I have a question for pitbull owners. I've always liked the pit bulls I've met through volunteering and work, but now I am REALLY starting to like them! I'm going to be a "sponsor" for a pit bull puppy that has a front leg deformity and an eye missing from previous abuse. I can't get another dog for a couple years because I just started grad school full time, but I may consider a pit bull when the time is right. The main reason I haven't considered them before is the dog aggression. How many people have a pit bull in a multi dog home? How safe is it?
I know Stormywinter does, and a lot of other people that I do not know of. They will be fine if the dog was socialized! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I currently have four Pit bulls one of which is a foster. I also have a Pekingese and three indoor cats. How safe is it to have a Pit Bull in a multi dog household? It completely depends on the individual dog and owner. I like to think of myself as a Pit Bull Savvy owner. I also have eight years of experience owning rescuing and fostering these dogs. So I find it quite easy to have a multi dog household which includes Pit Bulls. One of my girls Punkin can at times have issues with the other dogs. So in turn she does not always get to have free time in the yard and free roam of the house as the other dogs do. I use crates for all my dogs and I always assure they are supervised. But that rule applies (or at least it should) to any multi dog family regardless of the breed. As Pit bulls mature so do their personalities so overtime you will get to know them well enough to know who gets along with who. ~My Babies~ http://photobucket.com/albums/v338/reginaha/
Gina H is right. I have 6 dogs in the house and everyone has their own crate. Everyone gets along and plays fine but I do supervise my female Rott and my female Pit. They just seem to get alittle carried away with their play. No one has never been hurt or blood been drawn but I keep an eye on them when they are outside together. Everyone else can stay together unsupervised outside but to keep the peace in the house they sleep and eat in their crates.
i totally agree with cschimizzi and ginah. i have 4 pitts myself. all of them get along but they do have little spats here and there. non of them have gotten real ugly. to me its kinda like 2 sibling getting in a fight, but you do need to supervise.
See now i have a completly different situation then these guys.I do have a multi pit house hold ,2 females,and have for about 5 years. My first female Noey that lived with Tigger was fine with Tig until she matured at a year,then for no reason started to attack her out of the blue.Tigger would no longer come into our bed room when Noey was in there.Noey became sick with cancer,so we think that this may have been aprt of her aggression,we don't know.Sadie we bought after Noey passed on,she got along with Tigger fine,Tig was very dominant over her,after Sadies death(I don't want to go into what happened),the breeder gave us Piper ,Sadies niece,she is very doninant over Tig ,she has to do everything first,Tigger gets seconds in the house,out side Tigger is the queen and Piper is submissive.I have a crate Piper goes into when we go out. Niether dog is left alone together unsupervised.Both of my dogs live with 3 cats. Also to add Tigger is on the extreme with dog on dog aggression,but can still live with another dog in the house hold. Strange dogs if given the chance ,she'll roll up into a donut and kill them. You have to know your dog as the dog matures ,then take precautions from there.The other day both of my dogs got into a fight over a garbage bag left on our back porch,we where just careless,and I for got about it. A good saying for pit owners,never trust a pit not to fight,they may not start it,but they sure will finish it.
Red I can relate with you on the behavior change at 1year old that is about when Punkin started to mature and began to have disputes with the other dogs. Some days she's sweet as pie and other days I know the minute she steps foot out of her crate in the morning if she's got an attitude or not. So far she has never taken her issues to far (mostly because she's not given the chance) but she is the type of dog who will fight over a crumb on the floor if given the chance. She has had obedience training and has been properly socialized she just has big time jealousy issues. But still yet all my dogs live harmoniously together Punkin just does not get as much together time as the other dogs. I to have had to deal with the loss of two dogs in the past year. China was my very first Pit Bull she was four when I adopted her and lived to the old age of twelve. Izzy I had for two years she was also adopted but had a very violent abusive past and never really trusted me or any human for that matter but I still loved her dearly she passed away at the young age of four from heart failure.
I used to own 2 pitbulls, and I loved them very much. But I will never own another one again. Or at least while I own other dogs. My reason is because we owned a male pitbull,we had had him since he was 4 weeks old, didn't know he was that young till we looked at the papers. Anyway, he was our baby,he slept with us and our other dogs. He was also raised with our other dogs. One day after he had turned 3 years old, he attacked one of my dogs for no reason. He locked on her jaw and broke it. She lost alot of blood, kept losing peices of her jaw bone, and couldn't eat solid food for a long time. I had him put to sleep the same day. I could never trust him again.Our other pitbull, the same thing happened. She was 3 and killed our cat that she had been raised with. I put her to sleep too. People say it is the way the dog is raised, thats not true with us they were our children. Some people do raise them bad. I just think there is something with the breed. I know any breed of dog can kill another dog, but my experiance has been with pitbulls. Don't get me wrong, I loved my pitbulls, but I could never trust them with my other dogs again. I don't want to start fights with the pit people on here. Thats just my opinon. Anyways people probley don't like the breeds I have, and thats fine.
I have a pit right now. She is about 12 weeks. I wouldnt trust her around other dogs. She was breed from fighting lines. I have seen first hand what a pit can do in a fight. The neighbors pits got loose and attacked my dog. They werent mean dogs. My male was unneutered and so was theirs. The two males growled at each other and then the female jumped in to protect her pack member. They tore my dog up pretty bad. It cost over $300 at the vet to have him sown back together. I have been socializing Daisy the best i can. When she is older she will be kenneled when im gone or penned outside away from the other dogs. Just as a precaution.
Halle ,please tell me why would you pts your dog for getting into a fight with one of youyr dogs or killing a cat? Dogs will be dogs . When haing multi dogs this is somethinbg you may have to expect. You should have given the dogs up for adoption as opposing taking the lives of 2 innocent dogs. They needed to be the only dogs. God I lost count how many dogs Tigger has fought with,or cats she has killed,skunks,racoons,apposums,birds,squirrels,I would never pts.You shoul've looked into this before getting those dogs. This is what burns me up,2 dogs loose their life because some one got the dogs before learning how to properly handle them.I feel for those dogs.
Missy gets along great with most dogs. I will still never leave her alone with other dogs, the potential for harm is too great. Now my friend has 5 pit bulls, and they have problems with each other. Only certain ones get to be around each other. Her Jackal and Bear can go outside together, as a matter of fact , they PREFER to share a crate. And Jackson and Bundy can be together. But Jackson or Bundy cannot even be in the same room with Jackal and Bear. And Lady can be out with any of them. They all love people. I have yet another friend who owns a pit bull and a min pin. They get along great, and the min pin is the boss! Some individual dogs just don't get along well with others, and yes, pit bulls are more prone to the dog aggression. This is something anyone who's thinking about getting a pit bull should understand--- a dog that attacks another dog or kills a cat is not a dangerous untrustworthy dog. It should not be trusted around other dogs, obviously, but it is then the responsibility of the owner to either keep them seperated or re-home them. No reason to pts unless they are aggressive towards HUMANS, which isn't typical of the breed. Good for you, eshanna, to be asking this question now and learning all you can before making your decision! :-)
Halle OK so let me get this straight? You owned a Pit Bull for three years and you loved him SO MUCH? Right? But yet when he got into a fight with another dog which is something all responsible Pit Bull owners prepare for or at least know is a possibility you then had your supposedly beloved pet put to sleep? And then you have this other Pit Bull who you also LOVED SO MUCH...She killed a cat WHICH I might add any dog is quite capable of you then had her put to sleep as well? IM baffled. It's rather wise of you not to own a Pit Bull ever again since you obviously are not prepared to take on the added responsibility that comes with owning the breed. Man I sure hope your new dogs adore cats and each other.
hmmm. well, thanks for all the info. I don't really know what to do. Maybe if I did get a pitbull down the line, I should adopt an older one so I'll know (or at least have a better idea) whether they will get along with other dogs or not? Or just wait a long time until my current dog passes away (sniff!) and the pit bull could be in a single household. It's so far off, I have plenty of time to think! Halle said her pit bull locked its jaws in an attack. But I heard somewhere that pit bulls can't really lock their jaws? What is the truth about this?
I've read somewhere, but can't find it, that Pit Bulls mature slower than other dogs. They mature at around 16 months. That's when you start seeing some personality changes. There was a time I had 5 dogs of various breeds, 4 females and 1 male spayed and neutered, and the females were always wanting to scrap with each other. Never the male. Right now I have 2 Pits, 1 female, one male, and they live together wonderfully. It seems dogs, any breed, of same the sex living together have a harder time getting along. Or maybe it's multi female dogs that are the most problem. I don't know. I feel a Pit Bull in a multi dog family can work just as good as any other breed as long as there is monitoring and supervision. Definite separation is needed when when not around to supervise. I personally will not have any more than two dogs at one time again. One male and one female. And I don't want to leave out the 3 cats and 8 goldfish.
Their jaws are like all other dogs', no locking mechanism. They do have some very strong jaws, though, and can grip something so that you cannot get them off. Not because of locking, but because of strength. It's a good idea to own a breaking stick that you can slide in there and pry jaws open with, just in case.
I knew a guy at the hospital who owned a male yellow lab and co-owned (think that's the right word) and an Am Staff that was a show dog. He said the two dogs were best buddies and got along great. His Am Staff was gorgeous. He'd bring it to work sometimes, and it would be the "greeter" in the reception cubicle!
rednosered & GinaH~ I knew all the pit people would get mad. You guys don't have to jump on me. You don't know the everything. You weren't there in my kitchen the day he locked on her jaw and wouldn't let go he wanted to kill her! I could never trust them again, and I'm not going to put my other dogs in risk. How many people would like a dog that kills cats or one that attacks your other dogs for no reason. Putting them to sleep was better than taking them to the pound or finding a person a don't know or can trust. What if they did it again? I couldn't live with myself. So you guys are telling me you would find a home for a dog that attacks other dogs and one that kills cats? What would you do if they did it again? Wouldn't you feel terrible? And its not a pitbull thing cause I do like the breed. Oh by the way, I know how to handle dogs! So don't go starting a fight for no reason.