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A Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull Terrier mix standing outside on a sunny day during training

Shep is a Labrador Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier mix from Pickerington, Ohio and a graduate of the Homestead Dogs 2-day Basic Puppy Obedience and Socialization Training Camp. Super, Shep!

American Pit Bull Terrier

A dog with an identity crisis…and they don’t care.

The American Pit Bull Terrier, or Pitbull, or Pit Bull Terrier, or Pit Terrier, or Pit Bull, or American Bull Terrier. They also take “Pitties”, Pit, Half-and-Half, Bull Baiter Dogs, Old Family Dog, Yankee Terrier and Rebel Terrier (well, maybe not this year).

Likewise, national and international dog registries vary on categorizing this breed. The Pit Bull is commonly mistaken with the American Staffordshire Terrier. The American Kennel Club and Continental Kennel Club do not recognize the breed. The United Kennel Club (UKC), however, lists the Pit Bull as dog #1 on it’s registry and the UKC is reported to have started as an organization because the AKC dissed the Pit Bull.

Pit Bulls can’t even get good press. While commonly fingered for other breeds, or mixed breeds, mis-deeds, some bad pack leaders take advantage of the Pit Bull’s exceptional skills for dog-fighting purposes, some of which make national news.

That’s a shame. In addition to their versatility, Pit Bulls make tremendous family pets that are eager to please, fun-loving and great with children. In fact, the UKC states the Pit Bull may not be the best guard dog choice as they are extremely friendly and highly unlikely to show aggression towards humans.

Trainability: B
Pit Bulls are highly intelligent, eager to please and responsive to training. They are a high-energy dog with an instinct to chase after any species that’s not human. This can be problematic on walks or in other social settings. But with lots of exercise and a little training, they make a fine addition to the pack.

Read more about the Pit Bull at the United Kennel Club and Dog Breed Info.

Labrador Retriever

The planet’s favorite dog, the Labrador Retriever.

Not only are they tops in the United States, they’re the favorite breed of Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Labrador Retriever’s are also prized as guide dogs, search and rescue, assisted living, therapy dogs and contraband detection.

Of course, the most popular gets the best press. Labrador Retrievers were the first dog to appear on the cover of Life Magazine and a United States Postal Service stamp.

But the Labrador Retriever isn’t just a pretty face. Labs were originally bred to be aquatic duck retrievers and ship mates for sailors on the cold, icy island of Newfoundland (technically, I think, the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador).

Their coat was ideally refined to restrict ice formation. Their iconic tail actually serves as a sturdy rudder for improved agility in the water.

Yet, one of their other top-5 favorite traits is the Lab’s unrivaled temperment. The fun-loving, easy-going, highly intelligent Retrievers just want to be everybody’s friend, man or beast. But despite this outward appearance, the Lab is a bundle of energy on the inside.

This sturdy breed was bred to be a worker in a rough land and they need an energy release and be included in family activities. Without enough exercise, a Lab can display undesireable and destructive behavior.

Trainability: A-
Labrador Retrievers have nearly an unmatched desire to please and become a fun-loving member of the family…uh, pack.

Read more about Labrador Retrievers at the American Kennel Club and the Labrador Club. There is also a local chapter at The Central Ohio Labrador Retriever Club.

Some of the information used for the dog breed descriptions was gathered from the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org.

Shep

Labrador Retriever Pit Bull Mix

Homestead Dogs University Camp Graduate
Date of Birth August 1, 2020
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