The Shepherd Pit is a big-sized designer breed, developed in combination of two of the most aggressive dogs, the German Shepherd and Pitbull. These muscular and robust dogs might either inherit the Pitbull’s short muzzle, half bent ears and whipped tail or the German Shepherd’s long muzzle, straight ears and bushy tail. Having two fierce-tempered dogs as its ancestors, the Shepherd Pit may have a dominant disposition.
|Other names||German Pit, German Sheppit|
|Coat||Short-medium sized double coat (Undercoat: Soft; Topcoat: Rough)|
|Color||Black, white, fawn, grey, brown, tan|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Height (Size)||Large; 18-24 inches|
|Behavioral Characteristics/ Personality||Calm, loyal, strong-willed|
|Good with children||No unless socialized|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Relatively high|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||DRA|
They have a calm nature and somewhat affectionate nature that can be enhanced with proper training. The German Pit is loyal to its family, enjoying spending time with them. Though they may not need your attention always, contented enough to spent some time on their own, leaving them alone for prolonged periods might make them destructive. Since they take on the genes of the German Shepherd and Pitbull, the Pit-German Shepherd mix may inherit their guarding instincts to a certain extent, being protective towards its family and exhibiting wariness towards strangers. It could even be territorial with other dogs and get into a chasing mode on encountering smaller pets. While allowing them to interact with children ensure there is proper parental supervision and the dog has been well socialized.
Training the German Shepherd mixed with Pitbull since its puppy days is mandatory, though an experienced master is preferred over a novice trainer.
Socialization: Having the genes of German Shepherd and Pitbull, it might exhibit aggression and biting instinct, for which early socialization is a must. Teach it to differentiate between a threat and a pleasant situation so that your pet understands that a crying baby or playful kids playing in the yard is not bad.
Obedience: Teaching it to follow commands like “stop” and “no”, is of great importance so that if your German Pit is up to anything destructive, it might calm down a little on hearing your voice.
Feeding it 3-4 cups good quality dry dog food in combination with a nutritious homemade diet would be sufficient.