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Old 11-23-2004, 01:36 AM
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Question pitbull cross information

Hi I adopted a dog from Animal Control a while back and was told she was a shephard/lab cross. I have since found out that she is actually a rottweiler/pitbull cross. Her name is Roxy and she is an amazing dog - she is very kind and gentle. However, since I discovered that she is a pitbull cross and have been doing a lot of studying about the breed and most people are saying that pitbulls should not be going to a dog park - it is too busy, hectic, and it may set them off to fight with another dog. Roxy has been going to busy dog parks for quite some time now,and she seems to really enjoy them. She loves meeting new dogs. I am looking for some advice though - should I change the way I have been socializing her because she is a pitbull cross, or stick with the dog parks? I don't want to confuse her, but I don't want to cause any problems either.
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Old 11-23-2004, 02:38 AM
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I think you should stick with the park because your letting your dog socialize. But just be ultra cautious and make sure you are prepared to hold your down down if she goes out of control.
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:13 AM
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I have a PBT also adopted from the shelter. How old is she? I agree with candy, but just be watchful. My dog does well with other dogs at parks unless she feels threatened. SHe really didn't show any sort of dominance or aggression until she was about 1 year old. It really is a fine line to balance, b/c you don't want to seem nervous or too cautious around her b/c Roxy will be able to sense it. You are doing the absolute best thing for her. THe more positive experience she has with other dogs, the better she will act around them. My compliments to you for adopting from a shelter, and for taking such great care of her!
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:39 AM
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She hasn't changed just because you now have reason to think she's a different mix than you originally did. And remember, it's almost impossible to really know unless it's just glaringly obvious. (Like with a predominantly German Shepherd mix - you can see it)

She's still Roxy; she's still the sweet, funny dog you had the day before you realized she might be a different combination than you thought. Keep doing what you're doing; don't get paranoid; don't buy into all the stupid things you read about so-called vicious breeds.

Her age will have some bearing. When they start going through adolescence they become . . . we'll, they're teenagers! Raging hormones, some of them don't want to listen, some will try to see how far they can push you, and it has nothing at all to do with breed. I've had Filas and German Shepherds that never did this, some that did, and I've seen mild mannered Setters and Labs turn into hell-dogs for a few months or weeks.
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Old 11-23-2004, 12:41 PM
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Hmm..Im going to have to take a different stance on this issue. I am completely against dog parks when it comes to pit bulls... even though she's a mix..she's still a PIT mix..these dogs simply don't belong in dog parks..no matter how great and friendly they are to other dogs, there might come a day when they just feel like..hey..I wanna fight!...never ever trust a pit bull not to get into a fight with another dog. Remember, that IS what they were bred for. Not to mention, ever negative incident that your dog is involved in, only adds to the negative reputation and stereotypes that pit bulls receive. Rotties don't have the greatest rep either so you'd be killing two birds with one stone if anything was to happen. I would really be careful as things can change very quickly in a dog park from being happy and joyful, to a big mess where you're having trouble getting two dogs apart as they're going at it.

There are alot of places you can go to get your dog exercised properly and socialized as well. Socialization doesn't necessarily mean a dog park with physical contact...a dog park is actually quite a stressful place for a dog. Alot of new smells and strangers. Hmm, too many horror stories to be taken too lightly. Just be careful please.
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Old 11-23-2004, 06:58 PM
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My take is this any dog can be dangerous in a dog park just watch your dog and its actions if you think she or any other dog for that fact is getting upset with her or she is getting upset with another dog leave the dog park and try another day the fact is your dog is a pit/rott cross and when and if somthing does happen your dog will be blamed no matter what just remember like Renee said she is the same dog you had before and if she seems to be handleing the dog parks well than good for you and her
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:04 PM
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I still say don't take her to a dog park..its too risky...wayyy to risky..especially with all the BSL talk going around everywhere..nuh uh..I would never do anything like that.
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:22 PM
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That's some good advice from Pitbulliest, especially since you're in Canada, too. That hit me after reading her posts then noticing that you're both from Canada. There is just too much noise about breed specific legislation and too much dangerous ignorance about it right now.

She's still the same dog, but if someone thinks she's a Pit mix, she is going to get blamed for anything and everything.
I am curious as to why you now think she's a Pit/Rottie mix instead of a Shepherd/Lab mix. There's a big difference in those breeds as far as looks go.
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:45 PM
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Hi, I just read the reply's. When I first adopted Roxy she was in horrific shape. She had been taken by Animal Control from a Gro-Op that had been busted - she had pretty much been used as a puppy mill, 3 litters of pups in 1 1/2 years. Animal Control said their guess was a shephard/lab cross, but I had later found out that if Animal Control does not really know the breed they will just call the dog a shephard/lab. After I adopted her and she was no longer skin and bones, but solid muscle I really began to question if that was really her mix. I brought her back down to Animal Control and the SPCA to enquire about her breed and they looked at her and said that she looked like a rottweiler/pit cross. Animal Control was quite shocked at her transformation. Even though she may be a pit cross I do still want to take her to the dog park - she loves to socialize with other dogs and I would hate for her to miss out on this.
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Hi, I just read the reply's. When I first adopted Roxy she was in horrific shape. She had been taken by Animal Control from a Gro-Op that had been busted - she had pretty much been used as a puppy mill, 3 litters of pups in 1 1/2 years. Animal Control said their guess was a shephard/lab cross, but I had later found out that if Animal Control does not really know the breed they will just call the dog a shephard/lab. After I adopted her and she was no longer skin and bones, but solid muscle I really began to question if that was really her mix. I brought her back down to Animal Control and the SPCA to enquire about her breed and they looked at her and said that she looked like a rottweiler/pit cross. Animal Control was quite shocked at her transformation. Even though she may be a pit cross I do still want to take her to the dog park - she loves to socialize with other dogs and I would hate for her to miss out on this.
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