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Fight Prevention

"Let's not blame the dogs for a trait bred into them by the evilness of man. Let's understand them instead, so we can provide responsible ownership and give them a chance to show the world why they are so deserving of our love"

How to prevent a fight

The very best situation to prevent a fight in your home, is to have a Pit Bull as the only pet. Pit Bulls are people-dogs anyway and if they receive enough attention from their family, they don't need a canine companion to be happy. However, if you prefer having two dogs, and many people do, the next best situation is to have a neutered male and a spayed female whose interactions are always supervised.

There is a higher incidence of aggressive behavior between dogs of the same sex. Two males or two females often view each other as rivals even if they appear to get along most of the time. This is a fact for every breed btw, not only the Pit bull breed. However, most dogs don't resolve conflicts with the determination and intensity of the Pit Bull. Remember, Pit Bulls were "bred" to fight. Certain signs of submission that would indicate a dog doesn't want to fight anymore, can be ignored by Pit Bull type dogs in the heat of a fight. Therefore, we can't let a fighting breed establish pecking order on its own. As a result, the hierarchy can remain unclear and cause constant tension between the dogs. Tension is an important trigger for fights.

Keep in mind that there are other stimulus that could trigger a fight even with dogs of opposite sex. For that reason, PBRC does not encourage placing Pit Bulls in multiple-dog homes as problems between the dogs may surface eventually - It could even take years before conflicts reach serious proportions. Unfortunately, the Pit Bulls are usually the ones people get rid of when serious problems occur.

Properly introduced, a neutered male and a spayed female with compatible personalities should be fine. They will, however, require strict supervision all their life.

Please follow the guidelines offered by PBRC if you want to assure the safety of your dogs and avoid unpleasant situations.


Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Guidelines


  • NEVER leave Pit Bulls unsupervised with other animals. When no one is around to keep an eye on them, the dogs should be safely crated or in separate rooms, even if the dogs are best friends. You never know what might trigger a fight in your absence. All canines can fight, but Pit Bulls were bred to never quit and may not recognize normal signs of submission in the heat of a fight. If no one is home to break the fight, the dogs could inflict serious injuries to each other, or worse.

  • Have your dog(s) spayed or neutered as early as possible. Females that are in their reproductive cycles and males who are triggered by their sexual hormones, tend to be far more reactive and aggressive than those who are not.

  • Always monitor the dogs while they play, and don't let things escalate. Roughhousing can trigger a fight if not kept under control. Pit Bulls like to play rough and can be pretty vocal. Their game often mimic a real fight and can be overwhelming for the other dog. Don't let the dogs push it too far. As the "leader" of the pack it is YOUR responsibility to set limits and keep the dogs under control.

  • Never leave at their disposal food, bones, toys, or anything that could trigger a fight. Keep in mind that certain dogs tend to push out any competition for what they perceive as limited resources - your attention, food, toys, etc.

    Note that, in general, the first fight is often an indicator of more to come. At this point, it may be necessary to separate the dogs at all times. Many loyal Pit Bull owners have learned to live with dogs that don't get along. It is feasible, but requires a great deal of commitment and discipline. Those who adapt their lives for this situation will tell you the dogs are worth every efforts.

  • ALWAYS have your Pit Bull on leash when you take him/her for a walk.

  • Do not bring an adult Pit Bull to an off-leash dog park or any other area where it may come into contact with other dogs running loose.

  • Early socialization MAY help, but is not a guarantee that your Pit Bull won't become dog-aggressive at some point. ALWAYS be prepared for it!





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