Can pit bulls live with other animals?

Yes. Pit bulls can live with other animals, however it is important to understand that animal aggression is a normal and common trait. Some pit bull type dogs live happily with other animals for their entire lives without issue. However, because of this breed trait, it is important to follow necessary precautions. First, it is important to consider factors that add to the potential for dog aggressive behaviors. Age and gender are the two most clear-cut factors. In general, dogs of the same gender are more apt to become aggressive toward one another. So, bringing in a dog of the opposite gender is a key component. Also, pit bulls tend to pass through their “maturity” stage between ages 1 and 3. This is the time you will most commonly see temperament changes, especially related to aggression toward other animals. Staggering the ages of dogs within the home is another essential part of reducing the odds for aggression within the home. Your new dog should be introduced to resident animals very slowly. This gives everyone a chance to get to know each other and adjust. All animals should be separated when no one is home. As a rule of thumb, this ensures everyone is safe when no one is home to interject if ever needed. Many people have pit bull type dogs in multi-pet homes but it is important to be diligent and aware of possible issues and prepared to handle them should they occur.