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Hi, I'm new to this forum. I have a 1/2 shepherd 1/2 pittbull named Lila. She is 6 years old. She was a tiny stray puppy who crawled out of the bushes into my arms and never left. She's my little buddy! I have a cat who hates her, always has, and 5 rats who think she is the greatest thing since sliced cheese :D !

I joined this forum to get some advice on getting a new AST/APBT. Lila is a great dog but can be a little bit naughty sometimes. She tends to go after other dogs if they are not submissive enough. We have seen a behavior specialist who thinks that she can be retrained. The trainer, from observing her interactions with other dogs and people, said her aggression is manageable and shouldn't stop us from getting another dog next year. We'll enroll her and ourselves in a behavior modification class soon.

The question I have is whether or not you would recommend buying from a breeder or if rescuing from a shelter is a good option. I would prefer to buy from a reputable breeder but my bf is dead set on rescuing from the pound. I'm concerned about not knowing the genetics/ background of this type of dog. Have any of you sucessfully introduced rescue dogs into your homes with other pets? Of course, spay/neiter, obedience training, temperment testing, etc. would happen once we bring the dog home. We have a large home with a large fenced yard so space is not a problem. We are also active and hike regularly. I've done lots of research and am sure the dog would fit with our lifestyle but I guess I'm asking is if these dogs really are OK with other dogs in the house. Should I get a male, female, etc. We also plan to have kids in the upcoming years but everything I have read says these dogs are great with kids. Any suggestions, advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Welcome to the forum from Bella, Remy, and me! :) If your current female is dog aggro, I would highly suggest adopting an older (2+ years) male dog from a shelter or rescue agency. (I wouldn't suggest a female of any age, just because same-sex bully breeds tend to fight more than opposite sex pairings.) Granted, your dogs may not always get along, but older dogs' temperaments are pretty much set. What you see is what you get. With a proper introduction on neutral territory, you can more easily determine how the two dogs will get along in the future. With a puppy, you're kind of gambling. Sure, Lila may tolerate the puppy (and even get along well with him), but you can never guarantee that the puppy won't grow up to be dog aggro or that the two of them will get along once the puppy matures and starts trying to climb the pack ladder.

My husband and I recently introduced a 1-year-old male pit bull/lab mix (Remy) into our home with a 1-year-old female pitty (Bella) that we've had since she was 6 weeks old. Everything has gone wonderfully so far, and we couldn't be happier with the decision to adopt Remy. :)

Good luck with whatever you choose to do!
 
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