This is a common mixed breed and despite the criticism this dog gets because of the stereotypes of its parents, it can be a loving dog if cared for and trained properly. There is a common misconception amongst potential buyers that the German shepherd pitbull mix is ferocious which is completely unfounded. If socialized well this can be a loving companion for dog lovers. In appearance it looks more like its pitbull side with its distinct short muzzke and half bent ears. However, its appearance does vary and sometimes it can have a longer face like that of the German shepherd. Usually this short haired dog has the same coloring as a stock German shepherd dog with a tan coloring and black markings; however, it does also have black and fawn varieties.
German shepherd pitbull temperament:
The German shepherd pitbull mix is generally a calm dog when it comes to people. It can often be quite timid and it is known to have weak nerves. While it is a friendly dog with humans when socialized properly the same cannot be said with its interaction with other dogs. Taking after its Pitbull roots this dog does not mix well with other dogs, which is when its aggressiveness is more prominent.
German shepherd Pitbull mix size:
The size of the German shepherd Pitbull mix dog really depends on the size of its parents but it is likely to grow to an estimated size of 65-85lbs (29-38kg) and reach the height of 18-24 inches (46-61cm).
Pitbull German shepherd health problems:
This breed of dog is prone to skin irritation that is inherited from its Pitbull ancestry or it could be caused by a number of problems including poor diet or allergies to fleas or grains. To help prevent this, use topical flea conditioning and make sure its diet is low in grain and high in Omega fatty acids. Both the stock German shepherd and Pitbull are prone to hip dysplasia which becomes evident in the dogs’ earlier years. Make sure your dog takes regular exercise and keep the weight at a healthy level to prevent severe damage. Also make sure your breeders are reputable and the dog’s parents are healthy without any signs of disorder or ailment. The average life expectancy of this dog has decreased in recent years due to excessive cross breeding and it has a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Like any big dog this dog needs to be exercised on a regular basis. As it’s a large dog and can get restless, keeping it in an apartment is not recommended. This dog is able to live outdoors and it is fine to keep it in a kennel in the back yard; however, do not keep it chained up as it will become more aggressive if it has no way of releasing its energy. This dog tends to bark a lot; therefore it would be a good idea to have a large fenced in backyard where it is impossible to see strangers and other dogs.
Exercise and your German Shepherd Pitbull mix:
As German shepherd Pitbull mix dogs have shorter legs their walks should be kept short and gentle when they are puppies. After the age of one it is then recommended to take them for longer, faster paced walks twice daily. This dog also needs a lot of mental stimulation so exercise toys and puzzles are ideal.
Pitbull German shepherd grooming:
To keep your dog healthy it needs to be well-groomed. As this dog scares easily it is difficult to get it into a grooming routine and will often try to wrestle its owner to get out of it. However, after a few grooming sessions the dog will settle down and grooming your German shepherd Pitbull will not be such a difficult task. To make the grooming process easier for both you and your dog use a wide toothed comb and gently brush it starting from its head and finally moving down to its tail. These dogs tend to get a lot of wax buildup in their ears and it is recommended to occasionally have their ears checked and treated at the vet or a reputable groomer to avoid infection.
This dog craves attention and needs to be around people all the time which is why it is ideal for families who do not leave the house empty for too long. Despite the negative stigma this dog has if it is well socialized, it is the perfect companion for children. As it is not too fond of other dogs, it is preferable to either have another dog of the same breed or keep your German shepherd Pitbull mix isolated from other dogs.