The American Pitbull Terrier is one of the most beloved and controversial breeds. The statistics are clearly against the Pitbull when to bit statistics. However, many breed enthusiasts argue that these stats represent many other breeds that get classified with Pitbulls . But they aren’t.
Every year, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized, and 40% of them are some type of Pitbull mix. We have compiled a list of potential rescues for some of the cross breeds that you might see at your local shelter.
No matter which side you are on, it’s clear that these Pitbull Terrier mix dogs are gorgeous. There’s a good chance you will find one of these breeds as you begin your search if you prefer to adopt over shopping.
Pitbull Mixed Breeds
- 1.1 Aussie Cattle Pitbull
- 1.2 Labrabull
- 1.3 Pitweiler
- 1.4 Pitsky
- 1.5 Pitbull Boxer Mix
- 1.6 Beagle Bull
- 1.7 Borderbull
- 1.8 Pithuahua
- 1.9 Golden Pitbull
- 1.10 Pugbull
- 1.11 Great Danebull
- 1.12 German Pitbull
- 1.13 Dachshabull
- 1.14 Pointerbull
- 1.15 Doberpit
- 1.16 Saint Pitbull
- 1.17 Pitkita
- 1.18 English Pitbull
- 1.19 French Pitbull
- 2 Final Thoughts
Pitbull Mixed Breeds
Below we’ve compiled a list of 21 common and not-so-common Pitbull Terrier Mixed breed pups. These pups are bred from both breeds so there is no guarantee that their temperaments or activity levels will be the same. It is recommended that you introduce your dog to other pets and family members before bringing him home.
If you are able to foster a dog with a rescue, it can be a good option. Many mixed-breed pups end up in rescue homes and need a foster home until they find a permanent forever home. Fostering can be a good option to help your dog learn how to get along with your other pets before you decide to adopt him. Let’s look at some of our favorites, and give you more information about each one. Keep in mind that this list is not all inclusive, and there are a few other breeds that we have left out, like the pitbull corgi mix, or the Pitahoula.
Aussie Cattle Pitbull
Breeds: Australian Cattle Dog & Pitbull Terrier
What do you get if you cross a dog that was originally bred to herd cattle with a loyal, tough and durable dog? A high-energy, ready to work pup! The australian cattle dog, which is a lively breed, requires you to be able to entertain and keep it happy. The Aussie Cattle Pitbull breed is unique and will need a special owner.
The temperament of any of these mixes will vary depending on the parent. Both breeds are energetic and need to be exercised regularly. The pup will love any work you give it. This includes keeping the livestock safe and patrolling the farm. It’s a great addition to your family, but if you live in a smaller house or yard, make sure there is enough space to exercise the happy pup.
Breeds: Pitbull Terrier & Labrador Retriever
The Labrabull is one of the most popular pitbull mixes out there. This breed combines the best of both the friendly and loyal APBT dogs. Labradors are a popular four-legged companion in America and Europe. While the APBT is a controversial breed, this cross is very popular.
The Labrabull can behave more like one parentage depending on the breed it is bred after. The Lab/Pit mix is a sweet, active and affectionate pup , who will be loyal to its family but may be reserved around strangers. If socialized, they can get along with other pets. This is one of the most common mixes found in today’s APBT rescues or animal shelters due to how common each parent breed.
Breeds: Pitbull Terrier & Rottweiler
The Pitweiler crosses one of the most popular “guard dog” breeds with one of the most loyal terriers in existence. The end result is a breed that’s reserved and guarded around strangers yet also extremely loyal to their family. Sometimes the Rottie is included in the “dangerous” breeds, which means it shares that same trait with the APBT.
The APBT’s loyalty lends itself to this mixed-breed pup. When assessing temperament, it will depend on the parent of this breed. Both breeds can be reserved around strangers so it is important to socialize them early. This is a smart, loyal, mixed-breed dog that will make a great family friend if you take the time to train it properly.
Breeds: Siberian Husky & Pitbull Terrier
The Husky is one the most beautiful breeds. Their beautiful, ice blue eyes will charm any dog lover. So what happens when you cross the Siberian Husky with the APBT? You get a wonderful pup who is eager to play in the yard or at the beach. People will often ask you “What breed is this ?”
You may get a Pitsky with blue eyed combo, making this breed even more striking looking because it won’t look like a standard husky. As huskies are naturally destructive, the APBT can provide energy. This amazing mixed breed dog is hard to beat.
Pitbull Boxer Mix
Breeds: Pitbull Terrier & Boxer
The Boxer is America’s most beloved dog breed. They are a wonderful family dog because of their playful and light nature. Because the APBT comes packed with energy as it is, it’s likely your Boxer Pit mix will also have the same traits and consistent energy outlets will be needed in order to keep this pup under control.
The Boxer is more reserved with strangers than other APBT’s. As such, it’s important to get out and socialize with them early on. The mixed breed will look closer to a purebred pitbull. This is due to the fact that they may look very similar depending on their genetics. The Boxer Pitbull Mix is a wonderful family pet if you have the energy and time to exercise it.
Breeds: Beagle & Pitbull Terrier
The Beaglebull mix of the Beagle Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier is the Beaglebull. This mix is slightly different because the Beagle can be extremely laid back and family-friendly, even though they have not yet reached puppyhood. While the Beaglebull may need to exercise during their youth, they will become more relaxed as they get older.
Depending on which breed your Beaglebull takes after, you are likely to have a stubborn dog on your hands that will require some patience and a firm yet calm hand during training. It is important that you see your dog as the leader of the pack. Otherwise, it can be difficult to get them to follow basic commands without some reward.
Breeds:Pitbull Terrier & Border Collie
The Borderbull is a mix between the Border Collie and the Pitbull. The extra energy in the Border Collie will ensure that you have plenty of energy. It’s likely that your Borderbull will need less exercise as it ages, but the reality is that you’ll be adopting a breed with a high exercise output need. The Border Collie is a shepherding breed, while the APBT was bred to hunt rats and bait them.
The Borderbull is a great choice if you have a big yard or plenty of space to run. Borderbulls can be loyal and willing to listen. You may find that your Border Collie pup is more interested in agility training or any other training.
Breeds:Pitbull Terrier & Chihuahua
The Chipit can be equal parts crazy and equal parts adorable. You can get a unique combination when you combine the genetic makeups of these parent breeds. Because of how they were raised, the Chihuahua can be one of the most assertive breeds. Many Chi-mixes inherit a certain attitude from their ancestors.
The APBT is an energetic dog so adding the Chihuahua to the mix can make it more difficult. You might end up with a Chihuahua who is a couch potato. The temperaments of all dogs are different. The Pithuahua is a unique dog that will need a very unique owner.
Breeds: Golden Retriever & Pitbull Terrier
The Golden Retriever pitbull mix is a more delicate balance of American Legend combined with the stout attitude and heart of the APBT. These breeds can be compared as companions but they are a family-friendly combination. The Golden Retriever is a top dog in America. They are a wonderful dog and seem to love everyone. They are one reason why they are one of the most popular dog breeds in America.
When you mix an APBT with the Pitbull, you’re likely to get a very friendly mix that is still full of energy. Although the Golden Pitbull will likely be shy around strangers, if it follows its Golden Retriever parentage, it is more likely that he will greet everyone who comes to your house. Proper socialization is a must for any breed.
Breeds: Pug & Pitbull Terrier
The Pugbull is a mix between the Pug and the Pitbull. This combination is quite interesting as you will likely end up with an energetic little dog who is feisty and full of energy. The Pug is a loving and affectionate cuddler who loves his owners. The mixed breed Pug will likely exhibit the same temperament, but with more intensity than a standard Pug. The coloring of the dog will take after the parent breeds, and there’s a chance you’ll even see an all white color, like the Leucistic Pug.
This little mix is not common. The pug is smaller so there are less chances of it crossing paths with the Pit. This breed is usually created when the pug is the father, and the APBT the mother. Usually the APBT will be on the smaller size, as smaller Pits can be in the 30 pound range. This is a very fun breed that will make people wonder what breed you have as soon as they leave the dog park.
Breeds: Great Dane & Pitbull Terrier
Are you looking for a mix of loyal and reserved with big, lazy, and playful? The Great Danebull might be the dog for you, as long as your home can allow for a dog of this size. Great Danes can be massive and will likely be bigger when combined with Pitbulls, but it is still likely that this breed will be larger than an APBT standard depending on its parents.
*Great Danes are fond of a comfy bed and lots of space on the couch. If you decide to bring this mixed breed home, plan ahead to make sure they have plenty of room. It is crucial to socialize your dog early with this breed. Danes and Pits can sometimes get along with each other depending on where it was raised.
Breeds: German Shepherd & Pitbull Terrier
The German Shepherd is one the most popular breeds of dog in America. You would expect to see a cross between the APBT, German Shepherd. It’s possible that your German Pitbull will take more traits from one of the parent breeds than the other.
GSD/APBT mixes are part of the group. This means that they will likely need tasks to help them feel fulfilled. This mix will benefit from your dog being able to carry or certify as a service dog. German Pitbull puppy energy levels will be very high, but they will decrease with age.
Breeds: Pitbull Terrier & Dachshund
The Dachshabull is one of the more unique and interesting breeds on this list. The Doxie is not often crossbred with larger breeds such as the Pitbull. Similar to the Chihuhua crossbreed, the Pitbull will often end up with the smaller breed.
What do you get if you cross these two? The result is an interesting mutt who has received lots of love! In fact, there was a viral video on Youtube that really took off when an active Dachshund was mixed with a Pitbull and the end result was something extremely interesting! It is likely that you will end up with a dog who loves cuddling and has some swag!
Breeds: Pitbull Terrier & German Shorthaired Pointer
Get ready to get some energy! This mix is full of love and life. The German Shorthaired Pointer is an energetic breed that was originally bred to be a hunting companion. The APBT was bred to bait rats and has the energy required for this task.
This mix can drive you crazy if you don’t have enough space or a large yard. This breed is best suited for families with lots of green space. Pointers are usually pretty friendly with everyone, so you’ll have a nice Pointerbull mix of friendly and active in one energetic package.
Breeds: Doberman Pinscher & Pitbull Terrier
If you’re looking for a dog that can patrol your home well, the Doberpit could be the right breed for you. You’ll have an alert, but reserved dog who is tolerant of strangers depending on the parent breed.
Granted that every dog is unique and you cannot put a label on any dog, but it is important to socialize your doberpit early if they are going to be around children or other pets. If you have the time and patience, the Doberpit can be an excellent family pet and protector.
Breeds: Saint Bernard & Pitbull Terrier
Want a Pitbull Mix that is extremely large? The Saint Pitbull is a mixture of the Pitbull and Saint Bernard. Because the Saint Bernard is such a large dog, this breed is bigger than any other. The Saint can get north of 150 lbs, and larger Pitbulls can break 80 pounds themselves. This breed loves to pull, so if you plan to train on a harness, make sure you pick one up that’s specifically made for Pitbulls.
This breed is a bit more gentle than others because the Saint is naturally more mellow. It is important to take into account the breed’s size. You will also need to prepare to clean up any drool that has accumulated. You should bring a towel to feed your puppy.
Breeds: Pitbull & Akita
An interesting mix of two extremely alert breeds, the Pitkita is a mix that will confuse most dog lovers questioning you on the breed. The Japanese national dog, the Akita, is protective by nature. The Akita is a well-known family protector, but it is not the most socialized dog.
Mixing an Akita and Pitbull will create a powerful mix that can protect your family. It’s important to socialize your rescue pups early on and to introduce any pets to the family. Failure to socialize your dogs early could lead to behavioral problems and put you in a difficult spot as a pet parent. This breed is not recommended for new dog owners. This mix is best if you are patient and firm in your training.
Breeds: English Bulldog & Pitbull Terrier
The English Pitbull mix of the English Bulldog with the APBT. The English Pitbull is a loveable mix that often has the heart of a family member in the English bulldog. If you decide to adopt this mixed breed, you will need to train your dog well. English Bulldogs can be stubborn.
This pup will bring you equal amounts of love and frustration during your training through adolescence. You’ll be able to train your dog well and have a loving companion for the whole family.
Breeds: French Mastiff & Pitbull Terrier
*The French Pitbull is a mixture of the Dogue De Bordeax or the “French Mastiff”, and the American Pitbull Terrier. The French Mastiff has a similar temperament to the English Mastiff, and is able to produce similar levels of energy. This pup is a good mix of the APBT and has a lower energy output.
Overall, this dog can make a great addition to any family. This mix won’t be as big as some of the other breeds on this list, but it still has the chance of reaching 80-90 pounds.
While the American Pitbull Terrier can be a wonderful breed, the mixed breed Pitbull Terriers will give you plenty to talk about when you take your Pitbull mix to the dog park. They are less likely to have health problems and can calm down some of Pitbull’s more active traits. They will definitely inherit some of their parent Pitbull traits, so if you intend to crate train them, make sure you pick up a crate made to handle Pitbull activity levels!
Overall it is difficult to go wrong when you adopt any of these breeds. It’s also often cheaper to buy from a breeder than to adopt. These mixes are often found in local shelters. We encourage you to consult with local rescues and shelters before adopting your next dog. We hope this guide will help you to find your next Pitbull Terrier mix!