The American Pitbull Terrier could possibly be one of the most loved yet most controversial breeds out there. The stats are certainly against the Pitbull when it comes to bite statistics, although many breed enthusiasts would argue that these stats represent many different breeds that get classified as Pitbulls, but they are not.
Every year, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized, and 40% of them are some type of Pitbull mix. To showcase some of the different types of crossbreeds you may see at your local shelter, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of pups that could be waiting for you to save them.
No matter what side of the argument you fall into, there’s no denying that some of these Pitbull Terrier mixes are beautiful. If you are a fan of adopting versus shopping, there’s a very good chance that you can find one of the breeds below as you start your search.
- Pitbull Mixed Breeds
- American Pit Corso: American Pitbull Cane Corso Mix
- Aussie Cattle Pitbull: Australian Cattle Dog Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Aussiebull: Australian Shepherd Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Beagle Bull: Beagle Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Borderbull: Pitbull Terrier Border Collie Mix
- Bully Pits: American Bulldog American Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Dachshabull: Pitbull Terrier Dachshund Mix
- Doberpit: Doberman Pinscher Pitbull Terrier Mix
- English Pitbull: English Bulldog Pitbull Terrier Mix
- French Pitbull: French Mastiff Pitbull Terrier Mix
- German Pitbull: German Shepherd Pitbull Terrier mix
- Golden Pitbull: Golden Retriever Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Great Danebull: Great Dane Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Labrabull: Pitbull Terrier Labrador Retriever Mix
- Pitbull Boxer: Pitbull Terrier Boxer Mix
- Pitbull Mastiff: English Mastiff Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Pithuahua: Pitbull Terrier Chihuahua Mix
- Pitkita: Pitbull Terrier Akita Mix
- Pitsky: Siberian Husky Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Pitweiler: Pitbull Terrier Rottweiler Mix
- Pointerbull: Pitbull Terrier German Shorthaired Pointer Mix
- Pugbull: Pug Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Saint Pitbull: Saint Bernard Pitbull Terrier Mix
- Final Thoughts
Pitbull Mixed Breeds
Below we’ve compiled a list of 22 common and not-so-common Pitbull Terrier Mixed breed pups. Some may even be considered designer dogs, as they are intentionally bred together to create a unique mix. Because these pups inherit genes from both breeds, there’s no guarantee that their temperament or activity levels will differ from one dog to the next.
Contrary to some information, Pitbull Terriers can make wonderful pets when raised in the right manner. With proper love and care, they develop into well-behaved, affectionate pups. However, this breed has long been bred for aggression, so owners need to be prepared for proper training and for a hostile reaction from some people who may be afraid. As always, it’s recommended you introduce dogs to your family or other pets before bringing them home. Proper socialization and training are essential for any canine breed or mix to avoid bad behavior like aggression and biting.
Fostering can be a great option if working with a rescue as well. Many mixed-breed pups end up in rescue shelters and need a foster home until a permanent forever home is found. If you have the ability to foster at first and see how your other pets cooperate together, fostering can be a great option before deciding to actually adopt your pup. Let’s take a look at our favorite mixes, with a little bit of detail on each breed. Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, and there are a few other breeds that we have left out, like the Pitbull Corgi mix or the Pitahoula.
If you are not certain of your dog’s genetic makeup, you can use an at-home DNA test kit to find out.
American Pit Corso: American Pitbull Cane Corso Mix
The American Pitbull Cane Corso Terrier mix is a bold mix of two impressive dogs. Contrary to popular belief, this mix is very friendly towards children. Though both parent breeds have formidable reputations, this mix is quite sweet, loves attention, and works hard to keep the family safe. The specific mix of an American Pitbull Terrier and a Cane Corso is fairly rare and can be an expensive puppy. They do well with other dogs but must have proper socialization and training from a young age.
Though the American Pit Corso looks tough as nails, they are huge sweethearts and love to be around people. Cane Corsos are working dogs, giving this mix a hefty build and strong spirit. They look scary, so can be helpful guard dogs to keep people away. These muscular dogs have short, dense coats and need regular grooming. They are active and need plenty of exercise. With proper training, plenty of room to roam, and lots of attention, the Pitbull Cane Corso mix is an unforgettable dog.
Aussie Cattle Pitbull: Australian Cattle Dog Pitbull Terrier Mix
What do you get when you cross a dog that was bred to herd cattle with an extremely tough, durable, and loyal dog? You get a high-energy pup that’s ready to work. The Australian Cattle Dog is an energetic breed, and because it’s part of the working group, you’ll need to be prepared to have tasks to keep this particular crossbreed fully entertained and happy. The Aussie Cattle Pitbull is a unique breed that will require a special owner.
As with any of the mixes in this list, the temperament will depend on which parent the breed takes after. That being said, both breeds have lots of energy, so getting the right amount of daily exercise is essential. This pup will enjoy any working tasks you can give it, like patrolling the farm and keeping livestock in check. If it’s an addition to your family with a smaller home or yard, just make sure you have enough room to properly exercise this happy pooch.
Aussiebull: Australian Shepherd Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Aussiebull is a mix between the Australian Shepherd and the Pitbull. The Australian shepherd is often mistaken for the Australian Cattle dog, but they are actually quite different. The Aussie is great at shepherding livestock and does extremely well when given a purpose.
When you mix the shepherding instinct with the APBT’s tendency to bait rats, you end up with a dog that does have a higher energy output. As with many breeds on this list, you’ll want to ensure your Aussiebull gets plenty of exercise each day. This mixed breed can create a wonderful family dog if trained properly and socialized from an early age.
Beagle Bull: Beagle Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Beagle Bull is a mix between the Beagle and the American Pitbull Terrier. This is a slightly more interesting mix as the Beagle is extremely family-friendly and can be very laid back at times, minus going through puppyhood. The Beaglebull needs more exercise outlets during their younger years but will calm down as they age.
Depending on which breed your Beaglebull takes after, you are likely to have a stubborn dog on your hands that will require some patience and a firm yet calm hand during training. You’ll need to ensure that your pup sees you as the leader of the pack. Otherwise, getting this breed to obey basic commands may be challenging unless some type of reward is involved.
Borderbull: Pitbull Terrier Border Collie Mix
The Borderbull is a mix between the Border Collie and the Pitbull. You are sure to have loads of energy as the Border Collie has extra energy stored up in spades. It’s likely that your Borderbull will need less exercise as it ages, but the reality is that you’ll be adopting a breed with a high exercise output need. The Border Collie is a shepherding dog, and the APBT was bred for rat baiting and hunting.
If you have a large yard or have access to plenty of room to run, then the Borderbull might be a good fit for you. They can be a loyal breed and eager to listen. If your pup takes after their Border Collie parentage more, then getting your dog into agility or other training may be a great fit!
Bully Pits: American Bulldog American Pitbull Terrier Mix
Bully Pits are a mix between the American Bulldog and the American Pitbull Terrier. They usually weigh between 45 and 80 pounds and stand between 19 and 23 inches tall, from paw to shoulder. Bully Pits might look formidable, but their wide and infectious smile stretching from ear to ear lets you know they are big love bugs under all that muscle. Their short coats come in a vast array of colors and markings.
Bully Pits have a bubbly and playful nature, and love to goof around with their favorite humans. Their high exercise and stimulation needs mean they can be intense canine companions, but they are extremely fun, too. They have a protective character that defends their home and family and alerts them to anyone approaching their house. Thankfully, with an experienced owner and early training, they can make well-rounded and polite doggos.
Dachshabull: Pitbull Terrier Dachshund Mix
The Dachshabull is one of the more unique and interesting breeds on this list. It’s pretty rare that you’ll see the Doxie as a crossbreed with other larger breeds like the Pitbull. Similar to the Chihuahua, this usually happens when the breeds are similar in size, so the Pitbull will usually end up on the smaller size.
What do you get when you cross these two? You get an interesting mutt that’s got lots of love! In fact, there was a viral video on Youtube that really took off when an active Dachshund was mixed with a Pitbull, and the end result was something extremely interesting! You are likely to end up with a pup that loves to cuddle and just looks a little awkward, with some swag in its step!
Doberpit: Doberman Pinscher Pitbull Terrier Mix
If you are looking for a breed that makes an excellent patroller around your house, the Doberpit is definitely a great candidate for your next mixed-breed puppy. Depending on which of the parent breed this mixed breed pup takes on, you’ll still have a very alert dog that’s somewhat reserved around strangers.
Granted, every dog is different, and you can’t put a label on any specific dog, but be sure to socialize early if your Doberpit is planning to be around small children or other pets. The Doberpit can be an excellent family pet and protector if you have the time and patience.
English Pitbull: English Bulldog Pitbull Terrier Mix
The English Pitbull is a mix between the English Bulldog and the APBT. The English Pitbull is a lovable mix, oftentimes with the heart of a loving family companion. You’ll want to ensure that you train your dog firmly if you adopt this mixed breed, as English Bulldogs are notoriously stubborn.
This pup will bring you equal parts of love and frustration as you train through adolescence. Once you get to the point where you’ve properly trained your pup, you’ll have a dog that loves the entire family and possibly not carry some of the health issues that plague the English Bulldog.
French Pitbull: French Mastiff Pitbull Terrier Mix
The French Pitbull is a mix between the Dogue De Bordeaux or the “French Mastiff,” and the American Pitbull Terrier. The French Mastiff is similar in temperament to the English Mastiff and carries a similar energy level. This pup has lower energy level outputs and makes a nice blend with the APBT.
Overall, this pup can be a terrific addition to your family if you are looking for a dog that has less energy than a purebred APBT and a little more drool to boot. This mix won’t be as big as some of the other breeds on this list, but it still has the chance of reaching 80-90 pounds.
German Pitbull: German Shepherd Pitbull Terrier mix
The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in the United States. It only makes sense that you’d see a cross of the APBT and the German Shepherd. As with all mixed breeds on this list, it’s likely that your German Pitbull will more heavily take on the traits of one of the parent breeds.
Because the GSD is part of the working group, it’s likely that your GSD/APBT mix will need tasks assigned to ensure it feels fulfilled in its role. Engaging in some type of carrying task or even certifying your pup as a service dog to give it a purpose will do well for this mix. German Pitbull energy levels will be high as puppies but will taper off with age.
Golden Pitbull: Golden Retriever Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Golden Retriever Pitbull mix is a more delicate balance of American Legend combined with the stout attitude and heart of the APBT. While these breeds are often compared to one another as family companions, they make one family-friendly mix. Golden Retrievers are one of America’s top dogs, with good reason. They have a great demeanor and seemingly love everyone. They are one of the top 5 dog breeds in the US for a reason.
When mixed with an APBT, you are likely to get a very family-friendly mix that’s still a bundle of energy. The Golden Pitbull is likely to be more aloof with strangers, but if he takes after his Golden Retriever’s parentage, there’s a good chance he will be greeting everyone in the neighborhood at the front door when they arrive at your home. Proper socialization is always recommended, and that is no different for this breed.
Great Danebull: Great Dane Pitbull Terrier Mix
Looking for an equal mix of loyal and aloof with big, lazy, and playful? The Great Danebull might be the dog for you, as long as your home can allow for a dog of this size. Great Danes are massive, and while it’s likely to be smaller when mixed with a Pitbull, it’s likely that this breed will still be larger than a standard APBT, depending on the parents. He may also suffer from hip dysplasia and other health conditions that affect giant breeds.
Great Danes love to have a comfortable bed or lots of couch space, so plan accordingly to add a life-sized couch potato to your family if you bring this mixed breed home. Early socialization is important with this breed as both Danes and Pits may not get along wonderfully with other dogs, depending on the household they are raised in.
Labrabull: Pitbull Terrier Labrador Retriever Mix
The Labrabull is one of the most popular Pitbull mixes out there. This breed crosses one of the friendliest dogs ever created and combines it with the loyalty of the APBT. The Labrador Retriever has already made a name for itself as one of the most sought-after four-legged companions in the United States and other European countries like the United Kingdom. The APBT is a controversial breed, but this cross is popular.
The Labrabull may act more like either parentage depending on which breed it takes after more. Typically speaking, the Lab Pit mix is a sweet-natured and active pup that is loyal to the family and somewhat reserved with strangers. They get along well with other pets if socialized early. Because of how common each parent breed is, this is one of the more common mixes in today’s APBT rescues and animal shelters.
Pitbull Boxer: Pitbull Terrier Boxer Mix
The Boxer is one of America’s favorite dog breeds. Their light and playful attitude make them great family dogs, and are notoriously full of energy. Because the APBT comes packed with energy as it is, your Boxer Pit mix will likely have the same traits, and consistent energy outlets will be needed to keep this pup under control.
The Boxer is generally more aloof with strangers, so as with all APBTs on this list, you’ll want to socialize early and often. This mixed breed will tend to look more like an actual purebred Pitbull simply because, depending on the genetics of the Boxer parent, they can actually look like slightly similar breeds. As long as you have the time and energy to exercise this pup, the Boxer Pitbull mix can be a great family pet.
Pitbull Mastiff: English Mastiff Pitbull Terrier Mix
The American Pitbull Terrier gets mixed with a gentle giant – the English Mastiff. The end result is a roll of the dice as far as which breed this pup takes after. Chances are the dog will get a little bit of both personalities, meaning you’ll have a middle-of-the-road dog energy-wise and one that’s fiercely loyal and devoted to its family.
Both the EM and APBT are dedicated dogs that are aloof with strangers. Early socialization is needed if you plan to have this breed around anyone that’s not family. Mastiffs are also giant breed dogs, which means that if your mix takes after its EM parentage more, you’ll have a larger mixed breed on your hands. The EM is pretty mellow energy-wise, so if your English Mastiff Pitbull mix takes after the EM, you’ll likely have more of a couch potato on your hands.
Pithuahua: Pitbull Terrier Chihuahua Mix
The Chipit can be equal parts crazy and equal parts adorable. When you mix the genetic makeup of these parent breeds, you’ll get an interesting combo. The Chihuahua is often one of the more assertive breeds, partly due to how they were bred. Most Chi-mixes have some attitude that has been handed down over generations.
The APBT is naturally an energetic dog, so adding the attitude of the Chihuahua can make this mix a little more challenging. Again, each dog’s temperament is different, and it’s also possible that you end up with a couch potato, as most Chihuahuas love to cuddle up with their owners after a long day. The Pithuahua is a unique dog that will need a very unique owner.
Pitkita: Pitbull Terrier Akita Mix
An interesting mix of two extremely alert breeds, the Pitkita is a mix that will confuse most dog lovers questioning you on the breed. The Akita is naturally protective and is the national dog of Japan. It’s notorious as a family protector and is not always the most socialized breed.
When you mix an Akita with a Pitbull, you’ll have a very potent mix and a family protector. You’ll want to socialize early and introduce any family pets before adopting a rescue. Failing to do so could cause behavioral issues with your pups and could put you in a tough spot as a pet owner. This strong-willed mixed breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners. If you have a patient hand and can be firm with your training, then this mix might be right for you.
Pitsky: Siberian Husky Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Siberian Husky is one of the most strikingly good-looking breeds out there. Their iced blue eyes are enough to captivate just about any dog enthusiast. So what happens when you cross the Siberian Husky with the APBT? You get a great pup ready to spend lots of energy chasing toys around in your backyard or at the beach. To no surprise, you also get a pup that people will always ask about.
You may get a Pitsky with a blue-eyed combo, making this breed even more striking because it won’t look like a standard husky. You’ll want to make sure you have an energy outlet, as Huskies, by nature, are destructive when bored, and the APBT has lots of energy. Overall, it’s hard to go wrong with this awesome mixed-breed pup.
Pitweiler: Pitbull Terrier Rottweiler Mix
The Pitweiler crosses one of the most popular “guard dog” breeds with one of the most loyal terriers in existence. The end result is a breed that’s reserved and guarded around strangers yet also extremely loyal to their family. The Rottie is sometimes lumped into the breeds considered “dangerous,” making it share that commonality with the APBT.
The APBT’s loyalty lends itself well to this mixed-breed pup. It will depend on which parent this breed takes after when evaluating temperament. Both breeds are somewhat shy with strangers, so proper socialization at an early age is essential. Overall, this is a thoughtful and loyal mixed breed pup, and one that’s sure to be an excellent family companion if you put in the time and effort to train properly.
Pointerbull: Pitbull Terrier German Shorthaired Pointer Mix
Get ready for some energy! Both parent breeds of this mix are both full of love and life. The German Shorthaired pointer is an energetic breed bred as a hunting companion. The APBT was bred for baiting rats, so an energy level is definitely required to fulfill the task!
This mix is likely to drive you a little bonkers if you don’t have a big yard or room to run. If you have a big green space to take your pup to, then this breed might be the perfect fit for your family. Pointers are usually pretty friendly with everyone, so you’ll have a nice Pointerbull mix of friendly and active in one energetic package.
Pugbull: Pug Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Pugbull is a mix between the Pug and the Pitbull. This is an interesting combo, as you’ll likely end up with a feisty little guy that has lots of energy. The Pug is naturally a cuddler that loves its owners and loves attention. This mixed breed often brings the same attitude with a higher intensity level than a standard Pug. The coloring of the dog will take after the parent breeds, and there’s a chance you’ll even see an all-white color, like the Leucistic Pug.
Make no mistake about it. This little mix is unusual because the Pug is smaller, so the chances of the breed crossing paths with the Pit are less. It’s usually intentional that this breed is created, and it happens when the pug is the father and the APBT is the mother. Usually, the APBT will be on the smaller size, as smaller Pits can be in the 30-pound range. This funky breed is fun and will leave people wondering what breed you own as you exit the dog park!
Saint Pitbull: Saint Bernard Pitbull Terrier Mix
Want an extremely large-bodied Pitbull Mix? The Saint Pitbull is a mix between the Saint Bernard and the Pitbull and will fit the bill perfectly. This breed is larger than the other breeds on this list simply because the Saint Bernard is a huge dog! The Saint can get north of 150 lbs, and larger Pitbulls can break 80 pounds themselves. This breed loves to pull, so if you plan to train on a harness, make sure you pick one that’s specifically made for Pitbulls.
This breed will be a little more mellow than some of the others on this list because the Saint is naturally a little more mellow as well. The breed’s size is something to consider, and you’ll need to be prepared to start cleaning up drool, as the Saint Bernard is notorious for drool accumulation. Bring a towel when you feed your pup because this guy is messy.
While the American Pitbull Terrier is a fine breed all on its own, these mixes are sure to give you something to talk about as you take your new Pitbull mix to the dog park. These mixed-breed pups are far less likely to develop health issues and can help calm down some of the Pitbull’s more active traits. They will definitely inherit some of their parent Pitbull traits, so if you intend to crate train them, make sure you pick up a crate made to handle Pitbull activity levels.
Overall, it’s hard to go wrong with any of these breeds, and it’s often cheaper to adopt rather than shop from a breeder. Most of these mixes are common at local shelters, and we’d encourage you to check with those shelters as well as local rescues before adopting your next dog. Always make sure you temper test with any pets in your home, and we hope that this guide helps you find your next Pitbull Terrier Mix.