What Breed Is My Dog?

We brought, Oscar as an 8wk old Staffy, but we have been told he has Pit in him. He is now nearly 1yr old, and when I look at him, I do see a little, but I'm no expert.


Currently, he's as big as my old Boxer. Is he a Staffy cross Pit?Oscar as a puppy
Oscar lying down

By Russell T

Oscar now

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January 6, 20150 found this helpful

No 'pit', and to be honest, I'm not seeing any Staffie (which is the nickname for American Staffordshire Terrier - the proper name for the dogs often called pit bulls) in there either - what I'm seeing with my 40+years experience in the US raising AKC Boxers, is an unpapered full-on (but not especially well bred - keep reading, please, I'm not disrespecting your dog!) Boxer.


Staffies have an V shape 'skull furrow' to the top of their heads and it frequently breeds dominant in a mix; Boxers have the inverted V your dog is showing in the photos you've posted. Staffies have a different shape to their chests and forepaw as well - your dog has the typical Boxer chest and forepaws. Run an image search using the term young Boxer dogs, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Ask your vet and you'll likely hear the same thing - including the not especially well bred part. Again, not saying you have a 'bad' dog at all, what I'm saying is that your dog's bloodline is likely the result of in-breeding back a generation or so. I did a lot of breed rescue and your dog looks like the ones rescued owing to 'breeding mistakes'.


This doesn't mean your dog isn't going to be a fab companion - it means you need to pay attention to things like the potential for congenital defects like hip dyplasia, undescended testicles (which can lead to cancer in Boxers especially), and a few other things your vet will tell you about (personality issues - don't be put off, these 'issues' are able to be overcome with patience on the human's part).

He should be neutered as soon as possible to prevent passing on any health or personality problems the inbreeding leads to.

Also, Boxer or Staffie, many locales now legislate against these dogs (wrongly, but that's my personal opinion:) and in areas where Boxers, Staffies, and similar dogs are 'legal', there are usually laws regarding insurance, fencing, leads and muzzles in public, and more - as his human it's your responsibility to be aware of and in compliance with any local laws.


Best wishes, he's a handsome lad and reminds me (sniffle) of a rescue who stole my heart a long time ago - he lived to be 11 and was a wonderful family dog.

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January 27, 20150 found this helpful

It is a Boxer/Staffordshire Terrier mix.

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