If anyone out there has any advise as to my question, it would be much appreciated.
I have been the proud owner of Rottweilers for the past 20 years. Just after Christmas I lost me last male through cancer at the age of 6 and have been devastated since.
My situation is this. I have a female terrier of 8 years who bullied my two male Rotts for the past 7 years . Both were full males, one a rescue dog at 12 months and one I purchased as a puppy. The rescue dog is one of the most hardest dogs I have ever owned or trained, he was argumentative and tried on occasion to intimidate me and my husband to avoid doing what we wanted to do. But what a dog, he was fantastic at schutzhund, obendience, manwork, tracking etc and despite his persistent arguing I would do it all again in a heart beat.
Now my question although I am a lover of this breed and have experience with the breed I have only owned two rescue dogs all the others we purchased and both rescus dogs were 12 & 14 months ols when I acquired them. There is a beautiful male Rottweiler at a shelter that has been adopted twice before and cannot be placed with children but I have been told he is loveable but needs a firm hand. My only concern is my small terrier as she takes priority but she needs a friend and this dog is 4 years old and I am worried he may be set in his ways as he has been abused but if he is not adopted he will be euthanized as the last adoption was his last chance despite his two failed adoptions not being his fault.
The only other path is to crate him while away from the home. This dog needs a break.
Any advise of anyone with a siminlar experience would be benefitial to me.
My heart goes out to you as I lost my first female, Jesse, to cancer also. I have had Rotties for 17 years and will always have at least one until I am physically unable to care for he/she.
My first female, Jesse, was a rescue at about 1 plus yrs old--we didn't know. She was severely abused and hid in a closet for the first week we had her. With lots of PATIENCE, TRAINING & LOVE we earned her trust and love and she was an exceptional dog! Her vocabulary was huge and she will be missed by myself and ex-husband forever.
My 2nd female, Abby, came from a dog pound and was bound for death the next day. We rescued her and she is a very loving dog but is needy for attention and she also has severe OCD. It has taken a lot of reasurrance, redirecting her obsessive behavior and medication. She is a sweetheart, but I know that other people may never have put up with her. I believe she came from a divorce.
I have learned that other breeds who are high activity, ie terriers, German Shorthairs are not good matches for Rotties. Other bossy breeds really wreaked havoc on my female Rotties and I will not expose them to that again. Lots of love and luck. I hope I have not hurt your feelings re: terriers--no meaness intended.
Has he been in a home w/ other dogs? Can you take your terrier to the shelter and see how they react? Will they let you bring him home for a "trial" period? I have a male Rottie, a male Maltese and four cats. I keep my Rottie separate from the other animals, when I'm not home.
Thank you both for you honest replies. I am supposed to go to see him on Saturday and take Tilly, the terrier, as he is an hours drive away but now husband is wavering as he thinks Tilly is still grieving and that it may stress her more to introduce a new dog but I also know she is lonely and has never been on her own before. After we lost Jake at 12 1/2 she had a stroke and now with Raj gone I think she also needs a distraction. I enquired today about crates on the off chance I can persuade my husband to still go and see him on Saturday.
Tilly use to boss my two male Rotts around and they listened, if she wanted to sit were they were she moved them. They did not challenge each other as there was no point she was the boss. It is my experience, as I use to train dogs in schutzund, that a male will always back down to a female but there are always exceptions to the rules.
I was wondering about the trial period. I am also not expecting him to be wonderful at first, as you cannot expect to abuse an animal then take it to a new home and expect the slate to be wiped clean. But with time, patience and love there is always a chance. I love the breed and understand it and believe there are only bad owners not bad dogs.
Rottweilers can be the best dogs and they can be the worst dogs. They are large, stocky, muscular, and powerful dogs. You need to search extremely well to avoid all the bad tempered Rottweilers. Ideally, the Rottweiler is a calm, steady-tempered, confident, and corageous dog. But, they are a bulky dog that will take up a lot of space in your home and car. They are versatile, and when well trained, they can learn to do almost anything. They are heavy dogs and will want to sit on your feet, lie on your lap, and lean all their weight against you. Rottweilers do make fine watchdogs and guardians. However, they can be rowdy, exhuberant, and jumpy, especially when young. These dogs can be destructive when bored or not exercised enough. They need to be socialized a lot so that their protectiveness doesn't evolve into aggression. Rottweilers are naturally aggressive towards other animals, and have a prey instinct. They are strong willed and have a mind of their own, and need a confident owner who can take charge. Rottweilers will slobber and drool. They can be very gassy dogs as well. Do keep in mind that Rottweilers shed. There are also legal liabilities, such as public perception, future breed bans, insurance problems, and an increased chance of lawsuits. Having said all this, it is up to you to make the ultimate decision on whether or not to adopt this dog.
RottiGalore, You sound like you are up to the challenge of adopting this dog, who in your own words, needs a break. Most rescues will allow a trial period, and I think it is worth a try for the rottie, Tilly AND you. Please let us know what you decide to do.
Plymouth, I don't know where you got your info, but I don't consider Rotties to be "rowdy or exhuberent." Mine certainly is neither and one of the things that led me to the breed was that they are more laid back then say a Lab, Boxer or Doberman. I wanted a large dog with a moderate energy level. In general, I don't think Rotties are "naturally aggressive to other animals." I'm sure there are Rotties that display that quality, but I don't think it's common or correct for the breed. It most certainly isn't a practical quality to breed for nowadays.
Actually I agree with the above post, there is no such thing as a bad dog only bad owners. You only have to look at what despicable greedy people have done to make the Pit Bull the most detested dog. Rottweilers get a bad reputation but when in a loving home and properly trained they are the most devoted and loyal companion you can have. Just to update you all, I went to adopt Luther but he had alreay beed adopted the day before. I am so pleased for him but I was also sad as I had set my heart on him. I just hope he is happy and they keep him whoever has him. So the last few weeks I have trolled the net and joined a few Rotti rescues. This Saturday one of the volunteers is going to bring a 1 year old rescued male Rott to my home to introduce him to Tilly, though we are meeting on neutral ground first. The dog is from Montreal and was to be euthanized as he has a bum leg and no one wanted him. The uncanny thing is he looks like Raj. So fingers crossed all goes well on Saturday.
Just thought I would let you all know. Beau arrived at our home Saturday Feb 21 09. He was 9 months old not 12 months old a mistake was made when his records were translated from French to English. Beau hobbled in on three legs with his right one dangling as his hind right leg has dysplasia and he could only use the leg as suport when standing. I started him on Metacam, glucosamine, condroitin and omega 3, within 24 hours he was using the leg only as a support on occasion but what an improvement. Today is our fifth day he runs and jumps on all four legs with ease, although I discourage him jumping as his joints are still growing and do not wqnt to damage his hips. However, he has most definitely put his feet under the table as he started to sleep on the bed on the third night. So to all out there please do not take a vets first diagnosis as gospel. The SPCA were going to euthanize him because of his leg and with the right care,meds, diet and frame of mind anyhting can be achieve. Beau is full of love and mischief and I feel honoured to have him. if anyone out there is loking to adopt a rott check out the Upper Credit Humane Society as there is a beautiful boy named Toledo, his story is heartbreaking and I would take him i a heartbeat if I could.