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The Pitweiler is a mixed dog coming from two purebreds, the Pit Bull Terrier and the Rottweiler. She is a large cross breed with talents in agility, tracking, competitive obedience and guarding. She is also called a Rottweiler Pitbull Mix, Bullrott, American Pitweiler, RottenPit, Rottie Pit, Rottbull and Prott. She has a life span of 10 to 15 years and is a very powerful and dominant dog but when well trained is faithful and affectionate.
|Here is the Pitweiler at a Glance|
|Average height||18 to 26 inches|
|Average weight||45 to 100 pounds|
|Coat type||Short and fine or dense and thick|
|Grooming Needs||Low to Moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two or three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Barking||Occasional but it is deep and loud|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate - needs training and socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||No|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Low to moderate - needs an owner with experience|
|Trainability||Easy to train when you can clearly and firmly establish dominance|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Heart problems, cancer, hypothyroidism, ,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, pano, allergies|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$150 to $800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$520 to $620|
Where does the Pitweiler come from?
The Pitweiler is an example of a very popular group of mixed breed dogs known as designer dogs. These are dogs that have been deliberately bred usually using two purebreds. Some mixed breeds have an intent behind them but a lot do not. With the Pitweiler we have no information on who or why this mix was first created though most have been developed in America. There are some mixed breeds that make more sense than others, and in this case if you are not more familiar with both breeds you may wonder why. Both parent dogs are dominant, have a history of being bred for aggression and are smart and powerful. Put that together and you get a dog that could be scarey. The key to this one is first of all do you have experience in dealing with dominant dogs. That is important here. Also if this is the designer dog you want, buy from a good breeder. Puppy mills and bad breeders are making money off this trend but are not breeding with any care. You need to check what is known about the parents history and health. While you might get a puppy Pitweiler with the best of both dogs in her, you could also get one with the worst of both. Are you prepared for that? Here is a look at the two parent purebreds.
In the South of Germany a red tiled villa's remains were discovered during an excavation and led to a town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries dogs here were used to drove cattle, for protection and to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but they were saved. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.
Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can be stubborn. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.
The American Pit Bull Terrier
In England up until 1835 a popular spectator sport was bear and bull baiting. Dogs were bred and used to bait these animals and then later became dogs fighters when that was banned. This meant they were bred to be aggressive, courageous, tenacious. But they were also bred to never bite their handlers so that the humans involved did not have to worry about being attacked. When they were brought to America they were used on farms to hunt game and to guard the property. They were bred to be larger too. Breeders also focused on developing a dog who remained strong and courageous but was also family friendly and gentle.
Today we see their success. The dog when he comes from a good breeder, is confident, alert, friendly, courageous, and very loyal and affectionate. This dog too would happily try to be lap dog despite his size. He will protect you and his family if there is something putting them at risk.
The Pitweiler when socialized, trained and with the right owners can be an energetic and playful dog who is clever and very faithful. She craves attention and indeed needs a certain amount each day to stay happy. She can be sweet and loving and can be a mix of restless and calm in between physical activity sessions. She does like to hunt smaller animals, she is protective and can be gentle and affectionate with children. She can be goofy sometimes which is funny to see on such a physically imposing dog. She is brave and can try to dominate but she would lay down her life to save her owner and family.
What does the Pitweiler look like
She is a large dog weighing 45 to 100 pounds and standing 18 to 26 inches tall. She can look more like the Rottweiler or more like the Pit bull or be a mix. Sometimes her ears are cropped though more breeders and vets are encouraging that practice to stop now. She has a strong and powerfully muscular body, large feet and a long curled tail. Her coat can be thick and dense like the Rottweiler or fine and short like the Pit. Colors include chocolate, speckled, black, white, brown, golden, merle and brindle.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Pitweiler need to be?
She is quite an active dog and will need regular daily physical and mental activity to remain well balanced, well behaved and happy. At least an hour a day should be dedicated to her playing, running, walking and so on. She is agile and can jump over low fences so make sure the yard has fences that are high enough. She should have access to at least a medium sized yard if not larger and she is not best suited to apartment living. She can be used as a service or search and rescue dog, she is string and can pull weights. She would love trips to a dog park now and then too, a place for her to play and also keep up socialization.
Does she train quickly?
She is intelligent, she loves to spend time with you and she loves to be motivated and engaged so with the right person she does train quickly. She is a very dominant dog though and she will keep trying it on, testing you and your leadership. This is why she is really best with someone with experience in training dominant dogs. Consistent and very firm leadership is required but avoid becoming negative or using punishment. Training and socialization should happen at an early age so she can become the best she can be. It is more of a challenge to train and socialize her when she is older. Some advice at least an hour a day on training. On top of the minimum of an hour of activity that means you need to be able to really dedicate yourself to her.
Living with a Pitweiler
How much grooming is needed?
She has two types of coats but both are quite easy to brush. She sheds a minimal amount though that can raise slightly during shedding seasons. Brush her at least a couple of times a week. The Pitweiler may need a bath now and then but not on a schedule, just as she needs one to avoid drying out her skin. She will also need her ears checked and wiped clean once a week, her nails clipped carefully not going through the quick and her teeth brushed at least three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
With early socialization and training she is very good with children, she loves to play and be energetic with them but also can be sweet and gentle and protective of them. Teach the kids how to play with her so that they do not upset her or hurt her. With other pets sometimes there is a problems as she is inclined to chase smaller animals but socialization can control that. Female Pitweilers sometimes have difficulty getting on with other female dogs.
She barks occasionally and will bark to alert you if there is an intruder. Her bark though is quite deep and loud and will be noticed! She should be fed at least 4 to 5 cups of high quality dry dog food a day. She should not be allowed to eat all that in one sitting though, have it split into at least two meals to avoid issues with bloat. She is better adapted to warmer climates than cold ones.
As mentioned buying from a good breeder is important for several reasons but one of them is the health of your dog. Ask to see parental health clearances to avoid your dog having the potential of developing any of the following issues her parents are at risk of. Heart problems, cancer, hypothyroidism, joint dysplasia, pano and allergies.
Costs involved in owning a Pitweiler
A puppy Pitweiler could cost between $150 to $800. Other costs to cover include blood tests, deworming, collar and leash, crate, spaying, chipping and shots. This comes to between $450 to $500. Annual basic medical needs for pet insurance, check ups, shots and flea prevention could come to $485 to $600. Other annual costs for things like food, treats, training, toys and license come to between $520 and $620.
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The well raised, loved, trained and socialized Pitweiler is a great family dog for experienced owners. She is dedicated and faithful, affectionate and loving, protective and smart. But she is naturally dominant so you need to be able to deal with that without needing to resort to negative measures. Because of her parents aggressive past and being used as a guard dog people assume this is not a loving dog suitable to be kept around children. But there are good breeders who have worked hard to breed out the aggression and while she does need a firm and experienced hand she can be a wonderfully rewarding companion with the right family.
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