Pit Bull dog next to a Goldendoodle with text above reading "Golden Pit Boodle'

Goldendoodle Pit Bull Mix: The Golden Pit Boodle [Guide]

What do you get when you cross the powerful Pit Bull with the goofy Goldendoodle? You get the Golden Pit Boodle!

The clash of these two dogs creates a Doodle breed that is like no other.

Keep reading to learn all about the Goldendoodle-Pit Bull mix. It might just be the perfect dog breed for you!

What is a Golden Pit Boodle?

The Golden Pit Boodle is a mix between a Goldendoodle and an American Pit Bull Terrier. Goldendoodles are a mix between Golden Retrievers and Poodles. This means that the Golden Pit Boodle inherits traits from all three dogs: Pit Bull, Golden Retriever, and Poodle.

Since it has Poodle parentage, the Golden Pit Boodle is considered a Doodle breed. The Goldendoodle-Pit Bull mix can be called a Golden Pit Boodle, Golden Pit Bulldoodle, or APBT-Goldendoodle.

All mixed breeds are unique, but the Goldendoodle and Pit Bull mix is genuinely one of a kind. Its parent breeds are vastly different in appearance, temperament, and size.

The Pit Bull is stocky with thick muscles and a square, flat face. It has a short, bristly coat. The Goldendoodle is tall, long, and lean. It has a long, curly coat often defined by its shimmering gold or deep red color.

Not only are both parent breeds different in size and appearance, but they also come from very different backgrounds.

History of the Parent Breeds

There is not much information or documented history on the Goldendoodle-Pit Bull mix. This is quite common for mixed breeds, especially Doodle breeds. Fortunately, the parent breeds of the Golden Pit Boodle have a rich history that stretches back hundreds of years.

We can learn a lot about this new, unique mixed breed by learning about its ancestors. Let’s take a look at the history of the Pit Bull and Goldendoodle.

American Pit Bull Terrier

Painted portrait of the face of an American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier, commonly known as the Pit Bull, has a sinister past. The breed originated in England in the 1800s. As an intentional cross between a Terrier and a Bulldog, the Pit Bull was bred to be a fighter.

Violent sports such as bull baiting and bear baiting were common amongst the poorer English communities. The country eventually banned the baiting of animals.

In response, “ratting” developed in its place. Ratting was a sport in which rats were placed in a pit, and people would bet on how many rats a dog would be able to hunt and kill.

It is believed that the Pit Bull was bred for ratting, hence the name “pit” in their name. The cross between a Terrier and Bulldog created a nimble, athletic, and ferocious dog. The Pit Bull shares common ancestry and genes with the Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier.

Fawn and white colored Pit Bull standing outside in the grass
Pit Bulls helped hunt game and herd livestock in their early years in America.

Pit Bulls were eventually introduced to the United States. Their skill and aggression made them the perfect fit for dog fighting. Pit Bulls had other roles in America as well. They helped hunters, farmers, and families.

After assimilating into the US, the American Pit Bull Terrier became the breed’s official namesake. Their checkered past has lived on with them over the decades. Even though dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, Pit Bulls still carry the reputation for fighting.

Despite their reputation, Pit Bulls are friendly towards their family and children. If raised correctly, this strong-willed dog can be an excellent addition to any household.

The American Kennel Club does not recognize Pit Bulls due to their historical affiliation with dog fighting. The breed was developed to be aggressive, but it has been proven that they can be pretty sweet given the proper training and environment.

Unfortunately, breed bans often include the American Pit Bull Terrier or any Pit Bull mix. These bans affect living communities such as apartments and condos, but they can also affect cities, states, and countries.

All this is to say that the Pit Bull comes with some baggage. I have met Pit Bulls and Pit-mixes that are gentle and sweet. My own Bernedoodle has played with these dogs plenty of times. Their aggressive nature can be overcome and is by no means a dominant trait for every dog of this breed.

Goldendoodle

It is believed that Goldendoodles were first bred by Monica Dickens, the great-granddaughter of the English author: Charles Dickens, in 1969. They were bred to help allow those who suffer from dog allergies to enjoy the company of a dog with little to no shedding/dog dander.

Goldendoodle sitting upright with a purple background behind him
Goldendoodle

However, Goldendoodles didn’t become popular until the 1990s. The recognition of the Goldendoodle came about because of the success of the Labradoodle hybrid breed. Breeders started mixing Golden Retrievers and Poodles intentionally to create a similarly successful hybrid breed [1]rover.com/blog/breeds/goldendoodle.

Goldendoodles have surged in popularity due to their sweet temperament and adorable looks. They inherit great qualities from both parent breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Poodle.

Let’s take a closer look at the history of the  Goldendoodle’s parents.

Golden Retriever

Lord Tweedmouth is credited as the founder of the Golden Retriever breed. In the mid-1800s, he bred a Yellow Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. At the time, hunting was becoming a trendy sport in Scotland and England.

This particular mix was bred with the intent to aid hunters in the retrieval of waterfowl and upland hunting. Upland hunting refers to the hunting of upland game, which are non-waterfowl birds such as pheasants, quail, grouse, etc [2]orvis.com/what-is-upland-hunting.

Golden Retrievers are still used in hunting but have become one of the most popular household pets in the United States (and the world). Their sweet-temperament intelligence makes them a great choice to be used as a service dog, guide dog, or therapy dog.

Poodle

Poodle originated in Germany in the 1600s. They were bred to be waterfowl hunters. The iconic Poodle cut was developed to give the breed versatility while keeping warm in the frigid European rivers and lakes.

Often mistaken as French natives, these water dogs gained popularity across Europe for their athleticism and intelligence. French nobles took notice of these traits and adopted the Poodle as France’s national dog.

The standard Poodle was eventually bred down in size to create the Miniature Poodle. The Mini Poodle was used as a circus dog in some parts of Europe.

Once the Poodle was introduced to America, it was bred down further to create the Toy Poodle. The Toy Poodle was ideal for city dwellers since they were small and easy to carry around.

As one of the most intelligent dog breeds, the Poodle, of all sizes, has enjoyed popularity worldwide.

Appearance

The appearance of the Goldendoodle-Pit Bull mix varies on a few different factors. The most significant factor will be the parents of the litter. The parents will be the best way to determine the size and appearance of the puppies.

A male Goldendoodle could be used as the stud, or a male Pit Bull could be used as the stud. The same is true for the mother of the litter, or dam.

The generation of Goldendoodle that is used for breeding will affect both size and appearance. For example, an F2 Goldendoodle might produce a litter that has more wavy or curly hair. Goldendoodles also come in different sizes based on the size of the Poodle parent.

Without going further, you can see that the parents will determine the size of a Golden Pit Boodle. For this section, I will assume the appearance and size of a standard Golden Pit Boodle.

A standard Golden Pit Boodle is a mix between an F1 standard Goldendoodle and a purebred Pit Bull.

Coat Type

The Goldendoodle-Pit Bull mix is likely to have a medium-length coat. Most often, Doodle dogs will have inherited curly or wavy hair from the Poodle.

In this case, the Golden Pit Boodle coat is medium-length with curls or waves.

The Goldendoodle has a long, curly coat. The Pit Bull has a short, glossy coat. On rare occasions the Pit Bull can have a long coat – which is called a fluffy Pit Bull.

The mix of the two creates a medium coat that is wavy or curly.

Coat Colors

  • Gold
  • Grey
  • Fawn
  • Black
  • White
  • Brindle
  • Tan
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Blue
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Café au lait
  • Seal
  • Buckskin

They can have unique coat patterns such as tricolor, parti, phantom, tuxedo, and merle.  

Size

The size of the Golden Pit Boodle varies from litter to litter. The parents of a specific litter are the best determinant for size.

This is due to the different factors that affect height and weight:

  • Goldendoodle generation (F1, F2, etc.)
  • Breed of the stud (Goldendoodle or Pit Bull)
  • Breed of the dam (Goldendoodle or Pit Bull)
  • Size of the stud/dam

For example, if the Goldendoodle is chosen as the father, the litter may be larger than if the Pit Bull was the father.

Assuming the mix is composed of an F1 Goldendoodle and a purebred Pit Bull, we can use breed-specific data to establish an average height and weight range.

Height

The adult male Golden Pit Boodle ranges in height from 18-29 inches; for adult females, the height ranges from 17-24 inches.

Weight

The standard weight range for an adult male Golden Pit Boodle that is in good health ranges from 45-100 pounds; for adult females, it ranges from 30-70 pounds.

Traits & Characteristics

Summary of the traits and characteristics of the Goldendoodle-Pit Bull mix

Common Health Issues

The Golden Pit Boodle has not been around long enough to document health conditions or issues that’re common in the mix. Mixed dog breeds are at a lower risk of inheriting some breed-specific diseases.

They are not shielded from inheriting illnesses or diseases common in the dog world. They are at a higher risk of contracting the conditions seen in their parent breeds.

For the Golden Pit Boodle, it is wise to be on the lookout for diseases or health conditions prevalent in the Golden Retriever, Poodle, and Pit Bull.

Below are the following health issues that are common amongst these breeds:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes
  • Luxating patella
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Bloat
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Mange
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Subvalvular aortic stenosis
  • Thyroid issues
  • Pigmentary uveitis
  • Juvenile cataracts

Sources: AKC (Golden Retriever), AKC (Poodle), PetMD

Lifespan

The Pit Bull-Goldendoodle mix has an average life span of 10-18 years.

Final Thoughts

The Golden Pit Boodle: half Goldendoodle, half Pit Bull, completely cute. In this article, I covered the following topics regarding this Doodle dog:

  • History of the Parents (and Grandparents)
  • Size
  • Appearance
  • Traits and Characterstics
  • Health Issues

Read more about the Golden Pit Boodle’s curly-haired parent breed in the ultimate Goldendoodle guide.


Kevin is a proud Bernedoodle owner and Doodle dog fanatic. Read how a chance encounter with two Bernedoodles spurred a lifelong passion here. If you want to get in contact with Kevin, you can send him a message.