It may come as a shock for you because from afar, it may look like a mix that was bred in a world apart.
Why it might seem strange that the ever bubbly and friendly Golden Retriever will be mixed with the American Pitbull Terrier! The latter has a negative reputation because it is a bully breed!
But that reputation is always unjust because first, Pitbulls are very friendly and loyal. Secondly, they were made to fight other dogs only for human entertainment! Good thing that vicious game is banned now!
While that might be a lingering thought, this combination is surely a more docile alternative to a Pitbull.
Curious about the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix? Let’s get to know more about this relatively new designer dog.
What is a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
It will not be rocket science to guess that a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the American Pitbull Terrier.
It is also just fair to reiterate but the latter breed, while often regarded as aggressive, is one of the gentles and friendliest dogs around! It is a breed that will definitely love the family and consider you as a member of the pack.
Taking care of the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix though requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Be prepared for a large and high-energy dog in your home.
History of the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix
Like other designer dogs or mixed breeds, their history is a bit hazy. Good thing both parents are well documented in history.
Golden Retrievers hailed from Scotland in the 1800s and were bred to work alongside humans as a water retriever because they can swim well. Interestingly, they have a gentle mouth that can retrieve shot game without damaging it.
They were originally bred with a Yellow Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel, which is now extinct. Shining bright like the sunshine with its color and personality, it was aptly called Golden Retriever.
American Kennel Club (AKC)’s 3rd most popular dog was recognized in 1925. It is the club’s 78th breed then.
Meanwhile, the other mix of the breed is the American Pitbull Terrier. They became known as being vicious due to the bloody sports they were forced to participate in back in the early days. They were called pitbull which is also known as “bully breeds.”
Meanwhile, the word “terrier” is derived from the Latin word “terra” which means earth. Terrier dogs used to hunt vermins into their burrows.
Typically there were small breeds to be able to penetrate into the ground but in the 19th Century, these agile dogs were mixed with the bulldogs for their muscle. Because of their large and powerful gait, they were used in the now outlawed dog fighting and bull baiting.
And while their personality is quite the opposite of their reputation, this muscular terrier is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). But it is part of the United Kennel Club.
The term “Pit Bull” or “Pit Bull Terrier” is also a collective term which includes not just the American Pitbull Terrier but also the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Not surprisingly, a lot of people confuse the breeds although they are not the same. Not to fault them though because they have an uncanny likeness.
The other two breeds are also recognized by the AKC.
How Does a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix Look Like?
Both the Golden Retriever and the American Pitbull Terrier are very famous in the world of dogs that even those that are not enthusiasts will still have a clear mental picture of how they will look like.
Now, when they are mixed, how will they both look? Well, the offspring can either look like the Golden Retriever, the American Pitbull Terrier or a combination of both.
That said, in terms of size, it will grow to be a large dog weighing 30 to 75 pounds or between 14 kg to 34 kg. It will also grow as tall as 17 to 24 inches or 43 cm to 61 cm.
Yes, it will grow to be a large, well-built dog that can be thin and lean or wider and more muscular.
While you don’t get to have many colors with the Golden Retriever, only a play of shade on the yellow side; its Pitbull parent is a dog of many colors. With this, the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix can be golden, yellow, black, brown or white or a combination of any of those colors.
Now the coat can be harder to predict because they seem to be on each of the far ends of the spectrum. They can either be single coated or double coated depending on the predominant parent gene.
The same case with the fur, it may be short coated that is thin and fine like a Pitbull. While, who knows it can also be long-haired that is shaggy, wavy or even curly like the Retrievers!
If they are on the Pitbull side, the ideal weather for them is warmer weather. While if they have long, thick, double coats, the cold won’t bother them anyway!
How to Groom a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
How to groom a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix will greatly be dependent on the type of coat it inherited.
If it is a short to medium coat, it will shed lightly and will only need brushing once or twice a week.
Now, if you are blessed with a mix of long-coated furs, expect them to be frequent shedders! To keep their beautiful coat shiny, healthy and untangled, brushing every day is a must! Invest also in special brushes for shed control and thank us later.
How about bathing? You can give your Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix a bath once every three months and no more often than that or you will risk making their skin extremely dry by washing out its protective oils. They also need natural dog shampoos to maintain the health of their coat.
Of course, you can only break that cycle if your dog decides to get dirty and muddy.
Nail trimming regularly must also be part of its hygiene. If they are playing with kids, take extra attention on this also as they might accidentally scratch them when they become too playful.
Next for their teeth, regular brushing is also a must to prevent them from having dental diseases. Not all dogs will like to brush to train them while still young.
Especially when your dog has droopy ears like the Golden Retriever, also inspect and clean their ears often. Clean and keep it dry to prevent any infection from looming.
Having good dog hygiene also keeps your dog’s health in check.
Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix Personality
What is the temperament of a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
Is it full of sunshine like the Golden Retrievers? They are known to be friendly, intelligent and very devoted to their families. These energetic dogs are also eager to please their family.
Or will it be like Pitbulls which are gentle, friendly, loyal and will definitely not show any signs of aggression when properly trained and peppered with love!
Now, did you see that their personality is quite the same!
The Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix is a loyal, social, protective and athletic dog. It will love its family with fierce devotion and will be friendly to other animals and strangers (though of course, they will be wary at first).
They are eager to socialize and are playful and full of energy. They might even have the badge of ‘Dog Congeniality’ at the park!
This mix is also great as emotional support.
Now you might ask, are they great with children? Yes, they are gentle and will be an excellent addition to the family with children. But of course, caution must still be exercised as Pitbull is in the blood of this designer breed. They may develop a tendency also to bite and hunt.
If you are also looking for a watchdog, this mix fits the bill! They are protective of their family and very alert. The caveat though is that they are a loud breed! When untrained, they can bark excessively even at night!
The last bit that you need to know is that this breed is not meant to be left for a long time alone. They love to be with their family so leaving them will make them develop separation anxiety. As a way of coping, they will resort to destructive behaviors like barking, chewing and digging.
Exercise Needs of Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix
Mixing a sporting breed with an agile terrier is definitely a perfect recipe for a dog with boundless energy! Expect this dog to have a higher activity level than other breeds.
They need at least 60 minutes of exercise daily. That 1 hour is best broken down into 30 minutes of walking and the other half into playing or running and fetching that they really love.
Thanks to its retriever parent, this breed will also love to swim! Take it hiking and you got yourself a perfect companion.
It is also a great idea to give them toys they can play around within the backyard. That said, an apartment dwelling will not fit them as they need space to work their energies off. Not to mention that they are a large breed.
If you are active and hate a “couch potato” lifestyle, the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix will be a happy exercise buddy!
How To Train a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
Golden Retrievers are one of the smartest dogs around. In fact, in the list of intelligent dogs, they are at the 4th spot!
These dogs can learn new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions and obey basic commands 95% of the time correctly.
With their wit, they are prized for field trials, hunting, obedience and even guide dogs for the blind.
Coupled with an eagerness to please genes from both sides of parents, expect them to learn fast and easy.
There are four key areas that the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix must be trained in at their puppyhood: obedience, housebreaking, socialization and behavior. Crate training is also important for them to learn while still young.
When training this mix, positive training techniques must be employed which includes giving them praise or pat at the back when they did something good. While training should always be on a positive tone, always assert that you are the leader of the pack and maintain firmness and consistency, always.
Keep your training short and make it fun!
Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix Dietary Needs
The Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix is a large breed with high activity levels. That said, they need the right amount of food to fuel their daily work and play.
While age, actual activity level, health condition will also come into play, the daily calorie needs of this pooch are 1,600 divided into two meals when they grow into adulthood. For the pups, 4x a day feeding of high-quality dog kibble is also recommended.
Take note also that to maintain their muscular build, they will need more protein intake. Apart from protein, giving them treats of dog-friendly fruits and vegetables will also be beneficial for their health.
Treats must also be only 10% of this mix’s total diet.
What Are the Common Health Issues of a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
Golden Retrievers are susceptible to cancer than any other breeds at a 60% rate. Apart from that, with the combined common health issues of their parents, this mix is also predisposed to:
- Bloating (or Gastric Dilation Volvulus)
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart Disease
To help avoid these issues, it is a wise move to deal with a reputable breeder and not from puppy mills. While they may have higher upfront costs, these well-trained breeders will give you peace of mind:
- They know how to breed correctly and will not overbreed resulting in healthier pups.
- They will be able to show the parents and their condition, the facility they are breeding in and most importantly, they have undergone complete vaccines and tests.
How Long is the Average Lifespan of a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
With the right care of proper diet, grooming, exercise and lots of abounding love, the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
How Much is a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix?
This mixed breed is relatively rare. Generally, also, mixed breeds tend to be at a higher cost. If you wish to bring home a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix, expect to shell out USD 1,500 to USD 2,500.
Consider also all the possible costs of owning a dog like food, regular check-up within its lifespan. Taking care of a dog is a lifelong responsibility and commitment.
It may also be challenging to find one in a local shelter but rescuing a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix is also a noble idea. You will not only bring home a companion for life, but you will also save a life.
Is the Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix A Good Family Dog?
The Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix is a good family dog. But since each dog is different, no one can really guarantee 100% taking into consideration that the mix has Pitbull blood.
As said though, with proper care and love, who is not to say that this one cannot bring joy to the kids?
Conclusion: Is a Golden Retriever Pitbull the Right Mix for You?
If you are 100% decided and committed that you can take care of a Golden Retriever Pitbull Mix for as long as it lives, then prepare to welcome one rambunctious dog in the lot.
Just keep in mind the exercise and a lot more list of requirements of this breed.
With this one in your home, expect one jolly companion for life.