Crossing Pitbulls with other dogs can retain the best qualities of both breeds. In fact, designer cross-breed dogs are becoming more and more popular. Some of the most popular Pitbull cross dogs including the Australian Cattle Pit, the Pocket Pitbull and the Pitsky!
It’s a massive misconception that Pitbulls are aggressive – although some Pitbulls can be, any dog can be aggressive depending on the way that it is brought up by the owner. The advantage of crossbreeding is that you combine the genetics of two different breeds to get the characteristics that you want. Add training and socialization and you’ve got yourself the perfect dog!
Here are 7 of our favourite Pitbull crosses:
A cross between the Pitbull and the Siberian Husky brings you the ‘Pitsky’. The Husky is one of the most beautiful dogs out there – you might even end up with the beautiful blue eyes in your Pitbull Husky cross.
Husky’s are sled dogs and have a great deal of energy to spend. They love to pull sledges and thrive in snowy environments. Make sure that you exercise and play games with him/her otherwise your pooch could become destructive!
The Pocket pitbull is a cross between a Pitbull terrier and a Patterdale terrier. This adorable and affectionate breed is known by many names – Pocket Pitbull, Pocket Pit, Mini Pit and Miniature Pitbull. These dogs weigh around 11 to 22 lbs when fully grown and are around 12 to 16 inches in height, but as with any crossbreed there is variation.
Patterdale terriers are a bundle of fun. Bred in the Lake District (Cumbria) they were originally bred for hunting foxes, rats and other vermin. Expect this dog to have a very strong prey drive. You may need to do a lot of training with this crossbreed before you let him or her off lead, because they can be so easily distracted.
The Dox Bull is a cross between a Pitbull terrier and a Doxie (Daschund). Sometimes called a Dachshabull, what you will end up with is a smaller and (if at all possible) even cuter elongated Pitbull! This cross breed often results in a Pitbull that is more suited as a lapdog! This cross breed is increasing in popularity in both the UK and USA. Keep an eye on the back of any daschund cross as they can suffer with slipped discs and spinal problems.
Australian Cattle Pit
The Australian Cattle Pit is a cross between the American Pittbull terrier and an Australian Cattle dog. The Australian cattle dog is breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over massive distances across rough terrain in the bush and on Australian farmland.
The result of this crossbreed is a gorgeous speckled furred eager working dog who will want to keep things in check on a farm. This dog requires a great deal of exercise and will require a special type of owner.
The borderbull is a cross between the American Pitbull and a Border Collie. This Pitbull cross will have the black and whit markings of a border collie and probably a more elongated nose. The border collie is a shepherding dog – very intelligent and with a lot of energy.
If you have a large garden or lots of land this could be the dog for you. If your crossbreed has strong collie traits then you might want to get him/her into agility or fly ball to exercise both his body and brain.
The Beagle Bull is a cross between a Pitbull and a Beagle. The result is a very friendly natured Pitbull cross who will be energetic in his/her younger years but slow down as it ages. Beagles are very food motivated dogs and so you can use this to your advantage when training, but beware of this dog scavenging and becoming over weight.
The Golden Pitbull is a cross between the Pitbull and Golden Retriever. This crossbreed results in an extremely placid looking Pitbull cross. Golden retreivers have a great personality and are good with kids. They are one of the top 5 dog breeds in the USA. With the Golden Pitbull you will find that you have a family friendly and energetic dog with a beautiful coat.
As mentioned, with all Pitbull Cross breeds you will need to spend time socializing and training them. But the great thing about these Pitbull crosses is that you can combine these breeds to get the perfect personality of dog for you. If you have a Pitbull cross and want to share your story, we’d love to hear from you – please get in touch!