So my boyfriend of many years has always wanted a Rotty. I have an English Springer Spaniel (Max), and may be somewhat ignorant about Rotties. I want to be completely supportive, so I am asking you guys for advice. Rotties are always displayed as very aggressive, but I would assume, it is how they are raised?
I'm asking anyone out there who has any history or general knowledge with Rotties, cause I just want to make sure our dogs get along. Max is 10 months old and it is really a necesity that these dogs get along, cause as anyone knows, it could cause huge damage to the relationship!!!!
How do we introduce the dogs? can a Rottie live peacefully with another dog? Any info is GREATLY APPRECIATED :)
I know that in the end, it is beyond anyones control, but any help in facilitating this would be amazing.
p.s. For those concerned...We have plenty of space and time for 2 dogs :)
I had a rottweiler growing up and she was a great dog! You're right, it's how they're raised. Also, make sure he goes through a reputable breeder who breeds for temperament and make sure you meet the parents of your new puppy. Their temperament will be an indicator of your puppy's. Make sure you sign him/her up for puppy classes to start socialization early & then onto obedience. :) Good luck!
Edit: and just make sure to introduce the two dogs slowly. If your dog gets skiddish, take him for a walk, etc. Don't throw it all on him at once. Keep them both on leashes for the first couple of encounters and you can always put the puppy in a crate for a bit to calm things down.
***Edited By: aceyfacey2 on 10/12/2005 8:08:24 PM*** Reason: f
I had a Rottie...she passed away 4 years ago. She was the sweetest girl in the world (I'm sure you all say that,lol). I totally agree that behavior is about the owner. Please take your time in selecting a breeder and in the introduction of the two dogs. My dad found a puppy once and she came home with us until we found her home...my dog didn't have a problem with her at all (she was an only dog). Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck :)
Make sure that health and temperament are good - outstanding, actually. Hips especially. My hubby had 2 rotties - he got his first one ignorantly and his hips weren't checked out. He ended up being PTS at age 2 - very heartbreaking for Rick. He actually did the euthanasia himself as a favor to his dog. So make sure health is outstanding. As previously mentioned, make sure his line has great temperament. Rick did protection training with his two rotties and they were excellent at work. Make sure your rottie gets socialized properly (start early) and also make sure you take him/her to obedience training. Like all dogs, Rotties must not get bored or they can become destructive. They mature slowly - that means he will be a puppy for about 2 years and that means training training training! They are an awesome breed and when raised/trained/socialized the right way, will become very rewarding companions. Do lots of research on the standards - you can go to akc.org and look it up. The site also offers breeder referral and tells you what to look for in the breed. Good luck and happy hunting!
One of the greatest and most misunderstood breeds around IMO. My fantastic Rottweiler passed away gracefully from old age years ago but still remember him fondly each day. That breed was my first big/giant breed and from this day forward I will only own the biguns... due solely to his wonderful spirit.
Sure some examples of the breed and any other one for that matter, regardless of training, sound breeding and upbringing can be "aggressive", same as some Girl Scouts or my grandmother at an antique auction...LOL.;). Sorry to digress. Lots of factors at play. English Springer Spaniels and most spaniels in general, at least the many I've been around are very accepting. When my Rottweiler was a pup he was around lots and lots of Labs, few other sporting breeds and some cool mixed breeds as well. My good friend was 100% Rott with a 99% Labrador Retriever personality. Due to his early puppyhood influences? My mediocre training capabilities? Results of his parents behaviorial tendencies? Pure chance? Who knows.
When visiting breeders I TEND to take over the conversation, never ever in a rude way mind you...but I want the puppies to adopt themselves out not vice versa. By all means make sure the parents hips are sound..save your human family a lot of potential heartbreak. Ask for references of previous clients and arrange to view/meet their doggies if possible. The overwhelming majority of great breeders...will ask the tough questions of me after my conversation monopolization..LOL. I know I would!! Good luck, just like many other breeds there are lots of great ones with a heart of gold and some...shall we say.. a dog I/we would not wish on anyone.
My boy Harley was the best dog we've ever had. He was really feisty when he was young but grew up to be the sweetest, gentlest, most beautifully behaved dog EVER! We loved him so much. We just lost him last June to cancer at 11-1/2 years old. They are very prone to getting cancer and Parvo. Especially Parvo. My cousins Rotty died of Parvo not too long ago. He has a new one now. Actually, he has a Rottweiler, Pitbull, and Chow and all three of them live together in harmony.
Rottweilers are wonderful dogs- just be careful of the parvo thing. My cousins vet said that if a Rotty gets parvo, there's really little chance of saving it's life.
I have a Rottie who is 10 months old and is a big old baby. She is protective. When she seems or hears something that she doesn't think belong in our yard she'll bark but once we show its okay she settles down. Show loves to have her belly rubbed by anyone she meets. They do get big. Make sure if you get one that both parents have had their hips checked.
There are lots of rotties at my dog park. Never have I seen them being aggressive. Now I'm not saying that they nevr fight with each other, cuz any dog has the potential of getting into a fight. However, I find that they are fairly even tempered. You should becareful that the rottie doesn't hurt your dog while roughhousing, cause they are big, even the girls. My dobe likes to play with this rottie at the dog park, and everytime they play, my guy gets knock down at least once.
There a lady at owns a big 130lbs male rottie, it lives with 5 other toy group dogs. I don't see any problems with getting one as long as you get it from a reputable breeder, and you thought long and hard about what a big-a$$ dog would be like for the next 12 yrs.
I have a Rottie and a pom. They are best friends they even eat out of the same food bowl. They sleep together play together and when they are apart they look for each other. The best thing is when they come into a room they have to give each other a kiss it is quite sweet. I love my big boy to death and he returns the love to me every day. He thinks he is a lap dog.
Oh ya I forgot his favorite toy is a 3"in stuffed teddy bear he brings to bed with him every night. He is one big tuffy.