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I Need Your Help . . . Multiple Pit Bull Household?

This post comes to us from the Pet Peeves group from member Smacks83.

Ok, so in a few months I'm going to be moving with my boyfriend to our own apartment (right now, we both live at home). I know right off the bat there is this one Pit Bull at a rescue that I am planning to try to adopt (2 or 3-year-old fixed male), and last month I saw another dog in the same rescue that was about 2 or 3 years old, a fixed female I am seriously considering getting as well.

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Here's the situation though, a lot of what I've read online (a good portion pro-Pit Bull websites), say that two pits cannot really live together and, if they do, must be kept separated at all times. I was wondering if anyone out there either has a multi-pit home or a pit plus other dog home. Do you keep them separated all the time? Only when you aren't home? Can this situation possibly work? There is so much anti-pit info out there, I'm just trying to get a real answer that isn't "just don't get a pit" (I've always wanted a pit bull, I love the breed. I have had a rott and a pit/lab/shepherd pound mutt before, if any of that info helps). Thanks!

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spottsmom spottsmom 6 years
Please do NOT adopt until you are settled into a place and when finding a place be sure to let them know you are considering adopting a pit. i say this as i have done rescue of pits in the past and it is NOT easy to find apartments that will allow pits they will not allow one let alone 2 heck in most apartments you can not have more than one dog period no matter the breed so PLEASE wait. Secondly two dogs of any breed newly adopted can be hard. You need to bond with the dog work out the pack dynamic and really do your best by the dog If after a year if so you want another dog and the apartment allows it than you find a reputable rescue and work with them to match your dog and you with one in need. Dogs even pits can live together Personally i always preferred to feed in crate as it cut any tensions Same with bones kongs etc. They may never have a issue but better safe that sorry it takes a special person to match up a pack so Take it SLOW If you want to help donations and maybe volunteering at a a local rescue that has a kennel. but Please only take one and than a year or so later find a perfect match for your pack You are obviously new to the breed Spend this time learning all you can about them volunteering etc. Whatever you do wait and locate a place that is Pit Friendly not always easy even owning a home has it's issues like insurance etc. So many pits are gotten and then evicted when landlords discover them so do it the right way You might want to join the following group there are wonderful owners and rescuers there who can educate you on the breed. Good Luck
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
I have two femal ptis and they are fine together :) use ceaser millan training and they will be golden!
angelwbrokenwing angelwbrokenwing 6 years
I foster dogs and once went to a Pitt rescue in Indiana that was being shut down. I tried to take in one of the dogs but the rescue group wouldn't let me because I already have one at home.
PitBullPinUp PitBullPinUp 7 years
I have a 2 pit bull home, but both were introduced to each other as rescued pups (though my boy is a few months older and my girl is about 12 weeks now). They get along just fine, but I agree with the above conclusions-I would not get a same sex pair and I would introduce them when they are younger. My pits do EVERYTHING together and must sleep together (otherwise each one gets ansty!) But I had the opportunity to socialize them young. I have a friend who also has two (now grown pits) which she rescued, but they were also pups when she rescued them. It could work, but you do have to be careful :)
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
I would see how they react together at the shelter first since they're at the same shelter. I've encountered unfortunate pits in my neighborhood used for fighting and they all were the sweetest dogs ever. Unfortunately no idea how they would have reacted with my dogs since i was scared to death. But good luck!
clareberrys clareberrys 7 years
Hey I have a pitbull that we found on the side of the road when he was approx 2 years old. Weve had him for 2 years now and he is so sweet to humans but hates other dogs. We didnt have him as a puppy so we dont know his history. THe good news is that we also have 2 cats and he loves them so much and is very gentle and playful with them but knows his boundaries. We really would like to get another dog but he is too dog aggressive and we dont have the money to pay for a trainer right now. I would suggest that you take him to obedience school from very early on. Also - as far as your apartment hunt goes I would be VERY very careful. We moved into an apartment together (our first one) and they said that they did not care about the breed of our dog. There were no rules against it. Well, a few weeks later one of the employees who also lived in the building saw us outside with our dog. The next day, we got a letter under our door telling us that we would need to leave the building because of the breed restriction. We went back and forth with the apartment manager but in the end we got kicked out of the building. My suggestion is to rent from individually owned apartments. Usually if a landlord owns the place he/she wont care what kind of dog you have as long as you leave the place in good condition. Just be aware that there is SO much hatred for pit bulls but they are honestly the sweetest and most loyal dogs Ive ever known!
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
This is all really good advice. I only wanted to adopt a male-female (since opposite sexes get along better than same sex). As for the whole apt. thing, I totally understand and the bf and I are only looking for apts. that allow dogs with no breed exceptions (leave it to a couple of bad dog owners to ruin it for a very good breed!). The bf and I were planning on getting one (and letting the rescue know we were interested in the other) but have one dog for a few months and then possibly get another dog. I posted this question mostly because I wanted to know if cohabitating was possible (figured I would crate them separately when gone, that just the best thing to do regardless of breed). Thanks everyone again!
moonlissa moonlissa 7 years
In New Orleans my mutt is the exception to the rule. Almost all rescue dogs have some Pitt mixed in, in addition to tons of full Pitts that need rescuing. I can't really speak to household living, but there is a pittbull that Sadie Grace plays with every morning at our local park. He has never been overly aggressive or territorial with her. It really is a dog by dog situation. On the other hand she was ganged up on by a couple of Labs and a German Shephard the other day. That almost got really ugly! You can't judge a dog solely by breed.
sara-lyn sara-lyn 7 years
i live with my boyfriend and together we have 2 pits (actually American Staffordshires), 1 pit mix, and a rottweiler. our dogs are always together. we don't separate them at all. the only time his 2 (the AmStaffs) were separated was when the female was in heat. It is definitely easier to have opposite sexes because they will get along better, but that is not to say to two males or two females can't get along. Our 2 males (1 Amstaff and the Rottweiler) are the only ones who get into fights occasionally and that is not because of their breed. It because the Amstaff is the oldest and the Rottweiler is the youngest of all our dogs, so it is a power play. So we are careful to separate those two when playing with the older male just to prevent that from happening. My boyfriend and I have been together for a long time. When i met him, he only one male. Gradually we added more dogs (male and female). I will also say that our dogs came in as puppies but we constantly have other people dogs over to visit without incident. I would definitely advise you to be careful about adopting the 2 grown pits. You should probably adopt the first one, and then very carefully introduce it to the second to see how they react to each other. If one of them is dog aggressive towards the other, that will be a very, very hard thing to break. (at least in my personal experience) I wish you the best of luck. Just remember that pits are wonderful and loyal dogs, but you need to train and socialize well.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I have a friend who has a breeding pair of pits - they are excellent family dogs and hers are truly wonderful pets. But...she's had them since they were both puppies since she's a breeder and she keeps them separated. I don't recall ever seeing them in the same rooms together. Usually one is one part of the house while the other is with the family. I never thought to ask, but I think it might have to do with how territorial they are. Pits can be wonderful pets. When I volunteered at the local Humane Society Shelter training the dogs, all our pits could only be adopted into homes as an only pet - meaning they could not go to homes that had other pets, especially dogs. This was because of the unpredictability of adopted pits with other dogs, much less other pits. I think before you make an adoption, you would be wise to talk with the handlers/caretakers at this shelter about what they think of the two pits living together. Even if they don't have any rules like my shelter did, they may tell you that they have noticed one of the pits having dog aggression or anxiety torwards other dogs. Also, with moving into a new apartment - check that your new place allows pits and/or multiple pits. A lot of apartment complexes will not allow full blooded or mixed breed dogs that contain one of the breeds thought of as aggressive such as pits, dobermans, rotties, akitas, chows, etc. I've lived in several apartments over the years, and all but one of them had breed restrictions which included pits.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Wow, Bella! That sounds horrible for everyone involved to have to go through. I also wanted to add that, while I am a huge advocate of rescues, the fact that you are thinking of getting rescues adds another element of unpredictability to the equation. I've always had rescues and never had major problems, but it might be one more thing to consider, since it seems it's difficult to have two Pits to begin with. (I'm guessing you've already thought about that, I just wanted to throw my two cents in again.)
Beauty Beauty 7 years
So here's a story that seems pretty relevant to yours... My brother and his wife adopted a Pit about 10 years ago, then adopted a second one maybe three years ago. Both are females. Pit A had always been pretty easygoing and well-behaved, in large part because they'd trained her very well. (She responded to hand signals, that sort of thing.) But when they brought the second Pit in... DISASTER. Pit A began snarling more and disobeying more — the training was pretty much useless at that point. And she became more aggressive. While being taken on a walk, she wound up going after a woman and biting her. Then, she and Pit B became really territorial over my brother... which led to scary dog fights in the home. My sister-in-law, in trying to stop one of these fights, wound up getting bitten and mauled so badly that she was taken to the ER. Within one year, the dogs had sent two people to the hospital. I personally think they are crazy to keep these dogs, but to each their own. Now they have to keep each dog in separate rooms, the dogs can never be with each other without supervision, and nobody else in the extended family feels safe enough to stay with my brother when we come to visit. We also feel that it's only a matter of time before something gets out of control and the dogs attack again. So, yes. Very difficult. Because their behavior is unpredictable and they're prone to territorial fighting, you have to keep the dogs separated. Are you willing to do that? Are you OK with the very real possibility that they will fight each other, bite people, need expensive vet care from their own wounds, or cause you to be sued by someone who was attacked? These things might not happen, but they happened to my brother. I know Pits get a bad rap that they often don't deserve, but honestly, based on my experience I would not recommend having two Pits. I have seen too much in my family to think otherwise. I wish you luck if you decide to go through with it (honestly, not sarcastically!) because it is a huge challenge. It's great that you love the dogs so much that you want to give more than one a home, but it's an enormous decision not to be undertaken without serious consideration. I hope it turns out for the best, however it goes.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
I think male-female pairs do better together than some same sex pairs. I think the rescues will require you to do a meet and greet with the dogs before you make a final decision anyway. My biggest concern would be why do you want to adopt two dogs at once? It is a huge transition and learning experience with just one adopted adult dog. Maybe consider spreading out the adoptions until you know your 1st adoptee can handle it? More awesome pit-centric info here:
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
The is woman that does a blog called Pecan Pie Puppies She has pits and is involved in pit rescue and I bet could offer some advice.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't personally have Pits, but I do have a friend who has two. They are usually fine, but she did have an incident recently wherein they got into a fight over a piece of food she threw in the garbage. She and her boyfriend had to pull them off each other and take them to the emergency vet. Their injuries were fixable, but since then, she's been a lot more careful about watching them like a hawk and/or keeping them apart. So, I guess from what I've observed, it can be done, but it's extremely difficult. (Before this incident, she had done a ton of training with each dog individually and with the dogs together.) Again, though, this is just an observation and I wasn't there to witness the fight between the two dogs. Hopefully someone else with some more personalized experience will be able to help you out!
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
I am sorry I don't know enough about pitbulls to comment.
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