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Pitbull x Golden Retriever = Golden Pitbull
For anyone looking to own a particular breed of dog, you might be attracted to a Pitbull or a Golden Retriever.
For often very different reasons, they make an excellent choice of dog for most people.
That being said, you might not be 100% sure if this is exactly the kind of dog that you would have wanted.
If you think some of the attributes of a Pitbull are impressive, and some of the styles of a Golden Retriever would suit you, why not go for a Pitbull Golden Retriever Mix (also known as the Golden Pitbull)?
This kind of dog has become a go-to choice for many pet owners.
Creative and charming animals, they tend to make excellent companions for numerous reasons.
50 - 75 lbs
8 - 15 years
Loyal, Happy & Protective
- What exactly is a Golden Pitbull?
- What do they look like?
- How much do they weigh?
- How big do they get?
- How do they act?
- Are they easy to train?
- What do they eat?
- General health problems?
- How long do they live for?
- Where to find puppies for sale?
What is a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
So, the interesting mixture here is that one of the dog breeds – the Pitbull – is actually banned in some places.
Meanwhile, the lovable Golden Retriever is more or less universally loved by all dog owners and lovers.
Therefore, it can be hard to work out why a Golden Pitbull would be a good ownership decision.
Are they not going to be a bad mix of both worlds?
You might worry that is the case. It is not.
Out of all the of breeds that you could get, this is one of the happiest blends of both of its parent breeds.
You will find that the best crosses will come without a bad bone in their body. In fact, they tend to take on far, far more of the cheery charm of the Golden Retriever than they ever do from the Pitbull side of things.
The cross of a Pitbull Golden Retriever comes from an interesting combination.
The two dog breeds – the American Pitbull Terrier and the Golden Retriever- both came to public consciousness in the late 1890s and 1900s.
Dog lovers the world over would go out in search of these animals, and it became a part of dog culture in the United States. Since many of these particular breeds of dogs were brought to the USA, they became a major part of their culture for dogs.
One of the main reasons why these are such a popular mix, though, is that Golden Retrievers make naturally excellent breeding companions.
They are brilliant for creating mixes that are going to be free from the negative characteristics of the original dog.
For example, the infamous (but overplayed) aggressive side of a Pitbull is more or less unnoticeable in most crosses between the two.
What do Golden Pitbulls look like?
So, you might wonder what kind of mix it takes on.
Does it have the beautiful ferocity of a Pitbull?
Or the floppy, loveable charm of the Golden Retriever?
In truth, it’s a happy mixture of both.
They manage to come with a unique range of coat colours, most of them carrying a style that’s quite similar to a classic Border Collie.
They are never merle, though, so if you ever wind up with a merle Pitbull Golden Retriever Mix then take it to your nearest vet – you might have just created a new breed of dog entirely!
Typically, they are likely to be around 50-75lbs, so they are relatively big dogs.
They also tend to have around 20” of height, so they are pretty strong dogs.
Most of the time, they retain the muscly power of the Pitbull, so if you like that side of a Pitbull you’ll be happy to know that most of these breeds carry on that powerful legacy.
How Do They Act?
The next question that you likely want to answer is how these dogs are going to act.
Well, most of the time, they are normally happy, charming, energetic and good-natured.
They tend to get on with children as well, making them excellent family dogs to have around the place. most of the time, you will find that you get a dog that is going to be quite a charming and cheery little dog.
The old adage of the Pitbull being an angry, aggressive animal is dying out.
Yes, they were bred more or less for hunting and fighting; today, though, that is no longer the case whatsoever.
Most of the time, they are removed from just about any breeders’ selections: they only work with Pitbulls that retain the good nature we would expect.
In terms of behaviour, though, expect:
- A defensive, friendly dog that will look out for you and for strangers in need.
- An animal that is caring around children and highly defensive of the youngest in the family.
- A dog with a strong, impressive bite that can easily chew down on any toy you give it.
- High natural energy, stemming from its lineage where it wants to go and chase something.
- Dogs which are eager to please you, even if it might mean making a mistake.
That is probably the biggest issue with owning a Pitbull Golden Retriever Mix.
They tend to be so eager to make you happy that they can make mistakes, and damage property.
While they are not the kind of dog to get aggressive with people (unless forced to), they will not stand around on ceremony if they feel like their family is being threatened, as well.
Can They Be Trained?
One thing to note about owning a dog like these is that they will take to training.
As mentioned above, they love to please you; as such, research shows that, like most other dogs, your mix will get a lot of benefits from training.
The difference is that the intellect of the Golden Retriever in there will make sure that your dog wants to keep on learning, impressing, and standing out for all of the right reasons.
To do so, though, you need to:
- Make sure that you get plenty of exercise – an hour per day at least, right into adulthood.
- Maintain a solid and steady fitness plan that can be adapted as your dog begins to age.
- Give it plenty of entertainment and enthusiasm; give it things to catch etc. to keep it busy.
- Utilise positive responses as enthusiastically as you can if you wish to make the dog happy to react.
However, it is also important to note that this particular mix suffers from the significant slowdown at older years of age. Keep that in mind: you don’t wish to overwork your dog.
When you have a Golden Pitbull, it must be fed and it must be given the opportunity to grow properly.
This means that you should be ready for a dog with a pretty cavernous appetite! When you have a dog of this particular style, you should consider the following regarding its diet:
- Make sure that it gets as much water as possible; they tend to suffer badly from dehydration.
- Ensure that you get your dog a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables; they need a lot of dietary fiber to keep it healthy.
- Avoid foods which could cause inflammation, as it can lead to serious problems with your dog – such as bloating.
- Limit food intake based on the recommendations by your vet. This will be dependent on the size, age, lifestyle etc. of your dog – overeating can really hurt this mix.
- Also, avoid cooking the meats that you do feed your dog: dogs enjoy their meat raw better, and tend to get more from it this way.
Golden Pibull Health
With regards to health, sadly these are dogs that have parentage that are known for disease.
Golden Retriever dogs and Pitbull dogs are likely to suffer from a variety of conditions as their life goes on.
This means regular screening to ensure that your dog is free from some of the conditions that could threaten its life.
Some of the most common problems that your dog could suffer from will be:
- Hip problems, leading to its hips beginning to give out as it ages.
- Elbow issues, leading to problems with maintaining strength over time.
- Cardiac problems, often related to its diet and its lifestyle.
- Bloating, stopping your dog from being able to deal with gas and/or food.
The average Pitbull Golden Retriever Mix has a life expectancy of 10-15 years, but it really does depend on how much you care for the dog.
While nothing can be done to avoid some conditions, like heart disease and/or cancers, some of the above issues can be avoided with a healthy diet and a fine helping or exercise over the years.
If you wish to keep your cross in good condition, then you should keep all of the above in mind.
With the cost of a Golden Pitbull often being more than the original parents, you should keep a much closer eye on the dog that you wish to buy.
It’s a big expense, so make sure you are ready to handle its dietary, lifestyle, and exercise commitments.
If you are, you will be getting a dog that is more than capable of giving you the happiness and satisfaction that you desire from a mixed breed dog!
When trying to workout the projected lifespan of any cross breed it can be somewhat difficult given you don't really know what properties they have taken from their parents and how that works together.
That said, you can come up with an estimation by taking into account the life expectancies of both the dog's parents and then combine them.
So, for instance, we know that for a Golden Retriever they live for approximately 10-12 years. Taking the middle ground, it works out at about 11 years of age.
Then we also know that for a Pitbull - their life expectancy is thought to be at a much wider scale of 8 - 15 years. A much wider range but it works out to be at 11.5 years.
So for a golden retriever mixed with a Pitbull, you can expect around 11 years, although if it has taken more properties from the Pitbull parent it could be on a wider spread of this.
Finding Puppies for Sale
When it comes to trying to finding Golden Pitbull puppies for sale, it's of course not as clear a cut path as it would be buying a purebred of one of the others.
That said, there are plenty of websites online that will help aid your cause. Websites such as greenfieldpuppies.com will help point you in the right direction.
All we would say is that you do your proper due diligence and make sure you are buying from a reputable breeder who knows about these crossbreeds and get as much advice on raising them as possible.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen
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