The German Shepherd mixed Pitbull is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the German Shepherd and American Pit Bull Terrier breeds. Medium to large in size, energetic and loyal, these pups inherit some of the best traits from both of their parents.
The German Shepherd mixed Pitbull is also sometimes called the German Sheppit, Pit German, and Shepherd Pit. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these pups at breed-specific shelters and rescues, so remember to adopt. Do not buy.
These pups are friendly in nature when properly socialized, and loyal to a fault. Both breeds are hard working dogs. Due to their superior intelligence and athletic build, they are often assigned guard and police duty.
An apartment probably wouldn't do for these pups. Pit Bull German Shepherds need large homes with yards to run around in. If they are given rigorous tasks, you will have a happy dog. When not stimulated enough, these puppies can become destructive and develop behavior problems.
See below for all the facts about the German Shepherd Pit Bull and the characteristics of mixed dog breeds.
History of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull
The German Shepherd mixed Pitbull dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing German Shepherds and American Pit Bull Terriers in the 1990s, probably in North America.
Breeders began mixing the two parent breeds to create a companion and guard dog. The popularity of this particular mixed breed is on the decline due to Pit Bull bans in some countries and cities in the US.
German Shepherd Mixed Pitbulls started out as a designer breed, but some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adopting them if you decide this is the breed for you. The German Shepherd mixed Pitbull is currently recognized by the Canine Registry of America (DRA).
Appearance of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull
The main colors of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull's coat are brown, black, white, gray, tan, and fawn. The main coat colors of German Shepherds are brown, black, white, gray, tan, and fawn. When they are not exercised or ignored, they are likely to express destructive behavior such as chewing and howling.
These dogs have high energy levels. When properly socialized during their puppy stage, Pitbull German Shepherds are not aggressive at all. They are very intelligent and trainable. This mixed breed is not recommended for allergy sufferers. When well trained and has had plenty of exposure to children, the German Shepherd mixed Pitbull makes a great companion for a large family with children. The German Shepherd mixed Pitbull can get along with other dogs, especially if it has been raised with them. Early socialization is a must for this mixed breed.
As the German Shepherd mixed Pitbull is a relatively new breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. That said, being a mix between the parents of the German Shepherd and the American Pit Bull Terrier, you can expect the German Shepherd mixed Pitbull to be medium to large in size.
Most weigh between 13.5 and 41 kg and their height ranges between 43 and 66 cm at the shoulder. However, many can be smaller or larger.
Personality of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull
Above all else, the German Shepherd mixed Pitbull is protective and loyal to the ones he loves. They like big families. This dog will need a large house with a large yard to run around in. Plenty of exercise will be a requirement to keep this dog happy.
When properly socialized during puppyhood, the German Shepherd Pit Bull is not aggressive at all and is incredibly friendly with people he doesn't know, as well as with other dogs. Get these puppies socialized early on. They are very intelligent and trainable. Positive training methods will be more effective.
Something that Pit Bull German Shepherds are not good at is being alone for long periods of time. Without the company they need, as well as the exercise, they get bored and frustrated. A Pit Bull German Shepherd who does not exercise and is ignored by his family is likely to express destructive behavior such as biting and yelping.
The German Shepherd mixed Pitbull needs early socialization. During the puppy stage, take him for walks and introduce him to new people, new dogs, new places, and new experiences.
Health of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull
Although most are generally healthy, some can be prone to some health problems, so it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary check-ups.
As with all dogs, you should maintain regular veterinary check-ups for your Pit Bull German Shepherd to detect any health problems early.
Pitbull German Shepherds are prone to weight gain. It is best to follow a meal schedule. They also have high energy levels. About three hours of daily activity are recommended. Agility training, walks, rides, races, or backyard games will keep them happy.
Check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your veterinarian. Nail trimming is also very important, you should trim your dog's nails at least once or twice a month. They should not hit the ground.
One of the toughest tasks when caring for a Pitbull German Shepherd is maintaining their oral health. You should brush their teeth daily, as many breeds are prone to dental problems. Your vet can tell you how to brush your dog's teeth properly.
If you notice that your dog is dragging his butt or "sneaking around," he may need an anal gland extraction. It's worth having a professional do it. Veterinarians or groomers are good at doing this dirty job.
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Feeding of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull
A Pitbull German Shepherd's diet should be formulated for a medium to large sized breed with high energy and exercise needs. You should consult your veterinarian or a professional pet nutritionist for advice on what to feed your German ShepherdMixed Pitbull and the correct portion size
Their dietary needs will change as they grow from puppies to adulthood and into their senior years.
You will need to take special care with feeding and exercising a German Shepherd Pit Bull puppy. Their German Shepherd parents grow very rapidly between four and seven months of age, making them susceptible to bone disorders.
It is recommended not to let the puppy run, jump or play on hard surfaces such as pavement until he is at least two years old and his joints are fully formed. It's okay for puppies to play on the grass or carpet, and jumping a few inches high is fine.
Overfeeding your German Shepherd mixed Pitbull and letting it get fat can cause joint problems as well as other health conditions. Limit treats, keep him active, and serve him regular meals rather than making food available all the time.
Coat color and care of the German Shepherd Mixed Pitbull
Pitbull German Shepherds' coats are usually a mix of the coats and colors of their German Shepherd and Pit Bull parents. The main coat colors of Pit Bull German Shepherds are brown, black, white, gray, tan, and fawn. They are almost never smooth, but their coat is usually a mixture of two or more colors.
They tend to have short, thick fur, and this mixed breed is not recommended for allergy sufferers. These pups will need at least three good brushings a week. Bathe them only when necessary so they don't lose their natural oils. Brushing will also help spread the oils throughout the coat.
German Shepherd mixed Pitbulls can withstand some extreme weather conditions for short periods of time. It really depends on the genes of the parents that are more dominant.
Compatibility with children and other pets
When well trained and has had plenty of exposure to children, a Pitbull German Shepherd makes a great companion for a large family with children. However, the size of it can be a disadvantage for smaller children. It is important to teach children to approach and touch dogs, and to always supervise any interaction between dogs and small children. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he is eating or to try to take his food away. As friendly as it may be, no dog should be left unattended with a small child.
German Shepherd mixed Pitbulls can get along with other dogs, especially if they are raised with them. If it is an adult dog that has not been socialized, he will probably need a physically strong handler when in public settings.