Hi! My name is Kara and I am considering adding a Rottie mix to my family. I have an 8-year-old Border Collie mix (brain-damaged rescue dog) and have a friend with a litter of Rottie mix pups. No, I'm not considering adopting because it's my friend. I've been looking into adding a second dog for some time now.
I've fostered pups in the past and my dog has been very open so long as they are pups and he can groom them. He actually treats them like babies. I'm not worried at all about a puppy annoying him-- I'm actually far more worried about him annoying a puppy! He is a true herding dog-- very high drive and downright obsessive. A real micro-manager! He's also CGC certified and a huge baby. I'm just wondering if a Rottie mix would fit in well with him. He's quite used to being the only dog and can be a bit dominant. He's not mean (I don't actually think he knows he has teeth) but he is quite opinionated! Are there Rotties out there who would be alright with a slightly brain damaged big brother who might be a bit obsessive about them?
We're very active (we camp and hike a lot as well as just walk) and I'm a huge fan of obedience work. I'm a proactive dog "owner" and love big dogs. What I am not is heavy handed. I am firm with my dog but he also sleeps in my bed and my living room looks like the toy section of a Petco exploded! I have no problem laying down the law when it is needed but would be lying if I said I was harsh. I have read that Rotties require a different sort of training than I am familiar with. I am the "alpha" in the home but it is a benevolent dictatorship! Would that fit with a Rottie mix?
I don't expect a dog (especially a mix) to conform to everything I've read about the breed or experienced. I'm looking for a good, solid companion dog who might enjoy obedience work and maybe even dog sports. My current dog is too brain-damaged and high strung for the chaos that dog sports offer and I would love a dog that might enjoy that sort of thing. It's totally fine if he (or she) doesn't go for that, though! A solid companion dog matters far more to me than anything else!
The father of these pups is a Rottie. Mom is a Shepherd/Border Collie mix with maybe a dash of Pit thrown in. Most dogs around here have at least a dash. They are both extremely smart and very, very sweet. They will be big dogs (Dad will put his paws on your shoulders and lick you in the face) but like I said, I like big dogs. I'm familiar with Shepherd mixes (my parents have one) and even Pit mixes (I had one until my parents "stole" him from me). I have also shared my home with a BC mix for the last 5 years. I'm not as familiar with Rotties. I've read a bunch but that doesn't really count!
I'm not married and I don't have kids, although I do plan on having both a husband and kids in the lifespan of this dog if life works out that way. Right now it's just me and my dog. I do work with kids so a dog that it tolerant of kids is a plus, but I understand and accept that not all dogs adore kids, especially kids like the ones I work with who don't always understand how to treat a dog nicely! I have the time to devote to a pup (I work close to home and come home at lunch) and have fostered a bunch in the past so I'm ready for housebreaking (as much as you can be ready for that!) and puppy behaviors. My dog strongly prefers puppies to adult dogs (maybe because adult dogs object to being licked from head to toe multiple times a day?) which is one of the reasons these pups appeal so strongly to me. In all, does our little family sound like a good setup for a Rottie mix?
Thanks for your time!