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    Pit bulls and small(er) dogs.

    My mom decided she wanted a (new) doggy of her own. A couple years ago we lost our Caviler. My mom was heartbroken, but she's healed and has decided to add a new bundle of joy to our household. Our second dog, an Australian Shepherd, is also getting old and not doing so well. We suspect she has Cushing's disease. I think having a new puppy/dog will ease the pain when Athena p$#@!.

    So, we currently have two dogs, my Pit and our Shepherd. Our Shepherd could careless about other dogs, but Dylan is crazy about them (in a good way).

    I need some advice or some... thing about Pits and smaller dogs. I know I've seen some members in the past that have Pits with very small dogs - like chihuahua's.

    The dog is going to be a puppy when we get it. And Caviler's don't get very big anyway - maybe 30lbs at the most.

    What should I do when they meet? What can I do to make sure things stay smooth? Dylan has never exhibited any signs of dog aggression - he appears to be very submissive in fact around other dogs, especially if they threatened/warn him.

  2. I think it would be best for them to meet on neutral grounds? Maybe take them for a walk together? (it works for rabbits!!! lol) I know you should never over praise the new pup so the dog you have now doesnt become jealous.. hopefully someone with better knowledge and experience chimes in here...

    My sister has a pit, Neo, she also has 1 chihuahua and a frenchie... the chihuahua will ride on Neo like he's her car, lol. Neo is probably the lowest in the pack, he isnt aggressive at all and those two small dogs RUN HIM! super cute..

    good luck with your new addition!!!

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    It depends on your dogs and how well you know them, you may not need neutral ground to introduce them.

    My oldest Powder is dominant but, doesn't really mind little dogs, I'm sure he knows size wise they're not a threat. With this in mind I got Achilles and Panini both (different times) at 8wks old and they met Powder in my living room. I kneeled down holding the pups while Powder was checking them out. Afterwards I moved to the couch so that the pups could move around more and still interact with him. After that went well they were let down on the floor, so that it wasn't just new dog or pup in the house and Powder on top of or hovering over them right away.

    Cocoa on the other hand was 9 mths old when I got her, with some size on her that could easily cause an issue. So they met on neutral ground outside of the house. My sister had Cocoa across the street, I went and got Powder and we walked the neighborhood for a bit. Keeping our distance at first but still letting them check each other out, switching up so that they got a chance to walk in front, beside and behind the other. Gradually getting closer the more they relaxed and became more comfortable with each other.

    By the time we got back to the house Powder was trying to get her to play. Her social skills weren't the greatest so she didn't know how to reciprocate. Once we got back to the house, we kept them both on a leash and went to the back yard to see how things went there. Powder did a little more strutting, with some marking which put her on alert but it didn't take long for him to go back to asking her to play. So we were pretty much in a game of leash twister and merry go rounds until they (as well as I) were both comfortable enough to play with out us holding the leashes.

    Everything went smooth from there, the leashes came off and they've been together since. She's a pup that he had to correct here and there but I don't mind, it's what he's suppose to do as long as he doesn't go over board and she gets the message.

    Some people don't agree with it but it's a part of what they do and how they learn. Sometimes they learn and pick up on things a lot quicker from each other then from us.

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    I do remember Dylan being crazy about other dogs.

    I got a little dog, Taz (mutant Brussels Griffon) last year. I was interested in a little dog, and he was being fostered at work, so I had a lot of time to get to know him, and I knew personality-wise he'd get on well with everyone.

    I introduced him to Ethel immediately, as she's always gentle with small creatures, and will either try to befriend it, or run off to nap.

    The other two rambunctious $#@!holes, I did a rotation for several days, first just them in their crates observing Taz, with one or the other out on a leash to sniff at him and interact and play a bit. I eventually phased out the leash, and added more out and about time together until we got to what the normal routine is.

    The new dog's personality definitely has a lot to do with it. Taz isn't one to bolt or start $#@! with bigger dogs and avoids dogs that aren't openly friendly towards him. He's politely curious, and fully aware that he's little and can die easily as well.

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    Thanks you three for replying. And yeah, Dylan is still crazy about other dogs! :D

    Wondering if anybody else could post, anybody else that has smaller breeds and pits? :)

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    I have an 8 month old pit bull and an 8 year old yorkie/bichon. They get a long fine. My little guy is pretty much a loner and just chills out on his own all day, Bloo pretty much leaves him alone and spends most of his time bugging my medium sized female aussie mix. If Bloo starts to annoy Junior, Junior will grump a little bit and go find somewhere else to go. They have never fought or anything. But, Junior is older and pretty laid back so he pretty much just lets Bloo have his way with whatever he wants and doesn't challenge him or anything. The only "Problem" I have is Bloo sees Junior jumping in my lap, sitting on me and and laying or going in tight/small areas and he either doesn't realize he's not small, or he just doesn't care and tries to do it too.

    Here are some pics of them together...here Bloo is being a camera hog and pushing junior aside, who really needs a haircut.



    Here they are sleeping on my boyfriend's niece.


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    My Amstaff lives with smaller dogs and we've fostered several pit bulls that has no issue with them either.

    Here is Baby a deaf female pit bull with Jack my Boston. Baby was adopted to a family with 2 Chihuahuas and has lived with them for over a year now.



    Here she is my JRT mix and Frenchie



    Baby, Ripley, Rocky and Jack


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    just make sure you supervise supervise and supervise...


    a few pics of my Callie with the little ones





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    Is that feathers? lol My pit bull loves feathers....he ate one of my pillows like a month ago and I'm still finding feathers in the house!

    About 10 years ago when I lived with my boyfriend at his mom's house we had a pit and she was best friends with my boyfriend's mom'schihuahua. They did everything together. That little thing would stick her whole head in the pit bull's mouth and start licking her teeth. The Pit bull got a little depressed when the chihuahua died. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyHateMachine View Post
    Is that feathers? lol My pit bull loves feathers....he ate one of my pillows like a month ago and I'm still finding feathers in the house!

    About 10 years ago when I lived with my boyfriend at his mom's house we had a pit and she was best friends with my boyfriend's mom'schihuahua. They did everything together. That little thing would stick her whole head in the pit bull's mouth and start licking her teeth. The Pit bull got a little depressed when the chihuahua died. :(
    yah those are feathers lol Callie took the pillow off my bed and brought it to her house and tore it up

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    So, we brought home our new puppy today and he's a whole whopping 5lbs.

    Dylan is completely excited happy but he wants to PLAY with the puppy. The problem is that Dylan weighs 55lbs and this puppy is no match for him.

    Any tips on how to teach Dylan to be gentle with the puppy? So far, he doesn't get it yet.

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    Congrats on the new puppy!

    Try tiring Dylan out a little bit before letting him interact with the pup. Then, if he starts to get rough, make him stop playing altogether and settle down for a bit. He'll learn that once play gets to a certain level, if he doesn't tone it down he doesn't get to play anymore. But, his idea of "gentle" play may still be too much for the lil guy :(

  13. We have a chihuahua & Bully our pit mix. Bully loves to play & doesn't realize how big he is. Our bed is sassy's (chihuahua) sanctuary. Her food bowl is in our room, & if she gets tired of him she gets on our bed. Bully is only allowed on the bed if invited. If everyone leaves, sassy is put in the bedroom with the door shut. Sassy is 8, & Bully is just going on 5 months. So sassy is the boss. We never ever leave them home roaming the house alone, Bully could hurt her while he's just playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubblz Calhoun View Post
    It depends on your dogs and how well you know them, you may not need neutral ground to introduce them.
    What he said... But most adult dogs are very friendly to young puppies..

    IE -- below 12-16 weeks of age.. Puppy breathe being the real deciding factor from what I have noticed.


    Quote Originally Posted by Teal View Post
    Congrats on the new puppy!

    Try tiring Dylan out a little bit before letting him interact with the pup. Then, if he starts to get rough, make him stop playing altogether and settle down for a bit. He'll learn that once play gets to a certain level, if he doesn't tone it down he doesn't get to play anymore. But, his idea of "gentle" play may still be too much for the lil guy
    Edit -- Oh I should of read the whole thread.. Gratz on the puppy and what she said... ^^
    Last edited by realrasta; 05-14-2012 at 05:21 AM.

  15. Athena has friends that are tea cup poodles (about the size of her nose) and pugs,as well as shepards and great danes...Shes just a dog friendly dog...

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    I'm having a really hard time getting Dylan to understand that he can't pounce and tackle this little puppy. I don't think Dylan has ever been around something so small and fragile, so I'm not really sure what to do.

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    It might be awhile before he can really be around the new pup. Till he either gets that it's a bit more fragile than he is, or until the pup's a good bit bigger and can handle being knocked around more.

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