A hybrid dog is a mixed breed dog. Hybrids are usually created when one or more purebred dogs are crossed with another purebred dog, or with a mixed breed dog.
Sometimes even wild dogs such as wolves or coyotes are the contributors to a hybrid dog. Most of the time, hybrids are created to gain desirable traits from both parents.
For example, a pitbull-English bulldog hybrid may be created because of the desire for a short-muzzled dog with strong body features like a pitbull, and the temperament of the English bulldog.
Some people create hybrids just for the looks, others to gain certain traits that may be lacking in one of the parents. Some breeds are harder to get pregnant than others due to their internal reproductive systems.
What are pitbulls?
Pitbulls are a breed of dog, and slang for a type of dog. Pitbull can refer to American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and sometimes Bulldog dogs.
Because of the bad reputation these dogs have, any dog labeled as a pitbull is typically treated poorly. This is why so many shelters have pitbull mixes- people don’t want them because of the bad reputation!
Because they are so closely related, it is very easy to get a pitbull puppy instead of the specific breed it is labeled as. This can lead to lots of confused dogs with the same general characteristics being placed in shelters.
People who are not well-informed about dogs may then assume that all these similar looking dogs are pitbulls due to the shared traits. This only adds to the misinformation about these breeds.
Will my dog be aggressive?
Aggressive dogs are a serious problem for dog owners and the general public. While some aggressive dogs may be kept as protective pets, others are taken to shelters or put down due to this risk.
There are many reasons why a dog may display aggressive behavior. Genetics plays a role in how puppies behave as they grow up, so this is one thing you can consider when looking at the mix of breeds that make up your puppy.
How you raise your puppy also has a big influence on its personality and behavior. If you are able to spot any early signs of aggression, you can manage and train your dog accordingly.
If you have an aggressive puppy, do not panic. There are many resources available to help you train and manage your dog. Talk to your vet or find online resources to help you solve the issue.
What will my dog look like?
When choosing what breed or breeds your puppy will be, remember that you can only pick one color. So if you want a black and white dog, you can not have a dog that is black and white and tan.
You can only get a dog that is one color at a time. For example, you cannot have a white German shepherd. It must be either all black or all brown and tan.
It is very hard to tell the difference between some mixed breed dogs. Some dogs look very similar even though they are different breeds. It is up to you to decide what kind of dog you have!
Some dogs are very distinct looking, like Boxers or Bulldogs.
Are there any famous pitbull-bulldog mixes?
Yes, famous pitbull-bulldog mixes include the celebrity dogs Bo and Snoop. Bo is the offspring of a purebred bulldog and a purebred pitbull, while Snoop is a Labrador-pitbull mix.
Both dogs have gained a lot of media attention, with Bo being featured in a movie and on cover shoots. Both dogs have had lots of success as model dogs, helping to raise awareness for animal causes and organizations.
Snoop has even created his own line of puppy shirts that feature him! All the proceeds go to helping homeless pets, so it is an investment that helps animals in more than one way.
If you are looking for your new canine companion, check out local shelters to find your new friend! They will appreciate your support and so will all the other pets that get to stay at the shelter because you adopted.
What should I look for in a breeder?
When looking for a reputable breeder, remember that genetics can be tricky. You do not want to pay money for a dog that is going to have health problems later due to poor breeding.
Pro breeders will always talk about the parents of the dog and how they produce quality pups. They will have lots of information on what breeds they cross and why.
They will also have health clearances for the parents, including screenings for diseases and genetic issues. These can be checked through registry sites like OFA or the breed’s national organization.
Pro breeders will also have dogs that are well-socialized, meaning they have been exposed to different people, places, and things so that they are comfortable when moved to a new environment. This is important for dogs so that they do not develop anxiety or aggression.
Are they reputable?
When looking for a breeder, make sure they are a reputable one. Reputable breeders care about the animal’s health and welfare.
They study bloodlines and try to select the best animals to mate. They also test offspring for genetic disorders as well as interview potential owners.
Reputable breeders also make sure their puppies are socialized and handled a lot by people so they are well-adjusted adults.
There are many puppy mills that just breed any kind of dog for the money. These breeders do not care about health or temperament of their dogs.
Make sure you interview the potential seller and do your own research on the breeder!
Another thing to watch out for is puppy mills that sell their dogs very young, before eight weeks. This is because they train them in that time to be obedient, but it is not safe.
Can I visit the puppy and its parents?
Visiting the puppy in person is one of the best ways to find a quality puppy. You can see both its parents, how it was raised, and how it plays.
By visiting the puppy in person, you can see if it is well-socialized, what kind of temperament it has, and if it is healthy.
Well-socialized puppies play well with other dogs, including its parents. A healthy puppy will be lively, playful, and respond to stimulation. A pup that is shy or does not play may have health issues that will impact its health as an adult dog.
If you are unable to visit the litter in person, there are resources that can confirm if the litter is well-socialized and if the parents are friendly. Look for these credentials when researching dog breeders to ensure you are visiting a good one.
What should I expect to pay?
When looking into finding a hybrid, the cost can be one of the biggest factors. Because people love creating new dog breeds, the market is always changing.
Currently, due to the popularity of hybrids, they are typically more expensive. As people create new hybrids, the older ones lose their hype and price. This is why some dogs may be cheaper at this time, but will probably increase in value.
Depending on the breed you look for, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to well over a thousand dollars. This all depends on the dogs mixed to create the hybrid and their popularity.
If you find a dog you like but it is not a hybrid, there are professionals that do cross-breeding which cost somewhat less than pure bred dogs.