The Pitweiler is a powerhouse combination of both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Rottweiler. The allegiance of both breeds makes the Pitweiler a great dog.
The marriage of the two breeds makes this dog a dynamic beauty!
The “Rotty” originated in Germany and was bred to herd and drive cattle for both cattle owners and butchers alike as far back as 700 A.D.
Trains replaced the cattle drives and instead the cattle were hauled by train.
The need of the Rottweiler for cattle drives was no longer necessary.
Because of this, the population of the Rottweiler breed declined.
This dog is highly intelligent and courageous. It is common to find Rottweilers being used as military or police dogs because of their prowess.
American Pitbull Terrier
The American Pitbull Terrier was initially bred in the U.K. for dogfighting.
This bloodsport is the main reason many are quick to judge this breed as dangerous and aggressive.
When trained to fight, there is of course aggression; however, when raised and nurtured in a loving home, this breed is sweet and gentle.
This breed is widely recognized with the United Kennel Club of England. However, it has not entirely made it into the American Kennel Club.
A theory that the Pitbull was bred with terriers in the 1800s. Selective breeding over time has encouraged a stockier appearance.
Although it is not known when or where this mixed breed came from, it can be said that the intentional combination of both the American Pitbull Terrier and the Rottweiler was to design a breed that was unique and strong.
This popular mixed breed has distinct physical characteristics.
Muscular and Robust Build
Black with Mahogany markings around eyes, cheeks, and muzzle
Head is Short and Stocky
Height is 21-23 inches
Weight is 65 – 100 lbs
As with any other breed of dog, there are important things to consider before adopting a Pitweiler. Meeting the dog and quietly observing are the two most essential tools to find out a dog’s temperament.
Although a Pitweiler appears to be calm, there are a few things to observe and look for.
Response to Strangers:
This serves as an indicator of how the dog will respond to strangers that enter your home or in the area the dog is in.
Approach the dog slowly and stand for a minute. If the dog shows he is interested in you by sniffing you, that’s a positive sign. Slowly pet the dog and pull your hand back.
If the dog moves towards you to be patted again, that’s great. The dog should not shy away at any point or attempt to hide.
If the dog did not initially warm up or accept you as a stranger, do not attempt this.
Pitweilers tend to be difficult to handle when bathing or trimming nails.
To get an idea of how the dog will be when handled, begin to touch and pick up each foot. Lift up the dog’s lips to look at the teeth.
If the dog shies away or shakes, this is an indicator of difficulty handling later on down the road.
To test the dog with his response, drop a hat nearby or clap your hands. The dog should not have any reaction. If it does, the dog may have a nervous reaction that may prove to be dangerous down later on.
This requires caution because we don’t want to harm any children, but it’s important to know if the Pitweiler is going to be child-friendly. You can either walk the dog near a playground or have your child walk by the dog. It should wag its tail and show interest in meeting the child and not shy away.
If the dog does shy away or appears to be completely disinterested, this can be a critical indicator of how this dog will be around children if provoked.
As with children, if you have other pets in the household, the Pitweiler should be accepting of those pets.
Pitweilers can show aggression towards other dogs and animals. To test the dog out, you can introduce it to other pets that are in the safe confines of a kennel or crate.
The Pitweiler should be relaxed, tail in a lowered position while wagging.
The ears should be relaxed and forward. If it instead appears stiff and rigid and has a fixed stare towards the other animal, this is a good indicator of animal aggression.
Guarding of Food or Toys:
Pitweilers have a tendency also to guard food, toys and other objects. This is vital to know before you take a dog home!
Place a food bowl on the floor near the Pitweiler. Using a stick or something else to keep from reaching near the bowl, attempt to pull the bowl away. If the dog stares at you or begins to growl, or gobbles the food, this dog will tend to be aggressive.
How to Train Your Pitweiler
To have a dog that is loyal and intelligent, it’s essential to train them properly. There is a delicate balance of training, love, and nurture that all go hand-in-hand.
A dog that is well trained is not only happy but knows its place within the family. Investing time with your dog to train them will result in a great pet as well as a super canine citizen with your home and community.
However, if you adopt an adult Pitweiler, training is not entirely unattainable. It may require more work and patience.
Training sessions should be timed at 1-2 minutes per month of age of the dog. For example, a dog that is nine months old should have a training session should be kept at about 18 minutes each time.
Reward-based training enforces positivity. Positive reinforcement includes a small treat or generous praise. The reward should be given immediately if the dog obeyed. Failing to reward immediately results in confusion in the dog with what is expected of him/her.
Learn and Use the Right Commands
Commands should be short and friendly. Praise should be given to the dog even if it slightly attempts to obey. Never yell or hit the dog. Doing so reinforces negative behavior not to mention it’s cruelty towards the dog.
Consistency is Vital
Be consistent in rewarding when the dog obeys commands.
Timing is Essential
Training should never be done when the dog is sleepy, ill or excitedly wound up.
Keep commands to no more than 15 repetitions.
When the session is over, reward the dog.
Training sessions can be done up to three times a day.
Pitweilers do not require a whole lot of care other than the basic:
Use a shedding tool and comb the dog’s coat (this breed is famous for shedding)
Brush the dog’s teeth to maintain dental health
Keep nails trimmed
Clean inside the ears
Cost of Owning a Pitweiler
You can expect to pay $1,000 to $2,000 for a well-bred Pitweiler. Anything less may not be true-bred.
Other incurred expenses:
Pitweiler as Your Family Dog
Pitweilers can be a great family dog providing you have observed and tested the temperament and behavior. If you are bringing a Pitweiler shelter dog into your home around children, great care and caution should be used. Shelter dogs may have abusive backgrounds or aggression issues that can cause the dog to attack or harm children.
Pitweiler – FOUR FUN FACTS!
Pitweilers are prone to bloat and because of this, it’s better to feed your Pitweiler several small meals throughout the day as opposed to two large meals.
Pitweilers have what’s called a “double-coat” where their fur is twice as thick as a normal dogs. This is why they are rated as one of the top breeds that shed the most.
Pitweiler females do not do well in the presence of the same sex. Intense socialization is required in order for this to ever happen!
Pitweilers make paramount protection dogs because both American Pitbull Terriers and Rottweilers are extremely alert and on guard.
Pitweilers can be a very important member of your family provided its temperament and behavior was vetted before introducing it into your home.
Training with this breed is not optional, but required and should be consistent on a daily basis. This ensures that your dog will be a positive addition to your household.