Pit Bull as a playmate for my GSD?
For those of you with experience with Pit Bulls, please let me know your thoughts on whether I should let Liesl have play dates with this dog.
We have a PB living behind us. He is 2 years old, named Bruno, and is an unfixed male. He lives with a nice family, they treat him well but probably don't spend quite as much time training him as they should. He and Liesl actually dug out a space under the fence we share, just big enough for him to put his head through. They whine and lick faces and wag tails with each other there almost daily.
I contacted the owners and discussed this and made a play date for them in our back yard. I picked up Bruno and walked him over to our house. He pulled a little on the leash, but was very sweet and good natured with me, obeying my heel and sit commands, and not aggressive or nervous at all.
He has been over twice to play with Liesl now. They spend about 45 minutes in unbelievably active play. It is all chasing, jumping, mouthing, mouthing at the legs, rolling over, etc. There has been no growling, no aggression, just typical big dog play. They seem to take turns dominating each other--they'll both jump on the other's back, and then flop down with belly up as if daring the other to jump on them. They'll spontaneously take breaks and stand there panting, licking each other's mouths, and simultaneously drink deeply from the same water dish, again with no rivalry at all. Then they'll go at it again, romping and tussling. There have been no bites and no yelps, other than a couple of times when one came down particularly hard on the other's hind quarters. I've thrown one and two balls with them, and they are not possessive and almost seem to take turns fetching it. From my observation they just really get along great and enjoy each other's company. Of course, I stay with them 100% of the time, sitting in a chair in the yard with them or actually playing a bit throwing balls, etc. with them.
HOWEVER, like everyone I've heard the horror stories of PBs who turn suddenly--"He was such a sweet dog, he'd never done anything like that before"--and I do have some concern/questions, since I have no prior experience with the breed.
So, for those of you with PB experience--does this sound ok? Should I be worried? Based on what I've observed, the only basis for worry would be the idea that PBs just can't be trusted, they're ticking time bombs. I don't think this is true, but is probably a reputation resulting from the PBs that are raised to be aggressive by irresponsible owners. Your comments and advice would be appreciated.
PS: sorry, forgot: The PB looks like it might have a little Boxer mixed in.
Liesl, b. 1/1/11