Hi Red, I think you are very knowledgeable and I respect your thoughts. I would like your opinion on this matter. I am thinking about getting a rottweiler some day. Not any time soon. I just love looking at pictures of rottweilers. I am in love with them. Are they great with kids and small dogs? My GSD loves kids, cats, and small dogs. I would love to adopt from the pound or rescue. I am very familiar with raising GSD. My vet and other people always comment on how well behaved my dogs are. I socialize them properly and they are obedience trained. My dogs are very confident and willing to accept strangers with my approval. No fear biters here. I wanted to know is raising a rottweiler harder than raising a GSD? Are there certain things I need to know before adopting a rott? I certainly would not want a mean dog who bites people without being provoked. He/she would live indoors and would get adequate exercise outdoors. This dog would be my companion since I stay home all day. He would also be a protector.
Scary, you will not find a better dog around than a properly bred Rottie that has been well socialized and trained.
They do need a strong leader figure, and of course good fencing.
Some WILL bite if people come into their turf when you are not present, many will in fact, so fencing and locked gates are important.
If properly socialized, tho, and of course supervised, kids are no issue. Small animals CAN be with certain dogs with high prey drive.
Other things to consider are:
They are heavy shedders
You need to be careful finding the right breeder, as they do have certain health issues. Good breeders will be screening for hips, elbows, eyes, and hearts. Many people will breed grade 1 or sometimes even dogs grade 2 in the elbows if they are sound, and this is not to be considered disreputable.
They can be highly dog aggressive, even properly bred, socialized and trained dogs, particularly with dogs of the same sex and general size.
On the plus side, I have found them very easy to train, excellent house dogs and companions, with funny personalities. In the right kind of responsible home, they are an outstanding companion dog.
Almost every single one will guard your property with a singlemindedness and seriousness not found in a lot of breeds that can also be so sociable and friendly when out with you on lead.
I will be happy to recommend some good people in your area for you to talk to and visit.
You can send me your general location to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch.
Wow red I never figured them to be heavy shedders. Why are the best breeds heavy shedders? I have GSD and I am constantly cleaning my floors. I guess they are a lot like GSD. You need to show them who is boss. My dogs will bite also if I am not home and someone enters the house. They also know when not to bite. If I give the ok they back off but keep a good eye on you the entire time. I love cuddly rotts. I saw a beautiful rott last weekend and oh she was a darling. I was able to pet her and she was a big teddy bear. The man told me that she was also very fierce. I bet! Thanks for the info. They sound wonderful. I guess if I get a puppy and raise it with a small dog of the opposite sex it will be fine. I also love small lap dogs. Do they stay puppies for a long time like the GSD? I am not going to get a puppy GSD ever. If I get another GSD it will be from the pound again.
I might be able to convince my husband :-D Wish me luck! I really want a sweet rott. The man last week with the rott said it's the best dog he has ever had and his neighbor agreed. I have a six ft fence and the gate is always locked since I have GSD. I already have a large crate put away in my shed. Are your rotts willing to accept visitors? I have friends and family who love to visit. I need a dog who will protect me but be willing to let people in the house with my permission. I fostered a GSD and he was so bonded to me he wouldn't let anyone near me. He loved my husband and my child but anyone else who came near me was toast. I had to constantly put him outside when I had people over. I really don't want that kind of hassle. If someone visits for a few hours I don't really feel like leaving the dog outside that long. If it rains then what? I can't leave him out but then I can't kick out my visitors.