If you want to get the right dog, you will first have to consider what you expect from it.
There are many different dog breeds, and it is not as if breeders expect the same thing from different kinds of dogs.
Some breeds are made for companionship, some are made for guarding, and others, like the Pitweiler, are bred for several reasons.
The Pitweiler is descended from two dogs that have underserved reputations for being aggressive, but with the right training, there should be relatively few issues.
As you may have guessed from the name, this breed is descended from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Rottweiler, an intimidating German dog.
As with many breeds that have rampant misinformation about them being spread about them, the Pitweiler should be better understood by dog owners and the general public.
Throughout this guide, I will be going over everything that you will want to know about the Pitweiler.
Pitweiler Puppies – Before You Buy…
There are a few things that you should know before going out and buying some Pitweiler puppies, and that is what we will be covering in this section.
Whether you want to know how much you can expect to pay for some Pitweiler pups, or if you are looking for the right breeder, this is the place to find out.
What Price are Pitweiler Puppies?
Pitweiler puppies are in relatively low demand thanks to their misunderstood nature.
If more people knew about the positive aspects of this breed, they would likely be much more pricey, but this is an indirect benefit to any prospective owners.
The Pitweiler is nowhere near as expensive as most other designer dog breeds.
Seeing as the Pitweiler mix has existed for longer than many other breeds on the market today, the price will also depend on whether or not your dog’s parents are purebred.
Most dogs of this breed will sell for around 200 dollars to 800 dollars, though they can sometimes go for a higher price.
How to Find Reputable Pitweiler Breeders?
One of the most integral parts of ensuring that you get the best dog possible is to go around looking for the best possible Pitweiler breeder.
There are many ways to go about finding the right breeder, but your search will typically begin on the internet, as that will make things much easier for you.
By the time you have narrowed down the list of breeders, you will want to set up times for some home visits so you can be sure that your puppy will be raised in the right conditions.
Proper breeding conditions are a fundamental pillar of your dog’s future health, both physical and mental.
3 Little-Known Facts About Pitweiler Puppies
- The Pitweiler has a reputation for being an aggressive dog that will attack without warning, and as long as your puppy is adequately trained, this is patently untrue. Any larger dog with guardian instincts will be capable of aggression if poorly trained; this phenomenon is not unique to the Pitweiler.
- As you will learn from your puppy, you will find that this breed tends to be sweeter than many other designer dog breeds that are available. Coldness is not a typical characteristic of Pitweilers, especially when they are younger, as they will love playing around and running through your legs at every opportunity.
- Even when they are younger, these dogs will tend to eat more than you expect. While you may have owned puppies of larger breeds before, there is something about the Pitweiler that makes it hungry when it is growing. Though this may be a bit of an exaggeration, it almost seems like these dogs eat more as puppies.
Physical Traits of the Pitweiler
The Pitweiler is not the most recognizable of dog breeds, though it has a few defining characteristics that it gets from each of its parents.
Most Pitweilers will tend to be a little bit smaller than pure Rottweilers thanks to their other parent, though these dogs are still robust and reliable.
If you are looking for a physically capable dog breed, the Pitweiler is an excellent choice, especially since they tend to be heavily-muscled.
These dogs tend to be very muscular for their weight, which makes them an excellent option for owners who want a medium-large dog that is still powerful.
The Pitweiler’s coat is similar to that of both of its parents, consisting of fur that is short but relatively dense.
The color of this dog’s fur will range from black with the expected Rottweiler markings to several more common Pit Bull colors, such as chocolate, gray, and more.
How Big is a Full-Grown Pitweiler?
While some varieties of the Pit Bull can still be relatively small, you will find that the Rottweiler genes in this mix rarely make for a dog that is much smaller than the medium-large standard.
Your particular dog’s size will depend on its exact genetic makeup as well as a range of environmental factors, but we can give you an average.
Most Pitweilers will weigh somewhere between 60 and 90 pounds, though some of these dogs can top out at 100 pounds, making them an imposing breed.
The average height of these dogs ranges from 20 to nearly 23 inches, though that upper limit is quite rare, with most of the tallest dogs being around 22 inches tall.
What is the Pitweiler’s Life Expectancy?
The lifespan of this dog will be dependent on a range of factors, including the size of it, the prevalence of genetic conditions, and many other things.
You have to consider that this is one of the more unhealthy mixed breeds as Pitweilers are prone to a range of unfortunate conditions.
Sadly, many of these conditions can reduce the expected lifespan of a Pitweiler. Most of these dogs will live anywhere from 10 to 15 years, which is quite a wide range.
As I already mentioned, there are too many factors at play to accurately determine how long you can expect a specific Pitweiler to live.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pitweiler
This is probably the section that most prospective owners will want to go over before deciding on this dog.
If you’re expecting me to tell you that the Pitweiler is a demon dog that will attack anything around it, then you have come to the wrong place.
While this breed may have problems with aggression if they are raised improperly, a reasonable degree of training and a loving demeanor will make all the difference.
If you have never owned a dog before, then the Pitweiler may not be the most beginner-friendly breed that you could opt for.
Once you have your Pitweiler trained, however, you will come across a few dog breeds that embody the spirit of the gentle giant quite so much as this one.
Your Pitweiler will adore interacting with you and other family members, though you may wish to keep an eye on them around children due to their sheer size.
The Pitweiler’s Diet
As with most other big dogs, you can expect to feed the Pitweiler around 3 cups of food per day.
Though premium food for a Pitweiler is less crucial than it would be for a smaller dog, you will want to avoid feeding your pet the cheapest food all of the time, even if it can get rather pricey.
High-quality nutrients will ensure that your dog will live longer and it will simply enjoy its meals more.
If you have ever had to eat poor-quality food for any duration of time, you probably know how demoralizing it can get, so there is little need to subject your canine companion to that as well.
How Much Exercise Does the Pitweiler Need?
Seeing as this is a larger dog with a pretty significant appetite, you will find yourself exercising your Pitweiler relatively often.
This breed needs around 10 miles of exercise per day, making them an ideal choice for owners who tend to be more active, though the opposite is true for owners with less time.
Since these dogs are so big, they need you to take them out so that they can get their exercise, as they will not expend much energy around that house.
While Pitweilers may seem lazy around the home, they will instantly perk up as soon as you take them outside, and their excitement is often difficult to contain.
Pitweiler Health and Conditions
One of the only downsides to this breed is that it is susceptible to many medical conditions that can result in complications.
You may have to take your Pitweiler to the vet a little more often than other dog breeds. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that you can expect to face with this dog breed.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Subaortic Stenosis
- Eye problems
- Patellar luxation
- Pancreas issues
- Cleft Lip
- Neurological disorders
Male vs Female
More often than not, most dog owners adopting the Pitweiler opt for the female rather than the male.
Although the reason may not be very clear for this, both genders are not that far off from one another in terms of their personality and traits.
It’s only when you get both the genders together that you find out that their personalities and often physical traits differ from one another.
The basic difference between the two genders is the full size that the Pitweiler dog has the potential to grow.
The males often stand tall at 21-23 inches whereas the max height for a female Pitweiler is 22 inches.
The average weight of the male Pitweiler is 85-100 lbs whereas the average weight for females is 65-90 lbs which are significantly different.
In this regard, if the size of your dog matters to you then knowing both of these sizes should give you a fairly good idea of which gender you want to choose.
However, apart from these basic physical differences, there is not much to split between the two genders.
The personality of your Pitweiler will most often than not depend on how you raise it, regardless of whether its a male or a female.
If gender is something of a personal preference to you then you can base your choice on which gender of dog would you be most comfortable with.
One thing to keep in mind though is the fact that in general terms a female dog would be much easier to train than a male dog just because the females reach the age of maturity sooner.
If training is a concern for you then you should probably opt for the female Pitweiler as it wouldn’t give you a very hard time.
My Final Thoughts on the Pitweiler
The Pitweiler is one of the more misunderstood mixed dog breeds that you will find available, but if you give it a chance, you will see that this is a lovable dog.
If you can get past their health issues, then the Pitweiler will make for an excellent mix between a guard dog and a companion.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- Pitweiler Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Pitweiler
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pitweiler
- The Pitweiler’s Diet
- Pitweiler Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Pitweiler