The Pitbull is a controversial dog breed. They’re banned entirely in some cities, and many landlords and homeowners associations are quick to fuss about Pitbulls on the property. In reality, the Pitbull can be a loving, affectionate breed. But some types of Pitbulls, such as the Gator Pitbull, have a checkered past.
In this guide, we’ll look at the Gator Pitbull, including why these dogs have an aggressive reputation. Whether you’re considering adopting a dog or are just curious about this controversial breed, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Gator Pitbull.
What Is a Gator Pitbull?
The Gator Pitbull, also known as the Alligator Pitbull, is the object of admiration and disdain. Pitbulls as a whole have a reputation for aggression, though as we noted, this reputation is usually poorly earned.
Gator Pitbulls are rare compared to other types of Pitties, and the distinctive breed is a cross between the Jeep (75 percent) and the Red Boy (25 percent).
It’s important to understand that the Gator Pitbull was bred specifically for fighting. They have intensely strong mouths and wide, alligator-like jaws. Make no mistake, they’re powerful. Strength doesn’t necessarily have to mean aggression, but realize that these dogs were originally bred for just that.
If you’re considering bringing a Gator Pitbull into your home, please ensure you purchase from a reputable breeder. You’ll want to see pedigree papers as well, both to ensure the proper bloodlines and to ensure the health of the parents.
As we progress through our guide to Gator Pitbulls, we’ll talk a bit more about the specific characteristics of the breed and why it’s not right for everyone. Let’s start with a short history of the Gator Pitbull.
Gator Pitbulls: History of the Breed
The Gator Pitbull was bred to be a fighting dog, plain and simple. The strength and intimidating appearance of these dogs made them front contenders to win fighting championships, so early breeders focused on the characteristics that would support the win: strength, endurance, and agility.
Four primary “types” of Pitbulls exist today: Red-Nose, Jeep, Gotti, and Gator. The Gator has become increasingly rare, particularly since the 1970s when dog fighting was made illegal. The bloodlines have become diluted over the years, and it’s often extremely difficult to discern a Gator from any other Pitbull.
In reality, you will rely on the breeder to give you this information. If you’re determined to adopt a Gator, you’ll need to do some in-depth research on your puppy. The only way you can identify a true Gator Pitbull is by examining her bloodlines.
Many breeders toss around the term “Gator Pitbull” in an attempt to sell more dogs for a higher price. It’s best to speak with your breeder in person and to view the kennel before you adopt. This will give you a better idea of whether the kennel is reputable or just out to make a quick buck.
Is the Gator Pitbull Right for Me?
As we mentioned, the ferocity of the Gator Pitbull has been watered down over the years, but that doesn’t mean the breed is right for everyone.
These dogs can be little more than companions and lapdogs — some pups don’t have a mean bone in their body! But that docile behavior comes with adequate training, so the Gator Pitbull isn’t right for just everyone.
Families with small children should understand the dangers of owning an Alligator Pitbull. Even older children should be wary of the dogs. Kids have a tendency to handle dogs roughly, and your Gator Pitbull has the potential to “snap” if provoked. On that note, you should always supervise interactions.
If you’re a first-time dog owner, the Gator Pitbull probably isn’t a good fit. These dogs need a lot of training and the right kind of socialization, starting from an early age. You’ll need to immediately establish yourself as the pack leader to ensure the best possibility of keeping your pup out of trouble.
In short, without proper training, the Gator Pitbull can be unpredictable. They can go from docile to aggressive quickly, as their ancestors’ genes still play a role in their personality.
Gator Pit Appearance
As mentioned, the only way to differentiate between a Gator Pitbull and any other Pitbull is by looking into their bloodlines. There are a few characteristics that can help you identify a Gator Pit, though.
Your Pitbull will grow to weigh anywhere from 40 to 100 pounds, and the females are slightly smaller. They’ll stand between a foot and a half to two feet tall when fully grown, and they can be intimidating.
Gator Pitbulls have a huge, wide mouth and a stocky, muscular build. Like most Pitbulls, your dog will have a broad, muscular chest. These dogs come in quite a few colors, ranging from blacks, browns, and blues to brindles and fawns. Blue and red-nosed are most common.
The Gator Pitbull has a naturally short tail, which will typically not be docked as a puppy. Its hair is short and easy to maintain, and it will only shed moderately. Regular brushing should keep the hair at bay.
Finally, you’ll notice that your Pitbull has blue, green, or brown eyes. This, of course, is based on your dog’s genetics, but we think you’ll find the blue-eyed pups especially beautiful.
Caring for an Alligator Pitbull
The Gator Pitbull has minimal grooming care. Plan to brush your Pitbull regularly — say, once a week — and bathe him at least once a month. This will partially depend on your dog’s lifestyle and habits.
The real care for your Gator Pitbull will come in when you consider his training and socialization. The Gator Pitbull was bred to be ferocious and protective, and some of those habits remain, despite the dilution of bloodlines.
We can only assume you’re not adopting a Pitbull with the purpose of engaging in dog fighting. That means you’ll want to choose a breeder who works with your puppy from the first weeks of life to train her to be calm and affectionate.
Socialize your puppy with other dogs and potentially with children, too. Again, if you have young children, you may want to reconsider your choice of dog breed.
Once your puppy has received all his vaccinations, bring him to doggy daycare events or a dog park. Get him accustomed to car rides, and bring him to the groomer to introduce those stimuli at an early age.
At home, introduce your puppy to loud noises, knocking on the door, the vacuum, the television, and other situations that may be triggering to your dog.
Finally, train your dog! Begin with the basic commands, then bring him to a trainer for advanced commands. This is essential to the well-being of your dog and the safety of those around him.
Choosing a Gator Pitbull Breeder
If you’re positive that the Gator Pitbull is right for you, and you’re ready to adopt, it’s time to look for a reputable and responsible breeder in your area. Here are a few considerations you’ll need to take.
Most airlines won’t allow Pitbulls to fly, as they’re a restricted breed in many cases. Furthermore. Your Pitbull is a snub-nosed breed which means he may experience health concerns in the air.
For these reasons, it’s in your best interest to find a breeder either locally or within driving distance.
Reputable Pitbull breeders can be difficult to find, as there are so many backyard breeders and puppy mills seeking fast cash. You’ll want to find a breeder who will prioritize the health and well-being of your dog and your family over the money he’ll make from selling a dog.
Ask your neighbors (potentially using Nextdoor or Facebook) and you friends about their experiences. Do you know anyone with a Gator Pitbull? Where did they adopt the dog, and how was their experience?
You can also check reviews online to see what others have said about a breeder on your list.
It sounds trite, but you can learn a lot about a breeder by just meeting them.
If possible, visit the kennel in person to get a feel for the conditions in which your puppy was born and raised. Once there, how does the kennel look and smell? Are the dogs happy, and are they socialized with people and other pups?
Most importantly, does the breeder herself take time to answer your questions about raising a Gator Pitbull? Does she offer lifetime support, should further concerns arise?
Especially if you’ve never had a Pitbull before, breeder support is going to be important. Find a breeder with whom you can establish a rapport for the best success later on down the road.
Medical History and Pedigree
When interviewing your breeder, you’ll want to be sure to ask for vet records and pedigree papers.
Medical records are essential to ensure that your puppy has been vet-checked and healthy. A good breeder will also pay for genetic testing to make sure puppies aren’t susceptible to inherited conditions.
Pedigree records are important if you’re committed to getting a dog of the specific Gator Pitbull breed. Remember: the Gator Pit is created from very old bloodlines, the Jeep and the Red Boy. You’ll want to trace your dog’s pedigree back as far as possible to confirm that this is the case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you still have questions about the Gator Pitbull, its personality, or how to find a breeder near you? Here are the most common topics from readers.
The Gator Pitbull was bred to fight, and some of those genes still reside even after years of dilution.
That said, proper training of your Pitbull is imperative. Dogs have been put down for biting, and have killed children and babies. Muzzle training may be recommended, and you should only take your dog to a dog park or daycare if he’s extremely well-trained.
If you don’t have experience with dogs or Pitbulls in particular, we do not recommend adopting one from a shelter. While ordinarily, we view shelter adoption as a wonderful opportunity to save lives, the Gator Pitbull is an exception.
Many times, Pitbulls are handled by abusers before they’re captured or surrendered to a shelter. Due to this mistreatment, the dogs can snap, turning things ugly very quickly. While rescues will do their best to rehabilitate dogs, you should take great care to protect your own safety over that of a dog.
In some jurisdictions, and depending on where you are in the world, Pitbulls are a restricted breed. Check with your state, city, and even community laws and covenants to make sure the breed is legal where you live.
Many landlords and HOAs don’t accept Pitbulls as pets on their property — or will require written permission first. It’s a good idea to get permission regardless of your HOA or property management company’s rules.
A reputable breeder will require genetic testing of dams and sires.
Despite this, however, the dogs are prone to certain conditions including hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, heart problems, cataracts, and certain cancers.
Bring your dog to the vet on a regular basis for routine chekcups and preventative care.
Conclusion for “Gator Pitbull – Everything You Need to Know”
If you’re thinking about adopting a Gator Pitbull, consider the breed’s characteristics carefully before making your decision. Historically, these are fighting dogs. While socialization and training can mitigate tragedy, the dogs aren’t right for inexperienced owners.
The Gator Pitbull comes from very specific bloodlines, so talk to your breeder about your dog’s heritage. Above all, choose your breeder carefully, ask questions, and trust your intuition when purchasing a puppy.
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Garrett loves animals and is a huge advocate for all Doodle dog breeds. He owns his own Goldendoodle named Kona. In addition, he volunteers at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, where he fosters dogs and helps animals. Garrett enjoys writing about Doodles and believes that dogs can teach humans more about how to live than humans can teach a dog.
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