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Last Updated on September 11, 2021 by Katy Baker
You can probably guess from the name of the Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix which dogs are included. It is a mixed breed dog — a cross between the Australian Shepherd and Pit Bull dog breeds. Very energetic, loyal, and quick to learn new things. These pups acquired some of the best traits from both of their parents.
This breed has plenty of names known to us. Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix dogs are sometimes also called Pitbull Australian Shepherd Mixes or Aussie Pits. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues. You don’t want to leave them there, right? So remember to adopt! Don’t shop!
The fact is that these adorable pups make great family dogs for larger households. Although they can thrive in smaller, urban environments with active owners. It’s not a dog for an owner who doesn’t have much time. So, if you want a playful dog who will be both a snuggle buddy and an alert system, the Austrian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix might be the right dog for you!
History Of An Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix
Now let’s quickly jump back into history. It’s believed that Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix dogs have likely existed naturally over the years. But designer breeders started intentionally mixing Australian Shepherd and Pit Bulls in the late 1990s, likely in North America. As with many designer breeds – this one started to be popular in the 90s.
The first idea of breeders was to mix the two parent breeds to combine the trainable, loyal personality traits of a Pitbull with the intelligence and coat of an Australian Shepherd. This gave them an energy so they continued to create Aussie Pits as demand for the mixed breed pups climbed.
Can you possibly guess their size? Since the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix is a relatively new breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. That said, as a mix between Australian Shepherd and Pit Bull parents, you can expect Aussie Pits to be on the medium-to-large side. More possibly the medium.
You should know that most of them weigh in between 30 to 85 pounds and measure 17 to 23 inches tall from the shoulder. However, some can be smaller or larger than average – as we mentioned before.
You’ll be amazed when you hear their personality. Lovers of Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mixes describe the breed as incredibly loyal and highly alert. Beside this, the Aussie Pit has loads of energy. Therefore owners will have their hands full with a medium-to-large dog that needs plenty of play and walk time. If you are a passive owner, avoid this breed.
Also, the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix is prone to bouts of bored destruction if left unattended for too long. As said previously, it’s not a good dog for a passive owner. So be sure to give your Aussie Pit plenty of affection and play time in order to prevent these habits. Keep in mind that early training is also crucial to nipping these destructive habits in the bud.
Health of a Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix
You should know that the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull mixed breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Pit Bull and Australian Shepherd also face. It’s not something to worry about, every breed faces this. Since most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.
Let’s see the list of some common health problems Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes suffer:
1. Hip dysplasia
4. Collie eye anomaly
Besides listed, Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes are prone to weight gain, and they have high energy levels. It’s good to make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour- to hour-long walk per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.
Something you should worry about and your main concern when it comes to your Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix’s health is eye care, as the mixed breed is prone to a number of eye-related issues. A good advice is to keep an eye out for unusual discharge, and talk to your vet if it seems your Aussie Pit is having any vision difficulties. This is something important to do for your pup!
Coat Color And Grooming An Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix
In the end, you should know that Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix coats are often a mix of their Pit Bull and Australian Shepherd parents’ coats and colors. There are many colors that this breed can have and the main colors of Aussie Pits are blue merle, black, red merle, and cream. Sometimes their coats are solid, and sometimes they have a mix of colors.
Also, they usually have short double coats, which means they aren’t necessarily allergy-friendly. There are longer-coated Aussie Pits too, although those are not as common. Luckily, both coats are very easy to groom. Just a good brushing per week will probably do it. If your Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix has a double coat, be prepared for them to blow their coats as the seasons change. To sum up, this breed is easy to maintain and doesn’t have many problems to worry about. Just be ready to give him enough time, brush him regularly and you’ll pup will thankful for the rest of his life.