March 22, 2008
I am in the process of getting a bulldog puppy. i already put a deposit down. so in about a month i will be bringing her home.
Well see my question is, i have 2 other dogs at home, shih tzus. one male and one female. ok, well my we just found out that my female is going to be delivering on April 30th. ok, well i will be bringing my bullie baby home a little before the birth.
My question is do you think that we might have a problem with this.? I will have a private place for the female shih tzu to whelp. How do you think a bull dog and shih tzus will get along with each other? Is this a mistake.
From my experience of being around bull dogs they seems sooo easy going and loving, im hoping she will fit right in with our family, is this possible?
Introducing a new puppy to home dogs does take some extra care,
but a few simple steps should help. And yes, english bulldogs in
general are quite mellow and loving.
I’m not a behavior expert but I’m happy to give you my opinion.
I think they should all get along fine. It’s the dogs you already have that
may potentially be a problem and need to be introduced properly to the
If you keep your dogs in crates this process could go much smoother,
but if you don’t it should be ok if you are mindful of a few things.
Dogs are pack animals and their instincts kick in when they see a new
dog in their midst. You now have 2 dogs but 3 dogs constitutes a pack
and there will be ‘ranking’ in that pack.
Remember that you are the true alpha, or ruler of your pack and it is
up to you to set the tone and keep everyone in their place.
The pregnant female is going to be instinctually protective of her unborn
puppies, so she’s the one I would pay close attention to.
Fortunatley puppies do not pose as big a threat as an adult dog would.
That said, you have a pregnant female and are bringing in another
female. Statistically the female dogs fight for rank more than the males.
It is best to introduce the puppy to your current dogs on a neutral location
like a local park or your neighbor’s yard. When they meet, be sure to praise
them in a cheery voice to reward the behavior.
Let them sniff each other. The puppy will probably bow down, which is a
sign of “lets play”. If your dog’s hair starts to raise up, that is a sign of
aggression and you should probably separate them.
If things go well, which they usually do with a puppy, you can bring the
puppy in the house. Be aware that a puppy will want to play with the
adult dogs a lot – possibly more than they want. Your adult dogs may
growl to tell the puppy to lay off. This is normal.
If you current dogs respond to the puppy by biting him, this could
be dangerous to the puppy so you need to keep an eye on them until
they all seem to be doing fine in their new pack.
This might sound scary, but usually these introductions go really well
when a puppy is involved. I introduced my first bulldog puppy into a
household with an Akita and a cat. We introduced the two dogs in the
front yard and they got along famously. It was the cat that became the
benevolent dictator of the pack.
I’m attaching a pdf document from the Dumb Friends League with
more information for you.
Congratulations on your puppy and let me know how it goes.
Your Bulldog Pal,