Can all of these dogs really get along?

My wife and I run an unofficial dog rescue that has formed over the years simply because we cannot drive by a stray dog…we pick them up. We currently have 7 dogs and this is the lowest we’ve had in quite some time.  We’ve had as many as 22 although that was a bit of an oddity as a husband/wife pair we picked up that were running loose ended up giving us an additional 9 puppies a couple of weeks later.  As a side note, this husband and wife team (Binky and Hercules) were Labs…Hercules was 120 pounds.

To sum it up, from smallest to largest, we have a dachshund, a schipperke, red mutt thing, another red mutt thing, boxer, 3 pit bulls, rottweiler, and several labs all living together.  I won’t say there’s never a problem…there is.  But, for the most part, they do get along.  One of the Pitt Bulls can be food aggressive so we feed him by himself.  Other than that, he doesn’t bother anybody and plays nicely.

Rocket-and-Rusty-letting-sleeping-pit-bulls-lieWe adhere to Cesar’s advice and let them for their own pack.  Oddly enough, our pack leader is the female Pittie…she sets the pace and mood for everybody else and nobody pushes up against her. Rocket is her name and she is in charge.  Just ask her, she’ll tell you.

Rocket and her brother Rusty, Pit Bulls we found scavenging for food near a subdivision a few years ago, have remained the very best of friends over the years and have been truly wonderful friends to have around the house.

The main question we usually get is how do the Pitties get along with each other and with the Rottweiler.  Isn’t that too much “big dog” in the same space?

I won’t lie, there have been scuffles but again, that’s them establishing their pack.  Code, our Rottweiler, is a big baby and never wanted to be the pack leader anyway. He prefers to sit his 90 pound ass in your lap and watch TV.

The Dachshund is the problem…talk about attitude.  Baron is his name and he’s pretty sure he should be in charge but can’t quite break the code to get there.  Again, there have been scuffles here and Baron has his scars to prove his toughness.  Dachshunds are tough by nature.  These days, Baron is content to leave Rocket and Rusty alone.

But, to the main question, can all of these dogs live together? Harmonize together? Bring joy to the family together?

Absolutely…without a doubt.