Pitsky Dog Breed Information and Facts
Do you want a unique-looking, energetic, and bold dog? Then the Pitsky just might be the right breed for you. This designer dogis a handsome and muscular cross between anAmerican Pitbull Terrier and a Siberian or Alaskan Husky. They are perfect for people who love either of those popular breeds. Because they are not a purebred dog, they do not have any breed standards and each litter of puppies can be vastly different to the next. The Pitsky is not registered with American Kennel Club (AKC). They have been primarily bred as a companion dog but only really became popular in 2014.
History of the Pitsky
Developed in 2014 by the Israel canine specialist, Alon Melakh, the Pitsky was created as a companion dog for young people. Pitsky come in two varieties – beagle mix and greyhound mix. They are an extremely strong, sturdy and athletic dog. This means they can do tasks such as climbing trees, jumping over obstacles, and running through grassy fields. Pitsky are very similar to American Bulldogs but they are taller and more muscular. This has led to some Pitsky becoming something of an internet celebrity for their extreme physical ability. Although these are intelligent dogs, they are sometimes a bit fickle in the way that they will often play with their toys or take them to places they know the owner wants them to go.
Description of the Pitsky
The Pitsky has a thick and medium-length coat with a white muzzle and a red-brown undercoat. It weighs anywhere from 35 to 55 pounds (or more). The Pitsky has thick guard hairs that stand up and the undercoat is long and short with a small ruff around the neck. Because of its length, the Pitsky will stand taller than most Pitsky but will always have a long, slim build. The Pitsky is usually a little more sturdy than other Pitbull type dogs. They will be protective and even aggressive towards strangers, especially children. However, they are generally a lot more placid and calm. Health Issues of the Pitsky The Pitsky has some health issues that many other similar dogs do not have.
Personality of the Pitsky
What is the most important quality in a good dog? According to some, intelligence, stamina, and energy. The Pitsky is known for being energetic. They are usually so energetic that it sometimes takes a while to get them to slow down, especially when they are playing. The Pitsky will play rough and tumble and will not back down unless they feel threatened. They will defend themselves at the drop of a hat. Because of their high-energy, even many dog owners have to take them on a running or hiking schedule. Great with kids Being active is the number one requirement for dogs, but many pet owners have found that the Pitsky’s high energy level fits the bill. Even without any regular exercise, the Pitsky will be eager to play or wrestle.
Temperament of the Pitsky
This dog is an enormous bundle of energy who needs to be supervised constantly and needs constant exercise. If you live in an apartment, you will be disappointed in this breed. However, they are very hardy, strong, and resilient dogs, which make them the perfect choice for people living in apartment buildings. If you are a house-sitter, you can bring a Pitsky with you. You will enjoy their cheerful nature and your new friend will appreciate the extra protection! These dogs are described as aloof and independent. They don’t really care for the company of others and will usually take time to warm up to anyone they meet. If you are looking for a fun-loving dog who is energetic but not destructive, the Pitsky is definitely your best choice.
Health Issues of the Pitsky
This dog is not known to be a good eater. The American Pitbull Terrier is a fast food lover, and they will often give themselves indigestion. Therefore, they are somewhat prone to digestive issues. Also, the Pitsky is very prone to allergies and have to be given frequent baths, just to keep them from getting itchy. This is also true for any dog of the breed. How to Help with the Pitsky’s Health Issues All breed dogs need regular vet care. This is because of their high risk of genetic diseases and to prevent them from getting other illnesses. Another health issue that many dogs can get is Heart Disease. In an episode of the popular show CatNip Nation, veterinarian Leslie Weiner reveals that they can suffer from this condition.
Grooming Needs of the Pitsky
Because the Pitsky doesn’t have a structured coat, they need much less grooming. They also tend to shed out quicker because the hair on the lower legs of the breed does not grow very fast. They shed out using soft fur, a sign of health, unlike dogs with sturdier coats. The Pitsky can also curl in small circles instead of shaking, which helps your Pitsky remain still while you brush and groom them. The Pitsky does not need a bath or trim every 6 months. They only need an occasional brushing and to be groomed yearly to keep their nails trimmed, ears fluffed, teeth brushed, and to pick up any stray hair from their paws. They only need a little food. They are not going to be the main food bowl in your home and prefer a little bit of meat, a little bit of veggies and some grain.
Training Needs of the Pitsky
The Pitsky has never known the boundaries of a small home and has been used as a guard dog. That is why it is so smart and fearless, but because of this, the Pitsky is not very good around other dogs. As a result, when you adopt a Pitsky, be prepared for a lot of training. Fortunately, with the proper guidance, it will be a completely different dog when it grows up and is allowed to socialize with other dogs.
Exercise Needs of the Pitsky
Pitsky have a high energy level and they can be somewhat stubborn and energetic. Their energy level often brings about problems when they are left alone for too long or are left to run or play without supervision. With their high energy level, this breed is not a dog that can be left at home alone for long periods of time, which is a disadvantage if you live in a town or city. Pitsky are also likely to be more needy of their owners than other dogs. They need constant reassurance and interaction. Because of this they are not suitable for apartments or houses with small children, since this breed can be mischievous and often head-butts or scratches them.