A German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix is also known as a German Sheppit. If you are an inexperienced breeder, I wouldn’t personally recommend that you breed these two dogs together as a lot of them end up in shelters. If you are an experienced breeder and provided that there is a market for this mix, the German Shepherd Pit Bull mix makes one adorable hybrid. To be scientifically correct they are mixed breeds or mutts but people often refer to them as hybrids. They will share some qualities of both Pit Bulls and German Shepherds but they will look closely to the Shepherd in appearance.
German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix Temperament
I am a person that believes that the owner shapes the dog. The German shepherd Pit Bull mix can make great family dogs if trained and socialized. Most people will stereotype and say a Pit Bull mixed dog is aggressive due to the Pit Bull’s genes inside them. I have owned Pit Bull’s all my life and not once I had a problem with their demeanor. Just like any other dog, the German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix require a sense of belonging to a pack. They are offspring’s of two very intelligent and powerful dogs in the canine family and can easily adjust to the ways of their new human family. The German Shepherd Pit Bull Mixed dogs have a keen sense of peoples energy levels, if you are a calm and collected person who also show leadership these dogs will follow. The German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix makes powerful dogs who are very capable of handling guarding tasks.
German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix Appearance & Facts
German Shepherds genes seem to be more dominant in this mix perhaps because they are closer to their ancestors the wolves in the gene pool. You can especially see that they got the same pointy ears German Shepherd’s share. They can weigh anywhere from 60 pounds to 80 pounds depending on the Pit Bull used for breeding. The American Pit Bull Terrier weighs less than the Staffordshire Terrier. They can stand 17 to 26 inches tall at the withers. They require low maintenance grooming and can be brushed once weekly. They are generally a healthy mixed breed and have a lifespan that is well over 10 years.
Getting a German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix Puppy
When getting a mixed breed puppy, go for the one with medium energy levels if you are a family person. If you are single go with the one that has high energy levels. The reason being, A family person may not get much time to train the dog thus going with a medium energy level dog is more suitable. A single person may have a lot of time to train and socialize their dog and can handle high energy level puppies. If you sit and watch a litter you can easily pin point the puppies energy levels.
Always look for a reputable breeder when getting your puppy and never separate the pup from its litter before 8 weeks of age. Teach your German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix puppy bite inhibition as soon as you get them. Remember to socialize your pup and get them used to all different sounds and other animals. Remember there are no bad dogs only bad owners!
Feeding your German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix
When it comes to feeding your German Shepherd Pit Bull Mix, I encourage all dog owners to limit commercial foods and resort to raw and home cooked meals. I am an owner of a beautiful and healthy Pit Bull who is 2 years of age now. She was raised on raw chicken, home cooked meals and limited commercial foods. She is agile, healthy and very vibrant without any sort of health concerns. Before feeding raw and home cooked meals there are certain tips you should know. Raw Meats should be frozen at least three days prior to feeding to avoid salmonella. There are certain human foods that are bad for dogs such as onions and raisins. See my article “Feeding Dogs Human Food” to learn more about what not to feed dogs. You can mix in veggies such as broccoli and sweet potatoes along with raw meats to make a nutritious diet.
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Hi America. I am a dog breeder from Kenya, East Africa who specialises in guard dogs. In my country, people like big and strong guard dogs for protection against both human and animal threats. Currently i deal with rottweilers,gsds and boerboels. I would like to start breeding cane corsos and presa canarios but the problem is that i cant seem to find any here in Kenya. Is it possible for you to help me import the semen or puppies of them?
Hi I don’t know of anyone personally who will be willing to help you. May be you can ask the question in some cane corso forums. There is also a Presa Canario group on Face Book. I do admire the African Boerboels though!
this is not a Vertible a shepherd pitbull this is
have to say.. After owning a german Shepherd pit bull for two years now.. He’s the best dog. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better dog. he’s extremely loyal, and loves people. His bark is louder than the size of him, at age 2 he weights about 60-70 pounds..but its 60-70 pounds of pure love. He doesn’t favor just me, he loves everyone hes around. He’s very alert, he barks at the littlest things is the a down fall. He doesn’t like dramatic situations. . if someone does get psychical around him he goes after the one who got psychical regardless if its me. He doesn’t hurt you just will just jump on you barking and growling basically warning you to stop. He’s a very sweet dog, very playful. he loves other dogs he actually Cry’s when seeing another dog he can’t go see. . along with people. One negative thing is when he was about 12 weeks old he got dermatitis mites due to low immune system.. I think it was just how he was born because his sibling had the same thing it caused balding and red itchy spots all over him. Haven’t had a problem since going to the vet over it. Baths is a whole different story, I’ve bathed him since he was 8weeks old and he still hates baths. He doesn’t fight me..but he hates water. He has the long german Shepherd coat and he drys typically fast.. Overalll German pits are very alert loving dogs if raised right. They are very beautiful, mine is anyways. If you ever get the chance to get a German Shepherd pitbull you should if willing to train it right. Its the best dog I could ever ask for. he’s a blessing, loves to cuddle he even uses a pillow for his head. lol only way you could go wrong with getting a German pit is raising it poorly. Other than that if treated right they will love you til the end. . and you won’t regret getting one. Also walks can be very difficult, he’s been walked since about 10 weeks old and always wants to be in the lead he pulls you where he wants & loves to pee on his trees. lol german pitbulls are amazing dogs. People get the wrong idea when hearing the two breeds together. Give it a chance, they are good dogs.
Hello,Jen. My wife and I were lucky and blessed to have rescued a German Shepard Pitbull mix from the Pasadena Humane Society 10 years ago. He passed not long ago and we really really miss him. We never felt so loved and protected as he was 110 pounds of pure love and kisses!!! We sure do wish we could find another one like him so if you have any info in that regard, we would really appreciate it. Thank you. Xavier & Marisol
I had a pit shepard mix as a kid who was my therapy dog. I had been diagnosed wtih aspergers autism and i had problems being in crowded places and outside in general. Scooby was the only one who made me feel calm and safe. He was a brindle color and the size of a german shepard
Hi Sam, thanks for sharing your story, its nice to know so many dogs out there serve a purpose and so many who end up in shelters can serve that same purpose. They are indeed wonderful dogs, I have a Pit Bull. Cool email by the way 🙂 You can find us on fb dog owners.
I have a 6 month old puppy she is a pit mix but looks like a german shepherd she has only barked twice is very quiet I have a special needs sister when she cries the dog jumps up to tell me she needs me shes very good with kids but is scared of strangers we are in training but shes become jealous of the baby my sister watches goes everywhere with me
I have a beautiful German Sheppit DOG that I got at the shelter as a puppy. I’m looking for another one please respond if you know where I can buy one. I live in Louisiana, willing to travel. Margaret
I live in Louisiana as well. There’s a couple near baton Rouge with puppies if you’re still looking.
I can’t wait to get back into remission so I can spend time with my German Pit Roxanne. I miss her and her pound brother Bear a golden retriever mix. They adore each other it’s been three years I can’t wait to get them to me and I have the strength to care for my 100lb babies. They are the best therapy and hunting dogs my parents have ever gotten to puppy sit while I’ve been down. So helpful on the farm I couldn’t be prouder of my fur babies. Can’t have kids but they’re close enough for sure. We Snapchat and Skype my puppies get so excited when they hear and finally see me!!