I recently rescued a Chocolate Labrador/ Pit-bull mix male for my local shelter. He is 14 months old, I also have 13 month old pure breed Boston Terrier female. Both are fixed, and he seems to have a fairly docile temperament, but I get concerned when they play he goes for her neck. Granted, he is pretty gentle with her, but since he is much large than her, I am worried about him hurting her. When I leave them, i do not feel comfortable enough to leave them together unsupervised, so she goes in the kennel and he goes into a closed off kitchen. Am I just being paranoid? Has anyone had a Labrador/ Pit-bull mix? He looks like a lab except for the eyes, and ears, so he appears like a lab mostly. Does anyone have any tips, pointers or suggestions?
Thank you everyone for all the input.
'Libertydogtraining', I wish you would have asked me a question, before you made the blanket statement 'You really should have done your research about pit bull dogs to get an idea of what kind of temperament your mix could possibly have.' And assume it was an impulse purchase. I actually researched quite a bit about Labs, and my brother has a 12 year old Lab. I also researched about my Boston Terrier before I adopted her. I view my pets as part of the family. I did not find out my new dog was a Pit-Bull mix until after I adopted him. I also spent quite a bit of time with him and asked the workers of the rescue about his temperament, as well as, observe his behavior with my Boston before the adoption. My question for this board was for tips not for condescension.
I can only assume you that you know only how to deal with animals, since your people skills leave much to be desired.
I had a lab/pit for ten years. She was the greatest dog! She rarely played rough and she wanted to mother out other dogs. She, too, would go for the neck but I think that's a natural dog instinct. She was never rough, and I can't tell you how many dog collars and harnesses I had to replace because she would chew them off everybody else's necks! It sounds like you've been doing the right things, but you don't say how long you've had the new dog. Anyway, keep supervising them for a while and be sure they don't get into any fights. I don't think they will as they are opposite sexes, but after a week or so you should pretty much know.
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