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        06-19-2014, 10:25 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    My dog is a good 50 lbs, though she is the smallest of her litter. We have a three lb teacup Chihuaha, and a 25 lb Brittany mix. Guess which runs the household? The 3 lb Chihuahua. Just because he may have pit in him or has pit in him does not mean he is going to beat up on little dogs.
         
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        06-20-2014, 12:22 PM
      #32
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    I had a Staffie and he was a wonderful sociable dog and lived with 2 small cairn terriers, he didn't have an ounce of aggression in him
    Any dog will be aggressive if its conditioned to be that way or has some mental issues that it can't control - but that's most common in high strung breeds.
    Train your dog well, get it out and about amongst people and other dogs and it will not be a problem
    A lot of Labs have a squared off face so I wouldn't worry too much, I doubt your dog will look remotely like a pit bull when its grown up
         
        06-20-2014, 12:32 PM
      #33
    Trained
    All these are concerns that should have been thought through before you git the dog, now it is too late and I fear for the future of your puppy. WHY? Because I can see those reservation that you have will make you overreact to his normal puppy antics. You will end up turning this dog into your worst nightmare if you are not careful.

    I love dobies, I am really comfortable with them, I would buy a bunch of them tomorrow if I had time and space, I 'get' them, and I have raised several, rehabbed some, just lovely dogs. I however would not have a pit bull, not that there is anything at all wrong with them, but they intimidate me, and it would not be fair to have one. A dog should not have to pay for my inadequacy so I only buy or adopt breeds that I am comfortable with.
         
        06-21-2014, 11:15 AM
      #34
    Yearling
    Are you concerned your horse will hurt someone? No one bats an eye if you say a horse is part draft or part Arab, one very large and the other breed has a reputation for being flighty and high strung. Why? Because in the horse world, people accept that you train your horse to behave correctly. At a young age horses don't know their own strength but still, people go mess with them all the time.

    Why is it any different for dogs?

    Unless you're afraid of someone judging whatever breed or mix of breeds your horse is because you could be judged or your horse MIGHT step on someone's foot...you shouldn't worry what other people think of your dog. You're the one who makes the decision to keep or sell the dog, no one else. So only let your opinion matter.

    Your fear of what might happen is a tad bit ridiculous, sorry. It's like never mounting a horse because you *might* be run into a fence, sent to the hospital, and your horse might be put down. A tad bit silly, no?
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        06-21-2014, 12:18 PM
      #35
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    I know nothing about the credibility of these sort of DNA testing kits but maybe if you want to remove or confirm your fears about the dog having pit bull in it you could look into getting it tested?
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        06-21-2014, 12:21 PM
      #36
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ForeverSunRider    
    Are you concerned your horse will hurt someone? No one bats an eye if you say a horse is part draft or part Arab, one very large and the other breed has a reputation for being flighty and high strung. Why? Because in the horse world, people accept that you train your horse to behave correctly. At a young age horses don't know their own strength but still, people go mess with them all the time.

    Why is it any different for dogs?

    Unless you're afraid of someone judging whatever breed or mix of breeds your horse is because you could be judged or your horse MIGHT step on someone's foot...you shouldn't worry what other people think of your dog. You're the one who makes the decision to keep or sell the dog, no one else. So only let your opinion matter.

    Your fear of what might happen is a tad bit ridiculous, sorry. It's like never mounting a horse because you *might* be run into a fence, sent to the hospital, and your horse might be put down. A tad bit silly, no?
    I never thought about that, you have a good point.
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        06-21-2014, 12:24 PM
      #37
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    I know nothing about the credibility of these sort of DNA testing kits but maybe if you want to remove or confirm your fears about the dog having pit bull in it you could look into getting it tested?
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    I think they have to be 2 and he isn't even 1. I think I am going to wait until he's full grown and see if he has the pit look. I won't really worry about it unless he has an aggressive attitude, them I'll get a professional trainer. But I decided not to worry about it.
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        06-21-2014, 12:37 PM
      #38
    Showing
    Pits are banned in Ontario. A friend had a boxer cross, no pit in it but it somewhat resembled one. She was away for a few days and the neighbors were looking after the dog. Someone called the humane society and the dog was removed. Friend returned and her efforts to get her dog back were in vain. The HS didn't believe her. She asked them to do DNA which they refused. She offered to pay for it, still no dice. Her dog was put down.
         
        06-21-2014, 02:16 PM
      #39
    Yearling
    As a disclaimer, I love pits. However, they are not for everyone. I think it's a valid concern to try and figure out what breeds are contained in your mixed breed dog, however, keep in mind that mixed breed dogs usually have a mix of characteristics rather than being strongly one way or the other.

    I have seen numerous shelters list dogs that are very clearly pit or pit mixes as other breeds. Why? Because of the stigma associated with the pit bull. However, I think the shelters/rescues that do this are doing a huge disservice to both the dog and the future adopter. There are insurance companies that will not insure homes with certain dog breeds. As mentioned above, pits are banned in some areas. So what happens if you "accidentally" get a banned breed? You may end up dropped by your carrier and the dog may end up seized by the authorities, with you facing a big fine.

    OP: would love to see pics of your pup. In my experience, that breed mixture can come across with a somewhat "pit like" experience. :)
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        06-29-2014, 08:39 AM
      #40
    Foal
    I have fostered two pit bull puppies, and neither have showed any signs of aggression. Even momma, who protected her pups when she came to visit was scared of our 30 lbs. And 20 lbs. Dogs, and downright TERRIFIED of our neighbor's 10 lb. Mutt. I would say you have nothing to worry about. Just get him socialization and training, and it won't matter if he's pit or not.
    About your other concern, I don't think somebody is going to beat your dog. Do you live in a bad area? If so, possibly get a dog run with a roof, and a nice solid lock for the door. I understand you may be worried about dog-snatchers or something like that. Just watch your dog, maybe install security cameras if you really want to go there. But honestly, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Just get him micro-chipped and a few doggie friends, and he should be fine!

    (Key part I forgot: Socialize him with your mom's dog leashed, until both you and her are comfortable with them on their own.)
         
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