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Hi, I am new to this site. I just rescued my new pitbull pup about two weeks ago. I thought she was a lab and pitbull mix, but it turns out I think she is full pitbull about 2-3 months old. I have already fallen in love with her, but I have heard so many negative comments about the breed that I have become hesitant and scared. I live on a acre of land with two horses, another dog and a cat. So far she has been good with all of them while I am there to re-direct her. But I have heard that when they get older they get aggressive and that they don't like other animals, especially other dogs, is this true? She is also a "chewer". It is mostly when I am not home though and I have looked into crate training and will probably start crate training her this weekend. I would love for someone to educate me about the pitbull breed and what I am to expect.............
 

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Hi and welcome! I'm assuming you rescued her from a shelter so her breed is really "unknown" unless she has papers. Post up a picture of her :) My girl does fine with my cat, my mothers cat, and even neighborhood cats. I call her the cat whisperer because they all flock to her LOL! However, by nature these dogs can be dog aggressive/animal aggressive or DA so it is always best to supervise her when your other dog is with her. Most multiple dog owners have to crate and rotate which may have to become your situation down the road as she gets older but it's not a bad thing to have to do. It's the responsible thing to do ;) My girl does have prey drive with small animals such as squirrels, raccoons, etc. but as I said she is fine with my cats and doesn't chase them. I think if you stay on top of her training and socialize her properly you can maintain her with little issues. DA is not something you can train out of them but it is manageable. Don't let owning one of these dogs scare you because there is nothing to fear and you should never fear your own dog. Train, train, train, and crate and supervise and you will be alright. Plus STAY HERE because there are lots of educated owners on this forum who have multiple dog homes that run peacefully and are very educated on many aspects of the breed :) We can all help you through it! You came to the right place to learn everything about this breed! This is such a loving breed and so well worth owning :welcome:
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/36349-pitbulls-dog-parks.html
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/11710-newbs-everyone-else.html
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/34169-must-read-possible-sticky-candidate.html
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/18546-thinking-about-adding-second-dog.html
 

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Hi and welcome! I'm assuming you rescued her from a shelter so her breed is really "unknown" unless she has papers. Post up a picture of her :) My girl does fine with my cat, my mothers cat, and even neighborhood cats. I call her the cat whisperer because they all flock to her LOL! However, by nature these dogs can be dog aggressive/animal aggressive or DA so it is always best to supervise her when your other dog is with her. Most multiple dog owners have to crate and rotate which may have to become your situation down the road as she gets older but it's not a bad thing to have to do. It's the responsible thing to do ;) My girl does have prey drive with small animals such as squirrels, raccoons, etc. but as I said she is fine with my cats and doesn't chase them. I think if you stay on top of her training and socialize her properly you can maintain her with little issues. DA is not something you can train out of them but it is manageable. Don't let owning one of these dogs scare you because there is nothing to fear and you should never fear your own dog. Train, train, train, and crate and supervise and you will be alright. Plus STAY HERE because there are lots of educated owners on this forum who have multiple dog homes that run peacefully and are very educated on many aspects of the breed :) We can all help you through it! You came to the right place to learn everything about this breed! This is such a loving breed and so well worth owning :welcome:
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/36349-pitbulls-dog-parks.html
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/11710-newbs-everyone-else.html
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/34169-must-read-possible-sticky-candidate.html
http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/18546-thinking-about-adding-second-dog.html
:goodpost: pics now! Lol
 

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Welcome to the forum!
Yep pretty much what BNB said.
Never leave your dog alone with other animals.Just beause your dog may not do anything when you're there doesn't mean it will always be that way.I always thought my Pretty Girl was fine around my goats until I went inside for a split second to grab something and started hearing my female goat screaming bloody murder.PG had latched onto her throat and would not let go.That's all it took was a few seconds.I got PG off of her and had to tend to her wounds.She had deep puncture wounds on her neck and head that blood was pouring out of.Luckily we got it stopped and she healed nicely.

I'm not trying to scare you at all.Just trying to help you see that owning these dogs requires a certain responsibility that you may not have with other breeds.But in the end it's very rewarding.I wouldn't own any other breed again except apbt's.

post some pics of your dog!we love pics here!!:woof:
 

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I think they are the best breed ever! Dont beleive in everything you hear, they have a bad rep cause its people out there who mistreats them and dont give them a home like they need and its so many of them in shelters that dont have homes because some people dont have hearts and give them a chance. But listen to these people they give GREAT advice, its not only because they love the breed its because they want to help them to. I have totally learned from this site and i hope you do to! Good luck with the pup!
 
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