Can I incorporate a Rescued Pit with my other Pets

Submitted by kturilli on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 21:04

I do much volunteering, including a county animal shelter. I would say 90 percent are pits. I have done my "studies" on the breed for the past year. My main questions is: Can I adopt a pit and incorporate him/her into my household which already exists 2 Chihuahua's and 1 Cat? The cat is dog friendly. one of the Chihuahuas (male) would make friends with the new dog and the second Chihuahua may protest at first. So if the Chihuahua acts defensive around the new pit, will the pit react? I have been on a search to rescue the perfect pit, but the ones at the county usually have an "unknown history". Is it smart to adopt from a rescue where the dog has been in foster home? I've been constant searching the rescues in my area for a while, but none of the dogs "fit". I am definately being patient for the perfect dog. I am also looking for a older dog or even a Senior.

It depends on the individual dogs personality. My pit cross fit perfectly fine in with three cats, two birds and a variety of rodents. One of the cats walked right up to her and smacked her in the face the first day she was here. They ended up best friends. One of them still attacks her on a regular basis, and though there's been a few incidents where the dog has gone after the cat, it's super easy to break her focus.

If I were you I'd look for a dog that hasn't shown much prey drive. As with any terrier, you have to watch for their drive when they're going to be around small animals. I also recommend always crating when you're not around; but that's something I recommend for any breed after several incidences of my past dogs killing cats (none of them were pits or even terrier crosses).

It's good that you're looking for an older dog; that way their personality will have already developed and there won't be many surprises.

Thank you for your response. Yes, I decided on an older dog because it is what you see is what you get. You have given me much hope, I suppose I will find the right dog for my family. I know they are very loyal and can be protective.