Pit bull terrier mix dogs can make wonderful family pets and, when properly trained
can be athletes and therapy dogs.
All Pit bulls are mixed.
The very first were Bulldogs mixed with Terriers which started the Bull Terrier breed.
From there, many types of Pit bull dogs were bred. Today, some breeders are trying to mix the dogs in different ways to increase what they see as desirable traits.
Of course, many pitbull mix dogs
happened by accident, so there is no end the different types you may find.
Here are some things to consider before bringing a Pitbull terrier mix into your home.
As with any dog, there is a financial aspect of owning a pit bull terrier mix to consider. Below are some of the things you will need to provide for your pet.
• Annual shots
• Other medical expenses
• Flea prevention
• Grooming needs (these are low for most pit bull terrier mixes)
Most Pitbull terrier mix dogs will not be happy unless they are able to spend a lot of time with their humans. Some dogs are content as long as they have a comfy place to lounge and a bowl full of food.
This is not the case with these dogs.
They are very affectionate and crave human attention. If you can’t spend a lot of time with the dog then you may want to consider another breed.
A Pit bull mix will need to be treated the same as any other pit bull, and that means proper training, socialization and supervision.
Some pit bulls do not do well with other pets, so you’ll need to find out how your dog does around other animals before deciding to bring another pet into the home.
You’ll also need to consider that some (most) rental companies will not rent to anyone with a Pit bull – even a mix – so unless you own your home or are well-established in a rental property where Pit bulls are allowed then this may not be the best breed for you.
Once you decide that a Pitbull mix is right for you then the next question is where to get it.
Many people claiming to be breeders sell these mixed dogs for up to $400 each. What is more astonishing is that people are willing to pay that.
Instead of buying, head to your local animal control adoption center or other rescue organization. Most shelters have an abundance of Pit bulls and Pitbull terrier mix dogs. You can save a life by adopting, and there are other benefits as well.
When you adopt a dog you will know that the dog has been through a health checkup and temperament testing. This is preferable to buying a dog without knowing anything about it. Also, typical adoption fees range from $75 to $200, and that usually includes shots and a microchip, so you can save a lot of money by adopting instead of buying a dog.
Plenty of adult dogs need a good home, but if you have your heart set on a puppy you will likely be able to find a Pit bull terrier mix puppy to adopt. These can be great family pets and lifelong companions for a responsible owner.
Owner with her Pitbull Terrier mix