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Old 10-07-2014, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Hello Everyone:
It is great being a part of this forum and with folks who like Pitbulls. I may be fostering a dog through a local rescue organization and will likely have questions along the way. Already have a few though.......One dog that I saw at an adoption event and really liked was a Lab / Pitbull mix. Does anyone have experience with this type of mix? I am interested in temperment and energy level for this mix. Also, to some people I have met, the term "Pitbull" is a horrible word. How do you respond to this? Try to change their mind...or just refer to the dog using the breed specific type rather than the classification of Pitbull? Personally, I do not believe a lot of the bad hype. I think these dogs can be great pets and can't wait to try and foster one of them. Thanks!!
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you don't really know the specific breed of this dog, Lab/pit mix is a very common label for "i have no idea." I would refer to it as a mixed breed or bully mix. I wouldn't do anything to try and change peoples mind as you're new to not only this dog, but also the breed in general. And please do not parade the dog around in an effort to do so. Be mindful of the possibility of any terrier having a high prey drive, please be aware that this dog could be reactive or dog-aggressive as that is a common and normal trait in the breed. Read all the stickies posted on the forum,especially 2 week shut down and good luck to you.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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The last dog we had was a pitbull lab mix. Great dog. Had that deep voice that would scare the hell out of anyone , but was a woose. Wouldn't think of biting anyone except maybe the mailman or UPS driver. Had something against the uniform I think.
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Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions!! Can you clarify what you mean by not parading the dog around? Just want to make sure I understand. My goal is to be a very responsible dog owner. Thankfully, the group I am working with has really put me through the ringer - long foster application, 40 minute phone interview, asking me to attend events prior to fostering, etc.. Seems like they are doing the hard work in finding a good match for me.
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That's awesome! Good for you for rescuing. Most aces just refer to pit bulls as an umbrella term to mean tons of different breeds and their mixes. The initial, and correct on this form, way pit bull is used is to refer to an American pit bull terrier. sometimes a dog gets dropped off with their pedigree so you know their bloodlines and therefore what breed the dog actually is based off knowledge not just what the dog looks like. But that is very rare. Most dogs get labeled as a pit bull off their appearance. Good for you for wanting to learn. I have a mutt myself. A lot of people label him a pit bull but I correct them if time allows and explain I have no idea what breed my dog is.

As far as predicting temperament even knowing specifically what your dog is doesn't guarantee any specific temperament. Labs like water but not all labs like water. Pit bulls don't like other dogs but not all pit bulls don't like other dogs. Be mindful of your dog. Associate with owners and dogs you know and trust. Don't ever assume a dog will not want to fight and be prepared if it happens.
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