Whatever the myths and myth-makers may say, Pit Bulls are friendly and outgoing dogs that deserve a loving home. This is also true for Pit Bull mixes!
Though Pit Bulls are from England and Ireland, there is some dispute as to their actual origins. And despite their prevalence, they’re not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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Table of Contents
- A Little On the Pit Bull…
- Best Pit Bull Mixes
- 1. Pit Chow
- 2. Pyrenees Pit
- 3. Springer Pit
- 4. Greybull Pit
- 5. Bordeaux Pitbull
- 6. Akita Pit
- 7. Alaskan Pit Bull
- 8. Shepherd Pit
- 9. Beagle Pit
- 10. Staffy Bull Pit
- 11. Pit Heeler
- 12. Pug Pit
- 13. Border Collie Pit
- 14. Corgi Pit
- 15. Doberman Pit
- 16. Doxie Pit
- 17. Bullypit
- 18. Pit Pei
- 19. Olde Pit Bulldogge
- 20. Bullboxer Pit
- 21. Entlebucher Pit
- 22. Chipit
- 23. Pocket Pitbull
- 24. Labrabull
- 25. Great Danebull
- 26. American Boston Bull Terrier
- 27. Pitweiler
- 28. Pitsky
- 29. Old Anglican Bulldogge
A Little On the Pit Bull…
The word “pitbull” doesn’t refer to one dog breed. Rather, it refers to a type of dog (read more here). That said, Pitbulls are medium-sized dogs with muscular bodies. They may have cropped ears and can come in a variety of colors.
Most owners consider their Pit Bulls to be intelligent and friendly, but there is a general perception that they’re aggressive and prone to attacking strangers.
There is some merit to this, mainly because Pit Bulls are often on the lists of most dangerous dogs. In fact, they’re number 1 for most dog bites.
However, this is more likely due to poor training and negligence by the owners rather than the dog itself.
With their strong jaws, a Pitbull’s bite can do a lot of damage. They top the chart for dog bite fatalities, but with proper socialization and affection, they’re just like any other dog.
Best Pit Bull Mixes
We list a few of our favorite Pit bull mixes here. This list could be shorter or longer but we will limit ourselves our 29 favorite Pit mixes.
1. Pit Chow
Parent Breeds: Chow Chow and Pit Bull mix
Pit Chows are born from an American Pitbull Terrier and a Chow Chow. Pit Bull were involved in bull/bear baiting and dog fighting before those blood sports were banned. Terrier.
Meanwhile, Chow Chows are ancient Chinese breeds whose true origins are lost in the mists of time. Chow Chows came to England from China in the 1800s.
Pit Chows, the mix of these two breeds have a range of appearances as they take after both of their parents. They can grow to be 17 to 21 inches in height and weigh anywhere from 30 to 70 lbs.
Regarding personality or temperament, there can be a lot of variation as the Chow Chow and the American Pitbull Terrier have diverse temperaments.
2. Pyrenees Pit
Parent Breeds: Great Pyrenees and Pit Bull mix
This mix of the Great Pyrenees and Pit Bull can take after either parent breed. However, the Pyrenees Pit dogs is often smaller than the Pyrenees.
That said, Pyrenees Pits grow to be 21 to 27 inches high and weigh from 60 to 95 lbs. These dogs can have sturdy heads and broad, deep muzzles.
Some of the Pyrenees Pits may have single coats like their American Pit Bull ancestors while others may have double coats like their Great Pyrenees ancestors.
This crossbreed between two powerful canine breeds — both of which have strong natural guarding instincts – is loyal and protective. It is also likely to be independent and stubborn more often than not.
3. Springer Pit
Parent Breeds: Springer Spaniel and Pit Bull mix
The Springer Pit is a mix of an English Springer Spaniel and an American Pitbull Terrier. They are big dogs, with short to medium-length hair.
Springer Pit coats can come in a variety of colors. Common colors include, black, white, blue, brown, brindle, cream or a mix or combination of a few of these colors.
These dogs are muscular and compact with strong legs and really strong jaws. Plus, they’re high energy dogs and require a lot of activity to dissipate all that energy.
However, Springer Pits are smart, easily trained and affectionate. But don’t do too well when left by themselves for long periods of time.
4. Greybull Pit
Parent Breeds: Greyhound and Pit Bull mix
The Greybull Pit is a combination of the Pit Bull Terrier and the Greyhound. They often have the longer body of the Greyhound, but have the overall appearance of a Pit Bull.
Greybull Pits grow to be 17 to 30 inches and weigh 30 to 85 lbs. As you can see, the size varies quite a bit depending on parentage.
The Greybull Pit should be an integral part of the family and not left alone. With the right situation, they’ll provide plenty of entertainment and companionship.
But because of their strong prey drive, they’re not recommended for households with small pets and cats.
5. Bordeaux Pitbull
Parent Breeds: Dogue de Bordeaux and Pit Bull mix
The Bordeaux Pitbull is a hybrid of an ancient large dog breed, known as the Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Pit Bull.
Both parent breeds are known as “molossers” – dogs characterized by their strength as well as by their solid and sturdy bodies.
While the Pit Bull has tight skin, the Dogue de Bordeaux has wrinkly skin that hangs loose. So, your Bordeaux Pitbull will likely have skin that is anywhere in between.
Pit Bulls are deceivingly intelligent and obedient. On the other hand, the Bordeaux may be a little bit stubborn in the training department. Being so powerful, their interactions with kids always needs to be carefully supervised.
6. Akita Pit
Parent Breeds: Akita Inu and Pit Bull mix
The Akita Pit is a cross of the Akita Inu and Pitt Bull. Akita Pits grow to be 16 to 22 inches in height and weigh 30 to 66 lbs.
Akita Pits have a similar build to that of the Pit Bull. They’ll often have short fur that lie flat along the dog’s body. These dogs are muscular, strong and agile – as seen in both parents.
These Pit hybrids are surprisingly good with kids, thanks to the Akita’s affinity towards children. They are obedient and can be easy to train with firmness and consistency.
Daily exercise will do wonders for your Akita Pit’s mood and health. If you have a fenced outdoor space, it will help your dog dissipate his energy.
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7. Alaskan Pit Bull
Parent Breeds: Alaskan Malamute and Pit Bull mix
This mixed breed combines the strength and stamina of the Alaskan Malamute with the Pit Bull Terrier’s loyalty. Furthermore, Alaskan Pit Bulls are healthy with few chronic health problems.
Alaskan Pit Bulls can be 16 to 26 inches high and weigh 60 to 80 lbs. Despite their Spitz heritage, Alaskan Pit Bulls have a relatively easy-to-maintain coat.
Alaskan Pit Bulls make fine family dogs who are eager for both outdoors activities and lounging on the couch with family members.
This Pit mix is confident, bold and shows streaks of independence. So, you need to be firm with them and provide alone time from time to time.
8. Shepherd Pit
Parent Breeds: German Shepherd and Pit Bull mix
The Shepherd Pit is the result of crossbreeding the German Shepherd with a Pit Bull. They were developed in the early 2000’s, but have been growing in popularity.
Shepherd Pits combine the intelligence and loyalty of the German Shepherd with the doggedness and fearlessness of the Pit Bull.
They possess the look of a bigger Pit Bull with the signature coat of a German Shepherd. Because both parent breeds have reputations for being aggressive, the Shepherd Pit is a wonderful dog breed for experienced dog owners.
Both parent breeds aren’t the most child-friendly dogs, it’s natural to assume that the Shepherd Pit isn’t either. Plenty of socialization is your best bet.
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9. Beagle Pit
Parent Breeds: Beagle and Pit Bull mix
Beagle Pits are the results of crossing a Beagle and Pit Bull. They’re relatively new designer dogs and have been around for only a few decades.
The Beagle Pit, having inherited the characteristics of both Beagles and Pit Bulls, is a sturdy, somewhat stubborn, medium-sized dog with a no-fuss short coat.
They’re typically high energy and full of stamina. However, they’re likely to be friendly, loving, playful and protective of their family members.
Beagle Pits are nice exercise companions and also enjoy outings such as hikes, jogging, and camping.
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10. Staffy Bull Pit
Parent Breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Pit Bull mix
This hybrid of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier is a fairly rare designer dog. Rather, they’re mainly products of unintentional crossbreeding.
Thanks to both parent breeds, the Staffy Bull Pit is large and stocky. They can grow to be 17 to 22 inches tall and can weigh up to 35 to 65 lbs.
These two parent dog breeds are more similar than you think. In fact, both the Staffordshire and the American Pit trace their ancestry to the same old style English Bulldogs of England in the 1700s.
English Bulldogs were crossbred with Terrier dogs to add qualities such as courage, which made the bull-and-terrier dogs excel at controlling and fighting bulls (often to the death).
11. Pit Heeler
Parent Breeds: Blue Heeler and Pit Bull mix
The Pit Heeler is a designer dog breed developed by crossbreeding an American Pit Bull Terrier with a Blue Heeler.
Hybrid dogs such as Pit Heelers are so new that there is insufficient information available about their behavior, appearance, temperament or other qualities.
However, we do know that Pit Heelers may grow to be 17 to 24 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 30 to 60 lbs.
Pit Heelers can be nice pets, though they may have a strong hunting drive that needs to be tamed through training and socialization.
12. Pug Pit
Parent Breeds: Pug and Pit Bull mix
The Pug Pit is not an obvious Pit mix, combining the Pug and the American Pit Bull Terrier. They will be short and stocky dogs with a short but smooth coat.
Despite the Pit Bull genes, the Pug Pit is surprisingly adaptable to many environments. They’re good apartment dogs, but also thrive with a fenced yard home.
Though they’re highly intelligent mutts, they can be very protective of the family. In other words, they still retain the territorial instincts of the Pit Bull.
Pug Pits need plenty of exercise to remain healthy, especially if you live in an apartment. But if they inherit the Pug’s propensity to be brachycephalic, you’ll need to keep their exercise in check.
13. Border Collie Pit
Parent Breeds: Border Collie and Pit Bull mix
This mix of the Border Collie and the American Pit Bull Terrier is a new hybrid. Both parent breeds are equally sturdy and healthy, so expect the same for the Border Collie Pit.
Both parent breeds are alert, intelligent and loyal with high energy levels.
They can grow to be 18 to 24 inches tall and weigh 34 to 58 lbs. Although they’re medium-sized mixes, they may be good with kids but not so much with other dogs.
It’s worth noting that Border Collie Pits will likely have moderate levels of “mouthiness.”
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14. Corgi Pit
Parent Breeds: Welsh Corgi and Pit Bull mix
The Corgi Pit is a cross between the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the American Pit Bull Terrier. They can vary in size, but will usually be around 17 to 19 inches and weigh 30 to 50 pounds.
Corgi Pits will likely inherit a strong prey drive. So, obedience training and socialization is required as early on as possible.
These dogs are cheerful and happy. They can be a little competitive at times, but it’s all in fun spirit! Many owners describe their Corgi Pits as comical with a great sense of humor.
Although Corgis are known to be heavy barkers, the Corgi Pit is just an “average barker.” It’s a great trait inherited from the Pit Bull side.
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15. Doberman Pit
Parent Breeds: Doberman Pinscher and Pit Bull mix
The Doberman Pit is the result of crossbreeding Doberman Pinschers with American Pit Bull Terriers. As such, the resulting hybrid has the appearance of a Pit Bull Terrier and the body frame of a Dobermann.
Doberman Pits can be a “handful.” So, their owners need to be experienced and willing to be persistent with training.
The Doberman Pit is a confident and courageous Pit mix. However, they’re known to be stubborn thanks to the American Pit Bull genes.
Doberman Pits are an exceptionally high energy dog breed and you’ll need to regularly walk your dog every day.
16. Doxie Pit
Parent Breeds: Dachshund and Pit Bull mix
This Pit Bull mix is a product of Dachshunds and American Pit Bull Terriers. Though they have an odd appearance, they’re sweet dogs.
These dogs have the iconic enlarged head of the Pit Bull, but the elongated body of a Dachshund. Not your typical Pit mix, but certainly an interesting sight.
Like with most Pit mixes, these dogs need moderate to high-intensity exercises on a daily basis. As for training, calm and confident training works the best.
Unfortunately, both the Dachshund and Pit Bull are stubborn dogs. The result? An equally stubborn mixed dog breed. Patience is required.
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Parent Breeds: American Bulldog and Pit Bull mix
This hybrid of the American Bulldog and the American Pit Bull Terrier grows to be 21 to 25 inches and weigh 40 to 100 lbs.
Their coats are short, smooth and glossy. Plus, it can come in almost any color, including black, white, brown, and chocolate.
Bullypits can have quite the fearsome look with their large head, short muzzle and large mouth. However, they are quite gentle and cuddly with their human family.
These dogs need roughly one to two hours of activity each day. On the bright side, Bullypits require very little grooming maintenance.
18. Pit Pei
Parent Breeds: Shar-Pei and Pit Bull mix
As given by the name, this hybrid is a mix of the Chinese Shar-Pei and Pit Bull Terrier. They’re pretty new designer dogs and have been around since just the early 2000’s.
The Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier inherits its strength from its American Pit Bull Terrier side. On the other hand, the dark eyes, muzzle and wrinkled skin comes from the Shar-Pei.
They’re intelligent but can have an occasional independent or stubborn streak. Despite this, they’re fairly easy to train with positive reinforcement and consistency.
Shar-Pei Pitbull Terriers are relatively low maintenance dogs with moderate shedding. However, these dogs need one to two hours of exercise each day.
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19. Olde Pit Bulldogge
Parent Breeds: Olde English Bulldogge and Pit Bull mix
Olde Pit Bulldogge is the result of crossing a Olde English Bulldogge with an American Pit Bull Terrier. They grow to be 17 to 22 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 80 lbs.
These unique Pit mixes have short and straight coats that come in black, white, gray, brown, chocolate, cream or a combination of those colors.
What’s great is they’re easy to maintain, requiring only occasional bathing and moderate grooming maintenance.
These dogs tend to be courageous and alert, making them very good watchdogs for loving families.
20. Bullboxer Pit
Parent Breeds: Boxer and Pit Bull mix
The Bullboxer Pit is a designer dog, combining the Boxer and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Though they only grow up to 16 to 20 inches tall, they can weigh 50 to 80 lbs.
They’re muscled dogs with a single layer of a smooth, slick coat. Plus, they come in your typical Pit Bull or Boxer colors.
Parent breeds of the Bullboxer Pits are intelligent and responsive, but also a little stubborn. That being said, Bullboxer Pits will likely possess the same temperament and require a confident owner.
Bullboxer Pits require moderate levels of maintenance including regular brushing and baths once a month. Additionally, they’ll need 1 to 2 hours of physical activity a day.
21. Entlebucher Pit
Parent Breeds: Entlebucher Mountain Dog and Pit Bull mix
This Pit Bull mutt is a combination of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog and the American Pit Bull Terrier. As such, they’ll grow between 16 and 20 inches and weigh 45 to 65 lbs.
Entlebucher Pits are bulky, heavy-boned and muscular with medium length muzzles. They can have ears that are either fully or partially flopped down with a dense and smooth coat.
They are low maintenance dogs. However, they retain the loyal, protective, energetic and cheery qualities of the parents. They may bark at strangers, but do exceptionally well with kids and other pets.
Entlebucher Pit dogs will require a good deal physical activity since they have Entlebucher ‘Mountain Dog’ genes in them.
Parent Breeds: Chihuahua and Pit Bull mix
The Chipit is one of the strangest hybrids, crossbreeding the Chihuahua and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Despite having Chihuahua genes, they’ll be 12 to 18 inches tall and weigh 15 to 35 pounds.
Still, there can be a lot of size variation with these dogs. The Chipit’s size will therefore depend on which parent provides the dominant genes.
Chipits will love to be around their family. In fact, they’ll thrive if they get to participate in family activities. What Chipits don’t like is to be left alone.
Even with Pit Bull genes, the Chipit is friendly with familiar kids and other pets. However, they’ll be cautious around strangers.
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23. Pocket Pitbull
Parent Breeds: Patterdale Terrier and Pit Bull mix
No, the Pocket Pitbull isn’t a “miniature Pit Bull,” though it’s very close. They’re actually a cross between the Pit Bull Terrier and Patterdale Terrier.
There’s a lot of confusion with this mix. Breeders will often cross the American Pit Bull Terriers with dogs such as French Bulldogs or Boston Terriers and call those Pocket Pitbulls.
Pocket Pitbulls have powerful broad heads and jaws, as inherited from American Pit Bulls. However, they may have a more wedge-shaped skull and narrower muzzle.
They can be quite energetic and athletic despite being called “pocket” dogs. So, they’ll need at least an hour of vigorous activity every day.
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Parent Breeds: Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull mix
Labrabull is the hybrid of the much loved Labrador Retriever and the American Pit Bull Terrier. They’ll likely be around 22 to 24 inches and weigh about 45 to 90 lbs.
As with most Pit Bull mixes, these dogs have a powerful, strong head and neck. Also, they come with a muscular, though agile, body.
Because of the Labrador side, they’re low maintenance dogs. And it’s safe to say they’ll retain the pleasant and cheerful temperament of the Lab too!
These dogs absolutely love kids but can also be protective of them. Without socialization and training, they can become a little possessive of them.
25. Great Danebull
Parent Breeds: Great Dane and Pit Bull mix
Great Danebulls are massive and majestic. They’re the cross of the Pit Bull and the Great Dane. This produces a giant dog, weighing 60 to 90 lbs and reaching heights of 24 to 28 inches.
There’s no doubt these dogs look fierce. Owners describe them as a large Pit Bull with the Great Dane’s facial features. However, looks can definitely vary with mutts.
But despite their appearance, they’re actually gentle giants – just like the Great Danes! They’re big dogs, but that won’t stop them from trying to be lap dogs.
These dogs don’t just get along with kids, but also other dogs too. They love to be the center of attention and with their high level of intelligence, training is a simple affair.
26. American Boston Bull Terrier
Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Pit Bull mix
The American Boston Bull Terrier is one more designer dog that was developed in the 2000’s through the crossbreeding of the American Pit Bull and the Boston Terrier.
They essentially look like a larger Boston Terrier with the compact and muscular bodies of the Pit Bull. Though they don’t look it, they’re quite adaptable dogs and do great in many different environments.
American Boston Bull Terriers get along well with kids if provided socialization early in puppyhood. They love to please their owners but you have to establish dominance and authority first.
Because of their occasional stubborn streaks, a pack leader that’s experienced is recommended for these Pit Bull mixes.
Parent Breeds: Rottweiler and Pit Bull mix
The Pitweiler is a mix of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Rottweiler. As a result, you get a large dog with strong protective instincts and a bit of a stubborn streak.
They’re 20 to 23 inches tall and weigh from 65 to 100 lbs with a sturdy build and strong jaws. It depends on the parents, but they usually have the Rottie’s black and tan coat.
Rottweilers are known for their guarding ability, with high intelligence and controlled protective instincts. As such, the Pitweiler is the same.
From the Pit Bull side, these hybrid dogs retain the stubbornness. They can be difficult to train, but you should be fine with consistency.
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Parent Breeds: Siberian Husky and Pit Bull mix
The Pitsky is one of the more popular Pit Bull mixes, crossbreeding the Siberian Husky and Pit Bull Terrier. However, they’re sometimes crossed with the Alaskan Husky.
They may inherit the short, single-layer coat of the American Pit Bull or the longer, double-layer coat of the Husky. Double-coated Pitskies means more shedding!
These dogs are energetic and lively, but overall good-natured dogs. In other words, they’re excellent companions for older kids, especially with early socialization and training.
As highly intelligent dogs, Pitskies can be stubborn and independent during training. You’ll need some patience to figure them out.
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29. Old Anglican Bulldogge
Parent Breeds: Bulldog and Pit Bull mix
The Old Anglican Bulldogge is a hybrid of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bulldog. Recently developed, the Old Anglican can grow to be 18 to 22 inches and weight up to 60 pounds.
With tall legs, a full-length tail and a slightly scrunched face, the Old Anglican takes after the American Pit Bull. However, the square face with loose skin flaps on the muzzle resembles a Bulldog.
Because of their short, smooth and soft fur coat, they’re much happier living in warmer climate. In addition, the short coat means they need less maintenance for grooming.
They are loyal, loving, affectionate and playful most of the time. As a result, they’re wonderful around kids and other dogs. Just make sure they get a lot of exercise!
Did we miss one of your favorite Pitbull mixes? Let us know in the comments section below! Also, which Pit mix is your favorite?
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