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Old 09-28-2018, 02:05 AM
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Cats, pit bull and Australian shepherd together?

I am currently not able to have pets, but I've always had dogs and so I'm excited to plan for the future.

I love both Aussies and the various bully breeds, especially APBTs, staffies and American bulldogs. Maybe an odd combination, but I love and connect with all the ones I've met. My concern is whether they'd be a good fit together, though. I'm an experienced dog owner, dedicated to training and taking good care of my animals and want dogs that can help keep me active and be hiking companions. I will also be training at least the Aussie for dog sports such as agility or flyball for exercise. I have not owned either breed, however.

I also want to have a cat. My concerns are issues with the feline family members, activity levels, play and interaction between the dogs. I'm worried the Aussie may end up being a bit too high-energy and intense for a playmate that's not a herding breed, something I've been warned about by Aussie owners. The herding tendencies could also irritate both cats and other dogs, but that should be manageable with training. I don't want one dog to constantly be pushing the other.

I was thinking of raising the cat and Aussie together as I'll be getting both from reputable breeders, and looking at local rescues for an older pit so there aren't as many surprises with behavior. I think how this goes will very much depend on the individual dogs, socialization and their experiences. I will be getting opposite gender dogs that have been spayed and neutered.

Is this a good idea to work towards, or would it be best for the animals to focus on one breed/type of dog and just own both at separate points during my lifetime?
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I think it's doable.

My brother has 5 dogs and a cat and they get along. I guess it depends on the dog. I don't even know the breeds. I am guessing: German Shepherd, mini poodle, beagle, some bull type and one i have no idea. They are pretty mellow.

They acquired them over time and did not plan to have so many.
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It will really depend on each individual.

We have a cat and she's totally fine with the dogs. We got our first puppy when she was 3yo though and we pretty much didn't see her much at all for a while though... she was constantly hiding. She was 15 when we got our last puppy, and she just put her foot down, lol and stood her ground when the puppy bothered her. Now they get along very well, but the dogs will still chase her if she runs away (the two young dogs' favorite is chasing rabbits and squirrels, so yes, they do have a high prey drive - one is a lab/eskimo/husky mix and the other a newf).

But I've had three cats that HATED dogs. Your best bet honestly might be to get a puppy and a kitten at the same time, even if it sounds crazy... but it will keep them exercised and entertained too...

I have no experience with bully breeds but I would really make sure to get them from a reputable breeder that socializes them well, as dog aggression can be a problem with those breeds - or yes, get a rescue that has been fostered with other dogs and that you KNOW is friendly with other dogs (plus there are a ton of them in rescues that need homes).
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Thanks for the input! I think it can work with the right animals and careful planning.

Definitely thinking of raising a kitten and puppy together! There are some really well-run pit rescues in my area that are foster based, and some are so packed that they can't accept new dogs. One is very serious about socializing their dogs and have part of their kennels in a home-like environment so they can get used to everyday sounds. They also prefer to hear about your situation and then pick dogs that may be a good fit rather than just getting applications on specific dogs, so I think that may be a very good option. Dog aggression is definitely a big concern but with the right dog I think it'll work.
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Owning a Pit in a multi dog household is possible. Just be prepared to potentially have to crate / seperate and rotate. It isn't something that is always necessary, but best to be prepared for worse case scenario.

Some things to consider
Never leave your dogs unsupervised together

Learn how to use a breaking stick

Dog parks are not really recommended, but if your Pit is social play sessions with known friendly dogs are possible

There are restrictions against Pit Bulls, home owners insurance can be hard to obtain or more costly. Many places don't rent if you have a Pit Bull. Cities can put BSL in place at anytime.

As far as cats I've had Pits that would kill any cat if given the chance, others would be fine with known house cats but strange cats would be fair game, others are like meh cat regardless if it is known or stray.

Are you planning to do any sports with your Pit? As long as you provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation things should be good, but they can become destructive when bored. It isn't necessary to do a sport but it does provide for some of their needs and is a great way to bond with your dog.
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