 80 pounds.
Staffy Bull Pit
Known as a rare breed due to unintentionally crossbreeding, this breed was the result of mixing both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Find out the difference here).
Because of its parents, the end product is a big, stocky dog. There is a reason for this however, because both the parents of the Staffy Bull Pit can be traced back to the English Bulldog.
Back in the day, English Bulldogs were mixed with Terrier dogs to use when both fighting and controlling bulls, which more often than not resulted in death.
Nowadays, the Staffy Bull Pit is a far cry from that.
The Bullypit is a big dog who can reach up to 100 pounds in weight, and around 25 inches tall. It is the result of both the American Pitbull Terrier and the American Bulldog.
The interesting thing about this breed is that it is able to have many different coat colors, from chocolate and white, to black and light brown.
Whilst they can look rather intimidating due to their larger mouth and head, they are said to be quite gentle alongside their family.
This breed needs obedience training as soon as possible due to its natural instincts for catching prey and herding, otherwise it may nip at you. They are however known to be really happy, yet competitive.
This is the result of being crossbred with the American Pitbull and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Another intimidating Pitbull, it is the result of the American Pitbull Terrier and the Labrador Retriever. It has created a strong looking dog that oozes power.
However, they are very happy dogs who love to be around children, despite their appearance. They will need some good training however, otherwise they can be too loyal.
The Pug Pit is rather unusual, and most of the time, people cannot tell this is a Pitbull mix. You have likely guessed it, but it is the result of crossbreeding the American Pitbull Terrier with the Pug.
They need quite a lot of exercise to make sure they stay healthy, though they have the ability to adapt to many different environments. However, this breed brings with it the health issues of a Pug.
There are so many interesting Pitbull mixes. Hopefully you have enjoyed this article, and you never know, maybe you have found the one you would love to take home to be part of the family?