I didn't ask, but it looks like the rescue has had her since she was pretty little.
Any pit bull owners have any advice or caution? I have two boys, who are respectful of dogs, but obviously I worry about bringing any new dog into their space.
I have been thinking about a second dog for a while, but had not really considered a pit bull. It does fit my requirements, though, for a non-herding dog (I cannot take any more herding dogs and their crazy barking, though I love the one I have) who is not too huge (small house).
One more thing -- we don't have a fenced-in yard. Instead we run the dog 3 times per day around the neighborhood and take him swimming in the local river.
they can be super SUPER active but it sounds like you already have a decent exercise schedule so that shouldn't be a problem. the picture just finished loading...what a cutie!! and it's great that she is already crate trained.
You should never buy or adopt a pit without being ready, if necessary, to consistently separate it from other dogs or cats in the family.
It is something I had thought about. I thought that it might help to do some socialization work like group training, flyball, or even the dog park with her. Do you think that would help?
I adopted my Shepherd mix three years ago. While in most ways he's a good dog, after a time of living with me and recovering his confidence, he developed severe leash aggression towards other dogs. He can't walk with me off lead because I cannot get him to understand about cars and streets, and on the lead, if we see another dog, he gets out of control. He's not really vicious - he's never seriously bitten dogs who have approached him on the leash, he's mostly all bark and snap, it's defensive - but it's still a big problem. I got an Easywalk harness for him so he can't drag me down the street, and I am working with him using reward based training to try to get him to focus on me for a treat instead of obsessing about the dog on the next block, but it's an uphill battle.
Is it a major inconvenience to me? You bet, and it decreases his quality of life because he can't go to the dog park, etc and I don't take him places with me as much as I like because there are always other dogs around, and I can't keep him from barking. However I work around it!
I thought that it might help to do some socialization work like group training, flyball, or even the dog park with her. Do you think that would help?
No matter how much socializing you do and how sweet and wonderful she seems now with other dogs once she hits maturity things may change. You can not socialize or train dog aggression out, however you can train them so it is manageable.
I do have two male Pits right now, but one is around 2 years old, while the other is 14.5 years old. The old one can barely walk up the stairs, much less get into a fight. And actually, he never has been dog-aggressive his whole life. Socialization is great for Pits. The more good experiences with other dogs, the better. I would not really do the dog park though.
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One new wrinkle -- I think there is a small possibility that we will move to Ontario in the next few years and when I was researching I found out that the whole province has banned pit bulls. I don't believe in adopting animals that I can't keep for life, so I have to weigh the likelihood that I might move there.
I strongly encourage the use of puppy playgroups, supervised play, daycare, etc. But the typical dog park is a nightmare.
And no, they don't 'just snap'.
OP, good luck with your decision. I hate breed-specific legislation.
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1.) Most terrier breeds can have issues with dog-dog aggression, more so then other breeds, and it's lot harder to predict. With other breeds you can really follow the triggers that lead up to fights, but with terriers it can come on seemingly totally unprovoked. Terriers living in a house with other dogs are not "auto pilot pets". While I'm not discouraging you from getting the pup (she is cute!), this is certainly something to be aware of, and as was pointed out above, you have to have your ducks in a row before you get her. Set up crates, get gates, have a "plan" in place in case they don't get along (and that would include the option to bring her back to the rescue).
I would absolutely be more worried about dog-dog problems, then her being a suitable dog for a family.
2.) I absolutely detest dog parks. I can't take my dogs to dog parks for what Thekimballs pointed out above as being normal dog behavior. Especially with Rhino because he's so vocal. He makes people nervous, so everyone jumps in, they never get to properly introduce each other, and for the rest of the time we're there the dogs are all on edge. It's not very enjoyable. (I'm actually in the process of organizing a JRT meetup group.)
There is one park here who has a group of labs that go in the evening and sit around the picnic table with a few drinks (not the labs, the owners..lol), and that's where I used to take Kali before she injured her leg. They're a group of very knowledgeable people and it's s refreshing. They have no problems asking someone and their dog to leave if it's going to cause problems.
I would either organize a play group, or choose your dog park carefully.
But if you love this dog and will put in the time and effort to care for her and love her and train her (a dog this big it is essential they remain submissive, obedient and display good leash manners and respond to voice commands if you take them to an off leash park, really this is essential for all dogs but people don't freak out when a weenie dog approaches) and if you can accept that people will make unfair assumptions about your dog than I say go for it.
I can't believe all the problems everyone has with dog parks. ours is fabulous! There are a few dogs who get aggressive but their owners take them out if they are being naughty. owners stay close by their dogs (or at least aware of and ready to step in if need be) while still allowing the the freedom to do their things. I suppose it just depends on the park and the people there.
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I live in Philadelphia and this city is just full of pits. God knows how many are put down every day. There's a ton of rescues around here and a ton of dogs to choose from!
Especially hips (Cane Corso median Penn Hip is .63 or so, where .3 represents little or no risk of degenerative joint disease and .7 represents a very high risk of degenerative joint disease) and scroll down to temperament.
There have been at least two recent threads on purebreds and health; I invite you to explore them.
Well, i'am aware of some of these stats, but its not just Corsos that are prone to the hip and joint problems, all large, big boned dogs are! With all dogs there are pros and cons some more than others though. We have, had our 2 Corsos for 3 years and are crazy about them. I have had so many different breeds of dogs, (especially large breeds) and none have compared to the Corsos! We are planning on getting two more soon! We were looking for really great guard dogs, who would fit into a family with people of many different ages! They are a perfect fit for us, but not right for everyone! Their sooooo smart, the kind of smart that you really have to see to believe. We also have 2 pugs and 2 english bull dogs and they all get along great! Though we have spent an extreme amount of time and energy to have it this way. I will say Corsos do need a tremendous amount of attention and exercise! We live on several acres of gated property, so they have alot of room, though we also have them inside alot! We also take them on walks, jogs and hikes alot! They love it!
Not all large-boned breeds have dysplasia problems; Great Danes have an average joint laxity of about .4. Great Pyrenees, Afghan Hound, Doberman, Irish Wolfhound, Ridgeback, Anatolian--all have very good hips as a breed.
Corsos have twice the dysplasia rate, according to the OFA, of Golden Retrievers; they even "beat," by a substantial margin, Bassets and Bloodhounds. They're in the top 10 (or bottom 10, depending on how you look at it) of dysplastic breeds.
I am glad that you've had such good experience with the Corso; when they are bred as intended they're a unique, valuable, and fascinating breed. However, would I advise that anybody buy one bred in the US? No.
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I did have a ad experience with one when I was babysitting, she was hyper, didn't know her own strength and was a bit of a bully. She was to dangerous to play in the yard, we had to go inside.
As I said, most are wonderful, but keep in mind that if they do act out, they can do ten times more damage and injury than another dog. Study her personality really hard before you make a decision, and have her for a trial at your home, and take her to a trainer to get an evaluation of her personality. A good trainer can usually see signs of future problems that could be worked on, but the one incident can be devestating.
This may be interesting to you:
The Ontario thing is a huge consideration too. Since we have Beka, there is really no chance of me moving back home until she's passed--and I don't even want to think about that.