Our new neighbors across the street have a huge Mastiff. She's a beautiful dog, but she's afraid and shy. We have to be very careful if the greys are outside, on leash. That dog growled at them, a warning growl because she supposedly is afraid. Bella just wants to play.
Titus has a tendency to get a little carried away with the tail wagging but will stop if you call his name and shake your finger at him. He is getting long in the tooth though and isn't much into social decorum so when he has to fart you either deal with it or are free to vacate the area. I quit drinking about 6 yrs ago but Titus still has a beer or two a day. :cool:
Originally Posted by southernlady
Oh yea Titus is a pussy but ya need to get beyond his size & looks to figure that out.
I have only done rescue or quasi-rescue (taken ownership of a dog who would soon be without a home). My next will probably be a military working dog rescue if possible although the list of potential homes for war dogs is long, I believe.
I say this because I want to promote the rescue route. Since you are Air Force, you might look into the MWD program at Lackland AFB. That is where they process retiring dogs. I do not know if they have Rotties, though. We are a Malinois family.
Thanks to you and Madisonian for promoting rescue dogs. I've found they are the best, might take a bit of training in some cases to correct a lack of training by the original owner, but worth it in the long run.
Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble
You must get some awesome rescue dogs from Lackland, I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and used to compete in obedience trials with my schnauzer. I never had a chance competing against some of the trainers from Lackland wo did the obedience trials with their own personal dogs.
DJones, you might try Purina Farms, but I think they have a long waiting list of dogs for adoption west of St Louis at the Farm.
We'll have moved before we get a new dog. I want Anna to be atleast about a year old before I take on the task of training a new puppy.
Originally Posted by Madisonian
The list of Rottie breeders is extensive and only by doing some homework are you going to be able to whittle that list down to something that you can manage.
Eventually, logistics comes into play at some point. You may have a bitchin' breeder up in Nome, Alaska, but getting there to visit the pup prior to pickup might be challenging.
A conscientious breeder will want to know a boatload about YOU. Your background, your intentions, your family situation, your environment (fenced yard? If not, that's a showstopper for some breeders.)
The more picky they are regarding YOU, the better your chances for getting the pup that fits you and your family best.
(There are also lots of Rottie rescue sites, and presumably you could find a pup or young dog still very much trainable.)
Originally Posted by djones520
Rotts are great with kids. My neighbors in the city had one named Max, and he was an awesome dog. Nobody messed with his kids.
He did get in the garbage cans, though.
Those shouldn't be the only criteria. Much depends on the age of the pups. Don't just choose one based on a single visit.
Originally Posted by Starbuck
Go visit with them several times...watch how they interact with each other and with you.
When you see a possible candidate, get some nail polish and paint the nails on one of his feet. Then when you come back a week later you can determine which one you were looking at previously.