I need to vent, because this just really ticks me off. (A little long, but a fast read)
First, I’ve had Rotties for a very long time. Our first one joined our family twenty years ago, when my youngest was under a year old. He actually learned to walk with the help of our dog who calmly walked beside him while having her fur, skin, ears and tail scrunched in my son’s little fists. I currently have four Rotties. They and the eleven before them were all rescues. Getting a Rottie when you are clearly not prepared to own one creates problems for dog owners everywhere. There is no shame in admitting that there are some breeds you just aren’t equipped to handle, no matter how much you think of yourself. So, do your homework before getting a dog, because the shelters and rescues are already overwhelmed and do not need your fails.
Rotties are known for things like endurance, loyalty, herding and protective instincts: It is what they were originally bred for. They are quiet and confident, calm and courageous. Aloof with strangers and reserved in new situations while they feel things out, but they are eager to please their owners. They are very strong in mind and body. What you choose to do with these inherent traits is up to you. Don’t spend six months undermining these characteristics because you didn’t know what you were doing and then try to pawn it off on a rescue that will then have to spend money fixing what you broke in order to re-home the dog.
When trained properly by people who know what they are doing, a Rottie is an amazing family pet. They love to play, but need to work, require lots of exercise and demand respect with their training. Training is not a one-time thing; it is an ongoing and consistent part of a Rottie’s life. Rotties are steadfast and extremely intelligent, so they need an intelligent, strong-minded owner. If you get a dog that is smarter than you, you are going to have a bad time. Get a cat instead, since although they are smart too, they can’t do as much damage as a Rottie.
Owning a dog, especially one considered a “dominant” breed requires a lot of time, money and commitment. If you aren’t able to provide all of those things then please get a stuffed animal.
**This rant was in response to an earlier post about re-homing a Rottie puppy. That is why it was Rottie specific, but of course pertains to all dogs!