The Big Guy/Would You Own One.

The Big Guy - pets
@Chevee (5915)
United States
November 29, 2008 5:09pm CST
A pet is a pet. No way would I have one of these big guys. When I see this breed dog I see nothing but muscles. I am afraid of these dogs. I love dogs but man I would never own a Rottweiler. Do you own a Rottweiler? Are you afraid of this breed of dogs?
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24 responses
29 Nov 08
I wouldn't rule out owning any breed of dog. I believe that dogs can be trained to be vicious or violent, but not that they are born that way, regardless of what breed they are. I'm more bothered by little dogs, I was bitten by one when I was a child and I think that's stayed with me. I've never had a bad experience with a bigger dog though, so I guess that's why I'm not scared of them.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
My sister had a Daschund I don't know how to spell it. But she had one and she had to get rid of it because he got real protective and started biting people.
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@shonali (1288)
• India
29 Nov 08
i remember i had found a german shephered on the road wandering around once in a very bad condition and i had taken him in and taken very good care of it and suddenly it started getting very possesive and attacking anyone who came near me...so i finally had to give it away as he had turned dangerous
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@shonali (1288)
• India
29 Nov 08
yes you are right in syaing that the rotweilers are very big and all you can see in them are muscles and more muscles.... but these dogs are very underrated everywhere..... they are specialised in guarding and it comes from within them...like its in their blood.... they are not totally family oriented dogs though they are gentle with children and old people as i have seen..... i have never had one and when i wanted one i was warned against this breed by people telling me that they are very moody and you would never know when they would turn around and bite their own master/owner but this isnt true.... it all depends on the upbringing of the dog.... if he is kept in a healthy environment without beating and physically harming the dog in anyways and proper training at the proper age the dog is a very good pet and very loyal too.... i ahve always had labradors but i know my next dog would be a rott as i definately need some good gaurd and attack dogs...
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I am just afraid of them and a Doberman Pincher too. I can't own either one of those.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
29 Nov 08
All dogs can be friendly...or vicious. Just depends on how they've been raised or treated. I own a very large dog, and he is a coward He looks big and mean but he runs away from people. Some guard dog he is
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Hello Chevee, looks are deceiving My family had a rottweiler, named Damien. Damien was the sweetest gentlest dog you could ever imagine. Yes, they are large and muscular, because they are classified as working dogs. Damien, loved his family and we loved him. Unfortunately, Damien passed away in 1997, he surely is missed. Damien, loved Christmas, he knew something was going on when we put the tree up We would get all kinds of dog treats and toys and wrap them up and put them under the tree. On Christmas morning, Damien was just as eager as the children. We would hand him his gifts and he would unwrap them, we then would put all of the bows on his head and take his picture. Damien, usually found a favorite toy that he immediately started playing with after all of his gifts were opened. I am not afraid of the breed of dog, but I am rather cautious of any dog that I am not familiar with.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I bet that was fun.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
29 Nov 08
I have or never will own one because they are not for me, Im not afraid of them though...
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I had a neighbor who owned one he was a puppy and he loved to stay at my house, my neighbor moved before he got big.
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@lilcee (2704)
• United States
29 Nov 08
No, I wouldn't want a Rottweiller. They are too big for me. I used to have a Black Lab and he was plenty big enough for me. He wasn't mean or anything like that, just playful.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
My daughter owns a Siberian Husky and she doesn't have a mean bone in her body she is a very gentle talking dog.
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@myklj999 (13657)
• Olney, Illinois
30 Nov 08
I had a Rott about 9 years ago that was the biggest puss I had ever seen, although I have seen several that I wouldn't want to get in a serious argument with.
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
29 Nov 08
To each their own I suppose but I sure don't want one. There is no way I would trust one especially if I had any small children around. My big baby Husky looks a little intimidating but he is afraid of his own shadow! LOL
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@shonali (1288)
• India
29 Nov 08
well even i wouldnt advice you to get one incase you have small children around as dogs are finally animals and animal instincts sometimes you wont be able to predict and that will be the end of being an animal lover !!
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Nov 08
My Grand Dog - Si
aaaah now that is a dog that look like my talking granddog, does your husky talk?
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• United States
30 Nov 08
Oh look I think they ar ousins! LOL Yes mine talks but his favorite is singing. He loves for you to whistle and he will sing along with you.
• Australia
1 Dec 08
I've never owned a Rottie, but I have always had big dogs, German SDhepherds, Dobermans, and my current fellow who is a slightly undersized Bull Mastiff cross Ridgeback. All of them have been gentle ginats, and as someone else mentioned, it's the little ones you need to look out for. But as many have said, any dog can be made vicious with poor treatment or bad training. I personally believe that dogs reflect, in most cases, their owners' personalities. Lash
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@Annmac (950)
30 Nov 08
Although I've never owned one, I've never met a nasty one and have no fear of them. Most are real 'softies' under all that muscle! I'm only 4ft 9in but the majority of dogs I've had have been large with German Shepherds and Retriever/Shepherd crosses being my main choice. I work in the community visiting homes and have to say it's usually the little dogs that cause problems and are far more likely to bite!
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
30 Nov 08
I think they are lovely dogs but I have never owned one. From what I hear of them they can be great dogs just like any other. I think they have a bad reputation based on their looks and films etc which they really do not deserve. I would love to have one but I cannot afford one. Too big too feed and needs too much exercise.
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• United States
29 Nov 08
They are very tough and buffy, but I rather not have a full blown rottweiler because I'm afraid that such dogs will turn on me. I had a dog that was mixed with rottweiler and pitbull but I wasn't afraid of him, because it was something different about him, he was a really funny and silly dog and very protected. He wasn't a huge dog but he was very heavy. He got hit by a car and I miss him dearly.
29 Nov 08
Hi Chevee, No I don't own a dog and those big dog scares me, but it all depends on how they are trained, they can be so soppy and gentle sometimes. I have two cats and they'll do me fine. Hugs. Tamara
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I have owned Rottweilers! They are the sweetest gentlest breed you would want to have! Like all dogs and all breeds it is how you raise the dog. You can train any dog to be mean and vicious. We got the first pair 15 years ago. Rocky and Kitty were brother and sister and were a wonderful pair to raise. Since they had been brought into a totally adult home they knew nothing about small children. One day when I had taken them down to the water to play a neighbor's grandson who was about 18 months came up to Rocky...he wanted Rocky's ball. The little boy grabbed the ball and shoved his arm up to the elbow into Rocky's mouth. Rocky instinctively knew that it was a baby and he kept his mouth open and his jaw slacked until the little boy took his arm out of his mouth. I taught both of them water rescue, and there was one lady that wasn't really comfortable in deep water (I live on a lake) but she had paddled out in an inner tube into the deep water. Both Rocky and Kitty jumped in and swam out and pushed the lady back into the shore. She of course started screaming and I explained that the dogs were simply doing what they were taught to do, rescue people. She relaxed and enjoyed the ride. After they got her to shore, she thanked them and petted them (and waited for me to walk them home before she paddled back out into deep water). Both dogs also helped me foster tiny kittens for the local humane society. The kittens would climb all over them, slide down their backs and finally curl up on them to take naps. Both dogs would bathe the kittens (the mothers would be exhausted when the kittens came back as they had to dry them off!! LOL) If either Rocky or Kitty thought the kittens were getting in trouble they would gently pick them up by the tail and return them to their mother. Years ago, I had to have hand surgery. We got home and I was worn out from the trip, so I went in to lay down. I fell asleep and when I woke up, Rocky had managed to very gently climb up on my water bed with me and slept beside me to comfort me because I hurt so badly. I am sooo sorry that you are afraid of these wonderful dogs. Yes, I know there are some out there that are mean and nasty. But the true lovers of the breed raise them with the love and respect that the breed deserves. They don't strive to make the dogs mean or vicious. Just as the Rottweiler is muscular and intimidating looking, there are other breeds that are just as huge and muscular that aren't that intimidating that can be just as vicious. I know of a Maltese that is cute to look at, but don't go near it...it has bit everyone in sight including its owner, me, my daughter, grand daughters, son in law and a neighbor that had the good sense to complain to our local animal control. Like with any breed of dog, you never just go up and pet it. I ALWAYS will offer the back of my hand to the dog to sniff and I ask the owner if it is okay to pet the dog. The same is with the Rottweiler. I think if you got to know the breed like I did, you would love and respect them as much as I do! I know when I lost both dogs I cried my eyes out for days, they were wonderful loving companions.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thank you very much, I couldn't have said it any better, I do love and respect the Rottweiler, I would never harm one. I am just afraid of them. Maybe like you said I need to get to know them. I love all dogs.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thank you for letting me know that you wouldn't exclude these gentle giants from your list of loving dogs. When you have the opportunity to meet one, don't let them know your fear. There is one that is across the street from me that is an absolute joy and I hug her as often as possible. Same thing with one that lives about a quarter of a mile away from me. The owner found him on the freeway in the L.A. area here in California. Lick is such a joy, he bounds up to you and sits and waits for his hugs. The funny thing is right now I own three mini Dachshunds, which is quite a change from Rotties!!! LOL. The three Dachshunds weigh a whopping 30 pounds together, which is about a fifth of what one of my Rotties weighed. I also have my best friends pitt/lab mix that I am taking care of for her while she is getting divorced from her husband. It is so funny to watch first thing in the morning as Abby (the pitt/lab) races her 70 pounds out the door followed by the mini racers. The Dachshunds are fun to watch run anyhow, but when they are chasing after a larger dog it's a total riot. When my finances improve, I will have another Rottweiler. They are not only great protectors just by their size, but they are wonderful and loving companions too.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thank you for the best response!! I always get sooooo thrilled when I earn a best response. They make my day. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
• Philippines
30 Nov 08
I don't own a Rottweiler and I'm kinda scared of them.But who knows is this kind of dog would actually love me.Well,my favorite dogs are Labrador Retrievers,Siberian Huskies,and Alaskan Malamutes.Our country is a tropical country but you can find a few huskies in selected pet shops.My neighbor has a husky and my sister likes her too.
@Galena (9123)
30 Nov 08
don't they suffer in the heat?
• Philippines
1 Dec 08
Our neighbor's Siberian Husky is already well adjusted to the temperature here as she was born here.But I pity those huskies in the dog show in Tiendesitas.They feel hot that's why they have to have fans while preparing their dogs.I saw two red huskies in Eastwood City.They're comfortable enough.I guess they have adapted to the temperature here.
@Galena (9123)
1 Dec 08
that's good to know.
• Canada
1 Dec 08
I owned 2 of these dogs. One male with the best breed line in California and one female with champion schutzhund lines from Germany. They where great dogs with the immediate family, anyone else and the dogs wouldn't let they near my wife, daughter or house. I trained both of them schutzhund style obediance/guard and tracking. They where great dogs and I trusted them with my family 1000%. Male was 134 lbs, female 131 lbs weighed by the vet not me... Remember dog is man's best friend, and God spelled backwards.
• Argentina
1 Dec 08
Rotties are awesome dogs, although I prefer German Shepherds, which is why my dog is a mix of both :D I wouldn't mind owning a pure Rottweiler either, they are very loving dogs, even to children. The main problem is that they are big, so if they do attack someone, they are bound to make some serious damage. If something like a Pekinese dog bites a child, they would leave a small wound, the dog gets punished, they apply a bandaid to the wound and they move on. Now, if a Rottie attacks a child, it's all over the news and they brand the breed as dangerous and aggressive. There's no such thing as an aggressive breed of dog. Dangerous? Well, of course, that's why it's so important to correctly educate them. I know I'm making this a bit long, but I would like to point something out: The majority of dogs would never hurt a member of their own household unless they feel threatened. It's not that they attack, they are defending themselves! There was a case in my city, not so long ago, when a Rottie attacked a five year old and almost killed him. What happened was that ever since the dog was a puppy, the owners would punish him by beating him with a light, thin wooden stick. One day their five year old grabbed the stick and approached the dog while the dog was taking a nap, he wakes up, sees the kid wielding it and he defended himself. Now ask yourself this: Whose fault was? The dog that was trying to defend himself from a possible attack? Or the owners who thought it was a good idea to physically punish a dog that is strong enough to kill a grown up person, not to mention a kid. Owning a dog, especially a big one is a huge responsibility, a HUGE one. A well educated owner will have a well educated, loving and harmless dog, it is THAT simple. That's why I've read pages and pages about dog training and behavior. If you took the time to read all of this, then you have my thanks. I'm not trying to convince you to own a big dog, but I hope I might have helped change your mind a little when it comes to fear them. Cheers! Rich
@Galena (9123)
30 Nov 08
I love Rotties. I've never had one, but I've met plenty, and they're lovely natured dogs. often, larger dogs are much better natured than smaller dogs.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I really don't have the room for a dog that big, but if I did, I wouldn't hesitate. A friend had one, and she was the sweetest dog I've ever seen. This dog was raised to be a member of the family and acted that way. In selecting any pet, I think it's important to be careful where it is obtained from. Many puppy mill dogs, so interbred and unhealthy to begin with, are more apt to have personality and low-intelligence issues. Choosing a good breeder is so important, next of course is how the dog is raised.
• United States
30 Nov 08
Rottweilers are wonderful dogs! It's true they are big and strong, they are also very intelligent, loyal, loving and eager to please. Don't forget to add that they have a stubborn streak as wide as they are. :) I would never suggest that anyone who is afraid of dogs own a Rottie, however, I would encourage you to become familiar with the breed, read about them, get to know one or two if at all possible. I've been fortunate to know many breeds well, and this is definitely one of my favorites. Having said that, I'm not a terribly large woman, so any dog that I live with, or even dog-sit for needs to be trained. I've always owned boxers, I continue to work with my dog. Our last boxer was best buds with a wonderful Rottweiler. As I was also raising children at the time it was imperative that any animal in our house be well mannered. I worked with my dog and his Rottie friend all of the time. Now I say 'worked' with them, but the truth is that training is simply directed play time, for me and the animal. It's always good for both of us and strengthens our bond. So, would I have a Rottweiler? In a heartbeat. Do I recommend one to others? Only if you are willing to learn about the breed, train and exercise this dog every day.