i just bought a house about 2 weeks ago, and i want a rott, i have been around them as some of my family owned rotts. here are my plus's and minus's
plus protective dog big dog fun
minus control of rott neighbors might be scared of rott
my biggest thing is this i want a rott but i also dont want my neighbors to be affraid to comeover or be that guy on the block. i do have a fenced yard, and its not like i would be raising it to kill or fight, just to be a normal (as possible) dog lol.
i dont want a little sissy dog medium size dogs only any thoughts? the other way i look at it, almost any big dog may have this effect on neighbors ie american bulldog,sheppard, mastiff, maybe not a boxer or lab or golden retiever.
Don't let "the guy on the block" stop you from getting a dog, it's great you want a companion. Rotts are great dogs too, I don't know about getting a rottie as a first time dog owner but I'm saying ignore the neighbors as long as you take care of your dog, have a fenced in yard, theres no reason to fear it. Try local shelters they might have rotties that are already trained and need homes. :-) Good luck
I have a Doberman that my neighbors were scared of until they met her! As long as you train the dog properly, socialize it and don't leave it unattended in your yard, you would have nothing to worry about! Be sure if you get a puppy to go to a reputable breeder as you want a healthy sound Rott!!!
To be honest as long as you research the breed and are willing to take him/her to training and socialize it properly I would get whatever dog you want. I dont know what state you live in but I could not get a rottie because my insurance would cancel me which I dont understand because every rottie I ever delt with was a big baby.
thanks thats what i was thinking as well im always outside, and i figure the more my neighbors are around the dog maybe it will get rid of there fear over time and make them more comfortable. thanks, that made me feel better.
I have a german rottweiler and she is a huge baby. My neighbors were scared of her at first until they got to know her. Just make sure your fence is tall and not chain link. THEY ARE VERY GOOD CLIMBERS! They can definately climb chain link. Oh and also homeowners insurance is impossible to get with a rottweiler. Did your insurance company ask you if you had a dog? Mine did and they refused me when I told them I had a rottweiler.
i have a wife and this is the main reason i want a rott because i work late and sometimes she is at home by herself for a good 4 to 5 hours, and it would be nice when i go out of town as well.
as far as neighbors on my left i have a 70 yr old lady and on the right i have a retired couple in there 60's behind me i have a guy my age 29 and his wife is the same age as mine 27, now they have 2 english springer spaniels which are beautiful dogs they never bark which is weird and they r very playfull. the only thing that makes me nervous is i have an easment on the back of my property all the way around my yard the fence is 4 ft except for the back where its like 3 in half but i would assume everything would be ok as long as i train the rott properly and watch him in the yard
my other questions is this should i get a male or female and are there different tempraments to the sex? and what are advantages and disadantages to male or females? how common is hyp dysplacia in rotts? i read its common and treatable by medication because it cause arthritis and eventually surgery to replace the hip, but every big dog i have read about has hd possiblities.
here is what i am concerned about from a male and female side
male humping everything
females they kill your lawn when they pee and the whole period thing with the diaper (is this the only way)
the other thing is i think people see rotts on the news fighting other dogs or attacking people, which gives them a bad rep and makes people standoffish, but i beleive its all in how u treat and train your dog, and the case they have seen on tv or in the paper are from rotts that have been mistreated
***Edited By: Caesar on 6/21/2005 10:32:09 AM*** Reason: forgot to add last coment
its not just about how a dog is treated. you need to find breeder that will help you through the entire process. you need to know the complete history of the dog. a good breeder will ask more questions about you than you will them. they want to make sure their beloved breed is placed with the proper owners in the proper home.
rotts bore easily. they are working dogs. so if you are not willing to spend a great deal of time training & working on a daily basis for the dogs ENTIRE life, then this is not the breed for you.
kelstr wrote: There are 2 types of rotties out there... the german rottie and the american rottie... the american ones are alot smaller than the german rotties.
the difference between a german & american rottwweiler is where they were born. there is no difference in size. if your rott was born in america, his tail will be docked. if it was born in germany, its tail will not be docked.
you have a 3-4 ft fence? a 6 ft is HIGHLY recommended.
male or female? females are smaller therefore they are easier to control. a female is recommended for a 1st time owner.
hip dysplasia is very common, that is one of the things a good breeder will provide you with.
they are also prone to eye problems and are very suseptable to parvo.
you wrote "male humping everything
females they kill your lawn when they pee and the whole period thing with the diaper (is this the only way) "
if you are not planning on showing your dog or breeding (and i mean as in a serious breeder, not a backyard breeder) then have your pet spayed or neutered!
i think a whole lot of research is in order before you make a decision. i would suggest buying a book, look at some rottweiler websites, including the AKC & then if you are still interested then contact a reputable breeder.
I have a female Rottie who is 6 months old. My neighbors were a little hesitant about her at first but now they realize that she is a big baby and love her. She is wonderful. Sure they can be mean, but it is all in how you train and socialize them. So if you want one, I say get one.
you definately need to spay or neuter your dog because no matter how good they are trained once they go into heat the minute your back is turned they jump the fence. my dog never jumps the fence unless she is in heat. i agree that a 6 foot fence is your best bet but dont under estimate a dog in heat if they want out they will get out also i have heard from many people that females are easier to train