Can Pit Bulls Live With Other Dogs? + 7 Breeds Pitties Love Most

Pit Bulls often are the subject of a controversial topic. If you are a parent to a Pit Bull, you have probably noticed the discrimination they face. It is not unusual for people to cross the street when they see you walking your Pit Bull. 

Unfortunately, such discrimination and treatment are really unjust to these sweet and loving creatures. And we are here to make sure Pit Bulls are understood better. 

When you read this article and understand the nature of Pit Bulls, you will be able to decide whether you can raise a Pit Bull and another dog at home or not. 

Can Pit Bulls live with other dogs? Pit Bulls can live with other dogs just fine as long as both dogs are well-trained and socialized early and they are introduced correctly. Pit Bulls are not aggressive towards other dogs and get along with them well, but supervision is always recommended when introducing two dogs to each other.

The trick is always in the first introduction, and if you can prepare both dogs for their first meeting and introduce them to each other right, they can become best friends and some even become inseparable soon after, so in this article, I’m going to tell you exactly how to introduce them for that to happen, so keep reading…

Can Pit Bulls Live with Other Dogs? 

Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull to answer can pit bulls live with other dogs

If you want to add another family member (dog) to the house, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

Is your Pit Bull well  socialized?

If your Pit Bull was social with other dogs from a young age, then you have nothing to worry about. At this point, they are probably happy to co-exist with other dogs. 

If your Pit Bull is still within its first 3 months of life, expose him to people and dogs as much as you can.  I discuss this a bit more in this article on why people think Pitbull puppies are aggressive here, so make sure to check it out to know how to socialize your dog well and if you have done it right.

Do they obey your commands?

Obeying your commands is a vital point when considering if a Pit Bull and another dog can co-exist. 

You need to be in control of all situations, and most importantly you have to be firm when necessary. 

Luckily, Pit Bulls are very obedient by nature. If they don’t obey your commands, it’s time to do some recall training. That’s when you go over their training from the beginning as if you’re training them for the first time to improve their recall.

You should actually do this once or twice every year to keep their recall strong, and luckily, Pitties are also quite easy to train, so this should not be too difficult.

Is your Pit Bull happy?

Considering your Pit Bull’s mental health is essential. Just like humans, Pit Bulls get aggravated quickly if they are unhappy. It’s normal! 

If your Pit Bull is feeling secure, healthy, and happy, then it is unlikely for them to cause problems. Please consult a professional for advice and assistance.  

Do you have enough time and resources for more than one dog?

Having a dog at home is not always easy. They have a lot of demands, let alone having two. Having two dogs requires more cleaning at home, more dog walks, more food, more water, more grooming products, etc. 

Before taking on such a responsibility, make sure you will not give one of the less attention than is required. 

Are Pit Bulls Aggressive with Other dogs? 

Pit Bulls are not inherently dangerous. Pit Bulls are like any other dog, they become what they are trained to be. 

Aggression is influenced by a variety of elements, including the environment, development throughout vital periods, and, most importantly, human behavior.

In short, it is not a rule that Pit Bulls specifically are aggressive or mean towards other dogs. Hence, if you train them with love and kindness, to be social, to be well-behaved, then you probably brought out their beautiful, friendly side. 

If your Pit Bull has undergone a traumatic experience or was trained to fight, you could still treat them and bring out their friendly side. 

Make sure to assess your Pit Bull first before bringing another dog to the house. 

If you already have a dog and you are thinking about bringing a Pit Bull, then you should assess the new Pit Bull’s behavior and past. 

How to train your Pit Bull to get along with other dogs? 

If your Pit Bull is unfriendly to other dogs, you can always train them to get along with other dogs. Let me tell you how: 

  1. Set up a dog meet and greet 

It is always helpful when dogs meet on neutral ground. It is always a good idea to take them on a walk, with a safe space between them. The space between them will give each dog the self of individuality they need. 

  1. Keep the lashes loose

Don’t make them feel like they are trapped. Keeping the lashes loose, will help them feel like they are in a flexible place, which will definitely prevent any feelings of aggravation. Hence, will avoid aggression.

  1. Reward System 

When the dogs exhibit calm and friendly behavior, make sure to reward them. A reward such as a treat or a new toy will enhance their understanding of what behavior is applauded.

  1. Keep a close eye on them 

It can take a second for the play-date to turn to aggression.

If the dogs are puppies, such situations are easier to handle. However, if your Pit Bull is grown, it can be a problem. You should always show dominance in situations of aggression and take control of the situation.  

  1. Don’t rush it 

They need time to warm up to each other, which is totally normal and understandable. At the end of the day, dogs are a lot like humans. Some Pit Bulls are especially wary of new people or dogs. 

Dog Socialization tips 

Here are some dog socialization tips that should make things much simpler for you:

Enroll in puppy socialization classes 

Pit Bulls who are younger than six months should be enrolled in socialization classes. It is a great way to introduce a Pit Bull to another dog, as it is a safe environment. 

It might be useful to partially leave the issue to behaviorist specialists. These classes often offer off-leash time, which can be useful so that dogs don’t feel aggravated. 

Steer clear of public dog parks 

Professionals tend to agree on the fact that public dog parks may not be the best place for dogs to meet. Please remember that not all dogs are well-behaved and well-trained and dogs can often provoke each other. 

It might be safer to arrange smaller playgrounds with dog-owners you trust. 

However, don’t let your guard down. You still need to supervise the play.  

Step in if the play gets rough 

Don’t underestimate a violent move. A play-date can turn violent too quickly. I know, it is sometimes surprising. Hence, you should always be present and you should step in if it gets too rough for your liking. 

How to introduce your pit bull to other dogs – a step-by-step guide 

First impressions matter, and so your dog’s first time meeting the other dog. There are some crucial things to know, do, and keep ane eye for if you want this introduction to go smoothly and for the dogs to get along well with each other.

Keep in mind that these things can take time and that may be hiccups in the way, but if you know what you are doing and you stay consistent (and patient), it should work out exactly like you want it to:

Don’t introduce them at home 

Introducing them at home is a mistake that many dog-owners make. It might make the already existing dog feel like the other one is an invader. And remember, first impressions matter. 

Pay equal attention to both dogs.

Preferential treatment can cause jealousy. Jealousy can often lead to aggression. And that’s a situation we want to avoid. You need to make sure that you are capable of giving both dogs equal amounts of love, affection, and attention. 

Refrain from stepping in as long as neither dog is at risk.

Unless it is absolutely necessary, you do not need to step in. Let them deal with each other independently. Remember, your role here is purely to be a matchmaker and a supervisor. 

7 Dog breeds that get along well with Pit Bulls 

I don’t know about you, but it always fascinates me how dogs and humans are so alike. Just like we get along with certain humans better than others, dogs do too. If you want to get a Pit Bull or already have a Pit Bull, a great companion for them are the following breeds: 

  • Basenji
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • German Shepherd
  • English Foxhound
  • Basset Hound 
  • Beagle 
  • Golden Retriever 
  • And the 12 Black and Orange dogs 

Related Questions 

Do Pit Bulls get along with small dogs? 

Yes, Pit Bulls get along with small dogs perfectly. Regardless of the size, a Pit Bull can be affectionate and friendly. For instance, Pit Bulls and Cocker Spaniel are the most energetic and playful dogs and they get along really well. 

Can Pit Bulls be around small dogs? 

Yes, Pit Bulls can be around small dogs. However, make sure your dogs are well-behaved and well-trained. With the right environment, the Pit Bull and the small dog are not a threat to each other or to the owner. 

Why do Pit Bulls attack other dogs? 

If your Pit Bull is not trained and is not social, it could attack other dogs. Though it is not a rule that a trailed and socialized Pit Bull, as well as any other dog, would not attack another dog. There are always exceptions. 

Can I have two male Pit Bulls?

Yes, two male Pit Bulls can live together. It is vital that you understand the environment that you need to provide for your Pit Bulls. You also need to make sure that your Pit Bulls are not trained to fight, that they are well-behaved, and that they are not lacking socialization. 

Helpful Resources 

7 Easy Ways to Train a Dog to Get Along With Other Dogs

Should You Get a Second Dog? 9 Things to Consider

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