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RFINE wrote at 2007-08-08 19:37:23
I am the proud owner of a lab/pit bull mix. I almost did not rescue our little guy because he was a pit; I thought what everyone else does...there mean and aggressive. After owning one it is simply not true. Our pit loves cats and other animals. The key to raising a bully dog is training and socialization. Our pit plays with other dogs a few times a week. Good Luck and I hope you keep him.


Kathy wrote at 2007-08-11 17:37:10
I was also an owner of a pit bull/lab mix she lived to be 15 years old before we had to put her down.  She was the best dog I have ever owned.  She grew up with three cats (all separate times in her life) and got along with them all, she would even sleep with them.  I am currently looking for another pit bull/mix dog.  I too was afraid when I rescued her and really thought twice about keeping.  Boy am I glad I did she was the best thing that ever happened to our family.  I have three kids and she loved them all.  I too hope you keep the puppy and your dad changes his mind.


Garrett wrote at 2007-08-30 07:35:57
There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners.  If you have this puppy from a young age, you have the opportunity to mold it as you wish.  Pit bulls are not inherently bad, they can be the sweetest dogs.  I have a lab/pitbull mix, and he is the cutest dog I've ever owned.  And he is great with other animals.  Just so long as you raise him/her around a variety of other animals, he/she will be cool with the other animals.  I don't know about yours, but mine is a snuggler at night.


Buddy wrote at 2007-09-15 00:51:50
Hi. I also have a lab-pitbull mix who was rescued at a local shelter the same day he had arrived to the shelter(he was just 8 weeks old at the time-now he is almost two yrs old).  He had a solid foster home prior, and possess an obviously gentle temperament and we are very happy with our decision to adopt him. He also went through three dog training courses and he will do anything on command. A very sweet, gentle and playful little guy.



Now, I don't want to alarm you, but listen carefully. I was a firm believer that my dog would never fight other dogs, that his labrador temperament is more dominant than his Pitbull temperament, but as time passed and he was reaching his maturity, I began noticing a bully-like behavior with other dogs. He would try and hump other dogs. And if the other dog doesn't like it, he would attack him. OR the other dog would attack him.  Sometimes my dog would attack him(or her), but usually as a result of the other dog trying to hump him. Sometimes it doesn't involve humping, but it would involve sniffing.



I am now working with a dog behaviorist who specializes in Pitbulls and I have learned that it doesn't matter if your dog is half of some other breed. The fact of the matter is, is that he/she will eventually be triggered to challenge other dogs and many of those unfortunate incidents can be prevented if you watch your dog like a hawk around other dogs because they do have specific types/sizes/ages/ of dogs that they like to target. For example, I know my dog pretty well now in terms of what dog he likes to target, and everytime I take him to the beach(I go during light dog traffic hours), if I see from afar a dog who is similar in size as my dog but real hyper, I quickly put my dog on leash and pass them by until they are far. I think my dog has an issue of being small. Because he looks like a lab but small like a pitbull, he seems to target large breed dogs who are still small enough for him to challenge. As you already may know Pitts were bred purely for fighting other dogs, and it is in their gene. They were not bred to attack humans but because they were in solitary confinement that can pose a lot of stress to them when they see anything unusual. And depending on their ancestors experience, their instincts to challenge other dogs can differ from pitt to pitt.



So for your situation with the cats living with you, if your dog hasn't done anything to them by now, I doubt it will in the future. The bigger concern though, is your dogs tendency toward other dogs. Make sure to get your dog involved with not only training, but also have a dog behaviorist analyze his nature. Because when a pit/pit mix snaps, a dog treat isn't going to stop the fight. and if damage is done your dog maybe destroyed.



If you love your dog more than anything, I would suggest understanding your dogs nature, and keep him socialized so he is calm. That will win your dad's love for the guy!


Lee Meyer wrote at 2007-09-18 02:55:55
Buddy, I would imagine that neutering your dog would decrease this tendency to challenge other dogs (ie potential lead-up to a fight).  Did the dog behaviorist mention this to you as something that can help reduce the tendency?  After all as you mention you noticed this change when he reached sexual maturity so a good portion of this behavior is hormonally driven.


maria wrote at 2007-11-03 20:49:00
I have a pit-lab mix also.  He is a joy: loves dogs, cats, kids, people.  The only traits he has that I wouldn't attribute to a lab are that he is protective of my kids,in that if you chase or hold them, he will hold your arm in his mouth until you let go.  He has never bitten . He also had alpha tendencies when we got him, but obedience training fixed that.  Keep the puppy, train the puppy, love the puppy.  That;s it!


Lee wrote at 2007-11-08 17:06:07
I know it's been a few months since your post but I wanted to share what I know about lab pitbull mixes.  I adopted a "lab mix" as you did in 2002.  As soon as other family members met him they all said they thought he was part pit bull which the vet confirmed.  If I had known at the time of adoption I probably would have passed on him but I fell in love with him at first sight so after the fact it didn't matter.  More importantly this dog is a once in a lifetime type of dog.  He never has to be on a leash and he brings us more pleasure than any material object we own.  I wouldn't trade him for any pure bred dog or any dog as far as that goes or for any amount of money.  I am 100% confident that he won't hurt our cats or any person.  I can only hope that when him time comes that I can find a dog that is even a small percentage as good as he is.  If a perfect dog exists, he is it.  I hope you're still enjoying your pup


KrysJ wrote at 2008-02-07 03:51:24
I have a lab pit mix, and she is the sweetest, most loving dog! Its how you train the dog, not the breed....


Danielle wrote at 2008-07-22 06:37:47
I had a full blodded pitbull that lived with my tea cup poodle. Very friendly toward other animals if brought up with them especially.


darledamr wrote at 2009-05-21 15:55:54
i have a pit/lab my self, she is 5 monthes old now she is great around my cat she just hates to be left alone, i have a shar pei as well he is great with her. i hear as long as you are good with the dog then the dog will always be good back.


Dana wrote at 2009-05-31 04:57:08
We are the owners of a 7 yr old lab/pi mix.  I have to say she is the best dog I have ever owned.  When we got her at 2 yrs, she would run away, fight with other dogs, and chase our cats.  My husband and I (mostly my husband) worked consistantly with her andshe is now a socialized, well behaved dog.  We took her to my Mom's house where her cat climb onto our dogs bed with her and curled up for a nap.  She has been around children and never been anything but very loving.  I have a friend who has the same mix and her dog has lived with cats and has been safe around children.  I am in love with the mix  and would adopt another in a heartbeat!


LynnAnnette wrote at 2010-02-21 02:18:33
I have a wonderful 1 year old Choc. Lab/ Pit mix. I never in my life thought I would own a dog that had Pitbull in them. I wouldn't trade Lady for any other dog on this planet. She plays with our cats but of course they don't get her and run away, but she gets along wonderfully with other dogs, she is so intune to our personalities and loves her 6 mile walks everyday. We go to the local dog park daily and people there can not get over how their dogs who don't get along with other dogs just a drawn to Lady like a magnet. No matter where I go with her, strangers will stop and ask what breed she is and comment on how beautiful and well behaved she is. Tell your dad that Pits are given a bad name because they have bad owners.


Biff wrote at 2010-03-21 01:28:57
I just wanted to add that just because it has pit bull in it does not mean it will be a mean and vicious dog. Any dog treated horribly could be a "killer." It all depends on how an animal is raised as to how it will act. We have a pit bull that is sweet as can be loves all other animals and people. We took in a basset hound as a foster and he got out and killed our neighbor's cat. Not only that but he put a big gash in my pit bull's snout. Which goes to show you you cant judge a dog by its breed. Pit bulls just get a bad rap because of the people who get them to fight and because they are so powerful. Do some research and show your dad how great they can be. They are very smart and very loyal dogs. And on a plus side people are normally scared of them do to their stereo type so they provide great protection with out actually being vicious as well. I do want to say though as they are such powerful dogs you want to train the dog early and let him/her know you are the pack leader. But the training and pack leader thing should go for any dog. I hope you get to keep the dog.


asiagirl wrote at 2010-06-28 16:03:38
i was the same way wasa little bit scared of owning a pit, i adopted my baby when he was 10 weeks old ,lady told me he was a lab retriver/mix vet told me he had pit in him , i kept him cuz i felt a bond with him, he is a very smart boy house broke him in 4 days , he a big baby a lover boy and a cuddler,loves kids people and other dogs, only fault he has is he loves to chase my husbands rabbits  never kills them just wants to play, if i had to  do all over and knew from the start he had pit in him would i have picked any breed of dog  no way!!  he the best dog and my best friend


liza wrote at 2010-07-24 20:02:30
I to went to the local pound to rescue a dog and passed by so many pits that needed a home but my fear of what I have heard made me pass them by I then saw a all chocolate female puppy with a brindle brother and was told they were lab mix I got the chocolate female and questioned what they could be mixed with and was told they were not sure. I asked the vet and I think she knew I was uneasy about pits so she told me Jack Russel, chocolate lab mix. As cocoa got older, she was only 8 weeks at the time, more and more people told me she looks pit. After researching she is definably half chocolate lab and half pit and she is the best dog I have ever owned she is now 2 years old and I would not trade her for all the money in the world. She has the patience of a saint. She loves our kids and our other dog. She will lick your skin off with kisses and sleeps in our bed. I recently wrote both the pound and the vet thanking them for blatantly lying about her breed because we would have missed out on our most treasured family member. I will recommend this mix to everyone!  


Tasha wrote at 2010-10-15 00:33:11
I always use the saying don't hate the breed hate the deed! Pitbulls are actually second in line in the National temperament challenge next to the Golden Retriever. The true of the matter is when the news covers stories they tend to be more bias and cover more of the bad news incidences. If you think about the places many of the pitbull attacks the areas are commonly known to be low in come and stereo-typically "run down" or "bad areas" of town. Many of these places use the "vicious" looking dog breeds as a scare tactic to protect their homes and families. This is the stereo-typical image society places in our minds. You don't commonly hear about dogs doing good things in any area of the world.  


bear wrote at 2011-09-28 16:59:44
My daughter has one. It was 18 months old when she acquired him. (A rescue) He's now 6 years old. He's the best tempered dog I've ever been around. ( I used to raise German Shepherd Dogs) He loves everybody.  He's the kind that would point to the silver when a burgler comes through the window....so not your best guard dog. He doesn't bark except in his sleeping or someone steps on his foot (yelps). I'm guessing the previous owner had a shock collar on him because I know he is able to bark...just doesn't.  He's the absolute best with the children. (5 yr old boy and 2.5 year old girl) He loves to play with them and is their constant companion. He's very gentle with them and seems to know that he needs to play differently with them then with the adults.    He doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body.  Very loving pet and quite obedient except he's a bit of runner when he gets the chance.  He seems to find his way home. (they live in the country).  He's not street wise, which is a worry.   He truly is the best tempered dog I've ever encountered.  

Like others have said...it's not about the breed...its about the owner.  


big d wrote at 2012-03-12 07:04:22
My uncle had a pitbull that he had for 15 years. When the animal was about 8 years old, my uncle got another dog, a chow chow. They seemed ok at first, enough so that he left them alone and he went to work. When he came home, the pitbull had decapitated the chow chow. I'm not lying, I'm not a troll, I am telling the truth. It seems that there are a lot of people online who defend the breed all the time, never admit that pitbull incidents do occur, but they do.



My friend was trying to get rid of his puppy and I decided to take the dog. He told me that the person he got it from said it was half boxer, half rotti. I soon realized that this was not the case. This dog is most probably half lab and half pit. He is very very intelligent, he will learn a trick on the first or second try, and then memorize it. He is also very stubborn, has a very high prey drive and is incredibly dog aggressive. When we walk down the street, he memorizes where every other dog lives in our area and then "stalks" them as we get nearer to their houses, he is all visual, and when we walk, he acts like I don't exist. He loses it when he sees squirrels, rabbits, and strange cats. He is ok with our 3 cats though, I constantly have to remind him to not chase them though. He is very alpha, so i have had to be very strong, and always in control. He has had an aversion to strangers ever since I met him when he was 3 months old. He is the most loving and loyal dog though, he loves us with all of his heart. This may have led to his bad separation anxiety, he destroyed some drywall, 2 chairs and one couch, and the kitchen flooring. I would even give him fresh cooked butcher bones, but this was not enough to keep him from destroying our possessions. I now crate him when we leave the house, this has drastically improved our relationship, as coming home to couch foam spread across the whole living room every day was very stressful and I began to resent the dog. I love this dog, but I am also very aware of how powerful he is, he is very muscular, fast, intense, and when he gets excited, he has a hard time toning it down. Needless to say, it has been a very hard journey that my wife, me and this dog have been on. I pray that we will be able to manage this dog and be better owners, and that he will be a better dog to us too. I currently can't afford obedients training but I really should look into it one day. Anyway, life is not all roses all the time with pits, just thought i would put that out  


Pitadoodle wrote at 2013-02-17 04:04:46
I have yellow lab/Pit bull mix he is pit.with yellow coat from the lab very neat. his name is Romeo, he is the sweetest dog every good with human and shy with other dogs unless he get introduced to them slowly. now he reached exactly one year old. got him since he was 2 months old. he shows aggression toward other dogs by growling, even though he is good with cats, human he started to growl at some humans not all. not sure why. but he is very smart, went through his basic training with flying colors. very will behaved. and he is now becoming over protective.

So I started to believe it's in the genes of pit to hate other animals due to the breeding for fighting rings over 100s of years.


LADYDEE wrote at 2013-04-08 06:35:46
OK, LOL, first off, pits were NOT raised and bred to fight other dogs.....humans did that crap. pitbulls use to be what they call nannie dogs, meaning they would babysit children an keep them safe. i have two full blooded pit bulls and a pit bull and German Sheppard mixx. after the first two met, both females, one fixxed the other is not,they got along great, but, then they got aggressive towards each other, badly so. so, now we keep the two females separated, and always will. all our furbabys are rescues that no one wanted, not because they're bad pets/dogs/furbabys, but, merely because they could no longer deal with the responsibilities that comes with taking care of large breed dogs. if you check the dogbite list of the breeds of dogs, last time i checked, a dachshund or weiner dog is on the TOP of the list, along with chihuahuas and other small breed dogs, next up is the sheppards and similiar breeds, an then when you hit the 30's, u see pit bulls. it's not the type of dog that is dangerous, it's the dumb people who mistreat them or do not know how to care for them. so, please, educate yourself before you make any kind of judgements towards any breed of dog or other.  


KJMB wrote at 2013-04-16 02:43:03
We just adopted a lab/pit bull mix from a local shelter and she is the sweetest thing in the world!  No aggressive tendencies or anything, she just wants to play and she is very affectionate.  I think this is a brilliant idea- to breed two dogs together that have opposite personality traits but also to strengthen the dog physically.  The genetic problems in the pure breeds are really terrible- greyhounds are now practically in-bred since most of them a bred only to race and bred only from the best racers.  This really makes the pure breed genetically vulnerable to too many illnesses. It's a great idea to make a stronger dog, longer life-span, better quality of life and a better pet!  Breeders should start doing this which would remove eventually the genetic problems instead of trying to make the perfect runner, jumper hunter!


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