The Pitbull Mastiff mix breed of dog is a combination of two breeds together; the Pitbull and the Mastiff breed. It is a large breed of dog that can be a misunderstood breed by people who don’t know much about it. The Pitbull Mastiffs typically have the same, general characteristics, however, each individual dog will vary somewhat, due to the strength of the characteristics they got from each parent. The looks of the dog will vary as well, and also depend on how strong each parent’s genetics play in the breeding. Your pup may grow into an adult that has more physical traits of a Mastiff, or it may take on a Pitbull appearance. You may be considering welcoming a Pitbull Mastiff into your home and think you know about this breed, but keep reading to learn things you didn’t know about the Pitbull Mastiff.
1. Not the same as an American Bandogge
When some people see this breed, they may be quick to refer to it as an American Bandogge, which would be incorrect and you can correct them. This is not the same breed at all; the American Bandogge is a mixed breed of the American Bulldog and the Mastiff, while the Pitbull Mastiff is a combination of the Pitbull and a Mastiff breed of dog. The American Bandogge can end up with a more sleepy, wrinkly face from the Bulldog genetics.
2. Make excellent guard dogs
The Pitbull Mastiff comes from a lineage of two guard dog breeds. This means that for the Pitbull Mastiff, he will make a great guard dog because of his instinctiveness to protect you and the family. Many people often get this breed of dog for guard dogs for their home. When properly trained, they will do their job as a guardian over the home, while being a safe pet for the whole family.
3. Not the best with other pets
The Pitbull Mastiff is not really the best breed for living with other pets, however, that being said, they can be trained to get along with other family pets. Pitbull Mastiffs tend to view other animals as prey and have a natural tendency to want to chase. Your Pitbull Mastiff will require a lot of socialization starting from the beginning, in order to train them on how to get along with other pets, especially other dogs.
4. Despite their size, they love to run
Pitbull Mastiffs are very big dogs and many people think that a big dog will just want to be lazy and will not require much exercise. Contrary to this belief, this breed does require a lot of exercise, and they really thrive on it. You will want to make sure your dog gets outside for at least two long runs or walks a day. Better yet, he loves to go to dog parks, take hikes, bike, anything that gets him outside and to spend more time with you, your Pitbull Mastiff will be grateful.
Pitbull Mastiffs will require grooming like any dog, but due to their short fur, they do not shed as much as some breeds and therefore, only need brushing about 3-4 times a week. You will need to brush their teeth a few times a week, clean their ears, and trim their nails, as needed. One thing to be aware of is this breed has very sensitive nails that can be a big source of pain to them if you cut too deep and hit a nerve. So extreme precaution should be given when nail trimming.
6. Health issues
All dogs are prone to some health problems, especially as they get older. The Pitbull Mastiff has several health issues they are prone to, plus added risks due to their large size. Large sized dogs are more prone to: hip dysplasia, obesity, hypothyroidism, bloating and kidney disease. Proper diet and nutrition, along with adequate exercise for this breed is essential to help keep them happy and healthy.
7. Not the easiest to train
Your Pitbull Mastiff can be trained to be a very good dog, however, it will take a lot of patience and consistency to get him trained to where you have a well-behaved dog. Pitbull Mastiffs are very intelligent dogs but they have a strong will, being that they are a product of two very strong will parent breeds. Working with your Pitbull Mastiff pup on a consistent basis and being patient will pay off in the end.