I have heard many people say that pitbulls temperaments change when they hit maturity, that they cannot be trusted with other dogs. I was just wondering if anyone had any stories to support or challenge this information. Thanks.
I have a client who had 2 that were problems when the hit 2yrs old, but I have plenty of friends who never had any problems with pits at any age.
I have a friend who does pit rescue, and seen all kinds of temperment issues more from bad up bring, and the wrong kind of handling and training. Pits need a firm hand, and no nonsense training. They can be the most wonderful dogs, but I never would consider one for the first time dog owner. Obedince class is a must in my opinon.
Love your baby, don't let him/her get away with anything. Let them know how is boss.
"PIT BULLS CAN BE AGGRESSIVE WITH OTHER ANIMALS Pit Bulls have been bred to fight for hundreds of years. We don't like it, but we need to accept them for what they are. It's not their fault. Animal-Aggression is now an inherent trait of the breed that must not be denied or ignored. Those dogs might require certain precautions around other dogs but they're worth it. "
I worked with someone who owned two pitbulls and a beagle. Much to her horror, she came home from work one day and discovered her pits ripped her beagle into tiny pieces. These dogs were all raised together and had lived without incident for many years.
I think after reading those links, it would be safe to say that a pitbull cannot be trusted to never fight. The predisposition is there and must be taken into consideration when thinking about having a multipet household with a pitbull.
BUT...This this is changing. Someday Pit Bull animal aggression may be a thing of the past. I responded to a thread with a similar flavor back in December of last year and would like to offer the link for those that care to read it.
My wife has a Pomeranian. He rules the roost. We also have a house Pit. They get along fine, play well and generally understand their place. When Kodi (the Pom) has his bone and Kinkz (the Pit) wants it, the argument that ensues is noisy and sometimes scary with Kodi biting Kinkz in the head and mouth and sometime hanging from his lip or ears. Kinkz takes the abuse good naturedly and more often than not ends up with the bone anyway. This is in addition to his own bone. You see both house dogs want the other dogs' bone in addition to their own bone and will play these hording games until the rawhide's are gone. These arguments can sometimes get intense and I have to step in to restore order. If I or another family member were not around to restore order when the argument escalates, I could envision a scene much like the one Scout told us about her friend. We are a large family and seldom is no one ever home, but if we were to leave the house empty, Kinkz would go in his kennel.
I have my pits spayed/neutered as puppies it seems to help. I had one male that I did not and at two years old another male dog picked a fight with him at the campground that we were at. He was tied up when it happened he broke his coller and won the fight it was hard to break them up. He was always a sweet dog but after that he knew his strength and started bowing up on my kids. He had to be put down after he bit my son. I have found that as long as they never know that they are stronger than you they are great. That is why they need a strong firm owner and to be trained well.
Thank you everyone for the inputs. I've read several different websites on it, but wanted some personal histories. I have read also that spay/neutering by six months severly decreases the chance of the attitude change at maturity. I was just curious about other's stories. Thanks again, and I look forward to more stories. :)