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pitbull mix ! what do you think

Discussion in 'Rescue & Adoption' started by Alexredpit, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Alexredpit

    Alexredpit Puppy

    I've had some ideas lately that maybe i should adopt a dog/puppy from shelter. But one thing that is lacking, is that how has it been treated before, her genetics + temperaments. what if they hadn't done the temperament test. I have a cat and I don't want any conflicts with the puppy and cat ? was she socialized. Is training a 10 month old dog harder then a puppy. im just lost. ohh my youngest son is 14 year old and what about guests or friends once they come home. I don't know. At the same time I want to adopt her but what if she has problems that are not normal. maybe she doesn't like sticks or shouting.. I just want a safe pet, definitely not shy or passive. but by the description, they say she is friendly. but this sentence about kids older 15 and as an only dog has been nudging me the whole time I carefully read her profile..
    any ideas ? would like to know all opinions.

    Elsa is a social and friendly Pitt Bull. She was born in February 2011. This little rescued girl loves attention! Elsa is a dog that will need plenty of exercise on a daily basis and a house with a garden to let her energy out in. She gets along with some dogs, but would do best in a home as an only dog and with a family with children over 15.
  2. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Kids over 15 usually mean the dog lacks manners. There's also the possibility, depending on this rescues rule, that it may be some more serious issue like resource guarding or poor body handling. Why not contact the rescue and ask about it?

    The statement about other dogs is normal for this breed. They are not usually the best with other dogs or cats and are not usually recommended for homes where that is a priority.
  3. Alexredpit

    Alexredpit Puppy

    So do think that this dog is better for someone who will entirely devote the time and for people who live alone or without kids/ animals. Something like that ?
  4. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    IMO if you do not have time to devote to basic obedience training/manners, you really shouldn't have any dog. However, if the reason for no children goes beyond your average issue, then it may be more of a question of liability than training. Again, you would have to ask the rescue.

    As far as other animals, you would need to talk to the rescue about this specific dog and how she seems to act. Also realize there may come a point in time that she can no longer interact with other dogs or small furries since this breed is often not good with them - this is a common breed trait and would not be limited to this specific dog. Info at: http://www.pbrc.net/breedinfo4.html
  5. Alexredpit

    Alexredpit Puppy

    But many Pitbulls get along with small animals. I just feel that socialization will help with small animals. But you are right, training is the key. As they say there is no bad dog only, its just un trained and there's a second one " a good dog is a trained dog " . But you know my main problem is that : will it get along with my cat ? Manners and training I am willing to go through this phace but I don't want my cat to suffer if the dog cannot interact with the cat !
  6. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    There is no telling how the dog will actually behave with the cat, but seeing my own dog around cats, I know he would play/chase/bite with a cat until it died, he is so prey driven.

    Now, if the dog had been raised from birth, he would stand a better chance of actually getting along with the cat. However, I would never ever leave them unsupervised, they should be seperated and in different rooms and dog crated when you are not home.
  7. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    I know several people with dogs and cats and not all of the dogs get along with the cats, so they just keep them separate. If that's a lifestyle you don't want, then I'd encourage you to look at breeds with tendencies towards lower prey drives, especially if you are looking at puppies/young dogs. Are there exceptions? Yes. By why expect your dog to be the 'abnormal' one, the exception to the rule? Better to go in and be prepared then need to bounce the dog around to a new home because you weren't prepared for fairly normal behavior.

    Here's an excerpt from a veterinarypartner.com article better explaining what I am trying to say (bolded important parts):

    ---------- Post added at 08:43 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:42 AM ----------

    Good advice from #1 Stunner - always supervise even if your dog is 'good' with cats. More safety tips at: http://www.pbrc.net/training_cat_dog.html
  8. Alexredpit

    Alexredpit Puppy

    #1 stunner and Tiffseagles. You explained everything to me. Thnks alot :)
  9. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    I wouldn't go off the "raise them with cats", there's been several people on here who raised puppies with cats and as the dog aged they became very prey driven and killed or injured the cats. I have brought 3 adult dogs from unknown backgrounds into my house and own a cat but she prefers to stay clear of them and I've gated off the upstairs as "her space" however all the dogs are also trained to leave her alone and can be in contact with her under supervision with no problem. Even the best cat friendly dog can get prey driven if the cat runs or squeals, dogs are predators.
  10. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    if youre this conflicted to begin with, then no! you should know right off the bat if youre ready for a dog and be confident in knowing how to properly train a dog.

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