I just adopted a almost 4 yr old male purebreed shar pei today. I totally love him and he is the sweetest thing with my husband, myself and my 2 kids (2 1/2 and 1 1/2 yrs old) but when we brought him home, our siamese cat, Sasha was in the kitchen and within 1 min of walking in the door, the dog pulled the leash away from me and attacked my cat! I am not talking nibbling either, he had her in his jaws and was shaking her on the floor. My husband had to come pull him off because when I tried to touch him he acted like he was going to attack me too. The cat ended up doing more damage to him by scratching his mouth but it REALLY upset me. I am now worried he might attack the kids. He does really well with them and I dont think he would but now I am afraid, what if he does? How do I get him to not be so aggressive with the cat? The old owners (they were his breeder and then someone bought him and his owner past away after 2 yrs so he came back to the breeder and we adopted him from them) said he only had one incident with a black lab. I dont want to come home and find out he killed my cat or him to EVER attack my kids. I also dont want to give up on him... HELP!
Then you have to seperate the cat and dog at all times. They can never be in the same room or area together EVER. If a dog was never raised with cats, it isn't unusual for the dog to treat them as prey, they really are. You also might want to find out more about the people who purchased the dog from the breeder, and why did he attack the lab. I dont belive I have ever meet a nasty shar-pei, I love the breed, and will have one when I can afford them. I have a lab/shar-pei mix now, he is 17yrs, and pushover. If he wasn't socialized correctly, he could have some issues. I wouldn't worry to much about you kids. If he is going after a prey animal, chances are he isn't going to harm your childern. However if you get inbetween him and his prey, that could be dangerous. Good luck
Unfortunately, if a dog is not raised with cats, you can pretty well guarantee he will go after them. I would'nt be one bit worried about him with the kids, but I would also never leave them unattended until you know him, and he has adjusted to his home. With that age of a dog, I don't think it will be an easy task to make him befriend the cat. I agree with Illusionminis, keep them apart. He may slowly realize the cat is part of his family. Make the cat a high space where he can see her, but can't get to her, perhaps on top of something where she can stare down at him. After the initial introduction, she's not going to come down, until you put the dog away.I wish you luck!
Thank you. We decided since the cat eats in the laundry room and her litter box is there, we will let her have that part of the house and just put up baby gates blocking the kicthen (the laundry room is off of the kitchen). She likes to sleep on top of the cabninets anyways. And then we wont have to worry about her getting attacked when she tries to eat or anything. I agree, after watching the dog today I doubt he would ever hurt the kids, he loves them :).
I have a one year old shar pei. Shar pei like to be the pack leader. You have to discipline them. My dog now knows I am the pack leader. I give him a lot of attention (he is my baby), but you need to be firm. By this I mean tell him no, and don't give in till he gives in. I have never shouted or smacked him. Regarding your cat, make sure your dog is chilled and relaxed, if ever you are going to try to mix them, the cat also needs to be in a calm state, or the dog will react to its tension. Try holding the cat sat on the sofa in your arms, and telling your dog no and sit and stay. If you are slightly worried that he will attack you he will sense this and misbehave. Regarding your children, I have no problem. If anything the dog wants to play with them and drives them mad, specially when they are playing football in the garden. If your dog is 4 and not had any discipline you are going to have a lot of work on your hands, because he will be used to not being told what to do. Good luck