Welcome to our guide to the Pointer Pit Bull mix!
Are you thinking of choosing a Pointer Pit Bull mix? Like many mixed-breed dogs, this energetic pooch is certainly popular.
But is the Pointer Pit Bull mix be a good fit for your family?
You’ll learn about the origins of this mix, and how the parent breeds might combine in terms of appearance, temperament, and health. We’ll consider the pros and cons of the Pointer Pit Bull mix, and help you come to a decision about whether this pup is right for you.
Before we delve into the origins of the Pointer Pit Bull mix, let’s take a look at the controversy surrounding mixed-breed, or ‘designer’ dogs.
The ‘Designer Dog’ Controversy
Pure breed proponents argue these animals are more predictable in terms of physical appearance, temperament, and general health. They claim that responsible breeding can reduce breed-specific genetic problems.
However, research suggests purebred dogs still face a greater risk of hereditary conditions than mixed breeds. Limited gene-pools and inbreeding leads to a prevalence of similar genetic material, resulting in health problems and ‘loss of vigor.’
‘Designer’ dogs certainly have more varied genetic material. Mixed-breed advocates suggest that these pups actually have a reduced risk of developing breed-specific inherited disorders. There is some evidence to support this claim.
Therefore, it’s important to look for reputable and trustworthy breeders, whether you’re seeking a ‘designer’ dog or a purebred.
Where Does the Pointer Pit Bull Mix Come From?
Pointers first appeared in England in around 1650, and were used as hunting dogs alongside greyhounds throughout the 17th century. After the invention of rifles, Pointers became popular gun dogs.
However, the term ‘Pit Bull’ is actually a classification referring to a group of breeds.
In 19th century Britain, now-extinct breeds were crossed to create the ancestor of the modern breeds classed as Pit Bulls. These include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Pit Bulls were originally bred for blood sports. After this was outlawed in 1835, Pit Bulls began to be used in illegal dogfighting.
However, Pit Bulls are useful to catch dogs, family companions, therapy animals and police dogs.
Unfortunately, they still make up a large proportion of dogs used in illegal fights.
Fun Facts About the Pointer Pit Bull Mix
A Pointer Pit Bull mix’s hunting instincts first become apparent as young as two months old!
During World War 1, a Pit Bull representing the U.S. appeared on American propaganda posters.
Pointer Pit Bull Mix Appearance
A Pointer Pit Bull mix may resemble one parent more closely, or have a mix of both parents’ features.
The Pointer Pit Bull mix has an athletic, graceful appearance. His coat can be various colors, with or without markings, and he has floppy ears. Pointers vary between 23 and 28 inches in height, and weigh around 45 to 75 lbs.
Pit Bulls stand anywhere between 17 and 21 inches tall, and weigh around 30-60 lbs. They are solidly built, muscular dogs, with a wedge-shaped head, wide-set eyes, and half-pricked ears.
Like Pointers, their coats can be various colors, with or without markings.
Hence, the Pointer Pit Bull mix is likely to be a medium-sized, muscular dog. Like their parent breeds, the Pointer Pit Bull mix will have short, low-maintenance coats, in various colors.
Pointer Pit Bull Mix Temperament
Pit Bulls are labeled an aggressive breed, but is there any truth in this reputation?
Pit Bulls were originally bred to track, catch and hold down smaller animals. They have powerful jaws and a tendency to ‘hang on’ once they’ve bitten down.
The CDC reports that between 1979 and 1998, Pit Bulls were responsible for more human deaths than any other breed. Pit Bull bites are likely to be more severe, and put victims at higher risk of infection, disability or disfigurement.
Children and the elderly are more at risk of attack than adults. For that reason, more than twelve countries have implemented restrictions or outright bans on Pit Bulls.
Pit Bull owners, however, are quick to state the loyal, loving and affectionate nature of their pets. In 2011, the American Temperament Test Society reported a passing rate of 82.3% for the American Bull Terrier, making him one of the country’s five most stable breeds.
Studies show that Pit Bulls are more likely to show aggression towards dogs, rather than humans. In addition, research suggests that canine aggression is a complex, multivariate issue which is influenced not only by breed, but by age, sex, reproductive status, general health and size, as well as by social factors, such as relationship to the victim, previous neglect or mistreatment, and socialization.
Aggression towards humans, insecurity and/or severe shyness are not breed-typical traits. Pit Bulls displaying such characteristics should not be adopted into homes or used in breeding pairs.
Pointers, by contrast, are typically friendly and mild-mannered, and are generally good with all but very young children. A Pointer Pit Bull mix is likely to inherit an energetic, affectionate nature from his parents; however, it’s important to keep in mind that Pit Bull temperament can vary.
Training Your Pointer Pit Bull Mix
Pointers can stubborn, but are highly intelligent and learn quickly when given firm, consistent commands and rewards. Training should start early, and they’ll need ample opportunities for socialization.
Pit Bulls are also strong-willed and will push boundaries. Pit Bulls are late-maturing and can be very different at age three than they were as a puppy. Left alone, they can experience boredom and separation anxiety, which can lead to undesirable behaviors such as chewing.
A Pointer Pit Bull mix will inherit characteristics from both parents.
As both parent breeds can be stubborn, a Pointer Pit Bull mix will need firm and thorough training from a confident handler, starting early. They’ll also require extensive socialization.
It is very important to avoid punishment-based training, as this tactic can backfire. In contrast, rewards-based training is known to be highly effective.
Check out our training guides for more tips and information:
Pointer Pit Bull Mix Health
To assess the potential for health issues, let’s look at the parent breeds.
Remember: if one of the parent breeds is prone to a particular health condition, it may also be present in their mixed-breed offspring.
Pointers are known to be fairly healthy dogs, although there are some conditions the breed are prone to.
However, Pointers may experience eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, a condition causing gradual loss of vision and blindness. Most cases are hereditary.
Pointers also may have congenital deafness or experience epilepsy.
Pit Bull Health
Like Pointers, Pit Bulls are generally healthy dogs. However, they may experience the following health conditions.
Pit Bulls can be prone to skin infections, mange, and ichthyosis, a condition leading to dry, scaly skin.
Pit Bulls can also develop cataracts in older age. Cataracts affect vision, and may require surgery to correct.
Conditions Common to Both Breeds
Pointers and Pit Bulls may develop Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD). This condition can result in lameness and severe arthritis.
Pointers and Pit Bulls may also develop hypothyroidism, an endocrine condition where the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. This develops in middle age, so it is important to track changes in your dog’s condition.
Pointers may experience cardiac issues such as aortic stenosis, usually identified by heart murmurs. Similarly, Pit Bulls can have congenital heart defects, such as malformation of the valves or irregular heart rhythms.
Both breeds may be prone to allergies. Antihistamines or special shampoos can help to manage these.
Research suggests that consulting pedigree health databases can reduce the risk of inherited disorders in dogs. Responsible breeders do this when selecting breeding pairs.
Both the Pointer and Pit Bull parents should have good hip scores, a clear eye test, a recent heart check and a thyroid evaluation. It is important to learn about the Pit Bull parent’s behavior and temperament.
Healthy Pointers live around 12 to 14 years and Pit Bulls can live anywhere between 8 and 16 years. A healthy Pointer Pit Bull mix is likely to share a similar lifespan.
Do Pointer Pit Bull Mixes Make Good Family Dogs?
With consistent training and socialization, the Pointer Pit Bull mix has the potential to be an affectionate, loving dog.
They are strong and energetic, and likely to have a stubborn streak. As such, they require thorough training from an early age plus a firm, confident handler.
Inexperienced or less confident owners should consider a different breed or mix. Also, Pointer Pit Bull mixes are more suitable for child-free households.
Pointers are expected to track and retrieve birds. This innate tendency may cause them to chase other animals.
Pit Bulls can act aggressively towards other animals, particularly ‘stranger’ dogs. Consequently, it is not advisable to bring a Pointer Pit Bull mix into a home with other pets.
A Pointer Pit Bull mix will be an active, energetic dog. Hence, it’s essential you can provide frequent exercise to prevent him becoming bored or engaging in destructive behaviors.
Rescuing a Pointer Pit Bull Mix
If you are interested in adopting a Pointer Pit Bull mix, there are organizations that specialize in rehoming Pit mixes.
However, it can be difficult for rescue organizations to have extensive background information on all of their dogs. In addition, Pit Bull temperament can vary so you may wish to consider acquiring a Pointer Pit Bull mix from a breeder.
Therefore, if you are unsure, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for further advice.
Finding a Pointer Pit Bull Mix puppy
Before investing in a Pointer Pit Bull mix puppy, it’s vital to do some homework and find a trustworthy breeder.
Reputable breeders will provide evidence of the health records of parent dogs.
They should also be able to give a behavioral history, which is particularly important for the Pit Bull parent.
Breeders should be happy to answer your questions, and to present the parent animals, as well as the puppies with their mother, for your inspection.
Raising A Pointer Pit Bull Mix Puppy
A Pointer Pit Bull mix is pretty low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. Their short coats require only weekly brushing to stay in great condition.
Make sure to check your dog’s eyes and ears weekly. The Pointer Pit Bull mix can inherit the hanging ears of the Pointer and may be prone to infection and regular cleaning will prevent this. Your veterinarian can show you how.
Your Pointer Pit Bull mix will benefit from daily teeth-cleaning to maintain oral health. You’ll also need to trim their nails every few weeks.
It’s important to choose high-quality dog food appropriate for your dog’s age and activity level. Be aware overfeeding or too many treats can lead to your pooch becoming overweight.
Read more about raising a Pointer Pit Bull mix puppy here.
Pros and Cons of Getting A Pointer Pit Bull Mix
Pointer Pit Bull mixes are likely to be strong, powerful dogs with a stubborn streak. They require significant levels of training.
They are not a good choice for inexperienced dog owners or those who lack confidence.
A Pointer Pit Bull mix requires a great deal of quality exercise. If left alone too long, they may display separation anxiety, and engage in destructive behaviors.
Your Pointer Pit Bull mix may experience some health issues requiring ongoing treatment or even surgery. Therefore, it’s important to consider whether you can invest in comprehensive pet insurance.
A Pointer Pit Bull mix can be a loving and loyal dog who responds well to firm training and consistent use of rewards.
They are low maintenance in terms of grooming, requiring little more than a weekly once-over with a brush to remain in good condition.
Similar Pointer Pit Bull Mixes and Breeds
If you’re an experienced dog owner up to the challenge of a Pit Bull mix, you may also want to consider:
- Black Mouth Cur Pit Bull mix
- Lab Pit Bull mix
- Corgi Pitbull mix
Alternatively, you could check out this Pointer cross:
Pointer Pit Bull Mix Rescues
The following organizations are great places to start your research:
- Pit Bull Rescue Central
- Mayday Pitbull Rescue
- American Pointer Rescue
- Pointer Rescue US
- Pointing Dog Rescue Canada
Is A Pointer Pit Bull Mix Right For Me?
Are you an experienced, confident dog owner who can take on a powerful, energetic pet?
Do you have time to devote to frequent exercise, training, socialization, and play?
Do you have a child-free home?
Will your Pointer Pit Bull mix be the only pet?
If yes, then a Pointer Pit Bull could be the dog for you.
Are you the proud owner of a Pointer Pit Bull mix? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
Join the conversation by commenting below.
References and Resources
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We adopted a pointer/pit mix a few weeks ago who is 6 months old. At the time, we were told she was likely a pointer/hound or pointer/lab mix. We love her all the same! However, we have a 3 year old golden in the house and will be trying for kids soon. So far, she has gotten along amazingly with the golden, she wants to follow him everywhere and cuddle with him
After finding out today her mix is 50% GSP, 28.3% American Pitbull Terrier, and 21.7% American Bully, I have started researching. Multiple sites indicate I should be worried about adding her to a multi-dog family or one without kids. What are other’s experiences here?
I have a 11 month old pointer named Smoke and he’s about 3” tall and 80lbs he’s a big boy and he’s great with all 3 of my kids. Especially my 6 year old lol he gets away with murder when it comes to Smoke lol I couldn’t ask for a better dog for my family. He’s the absolute best thing that’s happened for our family in a long time!! He brings so much joy and laughter.. he’s amazing!!!
Maryann Deegan says
I adopted a white/brown pointer pit from the shelter and she is beautiful and very high energy!! Fluff every where every day…!! I am feeding her Purina Proplan and wondering what y’all feed your 4-legged babies..!!
I ❤️ Her so much… I have her since 10/26/21.
My Pitbull Sadie passed away on 10/12/21 and she was an amazing, loving friend. I was so sad after 10 years having a dog in the house…!
Mary Moore says
So sorry about Sadie 💔 pets are family. We adopted out Pointer Pit 2 years ago, he was 10 months old, we have had dogs and a cat for the last 16 years, and every time one passed it just broke my heart, so after our cat passed, we said, no more! Our son has even had pet rats and I cried like a baby when one died and the other was put to sleep bcuz of tumors, but he talked us into getting another dog! He found Oreo at a shelter close by and asked to go look at it, we walked out with papers and where to pick him up when he was neutered and got all shots! Lasted year our son went off to college so we get to take care of him! They are the most craziest, funniest, smart, lovable and cutest dogs ever! But just like the article, they are very strong and very stubborn, have anxiety issues when we’re gone for a long time, chews/eats everything, but learn very quickly! Lol Anyway, we feed him Hill’s Brother Science Diet large breed adult.
I acquired a brown and white pointer pit and she was pregnant. Had her babies said and adopted had her said. Took 3 months to teach her not to dig out of our 2 acre yard. We have a Maine coon cat and they get along. She weighs 30 lbs. And is full of energy. 2 years old in May, love bug but has separation anxiety
I have one, she’s an amazing rescue.
Proud mom of a 6 yr old pointer/ pit mix Jackson-Black. We adopted him at 12 weeks young from the shelter. I already had a 5 yr old Shih-Tzu (Levi-Black) and watched their interactions closely. It became clear that Levi was the dominant force and Jackson was his little brother and had to learn Levi’s rules for our home. It worked out well, but I had to deal with the typical energetic bored puppy issues and learn the hard way after replacing carpet that he decided was a chew toy. 6 years later he is the worlds oldest puppy. A sweetheart who loves nothing more than to cuddle. He adores our 4yr old grandbaby and has been kid tested as he attempted to ride him like a horse. Our household is blessed daily by Jackson’s shenanigans and we love him dearly.
Jami Reddish says
My dog chose me nearly 2 years ago ago when he was 14 months old. I’ve had some amazing dogs in the past but Turk, my pointer pit mix is hands down the absolute best dog I’ve ever known. Although he was raised in an abusive home & had very little training (basic commands), within a few months & extensive positive reinforcement training—he blossomed into such an amazing dog.
This mixed breed is incredibly smart & wants nothing more than to work & please. I couldn’t recommend this breed enough—I simply cannot express how impressively smart they are. It can be “difficult” for those who have little patience & time to give the pointer pit mix breed but if you want one helluva dog—I highly recommend this mix.
Jami Reddish says
Turk was highly aggressive towards men (particularly dark haired men), but after working diligently with my male friends with positive reinforcement training, Turk is no longer aggressive in the least. We love/work at a hiker hostel where we easily serve 500+ people a month and I’ve never seen Turk show any type of aggression towards anyone or any dog.
However, I do keep a close eye on him in order to read if his anxiety goes up to protect him. He is also one hell of an amazing hiking partner —
I have a two year old male pitbull/ pointer mix I’ve had since he was 6 weeks old. He’s a superb dog I love him alot. Full of energy and stubborn but with lots of positive reinforcement and treats I’ve managed to train him pretty well. He’s definitely a daily challenge but we wouldn’t trade him for the world lol.
STEPHANIE HANN says
We just got a pointer pit bull mix and she is 11 weeks super friendly towards humans and other dogs for the moment that I can tell although she does act like a billy badass when she first sees these animals or other dogs so keep in mind that the Pitbull temperament is there and to be very watchful if you are considering one of these animals as a pet for overall she’s a great dog
I also have a rescued pointer/pit mix and she is amazing! Great with cats and other dogs, loves people (but can be a bit scared of certain men – probably to do with her past), and always wants to be close to you. She does need a lot of exercise and has quite bad separation anxiety (she’s rarely left alone these days, however). Would definitely recommend a rescue pointer/pit!
We have a male pointer pit mix. We rescued him at around a year old. He has a Staffordshire clown smile but is taller like a Pointer. He’s energetic but not crazy lol. He has responded well to training and loves walks. He is friendly to everyone who is friendly to him, and loves other dogs in general. He follows my boy all over the place and lays down beside him any time he sits in the living room.. He hardly EVER barks unless something is wrong. He’s the best dog I’ve ever had! My son loves him to death lol.
Wow that’s great! I have a 10 month old pit pointer mix and he’s amazing!
I became ‘mom’ to my Pointer/Pit Bull mix 6 years ago. He will turn 9 in April. He had at least two unsuccessful placements prior to finding his home with me. Separation anxiety? YES!! Took a long time and lots of patience for him to learn I would always come home. I travel frequently but have family members who welcome him with open arms. He is good with kids as long as they understand that his bed is his ALONE spot. Hates crates but is fine to roam about the house with no distruction or accidents. Trained to use ‘potty pads’ when I work long hours. He is a big baby who loves to be spoiled but does his best to reward me by keeping me active.
Hound Lover says
“In 2011, the American Temperament Test Society reported a passing rate of 82.3% for the American Bull Terrier, making him one of the country’s five most stable breeds.”
I’m confused. Are female dogs not considered to be pit bulls? What are they called in that case?
I am the proud mom of a pointer pitbull mix that we adopted from the shelter when she was 1 1/2 years old, and she is the best dog I’ve ever had! She is very social and friendly to other dogs (but will try to dominate when playing). She’s gentle with my 7 yr old grandson. She’s like a freight train – broke out of two crates and one kennel before we found one she likes! one ear flops to the front like a pointer and one rose ear like a pit bull. Marled and brown coloring and markings in a lean muscular body. She loves long walks, but very aggressive to small animals like squirrels and groundhogs. She’s a big baby that likes to cuddle in my lap all the time and super loyal and just happy all the time. I love my Xena – without a doubt, she rescued me…not the other way ’round.
Sounds like our dog
Kara Oisten says
I am the proud companion of a pointer pit mix. Got her from the animal shelter when she was 1 year old. She had basic training and a lot of energy. She had a fear of males, it took my then boyfriend over a year to earn her trust and love. She gets along great with other dogs her size or bigger but has a problem with smaller dogs and animals. She tries to attack them. For now I’ve taken precautionary steps to make sure she stays away from smaller animals until I can figure out how to correct this behavior. Other than that, she is the best dog I’ve ever had. Super responsive to my commands, very loving and loyal. She also stayed by my side when my father passed away and I fell into a dark depression. She kept me from falling too far. She is now a certified ESA. Best dog ever. Side note: met my fiance a year ago and he has small children. I was a little hesitant about how she would interact with them, but she’s super loving and protective of her littles. She’s a very good dog.
I have a three year old rescued Pointer Pit mix who is the best dog I’ve ever had. She is a sweet and extremely affectionate girl who gets along well with humans and other dogs alike! She even loves cats! So far no health issues, she is a healthy dog with good teeth and a lean muscular body.
She loves to run outside but is calm and gentle inside. She loves to snuggle and play but is easy going and doesnt mind being left alone for a few hours. Squirrels are her number one nemesis so she does pull on the leash when she sees one.
I could not recommend this mix more! And don’t be afraid to rescue! Laney is the love of my life!
I have a Pointer Pitbull mix and he’s the absolute love of my life. He’s very energetic, but super affectionate and loves cuddles. Though, he is very unpredictable at times. We barely can trust him around older dogs because that’s when he try to assert dominance. Along with that, he allergic to various proteins including beef, chicken, and fish. He’s also allergic to grains and different types of plants. Even with his strict diet, his skin is prone to getting sores and being very dry. All of these cons might just be from his parents since he’s rescued, but they definitely do not outweigh the pros. He is the sweetest ball of fun and energy ever and super loyal. He doesn’t like to sleep alone and always wants to be around me. I would absolutely recommend a Pointer Pitbull mix if you are willing to put time into their health and social needs.