29 Questions to Consider Before Getting A Canis Panther
The Canis Panther is a large designer dog with an interesting background and the genes of 4 different dog breeds. This dog has been bred since the 1970s specifically for personal protection and guarding, as such Canis Panther dogs look intimidating and are fiercely loyal. This is a high energy dog that is affectionate with their family but they are also extremely protective and don’t like being left alone. Canis Panthers require a firm and experienced owner to keep them under control and prevent unwanted aggression. It is extremely important you understand the specific needs of this breed so you can decide if they will be a good fit for your family and home.
1. Is the Canis Panther a Cross Breed?
Yes, Canis Panther is a cross of the American Staffordshire Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane and Labrador Retriever. The Canis Panther appearance is generally a cross between an American Staffordshire Terrier (strong and muscly) and a Doberman (fierce and alert). This breed has been around since the 1970s.
2. Are Canis Panthers good for first-time owners?
No, the Canis Panther has been bred to be a guard dog and have specific training and handling needs. They are very big dogs, have quite a dominant personality and can be territorial so this is a breed best for people who are familiar with personal protection dogs.
3. Do Canis Panthers make good family pets?
Yes, when around their family this breed is sensitive and affectionate. They are playful and enjoy spending time with their human “pack”. However, Canis Panthers are highly protective so need a firm and experienced handler to keep them out of trouble.
4. Are Canis Panthers good with children?
They are good with their family members and will be protective of children in their family. However, Canis Panther dogs should never be left alone with children. With appropriate training, this breed is protective and loving around their family but they are naturally unsure of strangers. It’s best to keep a Canis Panther supervised and on lead when around strangers, including children.
5. What do Canis Panthers look like?
The Canis Panther is a muscular dog with a short, sleek coat. They look both impressive and intimidating. Canis Panthers have traits from all 4 breeds they are bred from but they are noticeably tall like a Great Dane and muscly like an American Staffordshire Terrier.
6. Are Canis Panthers friendly?
When at home, this breed is friendly and sensitive. When out and about, the Canis Panther is territorial and headstrong. This isn’t a breed that will happily meet and greet strangers on walks, they are suspicious of people and dogs they do not know.
7. How big are Canis Panthers?
This is a large - giant dog breed. The males stand 67 - 76cm and the females are slightly smaller at 61 - 69cm. The males weigh between 54 - 68kg and the females between 39 - 52kg.
8. How much exercise does a Canis Panther need?
This is an active, outgoing dog that needs at least an hour of walking each day. In addition to this, they need access to a large, secure garden where they can roam and burn off energy. Canis Panthers also need plenty of mental stimulation such as obedience training sessions and similar activities to prevent them from becoming bored and destructive.
9. Do Canis Panthers shed?
Yes, they are average - minimal shedders so you will probably find their short hairs around the house. Brushing Canis Panthers weekly will help to keep on top of their shedding.
10. How much grooming does a Canis Panther need?
These dogs need to be brushed once a week, they have short hair and brushing will help to keep shedding to a minimum. They also need to have their nails trimmed, ears cleaned and teeth cleaned periodically.
11. Do Canis Panthers bark a lot?
No, this breed does not bark a lot. Canis Panthers are excellent guard dogs but they often growl if something is wrong rather than bark. This means the Canis Panther won’t always alert owners that something is not right, they may take it upon themselves to stand their ground and protect rather than alert.
12. Are Canis Panthers intelligent?
Yes, they are intelligent dogs and responsive dogs. Canis Panthers require firm and consistent training to prevent them from picking up bad habits.
13. Are Canis Panthers easy to train?
Yes, Canis Panthers are fast learners. They pick up new commands quickly and love being challenged with regular training sessions. Early training and socialisation is vital for this breed to integrate into family life well.
14. How long do Canis Panthers live?
On average, Canis Panthers live 10 - 12 years and are generally healthy dogs. Due to their large size, they are more prone to issues such as hip dysplasia and bloat.
15. Are Canis Panthers good with other dogs?
This breed can be aggressive towards other dogs but tend to respond better to dogs that have more submissive personalities. Canis Panthers may clash with other dominant personalities. Early socialisation of Canis Panther puppies is essential to get them used to being around other dogs.
16. Are Canis Panthers good with other pets?
While Canis Panthers will get along with other pets that they have been brought up with they are better suited to being an only dog. They are okay around other dogs that are less dominant than them but can be aggressive towards other dominant characters.
17. Are Canis Panthers good watchdogs?
Yes, Canis Panthers are bred to be personal protection dogs and make excellent watchdogs. They are extremely loyal and alert so naturally keep a close eye on what is going on around them. This breed will be hostile towards anyone that they consider to be a threat.
18. Are Canis Panthers good with strangers?
No, this is a protective dog that can be aggressive towards strangers. Canis Panthers are defensive, protective and territorial, they don’t handle strangers on their property well.
19. Do Canis Panthers have a high prey drive?
No, Canis Panthers are more concerned about protecting their family than chasing smaller animals.
20. Are Canis Panthers playful?
Yes, they are playful dogs when they are at home with their family. Canis Panthers have lots of energy and have outgoing personalities. Ideally, they need to have access to a large garden where they can play during the day.
21. Can Canis Panthers live in an apartment?
No, the large size and high energy levels of Canis Panthers means they need plenty of indoor and outdoor space to express themselves. An apartment is not suitable for this breed as they will quickly become bored and frustrated which may lead to destructive behaviours such as chewing. **
22. Can Canis Panthers be left on their own during the day?
No, this breed has been known to suffer from separation anxiety and does not like to be left on their own. They form strong bonds with their family and want to be with them all the time.
23. Do Canis Panthers like water?
These dogs don’t like water as much as other breeds. They may play around water on hot days but their short coats mean they feel the cold quickly.
24. What health issues are common in Canis Panthers?
Due to their large size, this breed is prone to hip dysplasia, bloat and dilated cardiomyopathy.
25. Are Canis Panthers healthy dogs?
Yes, they are considered to be healthy dogs with few hereditary health issues. They are strong, hardy dogs that do not suffer from the hereditary issues seen in many dog breeds today.
26. Is the Canis Panther a good choice for allergy sufferers?
No, they shed moderately so would not be suitable for people with allergies.
27. How much do Canis Panthers cost?
A Canis Panther puppy would cost £1000+, as this breed is quite rare it may take time to find a reputable breeder with available puppies. You can expect to pay around £140 per month on food and insurance for these large dogs.
28. Are Canis Panthers sensitive to loud noises?
Yes, these dogs are sensitive to loud noises and will respond to sounds. Due to this, they are best suited to quiet homes.
29. Is the Canis Panther dangerous?
These dogs can be dangerous if they aren’t properly handled. Canis Panthers can be aggressive in certain situations and that is why they need an experienced owner to prevent them from getting out of hand. With proper training and socialisation, Canis Panthers can be good family dogs but they will always be protective.
If you are looking for a protective guard dog for your home, the Canis Panther is a good breed choice but only if you have experience with this type of dog. When around their family, Canis Panthers are affectionate and loyal but they are often aggressive towards strangers and don’t get on too well with other pets. This breed looks mean but in the right hands they are loving family dogs.
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