Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix

The Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix is a mixed breed dog — a cross between the Australian Shepherd and Pit Bull dog breeds. Energetic, loyal, and quick to learn new things, these pups inherited some of the best traits from both of their parents.

Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes are sometimes also called Pitbull Australian Shepherd Mixes or Aussie Pits. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to adopt! Don’t shop!

These adorable pups make great family dogs for larger households, although they can thrive in smaller, urban environments with active owners. If you want a playful dog who will be both a snuggle buddy and an alert system, the Austrian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix might be the right dog for you!

See below for all mixed dog breed traits and facts about Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes!

Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixed Dog Breed Picture

FREEPORT, ME - AUGUST 24: Courtney Bagley of South Portland watches as her dog Hannah, a pit bull, australian shepherd mix dives into the pool during the DockDogs event at the LL Bean Dog Days of August Saturday, August 24, 2019.

(Picture Credit: Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well To Apartment Living
2
Good For Novice Owners
3
Sensitivity Level
3
Tolerates Being Alone
2
Tolerates Cold Weather
3
Tolerates Hot Weather
3

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate With Family
4
Kid-Friendly
4
Dog Friendly
3
Friendly Toward Strangers
3

Health And Grooming Needs

Amount Of Shedding
4
Drooling Potential
2
Easy To Groom
3
General Health
4
Potential For Weight Gain
5
Size
4

Trainability

Easy To Train
4
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
3
Prey Drive
4
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
2
Wanderlust Potential
3

Physical Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
3
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
4

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:
17 to 23 inches
Weight:
30 to 85 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 16 years

More About This Breed

  • Highlights

    • The Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix is a mixed breed dog. They are not purebreds like their Australian Shepherd or Pit Bull parents.
    • 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.
    • Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes aren't necessarily allergy-friendly. Luckily, their coats are very easy to groom. A good brushing per week will probably do it. Be prepared for them to blow their coats as the seasons change.
    • Aussie Pits tend to take up a lot of attention and energy, so they may prefer to be the solo pet in the household.
    • They have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour- to hour-long walk per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in. They may get destructive if they grow bored.
    • Aussie Pits tend to be very playful, and it's important for children to learn how to properly approach and play with a bigger dog. Small kids can get hurt accidentally during rough play. Always supervise playtime.
  • History

    Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes 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.

    Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds to combine the trainable, loyal personality traits of a Pit Bull with the intelligence and coat of an Australian Shepherd. They continued to create Aussie Pits as demand for the mixed breed pups climbed.

    Even though the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix breed got their start as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you.

    Check your local shelters, look up Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix rescues, or check with breed specific Australian Shepherd or Pit Bull rescues, as they often take in mixed breed dogs and find homes for them.

  • Size

    As the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull 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 on the medium-to-large side.

    Most weigh in between 30 to 85 pounds and measure 17 to 23 inches tall from the shoulder. However, some can be smaller or larger than average.

  • Personality

    Lovers of Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes describe the breed as incredibly loyal and highly alert. The Aussie Pit has loads of energy, and owners will have their hands full with a medium-to-large dog that needs plenty of play and walk time.

    The Australian Shepherd Pit Mix may also have a bit of a herding instinct or prey drive. Still, many Aussie Pit fans say that the mixed breed is relatively easy to train, as they are highly intelligent. Curbing these unwanted habits, like heel-nipping or other prey drive instincts, can be done with early and consistent training.

    The Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix is also prone to bouts of bored destruction if left unattended for too long. Be sure to give your Aussie Pit plenty of affection and play time in order to prevent these habits. Early training is also crucial to nipping these destructive habits in the bud.

    The Aussie Pit loves to please their human, and they may stick to your side like glue. Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes can be couch potatoes one minute, snuggling next to you, and a goofy, playful pup the next. They can get along with other pets, but due to their spunky nature, they may be better as the only pet in the household.

  • Health

    The Australian Shepherd Pit Bull mixed breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Pit Bull and Australian Shepherd also face. While 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.

    Some of the more common health problems Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes suffer from include:

    • cataracts
    • hip dysplasia
    • Collie eye anomaly
    • epilepsy
  • Care

    As with all dogs, you should keep up with your Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.

    Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes are prone to weight gain, and they have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour- to hour-long walk per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.

    Be sure to check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your vet. Trim your dog's nails before they get too long--usually once or twice per month. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can help with this.

    You should brush your dog's teeth daily, as many dogs are prone to dental issues. Your veterinarian can instruct you on how to brush your dog's teeth properly.

    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. Keep an eye out for unusual discharge, and talk to your vet if it seems your Aussie Pit is having any vision difficulties.

  • Feeding

    An ideal Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix diet should be formulated for a medium-to-large sized breed with high energy. They have a tendency to gain weight if they are overfed, so you should stick to a regular feeding schedule and not leave food out during the day. Limit their amount of treats, as well.

    As with all dogs, the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix coats are often a mix of their Pit Bull and Australian Shepherd parents' coats and colors. 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.

    They usually have short double coats, which means they aren't necessarily allergy-friendly. There are longer-coated Aussie Pits too, although those are not as common. Luckily, both coats are very easy to groom. A good brushing per week will probably do it. If your Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix has a double coat, be prepared for them to blow their coats as the seasons change.

    Because they tend to have shorter coats, Aussie Pits aren't particularly suited for extreme weather. You may need a coat in the winter for your dog, and you may need to apply dog sunscreen to the ears, nose, and sensitive areas where there's less fur coverage in the summer months.

  • Children And Other Pets

    Because the Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix can be a medium-to-larger dog, smaller children could get easily hurt if your Aussie Pit doesn't understand how big they are. Aussie Pits tend to be very playful, and it's important for children to learn how to properly approach and play with a bigger dog. Training your Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mix not to jump will also help keep play time with the kids safe.

    When it comes to other pets, Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes can get along with other animals if they are introduced slowly and calmly, and early socialization will help this go smoothly. It's best if they get used to other pets early. That said, Aussie Pits tend to take up a lot of attention and energy, so they may prefer to be the solo pet in the household.

    Still, many Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes get along just fine with other dogs and cats, so it really comes down to training, socialization, and the luck of the draw.

  • Rescue Groups

    It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for Australian Shepherd Pit Bull Mixes because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Australian Shepherd or Pit Bull breed specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:

    You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!

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