10 months ago my friend gave me her 8 week old Lab x Springer puppy as he was too lively and she had a baby. My children immediately fell in love with him, as kids do, so we kept him. The next 6 months were hell as he was the naughtiest puppy EVER but very very cute. Now he is just coming up to 1 he is just the best and we all adore him, most of the time well behaved, however over the months i had noticed that there is absolutely nothing about him that is Springer. His head is all Lab but from the neck down ?? today i took him to poodle parlour for bath and they were 99% sure he was pitbull cross, he is very soft and loving, fab in park fab with kids but now I have this niggling doubt that there may be something lurking in his genes and he will go from perfect family dog to killing machine (exaggeration) Does anyone know anything about this cross?
Dogs don't turn from perfect family pets to "killing machines" over night. If he's as lovely as you say he is, you must be doing something right, just keep it up. Don't worry about the stereotypes of pitbulls, you love your dog, and he's perfect for your family. Don't let ignorance and fear change that.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams
What a shame and huge disservice the media, irresponsible pet owners, and backyard breeders have done to a wonderful breed, that the mere mention of the breed Pit Bull now has you questioning the temperament of what you say is a fabulous family member.
Fabulous dogs are not born that way. They become fantastic family members through us teaching them to behave that way. Sounds like you have done that with your puppy so there is no reason to think that he is going to go from being Lassie to Cujo overnight. Continue training him, socializing him, etc. and you should not have to worry about anything. His teenage years are coming up, usually hits them around 1 1/2 - 2 years of age. As long as you have built a solid teaching foundation with him now, they should be fairly easy to get through. Just remain consistent with what you want from him.
Any way you can post a picture of him? Like maybe through photobucket and post the link here? I'd like to see him. I have found through the years that even people who do rescue and are around different breeds of dogs all the time, are very poor at identifying breeds and/or mixes of breeds. I have even been floored myself to see what DNA results say certain mixed breed dogs are.
And if it really bugs you so much that he may be part Pit, have your vet run a Wisdom Panel DNA test on him and see just what breeds he is mixed with. Not sure I believe in their results a 100% but if you are that concerned I would do it.
If find it very disgusting that you were so happy with this dog, until someone said it may be pit. Pits are some of the most wonderful dogs to own. Very loyal, and love their families. If you have trained him to be a good family dog, then keep doing it. He will be the great family dog you want.
Small dogs are the top bitters in this country, and Jack Russells are treated like our pits in the UK. The only difference is a pit is a big dog with a big bite. I would much rather take a pit in my grooming shop for a bath then a nasty Lhasa apso.
Treat him like the dog you wanted, trained and grown to love. Don't discriminate just because someone told you he may be pit. I had a shar pei mix, and everyone thought he was a pit mix. He wasn't my father in law owned his mother, we knew what he was. Any mix can take on a different look then what you think.