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ddb or rottwieler???

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by lonners1, Mar 30, 2011.


  1. lonners1

    lonners1 PetForums Newbie

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    hi, just want some advice please. me and my wife had a cocker pass away 12 months ago and are now ready for another. this is no prob but we also want a ddb or rottwieler, which will b the best around my my new cocker and my 4 year old girl?? we want it to be a pet but also nice and alert as we live on a farm with lots of land. i love the rotties but my wife favours the ddb. any advice at all would b much appreciated. thank you
     
  2. Ditsy42

    Ditsy42 PetForums VIP

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    Hi and welcome to the forum :D

    I am a bit biased as I luv Rotts and have 2 currently, they r very even tempered and a wonderful family dog in the right hands, very easy to train and biddable, natural clowns in most cases, very alert and have a great working ability, just a bit of info bleow taken from my breeders website, hope it helps, give me a shut if u have any further questions, always happy to help :)

    A Rottweiler is an above-averaged sized, very agile, Extremely strong and imposing, he is easily obedience-trained and, in fact, is a dog that enjoys working. He has natural guarding instincts, but is not vicious by nature. his expression is tranquil and kind, but when aroused he will hold his own with any opponent. He is not a dog for the in-experienced and has been much maligned in recent years, when the breed became ever-popular, and Rottweilers were often purchased to feed a macho image.

    He is an outstanding companion and guard, but ownership of him carries higher than average moral and legal responsibilities. He is a wonderful family dog, very protective towards children. The temperament can vary from the very reserved, aloof, one-person dog to the natural clown - but they should always be calm and alert companions. This breed is VERY intelligent

    Training is paramount for a Rottweiler. Patience is needed and lots of it! it is a working breed and therefore enjoys being trained and worked but keep it interesting for the dog! A simple, basic obedience course when a young puppy can be enough for you to enjoy your dog and know they will obey simple commands. You can go further with training if you so wish, your puppy will respond very well to more complex training.

    Please remember, due to many years of adverse media coverage the breed has had and continues to receive from time to time, the public's perception of a Rottweiler is generally not good! Therefore you need your dog to behave with impeccable manners when out in the public gaze.
    This is NOT a breed for everyone, please think carefully, do some research and meet some good breeders and puppies before deciding this is the breed for you!
    Having said that, once you own one Rottie, you will be hooked for life!
     
  3. lonners1

    lonners1 PetForums Newbie

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    thank you. i keep reading about the rottie not been for the inexperienced but im certain that the way we will bring him/her up we will not have a problem.
     
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    There is a beautiful Rottie girl on the rescue pages on here called Missy.

    She is 3 and in the write up said she has lived with a spaniel before.

    The Rescue is based in Gatwick. ( Rescue Remedies)

    They say on advert she could be fostered- so you could do that and see how that went?? but bear in mind someone else may adopt her.

    She does look lovely and said on advert great with kids.
     
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    Ditsy42 PetForums VIP

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    They r an easy breed to own and train, u have the right environment living on a farm, great 4 any dog but especially a Rott. I've had Rotts for 15 years now, both my kids have grown up with a Rott and have had a great experience, never had any issues, they love kids.

    I own my girlie in partnership with my breeder and we have a litter of pupsters at the moment, 10 of them lol, hard work but love the experience of having them around :D

    If u r looking at both breeds then suggest u speak to a fair few breeders, maybe visit some dog championship shows and see them in the ring, speak to breeders and handlers for their views, go see a few litters, not sure where u r in the country?
     
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    A DDB isn't for the inexperienced owner either.
     
  7. Blondie

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    I agree that neaither breed is for the inexperienced, however, if you find a good breeder, they should offer you all the info and support you need and be there for you 24/7, 365 days a year for the life of the dog.

    I have, on occasion, sold a pup to inexperienced buyers, and offered them all the support in the world, and they have all done well and puppies have grown to well-behaved adults, so it can be done. Sometimes I will turn people away though, if they have no experience and dont appear to have done any homework either - thats not good, lol! For a rottie, if you havent owned a rottie before or any other larger breed, a bitch is best to start with, and I'm sure people will tell you the same for DDB's.

    Good luck! :)
     
  8. lonners1

    lonners1 PetForums Newbie

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    thanks for all the replies. i dont really get the inexperienced shout tho as how can you gain experience without having one? my wife is a housewife and i only work 4 hours a day 5 days a week so the dog will get spoilt. we decided to get a bitch as people are now saying so hopefully we will make the right choice. cant wait:001_smile:
     
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    Exactly, lol!! many breeders of rotts wont sell at all to someone who hasnt has them before, but I think how do you start if no-one will give you a chance, lol!!

    I like to meet peeps and see how much research they've done and talk loads to them before making my decision as to whether they get one of my beloved furbabies ;)
     
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    Depends what breeds u have had experience of, large etc, what your knowledge is of the breed without owning it, basically if u can demonstrate u have done ya homework is all, for example a first time dog owner, then I would maybe suggest they take on another breed first to gain relative dog experience first, but 4 me it depends on the person and how they come across if that makes sense :) u won't believe how many eejits i've spoken to recently who contacted us about the litter, never had a dog b4 but want a Rockwheeler :D i've had folks who want an older puppy coz they don't wana train it, WTF, oh an they didn't realise pups went to their new homes at 8 weeks :confused: these r all people who I wouldn't let within a 100 miles of our pups coz they can't demonstrate any knowledge at all, believe me we've had all spectrums of eejit recently :D

    You sound very sensible and have obviously been reading up so thats a good start, I would also recommend a bitch for a first time Rott owner, easier to handle and manage, especially for your wife who I would assume would be the main carer, good luck with whatever breed you go for, both are adorable :)
     
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    It's general dog owning experience rather than breed specific. Someone who has already brought up another breed will most likely be far more successful raising something like a DDB.
     
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    You have some great advice above, but I will say three important words: socialisation, socialisation, socialisation.

    If you want a dog to guard from intruders, please do not get a dog full stop. Get CCTV and better security equipment. If you want a dog to bark if they hear a noise, train your dog to bark on cue but not to be aggressive in any way. I know it could save you some money if you ever had burglers, but the risks of having a people or dog aggressive Rottie or Dobie could be catastrophic and the last thing these breeds need is another mark on their cards.

    Sorry if I am being too presumptuous, but people still want to get these breeds to look menacing to intruders. But how does a dog who's aggressive towards intruders distinguish between an innocent person or child who might be on your property before you know it? The risks are too high.

    Give it a lot of thought to why you want these breeds. Then if you still want one, socialise the be-jeebus out of it. Kids, adults, men with beards, people in hoodies, other dogs, other animals, loud noises, traffic etc., etc., before 12 weeks of age. The first few weeks you have the dog should appear like party-time everynight of the week so the dog gets used to having many people around.

    Good luck. Oh, and I say get a Rottie. :D
     
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    and I'll just add that a Rott and a DDB are worlds apart - fallen from a totally different tree :)
     
  14. lonners1

    lonners1 PetForums Newbie

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    thanks again. we want a pet who can b loved but also a dog that looks like you wouldnt mess with the house it lives in. no way r we going 2 make it agressive or train to attack. some great advice and thanks again people!! (btw some1 said just get cctv, thanks we already got it:tongue_smilie:)
     
  15. Ditsy42

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    Have u considered going down the rescue route or do u prefer a pup, there r lots of breed specific rescues you oculd ocntact and chat to if u consider this route, granted not for everyone, but can b a good choice if u don't want to go through the pupster stages :D
     
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