So, what happens when you cross a pit bull with a Poodle? You will get an enthusiastic and loyal dog. Read this DogAppy post to know more about this hybrid’s personality, temperament, and overall health.
Did You Know?
The name ‘Pitbull’ is used to describe American Pitbull Terriers, Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers; all of whom happen to be extremely loyal and loving dogs.
A designer dog is basically a cross between two purebred dogs; in this case, we have the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the Standard Poodle. A purebred dog comes from a long line of ancestors who have more or less the same temperament and physical characteristics. With hybrids or designer dogs, it gets a little tougher to predict the outcome, since crossbred puppies borrow traits from both parents, and end up with unique characteristics of their own.
Let’s acquaint ourselves with the parent breeds.
AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
◾The American Pit Bull Terrier of today is a more calm and loyal fellow than his blood sport fighting ancestors and has been a favorite companion animal for many years.
◾ Pit bulls are one of the most loving and sensitive breeds there are. These dogs tend to worship their favorite humans and will protect them.
◾ Physically, pitties are stocky and muscular, with a wide head and a broad jawline. They have a short, tight, easy-care coat.
◾ Poodles are known for their striking good looks but they are more than just looks. Centuries ago, Poodles were known as the consummate water retrievers, helping hunters to fetch waterfowl.
◾ Poodles are immensely intelligent, agile dogs who enjoy and need physical activity. They are eager and athletic and therefore easy to train.
◾ You will need to learn about a Poodles coat. They must be brushed daily to keep the curly coat from matting. Many owners will keep the Poodle in a shorter trim. With a low-shed coat, Poodles are a good choice for families that require low allergen environments.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR PIT BULL-POODLE MIX
TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY
◾Since both parents are loving, family dogs, you can expect their offspring to be similar. Poodles have a reputation of being a bit aloof, but each dog also has its individual personality traits.
◾ You can expect your dog to be a little stubborn and mischievous. Any dog, irrespective of the breed, needs to be taught basic commands. This crossbreed is very sensitive and smart and will benefit greatly using force-free positive training methods only.
◾ The Pit bull-Poodle mix will be loyal and protective of his turf and his people. Therefore, socialization is of the utmost importance. Introduce him to other animals and people and encourage interaction as much as possible.
◾ Your Pit-Poodle will be very engaging, energetic, and playful with everyone in the family. Remember, several people have exploited the Pit Bull’s tendency to please by training them to be deliberately aggressive. Pit Bull mixes thrive on love and attention, and they will go to any lengths to please you. Ensure that you thoroughly educate yourself about them before you bring one home. Devote ample time to training, socializing, and exercise and you’ll end up with the best dog you will ever have the pleasure of keeping.
HEALTH AND GROOMING
◾ Your Pit-Poodle is expected to have a clean bill of health, as long as you have picked a responsible breeder. Never, ever choose a dubious breeder or make a purchase from a puppy mill, as these dogs are subject to a lot of torture under the name of breeding. They aren’t scanned for inherited illnesses, as a result of which, the litter will be unhealthy.
◾ Pit Bulls are short-haired and don’t require much grooming. However, if your mix takes after the Poodle, you will have to devote time to brushing his coat daily or take it to a groomer.
◾ Pitties enjoy their chew toys, so ensure that you provide them with lots of sturdy ones, which cannot be chewed up and eaten.
◾ These dogs have an average lifespan of 9 – 10 years.
As unfortunate as it is, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are among the highest to be abandoned or returned to a shelter. We can’t stress enough on the importance of understanding this breed and its needs before you bring one home. Also, Pit Bulls are almost always counted under Breed Specific Legislation, so be sure that you have the requisite permits to own one in your area. Your efforts will go a long way in restoring this oft-misunderstood breed’s reputation.