Cats and Dogs

by Martha
(Showlow az)

We a ready to adopt a pyr mix. The dog is 1 yr old. I have an indoor cat.
I'm told if a puppy is raised with a cat they do well.
What about a 1 yr old Pry mix that needs a home?

This dog is house broken but otherwise not trained.

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Jul 06, 2020
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Getting along with cats
by: Donna

You can train most dogs to get along with a cat at any age with proper reinforcement training.

Here are resource on training:

The Possibilities in Dog Training

Housetraining is pretty straightforward.

A couple of other great resources are:

Home School the Dog

Free Dog Training Workshop

You are in Arizona so have a look at this rescue group National Pyr Rescue

Know that some mixes can be unstable since a Pyr has a specific job, and then, when mixed with another breed, wires can get crossed in their heads.

I hope this helps.

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PYR mixed with Australian Shepard
by: Sharon

Hello,
thank you for taking the questions.
You used the term unstable in a previous about mix breeds I want to be as informed as possible.

So do you have any words of wisdom about the stability of a Australian Shepard mix with a great Pyr.

Back story we are getting on the dog is that his owner made bad life choices- left the dog with grandma and grandma turned the dog over to the shelter because it was too much hair and dog.

Seems very sweet and calm at the shelter.
Does a mix improve the disposition?

Jul 07, 2020
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Mixes
by: Donna

Usually mixes come from mills/backyard breeders and farmers. Some full breeds, too.

If you are rescuing, great. If he seems calm at the shelter, go for it. Just give him time to settle in at your place. Set him up for success. Don't let him run to people when they come to the door. Crate him. Also use a muzzle until you know his reaction to people and other dogs. This is all to keep everyone safe until the dog gets comfortable with you and you him. Keep him leashed to you in the house until you're comfortable that he feels safe.

An Australian Shepherd and a Pyr...An Auzzie is high energy that herds and Pyrs are low energy who are guardian dogs. As long as that dog was well-socialized and handled as a pup for the first 13 weeks and more, he should be fine. Every mix will be different.

Mixes do not improve a disposition since each breed has their own. Sometimes it can just mess with their brains. 'Do I herd or guard?'. It gets complicated. Each breed is bred for a certain job. Every breed e.g., Pyr, Auzzie, Rottweiler, etc., who is responsibly bred by a responsible breeder, handled and socialized by many many different people will be a good dog if then positively trained by their people. A dog is only as good as the trainer. Each dog, of course, has their own disposition.

Enjoy!

Jul 12, 2020
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PYR mixed with Australian Shepard- thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you
Your answer was Right On!!!!

Jul 13, 2020
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by: Donna

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