Shepherd Pit

 

Country of Origin US
Breed Group Crossbreed
Breed Type Working and Companion Dog
Other Names German shepherd and American Pit Bull Terrier mix
Coat Short, Single
Color Black, Golden, Fawn, Tan
Height 17-24 inches
Weight 30-70 Lbs
Size Large
With pets Medium
With other Dogs Moderate
Good for children Good (with proper Socialization)
As family Pet Moderate
For first-time owners Not Recommended
Intelligence High
Barking Low (usually Silent )
Hypoallergenic Not Known
Behavioral Traits Intelligent, Aggressive
Life Span 10-12 years
Grooming Requirements Low
Shedding Low
Brushing Once a week
Ideal Brushes Slicker Brush
Sensitivity(Touchiness) Not Known
Tolerant to Aloneness No
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
A Roamer Medium
A Chaser Medium
Good for Apartment Dwelling No (due to their size)
Exercise Needs High
Trainability Medium
Tendency to Obese No
Major Health problems Allergies, Hip Dysplasia
Appetite Medium
Feeding 3 cups dry dog food
Puppy Price $450- $800
Medical Expense $500-$1500
Non-Medical Expense $700-$1800

 

Shepherd Pit is a cross between a German shepherd and American Pit Bull Terrier. Actual year is unknown, but it was created during the early 2000’s. It was created to mix the loyalty and intelligence of German shepherd and the power and the fearlessness of Pitbull.

These puppies inherit aggressiveness and fearlessness from its parents and are not ideal for the first time owners. However, with proper socialization, their behavior can be kept under control. They require a patient and experienced owner to handle their daily actions like in Dog’s park while walking etc. They are not excessive barkers and bark when it is necessary and are ideal for silent dogs. Early training sessions will make them calm correct their behavior.

Being highly energetic they require multiple activity sessions. They will love to perform activities like playing hide and seek, agility training, running, jogging, long walks, etc. apart from physical exercise they require mental exercise also which can be provided by providing puzzle toys, training them commands like, “sit,” “come” and many more.

They have a short coat and shed once a year which makes grooming very easy. Brush their coat once or twice a week to maintain shine and to remove dust. Bath them they are filthy or when required. Brush their teeth once a week to up the oral health. Also give attention towards their ears and nails weekly.

shepherd pit

It inherits some health problems from its parents they are listed below.

Major Problems:

  • Demodicosis
  • Panosteitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pannus
  • Insufficiency
  • Hemophilia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Exocrine Pancreatic
  • Renal Cystadenocarcinoma
  • Nodular Dermatofibrosis
  • Perianal Fistulas
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Footpad Disorder
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Cutaneous Asthenia
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Eye Conditions
  • Elbow Dysplasia

Occasional Tests and Diagnosis

  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Tests
  • DNA for VWD
  • Heart Testing
  • DNA For Pra
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap

However, random veterinarian checkup will keep the puppy healthy and happy.

It is an intelligent breed but requires a firm and consistent trainer to train them. Experienced owners can educate them on their own or else get help from professional trainers. Socialization and obedience training from early puppyhood will correct their behavior.

Three cups of dry dog food or homemade food high in protein will keep up with their protein requirement regularly.

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