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Q: Thinking of adopting another Pittie. I have questions.

April 8, 2008 | By CalvinsMom | 5 answers | Expired: 2408 days ago

Thinking of adopting another Pittie. I have questions.

We have a 2/3 y.o. male pit bull already and are thinking about getting another. The shelter behaviorist said that we could get either another male or a female. I asked her if it was OK to have to males together and she said that yes it would be OK. The only situation she would not recommend is two females together. Do any of you have any experience with this?

My current dog is ever so slightly dog aggressive but we adopted him when we already had a 13.5 y.o Doberman in the house. They got along fine, though we never left them alone together...ever. Sometimes he would try to play with her and she just wasn't interested. I am aware of a PB's tendencies to be dog aggressive. I would never leave two dogs alone together anyway. They will get crated separately. We are thinking about adopting a submissive-type male from a shelter. We, of course, would have them meet on neutral territory by walking them together first but I was just wondering about the male-male pit bull thing.


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Jill R.
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Apr 08, 2008

Nancy,

With dogs, you really never know. There are some really tough girls, really tough boys... sometimes even the sweetest even tempered pet has a bad day. I have two large bully breed males and they get along great 99.9% of the time. Once in a blue moon, the little one gets up on the wrong side of the bed and is in a funny mood and they clash for a few seconds.

The key is, to know your dogs well enough that you know how to avoid dangerous situations, especially around foods or items they are possessive from.

I always recommend to "try out" your potential adoptee (with permission of your shelter of course) to see if your choice is a good fit for your family. Most of the time, they will be when you go how you feel, but sometimes there are personality conflicts that just don't make it a safe match. Fostering is also a good way to find out how a pet fits in your family, talk to your shelter manager about that option. GOOD LUCK!

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Marta J.
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Apr 08, 2008

Iv'e had Pits for years, never had a problem.I have 3 females (spayed). My son has had 2,(neutered males) his girlfriend 2 (Male and female) and we have had them together a lot. BUT, I have worked with dogs for many years and I'm very good at reading body language. Many dogs can start off together great, but if one is the least bit dominate it can be trouble. If you are very dominate and the dogs respect that, they are less likely to fight because there already is a leader in the pack. I can tell when a dog is even thinking about starting something and I stop it right there. I suggest watching the Dog Whisperer on fri night. There's about 5 episodes on National Geo. If you don't get it, go on line. He has 40 some odd dogs in his pack alot of which are pits. He just got a new pit puppy. He really knows his stuff.Even after all the years I worked with dogs I still learn something everytime I watch. What Docjill said is good advise too.

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Brian  K.
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Apr 08, 2008

Male and/or female makes no difference at all. What does matter is the Dominate/Submissive issue. It also matters how you introduce the new dog into the pack. Walks are always nice to do with the dogs on the outside of the humans at first. After a while bring one dog closer to the new dog and keep walking. If all is well move both dogs next to each other. This is all about the bonding.

Walk into the current dogs yard with the new dog last. Keep them on leash and walk around with them for a while. I leave the leash on all the dogs for awhile, just in case I have to pull them apart. If you do have a dominate dog already allow him/her to introduce the new dog to the pack. Then allow the other dogs to join into the introduction.

Pick up all the toys, bones, food and water. Slowly introduce all items into the group with care. For the first week or two keep the new dog separated while unattended, just in case they fight when you are not there.

Good luck and have fun with your pits.

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