German Shepherd Bulldog Mix – American Bulldog and GSD Combined
The German Shepherd Dog breed originated from the English Shepard dog breed. They are one of the most popular breeds in the world with millions of dogs being owned worldwide. The German shepherd was originally bred to guard sheep, but it has since been used as a working dog for farmers, police officers, hunters and even soldiers during World War II. Today they continue to serve their country well.
In the United States there are two main types of German Shepherds: the standard type and the show type. Showing a dog at a dog show is called “sporting” or “show”. Sporting German Shepherds have been trained to perform tricks, jump through hoops, chase and protect their owners while showing off their agility skills. These dogs may not necessarily be loyal to their family members though; some have shown aggression towards other animals such as cats, small children and strangers.
Show German Shepherds are usually smaller than standard ones, and they tend to weigh between 25 and 35 pounds (11 to 16 kg). Their coats vary greatly in color. Some are white, some grayish brown, others have black markings. All show dogs must be spayed or neutered before being sold.
American Bulldogs are larger than standard German Shepherds and have a coat that varies from red to chocolate brown. Some also have white markings on their chest or feet. These dogs weigh up to 135 pounds (61 kg) and are very protective of their families and homes. While they are generally well behaved around children, they sometimes show aggression towards other dogs.
A German Shepherd Bulldog mix inherits many of the qualities that both parent breeds have. This dog tends to be more family friendly than a sporting German Shepherd and is calmer than an American Bulldog. He also weighs only 65 to 100 pounds (30 to 45 kg), which is much less than either parent breed. German Shepherd Bulldog mixes are bred to be guard dogs and family pets, so they are usually more friendly than other types of guard dogs.
If you want a dog to accompany your children on long walks or runs around the block, the German Shepherd Bulldog mix would be an excellent choice. These dogs are active, obedient and make wonderful pets. German Shepherd Bulldog mix puppies are playful and full of energy, but they grow into calm and well-behaved dogs.
If you want a dog who…
Is large and strong – German Shepherd Bulldog mix dogs are bigger than most other dog breeds
Is loyal and protective
Adapts well to a variety of climates an habitats
Is family-friendly and good with children A German Shepherd Bulldog mix may be right for you.
If you don’t want to train a dog, you should get a cat instead.
German Shepherd Bulldog mix behavior and temperament
The temperament of a German Shepherd Bulldog mix depends upon the type of both breed in its genetics. Since both breeds are territorial watchdogs who bark at suspicious noises, a GSB will be protective. That said, it does not mean that your GSB will be aggressive towards people. They are actually quite affectionate and playful with their families.
If you are an owner of a GSB, you will need to consistently socialize him since he may be wary around strangers or even aggressive towards them. This is especially true among male GSB’s. They will defend their territory from any possible intruders.
Both parent breeds have high energy levels which means your GSB will also need plenty of exercise every day. Without it, he will probably become destructive around the house.
Weighing up to 100 pounds, a German Shepherd Bulldog mix is not suitable for living in an apartment. These dogs need plenty of space to run around in. They are also not suited to live in a city since they are prone to barking at people and other dogs.
Training your GSB should be done with a firm but gentle hand. Be consistent and establish yourself as the alpha dog. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as small treats when he does something good.
There are several things to bear in mind when owning a GSB. As mentioned, they are territorial and suspicious of strangers so you need to make allowances for this. They should always be kept on a leash whenever they are taken outside. While they do not tend to be aggressive towards people, it is best to not test them by teasing or provoking them.
A GSB can be a suitable pet for the right owner, but these are not for everyone. They need extensive exercise as well as a lot of attention and care.
The German Shepherd Bulldog mix will only require light grooming. Brush him a few times a week to get rid of any dead fur as well as to keep his coat healthy and looking good. This breed rarely develops any major hair problems or skin conditions.
As this is a crossbreed, the lifespan of your dog will probably fall somewhere in between that of a purebred German Shepherd and a purebred Bulldog. This means he should live between 10 and 15 years.
The German Shepherd Bulldog mix is a fairly healthy breed. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer from any health issues. Some of these can be easily prevented or treated, while others are a little more serious. Issues to look out for include:
Bloat: This is a condition that involves the stomach becoming “twisted.” It can lead to death if not treated quickly. To prevent it from occurring, do not allow your dog to exercise vigorously within two hours of him eating, and do not let him eat too much in one sitting.
Heart problems: The Bulldog already has a history of heart problems, and this can be passed on to the GSB. Watch out for symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat or difficulty breathing. Deal with it immediately by taking your dog to the vet.
Skin fold dermatitis: This is a common skin disorder found in dogs that are regularly exposed to moisture and dampness. It causes the skin to become infected and flakey. It can be treated by washing the afflicted area with antibacterial soap and letting it air dry.
Exercising your GSB
German Shepherd Bulldog mixes are a fairly active breed so they do require a moderate amount of exercise. However, because they are also large dogs, too much exercise can be detrimental to their health, so be careful not to overdo it.
Half an hour of exercise a day should be fine for this breed. This can be in the form of a brisk walk or playing in a yard. Jogging with your dog is only recommended if it is done slowly as this large dog can get out of breath and develop health problems if over-exerted.
With its combination of stamina, speed, and keen sense of smell, the GSB makes an exceptional running or hiking companion. It is important to make sure it is kept on a leash, however, as its instinctive prey drive means it is likely to chase after and harass small animals.
Your dog will also require mental stimulation. As well as the physical activity, be sure to challenge your dog’s mind with puzzle toys and brain games.
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