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Adding a Second Puppy

Ty-Rex41

Puppy
Hello -Looking for some opinions, ideas and inputs on adding a same sex pit bull to our family.I currently have a male pit bull who is just over a year old. His name is Onyx, and he is neutered. He has an amazing personality as he is dog friendly, people friendly and over all other animal friendly. He is gentle and compassionate around kids, never ever aggressive around other dogs or animals and loves everyone and anyone.I am thinking about adding another pit bull to the family. I do want to get a puppy because I am kind of picky when it comes to knowing that I am the one raising and training it. Obviously due to the breed, I like to know what my dogs have been through and getting them at as a puppy is important to me. I guess my question, and what I'm looking to get some opinions on, is whether or not I should focus on getting another male or adding a female? I have never had issues with Onyx being aggressive with other dogs(same sex or not) and I am fairly confident that it wouldn't be an issue with him, but I am also not very familiar with same breed, multi dog homes. Any advice??
 

BCdogs

Good Dog
Super Moderator
Do understand that they may not get along regardless of gender and how friendly your current dog is? Unless you're prepared to keep them permanently separated if necessary, a multi-dog household isn't a good idea for you.

If you are prepared for that possibility, there is a slightly better chance of them getting along with you get a puppy of the opposite gender.

Are you planning on adopting or going to an ethical breeder?
 

Ty-Rex41

Puppy
At this point, I haven't decided that yet. I am kind of just doing the research on multi-dog families before seriously looking into a puppy. I want to do it right and am curious for other pit owners opinions and thoughts...
Thank you for the answer!
 

BCdogs

Good Dog
Super Moderator
Wow, sorry about all the spelling/grammar errors in my last post, guess I'm not paying attention, lol.

Let's put it this way... Are you interested in showing? Are health testing and health guarantees important to you? Do you want to meet your future dog's parents and get an idea of their temperament? If any of the above, go with an ethical breeder.

If you're just looking for a companion and you aren't picky on structure, function, etc., then rescue is always a great thing to do. Another benefit to rescuing is that you can choose an adult dog. I know you said you want a puppy, but it may be better to choose an adult dog so you can get an idea of their adult temperament.
 

Ty-Rex41

Puppy
No worries :).

I did get Onyx from a breeder. I do not show and am not super picky on structure and all of the fancy stuff. I do, however, like to meet the parents and litter mates to get an idea of where the pup is coming from, as I did this with my current pit. I guess I am more concerned about personality and temperament...while realizing it can always change as they get older.

I guess my my main concern is just the multi-dog household and doing my best to reduce the risk of fights...the best I can ha. Understanding they may not get along regardless, I am wondering what I can do to help reduce altercations? Like I said, I am fairly confident that Onyx will accept any sex or dog, how should I go about adding a same breed dog to the household?
 

BCdogs

Good Dog
Super Moderator
It's one of those things where either it'll happen or it won't. There really isn't any way to completely prevent fights and many dogs will fight over nothing, with no noticeable trigger. My male is one of those dogs; he will pick a fight just to pick a fight. I'm one of the lucky ones whose dogs get along perfectly well despite my male being DA to every other dog.

It is common for fights to start over resources. Toys, treats, food, the bed, etc. It's always prudent to separate your dogs when feeding and giving treats or toys.
 

Ty-Rex41

Puppy
Right, seperate food and stuff. They will also always be kenneled when no one is home with them. I do have a decent sized house and a large yard and quite a bit of land, so having them cooped up together 24/7 wouldn't be an issue.

So do you think getting another male or getting a female would be better? Or does it not really matter if correct measures are taken?
 

BCdogs

Good Dog
Super Moderator
Glad that you will be separating them when not supervising, that is definitely always necessary. It may not matter in the end, but opposite genders tend to work better.
 

Ty-Rex41

Puppy
Okay. Thank you for your input, I appreciate it!

Does anyone else have any ideas or opinions?? Looking to get as many opinions as possible..
 

ShanaRowan

FlirtPolin'
Premium Member
I second waiting until your current dog is a bit older. Dog aggression tends to show up around the point of sexual maturity, although it can be earlier, and your dog isn't done maturing. Just speaking from personal experience, my bull breed mutt was wonderful with other dogs and loved to play with them. He turned on around one year and three months and at this point wants to fight just for the sake of fighting, he doesn't need a reason. He also doesn't bark or growl or show any "warning" other than a hard stare and high ears. Some bull breed dogs don't do a lot of posturing so unless you're very in tune to your dog, it's very likely you would miss the opportunity to stop a fight before it starts.

In our case we have multiple dogs because I do a ton of dog sports and each dog gets worked at least an hour a day, and crate and rotate has become second nature. But if you are considering another dog mainly as a companion for your current dog I'd say wait, or even consider reconsider altogether.
 
We have 2 pits make (zeke) is 5 months old and female (princess) is about to be 3 months they get along great so far and are crated separately for feeding sleeping and treats. Toys are played with as a family but they don't last long lol they get torn to shreds. It's ultimately up to you but any multi dog house hold could have issues just be prepared.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
I also would recommend opposite sex pairing. While fights can and do happen with that match, it's not as common as same sex fights. We have always been a multi dog home, and my experience is it's the same sex scuffles/fights that are usually the normal.
 

Cosmic Charlie

Good Dog
Hello -Looking for some opinions, ideas and inputs on adding a same sex pit bull to our family.I currently have a male pit bull who is just over a year old. His name is Onyx, and he is neutered. He has an amazing personality as he is dog friendly, people friendly and over all other animal friendly. He is gentle and compassionate around kids, never ever aggressive around other dogs or animals and loves everyone and anyone.I am thinking about adding another pit bull to the family. I do want to get a puppy because I am kind of picky when it comes to knowing that I am the one raising and training it. Obviously due to the breed, I like to know what my dogs have been through and getting them at as a puppy is important to me. I guess my question, and what I'm looking to get some opinions on, is whether or not I should focus on getting another male or adding a female? I have never had issues with Onyx being aggressive with other dogs(same sex or not) and I am fairly confident that it wouldn't be an issue with him, but I am also not very familiar with same breed, multi dog homes. Any advice??

Don't be so confident in your assurance the dog wouldn't have any issues with DA. Just because your dog gets along with other dogs at the moment and hasn't displayed DA traits yet doesn't mean it won't happen in his lifetime. DA can begin to be shown at any point in a dogs life, sometimes triggered by an event or for seemingly no reason at all. It truly doesn't matter what sex of dog you bring home, because there is absolutely no guarantee male and female will get along any better than two Males (or female/female).When even beginning the decision process of adding a second dog to the household you must look at the entire situation unbiasedly and honestly. Forget all about every interaction your dog has ever had with another dog or animal, because it will only cause you to evaluate the situation with bias. Are you alright and able to maintain a safe and responsible home with two dogs that don't get along and require 100% separation? You need to answer honestly because if you add a second dog this is a very likely ending for the dogs. More often than not in multi bull breed dog household the dogs will require separation as its very likely at least one dog displays DA traits in their lifetime.
In fact, you say you are confident that this won't be an issue with your dog based on your evaluation of his behavior. He is only a year old and that isn't mature yet. Most dogs don't display DA or begin to display DA until they are sexually mature, which is around 3 years. Obviously, bull breed dogs can display or begin to display DA behavior at any moment from puppyhood to death, but it's most common around or right after maturity. If you are not alright with living a crate and rotate lifestyle or complete separation then refrain from adding more dogs. If you have a hard time believing or accepting your current dog (or future) has just as much of a likelihood to display DA as any other bull breed dog out there.
Hypothetically, you add another dog and they get along great for a couple years then after playing outside one day they get into a scrap and from there they are requiring full separation because one dog can't tolerate the other. What will you do and how will you approach this situation?
 

Cosmic Charlie

Good Dog
We have 2 pits make (zeke) is 5 months old and female (princess) is about to be 3 months they get along great so far and are crated separately for feeding sleeping and treats. Toys are played with as a family but they don't last long lol they get torn to shreds. It's ultimately up to you but any multi dog house hold could have issues just be prepared.
Many people have multiple bull breeds in one home, but every owner needs to be prepared to separate the dogs for the remainder of their existence if they begin to display DA. Your dogs are young and often DA doesn't show until maturity which is a long ways down the road. Not all dogs display DA, but many bull breeds do. If an owner is not alright with complete separation of their dogs when DA shows then they are not a responsible and ideal candidate for owning multiple dogs that have the potential for DA (genetic).
 

Obed

Good Dog
Premium Member
I also think it is too early to say your dog will not be DA. I would also suggest a female to improve the odds. I think if you are looking for potential long term peace it would also be better to get an adult dog instead of a puppy...you will know the temperament of an adult dog and a sweet puppy could easily change as it matures...in a one dog family, no biggie... but in a multidog family it could be huge.
 

Pitbullmom1

Big Dog
I have two males at home, I brought Case home at 9weeks old and Dozer was 8yrs old got case fixed at 6months, Dozer isn't fixed. They've always done well together never had any fights but have had a couple of times where Dozer growled at case for messing with him when case was a pup. Now their bff.