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    As soon as we move from here and I'm no longer constrained by idiotic rules about what dogs I can own, I'll be on the look out for a Rottweiler puppy.

    Not sure the best way to go about it though. I've never bought a dog before, my whole life I've only ever gotten rescue mutts. The one Rottie we did have we got for free because the owner was moving and couldn't take her with him.

    So anyone have suggestions on how to start with it? What to look for with breeders, or pet stores, etc?
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    As soon as we move from here and I'm no longer constrained by idiotic rules about what dogs I can own, I'll be on the look out for a Rottweiler puppy.
    Be careful as many homeowner insurance companies have Rotties on their do not allow list.

    Dog Breeds that will Raise your Home Owners Insurance Rates
    If you're a potential home owner with a breed of dog that is considered to have the potential for being aggressive, you may want to investigate insurance policies. These days, many insurance companies are being picky about what dogs there are willing to insure in a home owners insurance policy.
    The most common breeds that are blacklisted are
    Akita
    Alaskan malamute
    Bulldog
    Bullmastiff or mastiff
    Chow
    Doberman
    German shepherd
    Husky
    Presa Canario
    Rottweiler
    Staffordshire terrier (pit bull)
    And any combination of these the breeds.

    Now, I will say that the vets I know actually prefer those breeds over the tiny dogs that aren't on that list:
    Chihuahuas
    Yorkies
    Jack Russells
    ect.

    They are typically far more snappish but apparently due to size, their bite isn't as damaging.

    Well raised dogs of ANY breed are a pleasure to be around. I've seen Rotties better behaved than a Yorkie.

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    I'm a renter. I won't be buying until the AF and I are done with each other.

    And yes, I've been chewed on by smaller breeds, never by one of the so called "dangerous" breeds. It's bullshit. They just get a bad rap because they have stronger jaw strength, so they cause more damage when they do bite.

    Smaller dog attacks aren't tracked as well because they just aren't reported.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    I'm a renter. I won't be buying until the AF and I are done with each other.

    And yes, I've been chewed on by smaller breeds, never by one of the so called "dangerous" breeds. It's bullshit. They just get a bad rap because they have stronger jaw strength, so they cause more damage when they do bite.

    Smaller dog attacks aren't tracked as well because they just aren't reported.
    I've always preferred the large breeds, but as southernlady has mentioned, stay away from the breeds that are blacklisted by the insurance companies. After you're out of the AF, you'll still have to contend with those pesky insurance rules.

    Also with 3 little kids, you'll have to be super safe. A friend of mine had a rottie who was very gentle. She lives in OK, not far from Rock. But that "gentle" rottie had to be kept in another room (locked) so she wouldn't kill my female greyhouns who were travelling with me. I used to volunteer as an adoption counselor for the Humane Society. They had rules not to adopt out dogs on that list (or mixes of those dogs) to young families. Particularly they found the chow was very unpredictable.

    You might be better to look at one of the more gentle large breeds or get a really good hunting dog that might be better mannereed.
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    That's why we will be getting a puppy, so she grows up with the other animals and kids. Obediance training will be necessary as well. Rottie's are definitely not your standard dog, they've gotta be handled differantly, but the pay off is well worth it. Very smart, very loyal, very lovable breed. And there is no other dog I'd rather have to keep my children safe.
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    I do have some suggestions when it comes to picking the dog that is right.

    Pick the puppy up. Hold him right in front of your face. When you find a dog who focuses on you, he is a possible candidate. Most dogs will squirm around and not even notice you. Don't get one of those.

    Next, blow gently in the dog's face. The dog you want will try to bite your breath and play with you...

    Those are the steps that have worked so well for us over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    That's why we will be getting a puppy, so she grows up with the other animals and kids. Obediance training will be necessary as well. Rottie's are definitely not your standard dog, they've gotta be handled differantly, but the pay off is well worth it. Very smart, very loyal, very lovable breed. And there is no other dog I'd rather have to keep my children safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    As soon as we move from here and I'm no longer constrained by idiotic rules about what dogs I can own, I'll be on the look out for a Rottweiler puppy.

    Not sure the best way to go about it though. I've never bought a dog before, my whole life I've only ever gotten rescue mutts. The one Rottie we did have we got for free because the owner was moving and couldn't take her with him.

    So anyone have suggestions on how to start with it? What to look for with breeders, or pet stores, etc?
    Pet stores are the outlet malls for every puppy mill in the country, so unless that is what you choose to support, they should be avoided like an Islamic terrorist wearing a heavy coat in August.
    Most AKC aligned breeders aren't a lot better in my experience.
    If they will sell you a dog without questions or concern, walk away. They won't care if the dog rips your kids faces off as long as they get their cash.

    If you do not want a rescue, then look for a breeder that breeds "working" dogs that breeds for function, not for appearance. They will try to match the temperment of the sire, dam and litter to your requirements and situation.
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    Although I do have a papered English Mastiff If I was looking for a dog I would go with your basic mutt. A Labrador or Setter or Retriever mixed with something else. They tend to be a little less temperamental , gentler around kids and overall more loyal. I've also had a German Shepherd mix and a Collie that were fine around the kids .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeus View Post
    Although I do have a papered English Mastiff
    My daddy had an English Mastiff...named Mabel (not her registered name tho). She was a fantastic dog but dumb as dirt! But for sheer size, they make an excellent "watch dog". However the most deadly thing about her was her tail...it's like getting hit with a large log when she wagged it.
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