currently we already close doors when the two indoor cats are in a room unless they are supervised, we have a cat room that they get locked in too when we can’t supervise them. I am now looking at dogs who are apparently good with animals they have grown up with and we probably will be able to only let them together when supervised.My attitude is that cats are holy and not to be messed with under any circumstances. Dogs don't play with cats, they ignore them. Or else. Like puppy biting and chewing on hands, it takes months to instill that attitude, and it's harder with the kinds of dog you're interested in as they tend to have high prey drive.
I'm not sure what I'd do with a cat with problems such as you describe; it would really up the potential danger to the cat. I think I'd wait until the cat has passed on to get another dog, but obviously you have reasons for wanting another dog sooner. I think I might come up with a totally enclosed cat habitat or something like that. The problem there is you have to have all humans in the household willing and able to be careful about keeping doors closed.
I know of people who have had a similar experience with big dog/small dog in same household, and like you I've lost a cat to a dog, although in my case it was a dog that came to me as an adult to foster. What happened was absolutely my fault for not being careful enough, and I will never get over the guilt.
My last cat died before I got either of my current dogs, and while I miss having cats, it makes life much easier to not have to worry about them with large dogs that have high prey drive in the house.
Thank you! how much work would you say the cords are? I think pulis are to small for what I want, but Komondor might fit.I have a Puli. He’s not vocal, intimidating, nor protective
He just turned 1 about 2-3 weeks ago, so he is at the stage (and has been since 7 months old or so) that we are woking on him in 20 minute sessions, twice a day, probably every 2-3 days....Thank you! how much work would you say the cords are? I think pulis are to small for what I want, but Komondor might fit.
Thank you! I was reading thinking thats not a lot of work 🤣He just turned 1 about 2-3 weeks ago, so he is at the stage (and has been since 7 months old or so) that we are woking on him in 20 minute sessions, twice a day, probably every 2-3 days....
20 minutes at a time so he doesn’t get bored/upset but also because your hands hurt after awhile.
Long story short, cord maintenance and development is a LOT of work. He’s extremely smart though, but also playful (he is 1 after all) and likes to pounce on the other dogs. Also a natural herding dog, so would probably torment a cat.
I will say. I don’t know what the future will hold, as he’s our first Puli, but it does seem to be getting a LOT easier as they form since you have something to grab onto easily. When you start off, it’s pretty hard to get down to the skin.Thank you! I was reading thinking thats not a lot of work 🤣
He is adorableI will say. I don’t know what the future will hold, as he’s our first Puli, but it does seem to be getting a LOT easier as they form since you have something to grab onto easily. When you start off, it’s pretty hard to get down to the skin.
You can’t tell very well from pictures, but the cords are definitely coming in...... Problem is, get lazy/careless and they get fleas, matted, skin conditions mold (yes) then you are looking at a full shave-down, and a fully corded Puli takes about 3 years......
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Thank you!The working line German Shepherd I currently have would meet all of your criteria. He is highly trained. He is friends with the senior female German Shepherd. He is friends with the blind cat (male, neutered). He is a bit afraid of the female cat.. but they play a game and she chases him which he invites. He is confident. He is intelligent. He is very very clear.
I had a friend staying here some weekends while building a house. This friend would arrive at night. I knew this and crated this dog next to my bed on those nights. When the key hit the door (11PM.. which is well past bed time here) he would growl. Then he would listen. When the first step was taken to come upstairs he EXPLODED in that crate. The first time he refused to settle until lights came on and he could see the person and my acceptance of that person. After thst, while the routine was the same a word from me and he would settle. He was 2 coming 3 at the time. At the time I did not think he would actually bite.
Another year went by.. and at 3 coming 4 something has changed. Maturity and being serious emerged. He started to "like" being "tingly." I no longer doubt he would bite an intruder. I manage him when anyone enters the property. This is this well bred individual dog. He is intact (I do not neuter male dogs unless they need to be for medical reasons).
I will add that he is highly trained. This has taken all his years from 8 weeks old to now to accomplish and is on going. My dog's breeder consistently produces dogs like the one I have.
You apparently didn’t het a good bloodline, because your dog is about 40lbs overweight for breed standard......I have a large pitbull (she'll be about 90 lbs full size) and she's very good with dogs, cats and is a great guard dog. She likes cold weather
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You apparently didn’t het a good bloodline, because your dog is about 40lbs overweight for breed standard......
Sounds like you got an “XXL” ‘Champion’ whatever the shady breeders are calling their Pit Bull mixes.
What does the AKC papers say your dog is? There are four breeds that encompass the generic “Pit Bull” term
Edit: Awe crap. This is what I get for not reading all the responses before posting...... already pointed out more eloquently than I attempted!
sorry I should have elaborated. She's 60 lbs now - I think will be 80-90 LBs by the time she's 3-490lbs is still much larger than the AmStaff standard calls for, especially for a female. She wouldn't happen to be a lab mix, would she?
It’s not “online articles” it’s the AKC breed standard.......I should note - I think the online articles on american staffies are inaccurate. Almost every Amstaff I know is 60-90 lbs. They are not 40-50 lb dogs. That's either an APBT or a mixed American staffy.
It’s not “online articles” it’s the AKC breed standard.......
You wouldn’t need a DNA test for your dog if you purchased it from a reputable breeder, and had papers for it. You should know the entire lineage with registered names.