A Pitweiler is a dog breed that is a cross between a Pit Bull Terrier and a Rottweiler. This can lead people to assume that the Pitweiler will be an aggressive dog but this is not the case. Here are ten facts that you may not know about this breed of dog.
1. They Are Considered To Be Designer Dogs
The breeding of Pitweilers was done on purpose to create a specific type of dog. It is for this reason that they are considered to be a designer dog. They are recognized as a breed by the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom.
2. They Are Often Used As Guard Dogs
Their muscular build makes them very good guard dogs. They are not always aggressive but their appearance can be a deterrent to potential intruders. They do tend to be suspicious around people that they do not know and will voice this suspicion by barking.
3. Males Are Slightly Taller And Heavier
Male dogs are heavier than females and they are also slightly taller. There is not a huge difference but it is one that you would be able to see if they were stood side by side.
4. They Grow To Their Full Height At Eighteen Months Of Age
If you get a Pitweiler as a puppy they would have grown to their full height by the time they are eighteen months old. If you get a dog when they are older than this then you can be confident that they will not grow any bigger than they already are.
5. Their Coats Should Be Brushed Once A Week
Pitweilers are fairly low maintenance dogs in that they do not need excessive grooming. Brushing their coats will only need to be done on a weekly basis and this will help to keep them glossy. It is not easy to bath such a large dog but they only really need bathing once or twice a year.
6. They Can Be Prone To Separation Anxiety
They do not like to be left on their own for long periods and this is something that you should bear in mind before you get one of these dogs. If you are out of the home all day for long periods then this might not be the best choice of dog for you. They like the company of other people and will also get on with other animals as long as they are socialized.
7. They Need Vigorous Exercise On A Daily Basis
Pitweilers need to be exercised for at least an hour every day and this needs to be fairly vigorous exercise. It is better for the dog if this is broken up into three twenty minute segments. They do not have a lot of stamina but they do have a lot of energy and so they need to exercise hard and fast before they get worn out and this needs to be repeated three times a day.
8. They Should Be Supervised Around Young Children
Pitweilers are very tolerant of young children but they can also be very excitable. Their size means that it could be quite easy for a child to be hurt by being knocked over without any malicious intention from the dog. As soon as your children are old enough to understand then they should be taught how to behave around the dog so that they are not provoked into bad behavior.
9. They Like To Eat Three Times A Day
As should be expected with large dogs they need quite a lot of food on a daily basis. They will be able to eat three bowls of food a day very easily and need this amount of food as a minimum for their overall health. They should be given a cup of food at every mealtime and this should be left down until they have eaten it all.
10. They Should Be Socialized As Soon As Possible
The inherited traits of the Pitweiler mean that they have a tendency to become dominant if they are not socialized which can cause problems if they are introduced to other dogs at a later date. They can start to be socialized from just a few months old and the sooner you can start the better. You may also want to consider training classes at some point