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Shepherd Pit

German Shepherd Dog / American Pit Bull Terrier Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Close up front side view - A shorthaired, tan with white Shepherd Pit is standing in grass and it is looking to the right. There is a lot of trees behind it.

Tyler the German Shepherd / Pit Bull mix at 11 months old—"Tyler is the most loving dog I've ever met. He loves to be held and to give kisses. He doesn't like when his friends are hurt, he will lick their wounds, he wants to make them feel better. When people hear what mix he is, they are very quick to judge... who in their right mind would mix 2 breeds with such a bad reputation? I for one am happy that they did! He's the sweetest dog ever!"

Other Names
  • German Sheppit
Description

The Shepherd Pit is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the German Shepherd Dog and the American Pit Bull Terrier. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognition
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Top down view of a brown with black and white Shepherd Pit dog that is laying stretched out on a hardwood floor. Its tail is wagging and it is looking up.

Coby the German Shepherd / Pit Bull mix at 3 years old

Top down view of a brown with black and white Shepherd Pit that is standing on a hardwood floor. It is looking up, its tail is wagging, its mouth is open, its tongue is out and it looks like it is smiling. The dog's paws are white.

Coby the German Shepherd / Pit Bull mix at 3 years old

A black with tan and white Shepherd Pit dog is sitting on a couch and it is looking to the left. Its right ear is flopped down and its left ear is standing up tall.

Rusty the haf German Shepherd / half Pitbull Terrier mix as a puppy at 5 months old—"Rusty is a sweet and loving dog. He loves people and though he's teething and tries to nibble on my hand when I pet him, he doesn't ever try to nibble on strangers or neighbors. He has a ton of energy and is very stubborn but he is also very smart. He was potty trained in one week without barely any effort. Rusty craves attention and is kind of difficult to train because of his stubborn personality and he doesn't like to cuddle (unfortunately). He loves to play with our 12 year old Lab Retriever mix and he doesn't hurt her at all even though she gets annoyed with him easily."

Close up front view - A black Shepherd Pit is laying on a rug and it is looking forward. It has wide round black eyes.

Paisley the Shepherd Pit (German Shepherd Dog / American Pit Bull Terrier mix) at 1 year old—"Paisley is a happy go lucky dog who loves everyone she meets. She loves to run and play but she knows when its time to calm down. I think this is the best breed combo."

Side view - A small black Shepherd Pit puppy is laying down across a rug and it is looking to the left. The dog's ears are hanging over to the sides.

Paisley the Shepherd Pit (German Shepherd Dog / American Pit Bull Terrier mix) as a puppy

A large, thick bodied, tan Shepherd Pit dog is sitting in front of a tree and it is looking forward. It has large Gremin shaped, pointed perk ears that stand up in the air.

Lydia the Shepherd Pit (German Shepherd / American Pit Bull Terrier mix) at 1 1/2 years old—"Lydia was 7 weeks old when we got her. She has become the best dog I have owned. She is smart and protective of her family and home."

Front side view - A tan Shepherd Pit dog is standing on a carpet in front of a wooden stand with a TV on it looking forward. The dog is all tan with black on the front of its snout. Its ears stand up in the air and are large, Gremin shaped and pointy. The dog's tail is wagging.

Lydia the Shepherd Pit (German Shepherd / American Pit Bull Terrier mix) at 1 1/2 years old

The right side of a red Shepherd Pit dog that is laying across grass and it is looking forward. It has large perk ears and is wearing a black harness.

Murray the German Shepherd / Pit Bull mix at 5 years old—"The first six months of his life are uncertain, but he spent the next six months in a shelter. He was being shown at Petsmart for adoption and they were giving up hope in finding him a home. I went in for cat food and the second I saw him, I knew! He was skinny and stinky, but I looked at my husband and said we're getting this dog! Murray is handsome and happy. He goes camping with us, loves to ride in the car and going to the vet. He's chased many deer, gotten skunked in the face four times and fought raccoons. I've only recently started watching the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan and it re-enforces that I've been doing almost everything right in my handling and understanding of my dog. I've learned from Cesar, to claim your space with other dogs, as well as my own, how to stay calm and meet a new dog and how not to let the dog exit or enter a house before you. I knew I wasn't going to be one of those women being dragged down the street by a dog half my weight so from the start, he was trained to walk with me and not pull me. I've used mouth click sounds or a quick tug on his leash and he's quick to follow. He has three long walks everyday, and watching him find his groove and 'prance' is pure joy for him and me. Through being kind and patient, I've shown him that the back scratcher isn't a weapon and the hair dryer isn't as terrifying as he thought. Now he comes to the room for the enjoyment of getting 'blow dried' (on the cool setting)and affection. Because of Cesar's understanding of dogs, countless people are becoming in tune to the language of a dog. I've noticed only half of the dog walkers around here know how to walk their dog and for the ones that do, their dog's good and polite demeanor is evident in their dog handling. Unlike the tiny terror and his tiny owner- who thinks his insane high pitched barking is friendly. One day, walking out of the woods, the sunset was beautiful and I said "sweet" out loud and Murray stopped, looked back and thought I'd said "treat"! We laughed all the way home! I love my Shepherd Pit mix and I am his proud pack leader!"

A small brindle with white Shepherd Pit puppy is sitting in grass and it is looking forward. In the background there is a cat laying in grass and under a tree.

Peetie the 50% German Shepherd and 50% American Pit Bull Terrier puppy at 3 months old—"He has the personality and traits of a Shepherd."

Close up front view - A brindle with white Shepherd Pit puppy is laying in grass and it is chewing on a stick. Its pink tongue is showing.

Peetie the 50% German Shepherd and 50% American Pit Bull Terrier puppy at 3 months old chewing on a stick

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