Pit Boodles are the adorable result of a cross between a PitBull and a Poodle. These dogs show great variation and can come in a variety of temperaments and traits. All in all, this one’s a pup made of 100% best friend material. They are fiercely loyal and highly intelligent thanks to their Poodle genes. These pups are incredibly affectionate when it comes to their families and will gladly keep watch over your house while you sleep. If you’re looking for a watchdog that can alert you in case of any intruders but also be up for a good cuddle session on the couch every now and then, this pup is the perfect fit for you!
Most members of the Doodle club, and in fact most mixed-breed pups in general, have a past that is fairly shrouded in mystery due to a lack of documentation. Hybrid breeds do not usually receive the same kind of attention as purebred dogs like Poodle and Pit Bulls. However, this does not make them any less worthy of your love. It is difficult to say exactly when and where this breed originated, and it is entirely possible that the pup existed in nature through accidental breeding between the Poodle and the Pitbull long before any intentional efforts to bring the two breeds together began. A rough estimate of when intentional breeding began is around the 1980s in the United States, since that is when Doodle breed popularity truly increased.
If there is one word that describes the Pit Boodle, it is the word “loyal”. These pups are incredibly protective of their owners, a trait that they owe to their PitBull parents. Depending on how much the pup takes after the PitBull parent, their aggressiveness around strangers may vary. They make wonderful watchdogs and have a rather high intelligence thanks to their Poodle parents, which means they pick up tricks with ease. Pit Boodles are incredibly loving and playful around people they trust. They will jump for joy at the prospect of a walk or a game of fetch, and they will be happy to curl up next to you on the couch for an afternoon siesta. If socialized and trained at an early age, these pups will get along with most people. Spend some time around your puppy’s parents to get a good idea of the king of temperament your Pit Boodle will grow up to have. Their personalities are usually fair indicators of the kind of personality your puppy will grow into.
There can be variation in size, with the Pit Boodle growing 15 to 25 inches tall and weighing anywhere between 30 to 85 pounds.
The Pit Boodle is a relatively healthy pup due to the hybrid vigor that it has as a result of mixed breeding and an increased genetic pool. However, it is important to understand that a puppy bred from a healthy Poodle and PitBull has a significantly lower risk of developing genetic illnesses. For this reason, it is necessary that the breeder you get your Pit Boodle puppy from provides you with health clearances of both parent dogs. It is also important to not buy a puppy from a breeder that mates dogs that are younger than 2 years old since that is the age when most genetic illnesses begin showing symptoms. Some illnesses that your pup may develop include hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, and epilepsy.
Pit Boodle, having two relatively active parents, needs a fair bit of daily exercise. You must schedule an hour of moderate exercise every day. Take your Pit Boodle for a walk in the park or have them accompany you for a light run. They love to play fetch and chase after various other toys. Make sure you keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated to prevent boredom and keep destructive behaviors at bay. Their trainability depends on which parent they take after. If they have a little more of the PitBul as opposed to the Poodle, they may be a handful.
Nutritional needs vary depending on each individual Pit Boodle. It is best to speak to a professional when developing a meal plan for your dog. Steer clear of free-feeding and divide up your dog’s recommended daily serving into two to three separate meals to prevent issues such as bloat.
These pups generally have a thick and curly coat, although sometimes they may develop the shorter coat of the PitBull. They are usually low-shedding dogs.
The level of maintenance required is dependent on the coat type, but in general, regular brushing should be more than enough to keep their coats healthy and smooth. Clip their nails if they do not wear away naturally, and be sure to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly. Only bathe your Pit Boodle when necessary since excessive bathing may dry their skin out.
On average, Pit Boodle puppies can cost anywhere between $400 to $1200.
Here’s a list of rescue organizations that shelter Pit Boodles (among other breeds):