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Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix

Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix
Australian Shepherd Pitbull mix

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 Pitbull dog breeds. Energetic, loyal, and quick to learn new things. These pups acquired some of the best traits from both of their parents. 

This breed has many names known to us. Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix dogs are sometimes also called Pitbull Australian Shepherd Mixes or Aussie Pits. Despite their being a designer breed, you can find these dogs in shelters and breed-specific rescues. You don’t want to leave them there, right? So remember to adopt! Don’t shop! 
 
These adorable pups make great family dogs for larger households. Although they can also 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 or Aussie Pitbull might be the right dog for you! 

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Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix History

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 energy so they continued to create Aussie Pits as demand for the mixed breed pups climbed. 

We also have to say that the parent breeds of the Aussie Pitbull are accepted by the American Kennel Club, but the Aussie Pitbull isn’t.

Size and Personality 

Can you possibly guess their size? Since the Australian Shepherd Pitbull 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 between medium sized dogs and large dogs. 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. But, some can be smaller or larger than average – as we mentioned before. 

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You’ll love their personality! Fans of Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mixes describe the breed as incredibly loyal and highly alert. Besides 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 destruction out of boredom 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 playtime in order to prevent these habits. Keep in mind that early training through positive reinforcement is also crucial to nipping these destructive habits in the bud.

Health and care of the 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 Pitbull Mixes suffer:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Collie eye anomaly

Besides that 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 goods, 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 piece of 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 Shepherd Pitbull Mix puppies!

All of these health problems are the reason why it’s important to get your puppy, be it purebred or crossbreed, from a reputable breeder. Please never get your dog from puppy mills or puppy farms.

Coat Color And Grooming

In the end, you should know that Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix coats are often a mix of their Pitbull 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 Aussie Pits that have linger coaats too, although those are not as common. Luckily, both coats are easy to groom. Just a good brushing per week will probably do it. If your Australian Shepherd Pitbull Mix has a double coat, they will blow their coats as the seasons change especially in spring. Which means they will shed a lot!

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 be thankful for the rest of his life.

Conclusion

The Aussie Pitbull is a beautiful dog worth checking out. They have many traits that make them great pets for everyone. Of course, because of their size they might be better off with a family with a large house and a fenced yard.

But, even if you live in the city in a small apartment you can get one! Just make sure they get enough activity. These dogs have a lot of energy so they also need an active owner who will take them on walks, hikes, play with them and so on.

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