|04-26-2014 02:26 PM|
I have 2 gsds and a apbt and things are great here. The biggest issue I have is the fear that if a fight broke out I won't be able to stop it. Sweetie (the apbt, she came with the name lol) is a rescue, I adopted her when she was about 2 years old and was extremely animal aggressive, and would NOT let go of a toy if her life depended on it. It took a lot of work but she's a true sweetie now. She has an immediate response to 'aus' meaning drop it. That was my primary goal with her.
I have had a few issues of the shepherds starting tiffs with her, and she will fight back but will stop the moment I say 'aus'. They compliment each other nicely, the gsds like to do a lot of bouncing and body slamming and she takes it really well. Nothing fazes her. I feed them all together in the kitchen and there is zero issues with resource guarding. Toys are available to every one, as are bones.
I do not let her play tug o war with the other dogs, as things could escalate quickly I think. I also do not leave them alone unsupervised (which you shouldn't do with an apbt and another animal anyways). I have one crate in the livingroom and they all share it, sometimes more than one dog in the crate at a time. I have worked really hard to get to this point with my dogs. I also have a border collie x and everyone except for the youngest gsd are rescues that came with baggage.
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|04-26-2014 01:46 PM|
Check out the Bad Rap kennels Home | BAD RAP Tons of good info.
I would consider a female that is older than three and is OK with dogs. A 4 year old Pitt that has not displayed (genetic) DA is the safest bet.
The play style of both breeds is compatible. A good Pit is the most fun dog you can imagine. I am personally hesitant to get one but they are one of my favorite dogs to work with.
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|04-26-2014 01:25 PM|
I have a relatively small house, but it has been modified for crate/rotate routines with built in gates that can be pinned open as I like.
|04-26-2014 01:20 PM|
Nose to Nose intors is a sure loser! They tried that crap with my BullMastiff/APBT mix years ago...they told me no, I can't take their dog!
|04-26-2014 01:03 PM|
|Pax8||Thanks for the advice everyone! Will read those links Chip18 And we'll see what I come across. I know the workers very well at the shelter I would be adopting the dog from, so they will also help me in finding one that would be a good match for me and my dog. I will also be doing a neutral ground meeting between the new dog and Kaiju before I adopt to make sure they don't just immediately hate each other.|
|04-26-2014 12:31 PM|
|DJEtzel||I have had pit bulls and my shepherds together for years... I've never had a problem. They are a good match usually. I would definitely recommend and opposite gendered pair, and adopting a 2y/o + Pittie to ensure you know how it is going to act around other dogs RE; aggression.|
|04-26-2014 12:10 PM|
|blehmannwa||I've had pits and shepherds for the past 11 years. At one point I had two Shep X and a pit--all female. I've never had an issue but I am also very vigilant. I monitor their play. I feed in separate areas with separate bowls. I think that a puppy is easier to incorporate than an adult but that is just my opinion. I would prefer opposite sex.|
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