Does Your Pit Bull Live With Kids?

May 6, 2011  

This month StubbyDog is highlighting kids and pit bulls. So we asked our Facebook fans, “Does your pit bull live with kids? What ages?”

It seems pit bulls love kids, after all, they were called ‘Nanny dogs!’ Thanks everyone for sharing!

Photo by Aleksandra Gajdeczka

We have four pit bulls and two kids, ages 7 and 12. Our dogs love our girls and are always watching them whenever they are in the yard playing. Inside the house they like to snuggle with the girls and some even let the girls play dress up with them.

~ Belinda Diaz

Our pittie has been around since before my daughter was born. My daughter is now almost 10 and my other girl is almost 12! The love is just incredible. Best dog ever!

~ Amy Weitsman Kelly

My boys (ages 13 and 16) have been with pit bulls since they were 5 and 8. We started our pit bull rescue a year later when we saw what a link they had with the boys. Both of our boys are diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome (a form of High Functioning Autism) and were having a lot of problems in school. My sons would crawl up into the crate with our pit bull foster Bosier after school and just talk to him. We eventually had to buy a bigger crate! Years later I asked them why they would do that and my oldest told me that he felt like pit bulls knew what it was like to be hated for something they had no control over. Now, 250 pit bulls later, my boys are successful in high school and junior high school and are both very social. It’s not perfect, but for two kids who barely could look anyone in the eyes or allow anyone to touch them, it’s a HUGE change. They both are now in band and choir and will be attending their first competitions this year. All thanks to the best counselors in the world: the American Pit Bull Terrier and its relatives.

~ Jennyfer Brooklyn Keohane

My pit bulls lived with kids (ages range from 8 months to 6 years old). The kids loved them to death, as they loved the kids.

~ Melissa Denise Owens
My son has his very own pit bull. He’s 20 months old. ~ Anne Riesbeck

My daughter is 9 and my son is 3. Gracie, my pit bull, is 1 1/2 and is best friends with both kids. We say that my son is her pup, because if we ask her where her baby is she goes and sits next to him. He recently had pneumonia and she was stuck to him for a week!

~ Meg McClung Phillips

I have a 5 year old and a 3 year old, and our pittie will be 1 in September. They are the best of friends. I have no doubt about the love between the three of them.

~ Trina Altman

I’ve loved pits for 30 years now. My youngest “child” is now 20 years old. My pits and my shepherd helped me raise three sons. I do really mean “helped!” My sons are better people because they grew up with pit bulls. One of my sons has a child of his own now and they have a pit bull mix rescue. Maybe someday we will return to the glory days when pits where Amercia’s family dog.

~ Renda Luvaas

My son is 2. My pit bull has to know where he is at all times. Always watching over him. Her other buddy is a Chi-rat terrier.

~ Sara Lynch-Bryan

We have one pit bull and two other mixed breeds, and my kids are 18 months, 5 years and 8 years. If I get asked if I’m afraid to have a pit bull around my children, I say that she’s honestly the best with the children of our three dogs. My son laid on her for three hours when he had a fever of 103 and she stayed happily. My toddler sits on her and she turns her head to give her kisses. My oldest just dressed her up as a princess the other day. She’s a great dog!

~ Catrina Caseday

My pit will be 8 years old on May 5. Have three grandkids who have grown up with him. He’s absolutely wonderful with the kids.

~ Donna Shaw Wallace

We have been fostering pits for a year; all with unknown pasts, some with horrific injuries. Every single one has been AMAZING with kids from 1 year to 11 years old.

~ Cortney Lynn

When we first got our dog, originally a foster, I was a little scared. It didn’t take long before we realized this dog was MEANT to be with children. She is the nanny dog that you hear about and plays and watches over my two daughters, ages 6 and 5. Seeing my 6-year-old roll about on the floor with her, (after dressing her up in a princess costume!), makes me think of a puppy pile up.

~ Cinnamon Mcgeehan

My daughter is 4 and we have two pitties. They are both very gentle with her and our big one lets her ride him around the house like a horse.

~ Laura Staver

Yes, we have a 6-month-old son. They LOVE each other!!!

~ Monica Farrell Parmenter

My 3-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son have two pitties and they just adore one another! I couldn’t see my life without my pittie babies!

~ Deanna Smith

I grew up with a pit bull and I could not wait for the day for it to be my girls turn. A little over a year ago we got our dog, he is the best, and our girls 9, 7 and 5 have the little brother they always wanted. He loves to play, cuddle and do whatever they want to do. I could not have asked for a better dog. He is also has his two dog brothers a pointer/lab mix and a Chinese crested powder puff.

~ Nicole Santo LeSage

I have two 2-year-old female pits who are like surrogate mothers to my 5-month-old son. They love him almost as much as I do.

~ Amy S. Stemmle

I have two pit bulls and a 1-year-old. There has never been a thought in my mind that those dogs would ever hurt the baby. They are so tolerant and loving of her. I couldn’t ask for better older siblings for her.

~ Jennie Chanthakoone Barnett

I have a 6-year-old pit who was introduced to my boyfriend’s kids (now 8 and 10) just over a year ago. He never grew up around children or was socialized with kids. He has become very protective of the kids. He loves to watch them play or play with them in the yard and most of all: snuggle up at night. We now take him camping with us where there are tons of children playing and running and he just sits and watches everything. The oldest boy has said that “when he grows up, he’s going to have a pit because they’re great dogs and not the bad stuff you hear on TV.” My heart melted!!!

~ Ashley Mollenkamp

My bully Buddy is my daughter Alice’s security blanket and protector! She is 32 and developmentally delayed and so is forever a kid! Because Buddy is with her, she isn’t afraid to stay home when I travel.

~ Bonnie Wiltz Fairbanks

Our pit mix is actually my daughter’s dog. She saved and paid the money to get him out of rescue. My daughter is 11 and she adopted Lewis last May. Lauren and Lewis are good buds!

~ Tracy Richardson Firgens

Our 14-year-old was raised from day one with pitties, when he came home from the hospital he was greeted by two very excited pittie siblings. Both of those have crossed over the rainbow bridge now.

~ Amber Honey Badger Lutz

Yes. I have a 7-year-old daughter. They are BEST friends. Right now they are snuggling on the couch.

~ Ashley Scott

I have two females, they both love my 10-month-old baby. ~ Johnny Shanna Mckinney

I have a 7 and 12-year-old girls and a pit bull and a boxer. I rescued the pit two years ago and I actually feel better about my 12-year-old getting home from school before me because I know Sasha will take care of her if a stranger stops by.

~ Carrie Porch Ackenhusen

We have three kids and one boy pitty puppy that’s about 8 months and 40 lbs. The kids help take care of him and he watches out for them in return. They play in the yard together and he sleeps on the floor in the girl’s room after he checks on the baby.

~ Christine Richardson Zigler

We have an 11-year-old daughter – she was 9 when we adopted Rosie as a puppy. Not only is our pit devoted to our daughter, she also wants to be “one of the girls” whenever our daughter’s friends come to visit and they all love her.

~ Cathy Becker Gonzalez

Yes! My daughter is 3 and she says our 3-year-old pit mix is “her brother” – they do everything together!

~ Christina Mahesse

Check out this pic (above) of an adopted pit bull and a preschool class! Jessie, Pretties With Pitties cofounder, is a preschool teacher. This was "Friday Funday" at the school, and a former Pit Bull Rescue San Diego boy wanted to join in on the fun! He is such a great student.

~ Kerri Ewing

I have a 3-year-old male pit bull, and a 2-year-old daughter. They are great together and play all day long. If my daughter has to take a nap, and I go outside to water plants, get something from the car, etc. I always come into the house to find him lying in front of her closed door…just in case I guess!!

~ Adrianna Ward

I have a 4-year-old Staffie and he loves my 2-year-old grandson. They play ball, they play chase and they play in our pool together. When my grandson gets up or comes home the first thing he does is call for Diesel and if Diesel hears rustling going on in my grandson’s bedroom in the morning he runs to the door, sits, whine and waits for the door to be opened.

~ Angela Handley

We have three kids and four dogs (two pit bulls, an American bulldog mix, and a boxer mix). All our dogs are amazing with our kids and other kids, but the two pit bulls seem especially drawn to kids (and vice-versa).

~ Thunder Vasquez-Peterson

My pibble was 7 when my son was born, and they have been best friends ever since. ~ Brooke Hunter

My pit, Jersey, doesn’t live with children, but I have two grandsons who adore her. They are 3 years and 18 months. Jersey was 3 1/2 years old when my first grandson was born. She is now 6 1/2 years. She was never around kids when she was younger, but she took to these two boys like a fish to water. When I go to my daughter’s house, Jersey goes too. She sleeps with the boys when they take a nap and follows them everywhere. My daughter “borrows” Jersey on some weekends to have a sleep over with the boys.

~ Pamela Johnson

My guy, Bauer, lives with three kids. My 12-year-old girl used to be terrified of dogs and now chases down every pit bull at the dog park. My 9-year-old is the one who gets Bauer into the most trouble. Chasing his socks or wrestling under blankets until the blanket rips. And finally our youngest, who is 5, is the boss (besides the 14-year-old cat). She says sit, Bauer sits, down, stay, come…she says it, he listens. He is around so many kids every day and babies seem to get the biggest wiggle receptions.

~ Jennifer Pinch

We have two kids; ages 6 and 4 and multiple rescued pitties. Our first pittie died when my daughter was 4 and it was very difficult for her to lose him. He just adored her and she adored him. She still makes wishes for him to come back…it’s really heartbreaking, but it shows just how amazing he was.

~ Sweet Bark Pit Bull Rescue

We don’t have kids, but our baby LOVES children! When we are out and about and she spots an adult she is happy, but when she sees a kid she gets a special shine in her eye and starts wagging her tail as hard as she can and asking if she can say hi! She is in training to be a therapy dog and all of our friends bring their kids over to play with her. She is so extra gentle and sweet with children like she knows they are delicate!

~ Melissa Jaffe

When our 8-year-old grandson stays over, he and our pit bull, Daphney, are all but inseparable. If he’s out in the yard, she begs to be out there with him.

~ Holly Alessi

In our family, we have a small Boston terrier, a Boston/pug mix and a pit bull. Our children are 17, 15, two 12-year-olds, a 10-year old and a 6-year-old. Our APBT, Beazus, was a rescue and donated to our family from the rescue group that we volunteer for. She is on her way to becoming a therapy dog for our 12-year-old son with Tourette’s syndrome. With Beazus, our son has a few glimpses of “normality” when he’s with her. Beazus is always at her happiest when out in public and when playing with our huge family!

~ Yvette Brown

Yes indeed! My rescued pibbles live with a 6-year-old and my 6-year-old has become quite the little trainer. My pibbles also have their CGCs and they are Delta certified! Best puppies EVER!

~ Jennifer Aldred Berry
Yes, a 7-year-old boy and his dog! They aren’t called “Nanny Dogs” for nothing. ~ Carla Smith

My sister’s pit bull, Gage, LOVES kids, even though he doesn’t live with any. His particular favorite child is our 3-year-old second cousin, Junior. They are the best of friends and get so happy when they see each other! Junior’s face lights up even at the mention of Gage. They stick like glue and are the perfect example of how loving towards children pit bulls can be!

~ Melinda MacArthur

Our female rescue loves her “kids.” They are 3 and 18 monts. She has been abused and is a very submissive dog anyway, so I think that she is most comfortable with them. If I go in another room during their naps, she pushes their doors open and checks on them. My youngest likes to put dog food in Jules’ bowl and then plop the bowl in his lap for her to come eat out of it. She is extremely gentle with them and with eating her food like that. I work hard to make sure the boys respect the animals in our house, they aren’t punching bags or jungle gyms, but they love to go sit on her bed and pet her and love on her.

~ Becky Knoke

My pittie lived with three children under the age of 4 before she was surrendered to a shelter and we adopted her. Every time we see a child, she yearns to play with them. She lets my little cousins pet her and lay on her. If a baby cries she gets very concerned. I don’t have children yet, but I would have no problems with her if I were to have one.

~ Amanda Lotz

My pit mix came to us as a very outgoing 5-month-old dog and she has lived with my daughter and myself since that time (is now 4 years old). She has been obedience trained and is a wonderful addition to our family. My daughter was 5 when we got “Roo” and they love each other madly. She is a well-rounded and well-behaved fun ball of happiness and love, and we wouldn’t be without her.

~ Kaz Cox

Photo by Aleksandra Gajdeczka

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10 Responses to “Does Your Pit Bull Live With Kids?”
  1. BeckyKnoke says:

    Ugh, I wish I had re-read my post and fixed my spelling, that’s what I get for typing with the chaos of two little kids in the house. Love all the posts!

  2. StubbyDog says:

    @BeckyKnoke Thanks Becky! We love them too, we have the best fans!!!

  3. JenniferAkes says:

    We have 8 pitties, 5 are fosters. They are exposed to my grandchildren on a regular basis. I do not allow them to be with my grandchildren unsupervised but would not allow any dog to be around my grandkids unsupervised. I have found the pitties to be gentler, more patient, and just all round better dogs when it comes to children. My grandchildren range in ages from 4 to 2 and I have another due in August. My dogs have been around, lived with, and played with my grandkids since day one. I have never had an issue with the exception of one dog that came to us after being sorely abused by children and she runs from them, refusing to even be in the same room with a child. I cannot imagine a day without out pitties. I would not put my grandchildren in harms way for any reason and when people tell me that my pitties will turn I just want to slap them, but my husband claims that is my old age kicking in.

  4. StubbyDog says:

    @JenniferAkes Haha, I think many people feel like that when people say ignorant things about pit bulls. It sounds like you have a very happy, busy, well adjusted household. Bless you for fostering pit bulls too!

  5. JenniferAkes says:

    We specialize in high risk dogs, former fighting dogs, and dogs with health issues left uncared for such as cancer, slit throats, abused, or neglected and personally I think the dogs know we are a safe place that they will never be starved, beaten or ignored. We do not allow our pits any where near the kids until we are positive there is no threat. And as I posted we only have one and she would rather run from kids than hurt one. Our pitties are all great animals, some times it just takes a well balanced home and love to bring out the best in them. Each of our dogs has a story, and my husband and I pay all of our bills out of our own pocket. We prefer to stay small but have saved and rehomed 17 dogs since Feb 15, 2010. It is our version of community service. We have the dogs vetted, altered, and interview prospective homes. Yes it takes a lot of our time, energy, and money but to be completly honest is the most rewarding thing I have ever done with my life. @StubbyDog

  6. StubbyDog says:

    @JenniferAkes Your story sounds great, and we are sure others will think so too. If you are interested in writing about your experience, we would love to post it. Send some photos too! If you’re interested e-mail Thanks for sharing and all that you do for the pit bulls.

  7. CindyMcClain says:

    I have a bully and he is going to be 2 in august and he has 2 childeren ages 8 & 10 He is sweet, kind & gental, He loves to hide and seek under covers on bed, he also pulls a cart, that the kids & I ride in, he is a 82 lb bully,He is so big we call him Tank!!!! The kids take him for walks with supervision, He likes to run after the kids when they ride bikes, we go to dog park where it safe, He also loves other dogs, always likes to play, ball, frisbee,he does all kinds of tricks, shakes hand, sits up on hind legs, likes playing with he older sister stafordshire terrier, she is 10,and he has little sister pom pom,victoria,4 yrs,and she is the boss, when it comes to Tank!! the little one are the ones that seem to most control over him, they play very rough but he is gental to her she bites him and allk and he Tank just sits and has that smile on his face!! I cant help but to love him. I saved him from a boy who trying to train him to fight until the kid ran him over with his truck, broke his leg, so I have had him since he was 4 months old,I cant stand dog fighting!!! There are no bad dogs only bad owners!!!!!

  8. StubbyDog says:

    @CindyMcClain Thanks for your comments Cindy, Tank sounds like a dreamboat! What a wonderful boy he is.

  9. seaaphrodite says:

    Our son (first baby) was born on May 7th. So far, so good. Our two pits are curious about the new bundle and the noises he makes, and are very gentle as they try to get to know him. They come up, do a little sniff, a little tiny lick (only on the feet for now, as we are keeping a bit of distance for reasons of hygiene). We obviously use every precaution and never have the baby out of our sight, and are also working to reassure the dogs that they are stil very loved (to avoid any jealousy), but from what we have seen so far, we think that as our little boy grows, he’s going to have two very loving and devoted furry siblings.

  10. StubbyDog says:

    @seaaphrodite How sweet! Sounds like you’re doing everything right, and your son will be best friends with your other babies. Thanks for sharing.