As most of you know Pitties are a banned breed in Qld, however I have seen some lovely pure bred Pit Bulls up here, as well as many crosses. It's just a matter of calling them something else when you register them. Staffy x, Boxer x, whatever takes your fancy really. Despite the law the council here turns a blind eye so long as the dog is registered and well looked after.
Lovely Ridgebacks Nattylou, especially the last girl.
My mother rescued a Ridgeback/Mastiff cross Sarah who was her constant companion until mum died. It was a deliberate cross between two pedigrees to create pig dogs. Sarah looked more Ridgeback, although she was much larger and a bit more solid because of the Mastiff. She had the most superb temperament - would share her dinner with the cat and actually lie down to play with toddlers and small dogs. The only other big dog I've seen lie down to play with littlies was my last Deerhound Weyland.