Pitweiler

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65-90 lbs
20-22"
Unknown
American Pit Bull Terrier
Rottweiler
Rottbull, Bullrott, American Pitweiler, RottenPit, Rottie Pit, Prott

The Pitweiler is a fairly popular designer dog, a deliberate cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier, a medium-sized, muscular dog recognized by the United Kennel Club in England and the Rottweiler, a very large German canine well-known for their guarding ability. The result is a medium-large dog with a quick mind, well-honed protective instincts, and a bit of a stubborn streak all of which tends to obscure the fact that deep down these dogs are generally extremely sensitive and affectionate with their families. These dogs are relatively active and they do require at least an hour of exercise per day to maintain their fitness, but their grooming requirements are typically undemanding. 

Purpose
Guard Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Pitbull Terrier and Rottweiler

Pitweiler Health

Average Size
Male Pitweiler size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 85-100 lbs
Female Pitweiler size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 65-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
  • Atopy Dermatitis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemivertebra
  • X-linked Muscular Dystrophy
  • Ichthyosis
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Genetic Testing
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Pitweiler Breed History

The Pitweiler is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed between two extremely muscular and determined molosser type dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Rottweiler. The “Pit” in Pitweiler refers to the American Pit Bull Terrier, a dog breed recognized by United Kennel Club in England, but not yet by the American Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club does recognize the American Staffordshire Terrier, however, and some canines are dually registered as American Pit Bulls in England, but as American Staffordshires in the United States. Although these breeds are practically identical, the American Pit Bull Terrier has greater variation in size and color than the American Staffordshire. The prevailing theory regarding the origination of the Pit Bull is that bulldogs were bred to terriers in the 1800s to make them smaller and more agile for pit fighting. Selective breeding since the late 1800’s has significantly changed the shape of the English Bulldog, encouraging stockier, short-faced dogs with low to the ground bodies, and some experts posit that the Pit Bull Terrier is, for the most part, a smaller delineation of the 1800’s Bulldogs, used to bait, guard, and control bulls, with very little contribution from terrier type dogs. The Rottweiler was developed in the town of Rottweil in Germany from large Roman dogs known as Drover dogs, which were employed to drive cattle for butchers and cattlemen alike as early as 700 AD. The need for cattle driving declined in the mid-1800s as cattle could now be transported by train, and the population of Rottweilers declined drastically. The 1900s saw a resurgence in their popularity as they began to be regarded as  high-quality security, police, or military dogs, as well as personal guard dogs. 

Pitweiler Breed Appearance

The Pitweiler is a large to very large-sized canine, ranging between 65 and 100 pounds, with a sturdy, square build, deep chest, and well-defined musculature. The head of this hybrid will be both broad and deep, with strong jaws and a straight, broad muzzle that is slightly shorter than average. Their eyes are typically dark brown and can be either round or almond in shape and uncropped ears are triangular and may either fold down to the sides to frame the face or sit higher up on the head and fold forward or to the sides. They have a short, glossy coat which can be either single-layered like the American Pit Bull Terrier or double-layered like the Rottweiler, and and may come in a variety of colors and patterns. Neither the Rottweiler or the American Pit Bull are prone to developing the loose skin that you see on many other molosser type breeds and while Rottweilers will occasionally develop some wrinkling around the facial area, this is rarely the case with the Pitweiler. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pitweiler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pitweiler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pitweiler coat
Black
brindle Pitweiler coat
Brindle
blue Pitweiler coat
Blue
fawn Pitweiler coat
Fawn
brown Pitweiler coat
Brown
sable Pitweiler coat
Sable
red Pitweiler coat
Red
white Pitweiler coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pitweiler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pitweiler Breed Maintenance

The regular grooming requirements for this dog are generally quite manageable; bathing is required just a few times a year and weekly brushing sessions will generally suffice to keep the coat glossy and to  control this hybrid’s shedding. Those Pitweilers that inherit the thicker, double coat of the Rottweiler may require additional brushing sessions during the spring and fall months when they shed more heavily than usual. It is crucial to keep an eye on this canine’s skin when performing their regular grooming routine as they may be more susceptible to certain skin disorders such as atopy or demodectic mange than other dogs.  

Brushes for Pitweiler
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pitweiler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pitweiler Temperament

The well-bred and well-socialized Pitweiler should be a courageous and loyal companion, with great affection towards the members of their family. Despite their tough reputations, these dogs are extremely sensitive and can be predisposed to separation anxiety if they are left alone for too long. They are typically very patient with children, both young and old, but due to their great power and strength, all interactions with children should be closely supervised, particularly with high-energy adolescent animals. Unpredictable behavior is more likely to occur when multiple dogs are involved than during interactions with individual canines, particularly as this hybrid may be prone to dog-on-dog aggression, and children should be taught to be particularly careful around the hips of these canines as they may be prone to hip dysplasia. Training and socialization should start early for this crossbreed as they may be more prone to dominant behaviors than other dogs and the genetic background of this animals should be closely researched if at all possible due to certain lines of both Rottweilers and American Pit Bull Terriers that tend to produce dogs that are more anxious, fearful, or aggressive than other dogs.  

Pitweiler Activity Requirements

This dog will require around an hour of vigorous exercise per day in order to maintain their muscular physiques, although they will generally respond best if this is split into two or three exercise sessions per day. Some owners of muscular dogs like the Pitweiler use weight vests to help develop or maintain their muscles or to reign in over-exuberant behaviors, however, a veterinary professional should be consulted before making a change like this to ensure that the joints are developed and sturdy enough to handle the extra weight. This crossbreed may also enjoy alternate activities like herding events, rally events, and even freestyle canine dance competitions. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Pitweiler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Pitweiler Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pitweiler size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 67 lbs
Female Pitweiler size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 55 lbs
12 Months
Male Pitweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 82 lbs
Female Pitweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Male Pitweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 92 lbs
Female Pitweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 77 lbs

Pitweiler Owner Experiences

Rocafella (m) and Monroe (f)
5 Months
2 People
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My furry children have given me energy, keeping me on a schedule due they're needs as that "children". They hurtle my feet and demand affection. Monroe stubborn attude but will melt so stay on game with her, Rocafella is always on his job scouting every inch of the yard being submissive to the female gender, the silent type where the girl sounds off. I want to thank my sister for the gift of the girl and the sensitivity of my fiance he choose to take the boy. They won't be alone😍
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Sasha
4 Months
4 People
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We got Sasha at only 2 weeks ago, but she is amazing! She was previously kept outdoors, so we are just now working on potty training. However, she is learning so quickly! She now sits on command, responds to her new name, and comes when called. She is also very calm and never jumps on people,verbal but doesn't bark too much,loves to play and gets most excited with babies.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Michaela
7.5 months
2 People
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She is still a pup, so she is still developing in all areas. She is affectionate, loyal, sweet, fun, she likes to 'talk' with me, a little hyper still. She is very very smart, gets along with her kitty brother/sister, loves the grandkids and everyone she meets and loves her toys. Having trouble with breaking her from jumping up on people, but most other things have been easily learned. She is black, with white under her neck/chest, from the front looks more pit and from the back more rottie. Can't wait to see who/what she will be in another year or so, when she's grown up!!!!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
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