The Pitbull is mistakenly known to be an aggressive canine companion that can be potentially harmful. Naturally, people often consider getting a Shepherd Pit, or a German Shepherd Pitbull Mix. This is a one of a kind hybrid that is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Pitbull Terrier. Read on to know about how this unique mix fares.
History and Background
The Shepherd Pit is supposed to have originated around 2 to 3 decades back, about the same time when other ‘designer’ dogs or hybrids started to come into the picture. Although the exact point of origin cannot be specified, it is guessed that this hybrid was designed to combine the loyalty and intelligence of the German Shepherd with the athleticism and power of the Pit. It is one of the commonest hybrids today.
How Does it Look Like?
Physically, it is heavy and intimidating. On an average, this type of dogs stands 18 – 24 inches tall and has an overall weight of 65 – 85 pounds. The weight and height difference depends obviously on the respective weight and height of the parental breeds of the hybrid.
The other physical attributes of the Shepherd Pit also depends on its unique bloodline. Its face carries the strong genes of the Pit as well as the half-bent ears and the short muzzle of the breed. However, it might have a longer muzzle similar to a German Shepherd, if its Shepherd genes can extend enough. The coat is medium-length or short, similar to that of a Pit, although it can be dense and thick similar to that of a German Shepherd. The standard tan hue of the Shepherd with black accents can be generally found on the Mix, although the dog can be fawn or black colored.
The Pitbull German Shepherd Mix comes with a blend of power, intelligence and loyalty, and it is a desire for this combination that inspired its creation. The Pitbull and the German Shepherd are working dogs, and come with robust athleticism. The dogs differ in nature. The hybrid is reputed to be aggressive but is actually calm and composed. At times, it can be slightly timid around other people.
When you are not around, it can behave quite independently. It enjoys the company of owners, and loves to be a faithful companion. However, you should not expect them to continuously be on your side and look for ways to be constantly interested. Some owners welcome this behavior while others do not.
Can You Train these Dogs Easily?
The Shepherd Pit comes with the genetic traits of the Shepherd and the Pit, and can exercise its ‘alpha’ status on you. It tends to dominate and establish it over other dogs and even owners. If you are unable to handle its socialization in a proper way, the dog can feel very nervous around humans.
Naturally, it is important to train these dogs with a firmer and more skilled hand than is needed with any other type of hybrid. Consistency and positive reinforcement are very important in this case.
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