7month old and a 7week pitbull?

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my husband and i are wantin a dog and we have had a boxer/pitbull before. he was stuch a good dog but we moved to a differ state so my mom has him. he has no mean bone in his body! so we found one thats a full blood pit. hes 7weeks old so we teach him. does anyone have a bad expiernce with them. yes i have heard all the bad stuff but i dont beileve most of it. i think its how its raised.

ok i just found out that if we were to but a house our house insurance may not cover us because of a pitbull. and some towns wont allow them!!! WTH! so heres an other "?" i found a bull dog. but the guy isnt as good as the pitbull breeders. like they give shots for free and they will help with trainin and stuff like that and are AD something idk something with papers and the bulldog im just paying for thats all,he just wants him gone. what should i do the more expensive one "pitbull" or cheap one


Christine - posted on 06/05/2011




Pit bulls just get a bad wrap, most of them are backyard bred. if you get a true pit bull, they are the best dog anyone can ask for. IF you place your pit through ACK training, they can get a certificate that states that they are not harmful. Most insurance companies if you do have a pit you need to carry extra insurance I know in Ohio you have to have a 1 million dollar policy per dog. You have to have a privacy fence and if they are going to be left out side there needs to be a roof or cover over the area. I grew up with pit bulls, coon hounds, labs. Now with my son we have a Lab, and a king doberman mix, both over 80lbs. We are looking at getting another dog and debating between another doberman and a pit bull only thing thats stoping us from getting the pit is that since she is AKC registared and from champion blood line they want $2600. for her. She would be worth the price, but with an 11 month old he comes first. You need to do what you want. Dogs will be as good as you train them. even labs can attack. treat them right and they will do the same. Best of luck, hope you find another family member soon! FYI spend the money most places that are charging high prices if you have any type of problems with violence they will take the dog back or do training, the last thing a pit breeder wants is bad blood.


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Jane - posted on 06/05/2011




We decided that caring for a baby human and a baby dog at the same time would be way too much work. We waited until our oldest was old enough to want a dog. She was old enough to understand dog rules so I didn't have to worry as much about her. The most important rule was never, never try to follow the dog into her crate. That is where the dog goes when she feels tired, stressed, or in need of a break.

I currently live with 8 large dogs; several are pitbulls or pitbull mixes and several are American Bulldogs. They are all strong-willed dogs but I have the time to really work with them to get them to understand what I want them to do and not do. Even so, the younger ones are too boisterous to be around a baby or a very small child. The older ones would be fine.

I suggest either rescuing an older dog whose temperament is known and who is old enough to have settled down, or waiting until the baby is old enough to understand how to live with a dog. Even then I would never leave the two alone together.

Jen - posted on 06/05/2011




most people give pitbuls a bad name because they are such amazing dogs. they are so loyal and so dedicated to their owner, that they will do anything the owner commands, including hurting other dogs/people. all the dog is looking for is approval. its all on how you raise them. i know for a fact that since your puppy and baby are so young, that when they grow up together they will be inseparable. i had a pitbul with my son, and they were the best of friends. she was a pure bred red nose pit, her name was sable, and she was the sweetest dog in the world, she just looked mean, lol. the dog i have now is a chocolate lab and pit mix, and she is great. i will recommend getting a female as opposed to the male, because just like any other animal, they get territorial. good luck, get the pitbul, list him/her as an american bulldog, and you'll be happier than a pig in mud.

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any dog is capable but i do agree but i also agree on how he/she is trained, i mean heck, rats have killed and so have ants and bees. but atleast you more controll over a dog then them lol. and if you dont have controll then a dog is not right for you.

Tracie - posted on 06/02/2011




This is just my personal opinion, but I would never invite any animal into my home that is physically capable of killing me, no matter how docile.

Adrienne - posted on 06/02/2011




Pit Bulls are amazingly awesome family dogs when trained well. Just use your own common sense with both of them and they will be friends for life!

Christy - posted on 06/01/2011




Shellee, I'd say try it. If it doesn't work out, get rid of the puppy and agree to that before getting the puppy. Pitbulls scan be absolutely magnificent dogs if they're well trained. If you take the time from the day you get the dog to work on training and manners, you most likely won't have any problems. Just be sure to do your homework so you know how to train the dog!

Mimi - posted on 06/01/2011




My dog is about 6 months older then my baby, she's a mixed breed about 55 lbs. The only problem I really have is she knocks the baby down sometimes running through. Young dogs have alot of energy and when they are big they knock little ones down.

Amelia - posted on 05/31/2011




I would wait for the puppy to be 8 - 10 weeks before moving from his litter. They get important socialization in the last couple weeks with their littermates. Also I really have to agree with not believing all the bad media. They used to be called "nanny dogs" before they were used for dog fighting. I think you also really need to pay attention to the line they are bred from and make sure you meet the parent as temperment can be passed down. Another thing to remember is a tired puppy is a good puppy. Make sure you have the time to excersise the puppy before commiting to a dog.
As far as your son goes, remember supervison is the key as many other mum's have been telling you. And most dogs have warning signs before they will "attack" even if they are slight. Socialization, training and supervision are going to be your best friends/worst enemies.

I got my pup when my son was a year and a half. It was a lot of work but I now have a well-rounded dog who tolerates my kid and a 3 y/o who knows respect for animals. I say win - win.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/31/2011




I have a dog and a baby. I would never suggest this to anyone as the dog stresses me out more than my own kid by trying to walk over my kid, step on my kid, and is always in the way. I hate it. I love my dog, but I will not own another dog after this....... ugh

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I read another debate about this a while back. I agree with one person on that debate who said: The problem with big, strong-jawed dogs is the severity of the attack if the dog does attack. Owners make a difference in the temperament of the dog and controlling it, but if the dog gets spooked, has a bad day etc...your baby and even a adult could die from a pit bull. If you decide to keep the dog, I would make sure he's not only never alone with your baby, but always separated from her by a gate.

Bonnie - posted on 05/31/2011




It's not necessarily the type of dog, but more so, how the dog is brought up and treated. My family had a pitbull mix growing up and he was a great dog. Very hyper, but loving.

Nikki - posted on 05/31/2011




I have a boxer/ pit mix and a APBT. (Amercan Pit Bull Terrier). They ewre both around before my kids were born. I have had no problems other than everybody wanting my attention at the same time. I think training is the best way to prevent issues from happening to begin with.

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2011




I have a mix breed dog as well, He was about a year old when i had my oldest. I think that there should't be any issue as long as your able to be there and have the time and energy necessary to train the dog and get it proper excersize. My dog is the most tollerant dog in the world and I would have bitten my kids by now if I were him. He just looks at them and runs to me to "tell on them" when they are doing something to bother him. The important thing to remember is to make certain the the dog knows who the pack leader is and is never allowed to approach or go near the baby without permission. I'm a big fan of the dog wisperers techniques and they've served me well with my own dog. In fact just a random fact, before pit bulls got such a bad rap, due to mistreatment of them and fighting rings, the pit bull was known as the nanny dog and showed the second highest tolerance and loyalty to children topped only by labs.

Candi - posted on 05/31/2011




Some are bad, some are not. My brother was bitten by one. She was a retired fighter and he had the choice to have her put to sleep, but he said "No". The injury would still be there, so putting her down wouldn't solve anything. Sshe was chained, but able to reach my brother. he nad the neighbor were chasing each other and I don't know if the dog was trying to protect her owner or her puppies, but my brother took the hit (on his 17th b-day). My sister-in-law owns two now. Tthey are the calmest, sweetest dogs you could ever meet. One is deaf, so the other "leads and guides". They are sweet dogs, just not my cup of tea. I prefer labs and other dogs I can hunt with.

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yes i agree. i will never leave my baby alone with any animal. plus im a stay at home mom so ill always be around both of them.

Erin - posted on 05/31/2011




I don't think it's neccesarily the breed of the dog with this issue. It's the age of your baby. All kinds of puppies with try to force dominance on all family members so at this age there may be problems. If your child can't get up and walk away, or crawl up onto something away from the dog then now is not a good time. And when they can do that you still have to be watching them. You should never leave children alone with a puppy. They both get really excited and unfortunate things can happen.

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