It’s no secret that Pitbulls get a bad rep for being a dangerous dog. On the contrary, this fun-loving and loyal breed is a devoted and endearing member of the family that has been used as a “nanny dog” due to their gentleness around young children.
Athletic, versatile, and tenacious, Pitbulls excel in doggy sports including obedience, agility, and weight pulling. Their brawny, bodyguard-esque appearance perfectly paired with a gentle soul makes the Pitbull the ultimate guardian.
What Exactly is a Pitbull?
The word “Pitbull” doesn’t refer to one specific breed of dog. Rather, it encompasses several types of dogs and can be derived from four pedigree breeds, including the American Bulldog, the American Pitbull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
With that said, Pitbulls are medium-sized dogs with broad, muscular bodies and big heads that come in a myriad of terrier colors. Though these pooches have gotten negative press for being fighting dogs, Pitbulls are actually smart, social, mush-balls.
Now that you know more about Pits, let’s explore the top 25 Pitbull mix breeds to see if one of these adoring dogs is right for you and yours.
1. Pit Chow
Parent breeds: Chow Chow and Pitbull
A super sweet mixed breed, the Pit Chow is the result of breeding a Pitbull with a Chow Chow. They can come in all shapes and colors and can grow to be 21 inches in height at the shoulder and clock in at 70 pounds.
This type of dog has a long lifespan, ranging from 10 to 15 years. Your Pit Chow can inherit personality traits from either of his parent breeds. Both Chows and Pitbulls are obedient, social dogs but can be wary of new faces.
Parent breeds: Labrador Retriever and Pitbull
The Pitador is a spunky, smart companion that makes the ideal dog for active families with children of any age. Also referred to as the Labrabull, Pitadors are playful, protective, and powerful dogs that will always keep a watchful eye over their pack.
They can grow to be 24 inches in height, weigh up to 80 pounds, and live from 10 to 14 years.
Parent breeds: Rottweiler and Pitbull
This mixed breed comes from two of the most popular guard dog breeds out there. The result is a reserved, grounded dog that makes a very loyal companion. The Rottie and Pitbull can both be cautious of strangers, so proper socialization from a young age is of the utmost importance. When properly trained, the Pitweiler can be an awesome caregiver to your kids. Just be sure to always keep a watchful eye over all of them when they play!
Parent breeds: Dachshund and Pitbull
This cute, compact, and cuddly mixed breed is the result of crossing a Pitbull with a Dachshund. They can grow up to be 20 to 25 pounds and live from eight to 12 years. If you’re looking for all of the personality of a Pitbull with the petite package of a smaller dog, this mix could be perfect for you.
5. Aussie Cattle Pitbull
Parent breeds: Australian Cattle Dog and Pitbull
What do you get when you breed a durable dog with one that was bred to herd cattle? The answer is a livewire pooch that’s ready to work! The Aussie Cattle Pitbull is an energetic breed that thrives when she has a task to tackle.
This dog would do best with an experienced owner.
Parent breeds: Husky and Pitbull
A medium-sized mix that can weigh between 35 to 80 pounds and grow up to 24 inches at the shoulder, the Pitsky is a highly intelligent, committed dog that wants to please. They love to hunt, race, and romp with their human companions.
These dogs can be highly exuberant and do best in a sprawling suburban home with a big backyard.
7. Akita Pit
Parent breeds: Akita Inu and Pitbull
A devoted defender, the Akita Pit is a mixed breed that is guaranteed to protect and serve your family for his entire life. With a muscular build and growing up to 22 inches in height, the Akita Pit may appear scary, but is actually a big sweetheart. When trained properly, this dog can be great with kids.
However, be aware that this mix can come with a dominant personality. Establishing who is in charge from the get-go is very important.
8. Bull Boxer Pit
Parent breeds: Boxer and American Pitbull Terrier
This hybrid dog can grow up to be 26 inches in height and weigh up to 80 pounds. Despite her large size, the Bull Boxer Pit is a gentle giant that is great with people of all ages.
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Parent breeds: Chihuahua and Pitbull
Looking for a tiny dog with a huge personality? The Pituahua is as unique as his name suggests! The result of mixing the dainty Chihuahua with the powerful Pitbull, this tenacious little guy isn’t afraid of anything.
Pituahuas can be yappy. Be sure to socialize and train him from the start to avoid unwanted behavior.
10. Beagle Bull
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Parent breeds: Beagle and American Pitbull Terrier
A mix between the family-friendly Beagle and the loyal American Pitbull Terrier, the Beagle Bull is a one-of-a-kind mix breed that can be laid back and loving. However, depending on what personality traits she inherits from her parents, your Beagle Bull can require a lot of exercise and does best with an active family.
11. Golden Pitbull
Parent breeds: Golden Retriever and Pitbull
A devoted demeanor and a positive outlook on life is what you’ll get when you decide to bring a Golden Pitbull home. A mix of the popular Golden Retriever and a Pitbull, this hybrid breed is highly intelligent, athletic, and playful.
12. Pug Pit
Parent breeds: Pug and Pitbull
This short, stocky hybrid isn’t the most obvious choice when shopping for a Pitbull mixed breed, but these compact comedians have hearts of gold! They’re great for both apartment dwellers and suburban homes, and are laidback, loyal pets.
Your Pug Pit may inherit his Pug parent breed’s propensity to be brachycephalic, so be sure to routinely take him to the vet for checkups.
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Parent breeds: Border Collie and Pitbull
An energetic athlete, the Borderbull is a smart, skillful pet that always needs a job to do. He will do best in a suburban or rural home with a large yard. Keep him busy by enrolling your Borderbull in training or agility classes.
14. Pit Shepherd
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Parent breeds: German Shepherd and Pitbull
Last, but certainly not least, is the Pit Shepherd. A cross between the regal German Shepherd and the Pitbull, this hybrid breed can weigh up to 85 pounds and grow to be 24 inches tall at the shoulder. They can sometimes be aggressive toward strangers, so an experienced pet parent would do best with them.
15. Pyrenees Pit
Parent breeds: Great Pyrenees and Pitbull
Also referred to as the Pitness, this hybrid breed is relatively new to the designer dog scene, but his popularity is skyrocketing. A gentle giant, this muscular, broad-boned breed is a loyal protective bound to scare away any stranger. However, he’s a true sofie underneath the sturdy exterior and will do anything for his family.
16. Springer Pit
Parent breeds: Springer Spaniel and Pitbull
The ultimate package of brains and brawn, the athletic and able Springer Pit is the result of breeding a Springer Spaniel and Pitbull. Growing up to 21 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 35 to 50 pounds, the Springer Pit comes in a myriad of color combinations and is a playful, versatile pup.
17. Greybull Pit
Parent breeds: Greyhound and Pitbull
What do you get when you mix the cunning, lightning fast Greyhound with the athletic and intelligent Pit? The Greybull Pit! This unique breed can grow to be about 30 inches in height and weigh between 30 to 85 pounds. The Greybull Pit is a sensitive and smart breed that needs a lot of exercise. An active family will be a great match for this pup.
Parent breeds: German Shorthaired Pointer and Pitbull
Be prepared for some energy! Both the Pointer and the Pitbull are full of a lot of life and love, creating the ultimate fun-loving breed. The Pointerbull would do best in a suburban home with a big backyard and active owners that can take him for long runs in the woods on a daily basis.
Parent breeds: Doberman Pinscher and Pitbull
Despite the bad press both of these breeds get, Dobermans and Pitbulls are actually amazingly loyal, well-behaved dogs. When you breed these two breeds, the end result is an amazing patroller and protector of your home.
It is important to socialize your Doberpit pup starting from a very young age as he can be a bit wary with new faces, including both people and pooches.
20. English Pitbull
Parent breeds: English Bulldog and Pitbull
This lovable, laughable mix is a big ball of mush. Created by breeding the English Bulldog with the Pitbull, the English Pitbull is a large, sturdy dog that has an intimidating look. However, once you get to know him, you’ll realize this mix is anything but scary!
The English Bulldog is known to be a sometimes-stubborn breed. If your English Pitbull inherits this personality train, he will need stern and consistent training from the start.
21. French Pitbull
Parent breeds: French Mastiff and Pitbull
This big boy is a mix between the French Mastiff, or Dogue De Bordeaux, and the Pitbull. Your hybrid, though large in size, will have lower energy level outputs, making him an ideal dog for city apartment dwellers.
Be aware that this mix will have a tad more drool to boot and can reach a size of up to 90 pounds.
22. Staffy Bull Pit
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Parent breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Pitbull
These two bully breeds create one awesome dog. This hybrid dog is often harder to find since he is often the result of unintentional crossbreeding.
23. Saint Pitbull
Parent breeds: Saint Bernard and Pitbull
If you’re in the market for a huge, and we mean huge, designer dog, then the Saint Pitbull will be right up your alley. The Saint Pitbull can top the scale at 150 pounds or more! Despite her large size, the Saint is a mellow dog that is a notorious drooler. So be prepared for the waterworks!
Parent breeds: American Bulldog and Pitbull
The Bullypit is a great example of a true Bully-breed hybrid. Clocking in at between 40 to 100 pounds, this large and powerful designer dog breed is resilient, willing to learn, and highly trainable.
25. Pit Pei
Parent breeds: Shar Pei and Pitbull
A relatively new hybrid breed, the Pit Pei was first developed in the early 2000s. Since then, their popularity has taken off due to their unique appearance and high intelligence.
If you’re thinking about adding a Pitbull mix to your home, one of these 25 hybrid breeds would make an excellent choice. As with any dog breed, proper training and socialization from a young age will ensure your Pitbull mix is a happy and healthy dog.
Featured Image: Cindy Shebley, Flickr
- What Exactly is a Pitbull?
- 1. Pit Chow
- 2. Pitador
- 3. Pitweiler
- 4. Doxbull
- 5. Aussie Cattle Pitbull
- 6. Pitsky
- 7. Akita Pit
- 8. Bull Boxer Pit
- 9. Pituahua
- 10. Beagle Bull
- 11. Golden Pitbull
- 12. Pug Pit
- 13. Borderbull
- 14. Pit Shepherd
- 15. Pyrenees Pit
- 16. Springer Pit
- 17. Greybull Pit
- 18. Pointerbull
- 19. Doberpit
- 20. English Pitbull
- 21. French Pitbull
- 22. Staffy Bull Pit
- 23. Saint Pitbull
- 24. Bullypit
- 25. Pit Pei
- Final Thoughts