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Hi, I am new to this site and would like some help, if anyone is able to clue me in on this breed of dog. I realize that Rottweilers have a bad reputation, but I amtrying hard not to pass judgement on a breed I know nothing about. I have been a dog owner previously in the past, but with all the smaller breeds. Here goes with my problem......help if you can by offering any suggestions or advice. I have a new man-friend that I have been seeing/dating. Wecontinue taking our new relationship up a few notches all the time, but my problem is he has a Rottweiler (male), that is six years old, that I have NEVER met. My friend is a very gentle man and says his "baby" is very gentle and wouldn't harm anyone. (Except for his son's dog which is a doberwhom has bitten the dober twice and thereforetaken to the vets twice) I am almost scaredto meet this dog......and realize that this could end the relationship.....something I do not want. I really like my friend, but the thought of bringing my grandchildren aroundthisdog truly scares me. My friend says helike kids, but.........good grief, his dog weighs 160 lbs!!!!!! I have a seven month old grandson and a three year old granddaughter.....I don't think any dog is safe around babies or very small children. But, I am willing to listen to whatever anyone would like to educate me with.Before approaching my friend further on this subject, like asking him how jealous is his dog when others get his attention, or touchhim, or whatever........ I need some strong advice. HELP!! Thanks........Becky
 

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Well I am a new owner of a Rott myself and she is only 6 weeks, so I haven't had the chance to raise or train mine yet but my sister-in-law has a 1 1/2 yr old male (Cain) and new people come in and out of her home all the time. Not relationship wise but freinds. Your boyfreinds dog sounds like he might be a little aggressive period. Cause Cain never offers to bite anyone or any other animals. He runs from my 6 week old puppy, but he would protect his owners if needed. I think I would want to know the history of how he raised the dog first. Cause I was sceptacle about getting a Rott cause I have a 3 years son and did not want to take a chance until I feel in love with Cain and my son plays with him and Cain loves him. When he is outside playing Cain is sitting right there next to him and followes him everywhere to make sure he is ok. I knew that depending on how the dog is brought up is how it is going to act around other animals and humans. Just get the background on the dog and make sure that you keep a good distance with the dog and the children at least until you can trust him.
 

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Thanks Audra for the words of advice. I needed to hear from someone who hasa Rottweilerand especially those with children or grandchildren of different ages. I also know now to ask my friend how long he has had the dog and the background of how he has raised it. Good luck with your newpuppy.


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If dogs are raisedaround children they will be okay.Never leave any child under the age of 15 alone with any dog.Dogs do not look at children as small adults but as equils to them or lesser to them in the pack.If you do not trust the dog around your self,please do not take any children over to meet the dog.I have been seeing my boyfriend for almost 2 years,he has not met all my dogs and I do not feel it is important that he does.The dogs are one part of my life and he is another.I would how ever pick the dogs over him if he told me I had to choose.The guy you are seeing should understand your miss givings about the dog and not push you.


Better safe then sorry.


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I have a 16 month old rottie female, she is great with kids, do to she was raised with kids. But I agree with rutylar here to. If the kids are not of 15 yrs I would not leave them unattened with the dog. Most all rotties I have meet are big babys, but their are those owners who do not let the dog meet people. My Dallas plays with small kids but not with out me in the room. She thinks they are great cuz they can throw the ball longer than mom.
Not all Rotties are bad, and I have to say it, it's not the dogs fault they get a bad rap.





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Thanks to all that have written in response to my first post. I have since asked more questions (thanks to all you dog lovers), and found out tonight that during one of the times my gentleman friend's six year old rottie was trying to attacked his son's doberman, his rottie bit his son's ear. Apparently the sonlaid on top of his dober to protect him from the rottie and got his ear bitten almost off by the rottie. Lots of stitchesfor both the dober's chest and his son's ear. Now I am very confused as to the temperment of this dog. Do you think the rottie knew his son's ear was not part of the dober or that his rottie was just trying to get to the dober and mistook the young man's ear for part of the dog he was trying to attack?? I am certainly more apprehensive in meeting his dog now. One false move and I could be the vulnerable one. Although my friend said he has never attacked a person.....only other dogs. Does anyone understand my uncertainty of meeting this dog? I feel stupid about this....but have had no experience. So forgive the questionsand wanting answers.Can anyone suggest or advise me? Thank you so much, in advance. Becky
 

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If you are uncertain,but still want to meet this dog.Meet him some where other then his house.Dogs act different towards people they first meet, at home they might be a littel more standoffish then they would say at a pet store,in a park.When a dog is going after another dog,that is all they are focused on.He did not know it was the boy.He was just trying to get the dog.That is why when two dogs are fighting you are to never stick your hands in there to break it up.


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Right now Ive got a 9 year old Rottweiler that we have owned since he was a puppy,hes pretty sick right now , but but over the years we have had himm around all kinds and sizes of people,,never bit anyone. my wife was kinda afraid of a {BIG} dog and after getting Thor she fell in love with him, We have actually had people walk by our home and stopped to pet him,,one couple had a very small child in a stroller and came over and after asking brought the stroller right up to Thor,,,he sniffed the little guy and gave him a big kiss {turns out the people used to own a rottweiler. not sure how much longer Thor is gona be around , he has an enlarged heart and fluid in the lungs , but we have him on medication and are hoping for the best,,even if we can have him around for just a while longer. The main thing is for him to be Pain free, hapy and comfortable.
 

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Love him as long as you can.I just lost my baby.see was 12 and even tho there are still 7 Rottweilers here I really miss her.


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Donna,, I think I know you,,,check out your p.m. ,,i sent you one,,,did you ever own 2 rotts named Thor and George?
 

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Got him from a guy on south 13th street,,had no name when we got him,,,named him after your Thor ,,Ive talked to you quite a few timesWhen Al used to shoot archery I had a shop in back of my house
 

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Yea that was Steve.One of his dog froze to death out side.


Thor's mom died(I don't remember how)His dad was around last time I talk to Steve x.


It's always hard to watch them go.I was hoping Zelda would go in her sleep,but I had to make the disission.It was the hardest thing I ever did.


Every thing I have now goes back to Jorge.He was the coolest.


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you know,,,thors parents seemed like they had a kinda bad temperment when we saw them at first,,we were kinda leary of that ,but our Thor is one of the biggest babies,,just goes to show you it all comes down to how the dogs are raised
 

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For the life of me I can't remember their names.Dad was a little agressive.I know Steve had problems with him.It does not all have to with the way they were bred.Their upbringing plays a big part.I will never be without a Rottweiler any more.


If you would like to e-mail me i'm at [email protected]


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Jut thought Id let you know we have to have Thor put to sleep in the morning,,,Is almost 2:00 in the morning now and we just got over a bout of him throwing up for almost 2hours straight,,called the vet right away at home and talked to him and he said that with him knowing everything going on with Thor and all the trouble he has had this weekend, the best thing would be to put him down,,little by little all weekend he has gotten worse.but he has quieted done for the time being Ive alresdy called into work and told them I wont be in,,cant even think about sleeping. this is gonna be the hardest thing Ive ever done,,,losing my best buddy,,,to all you people who have your best friend, even though they might chew on something or get in the garbage,,,love the heck out of them, they return it a hundred fold.
 

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Well its over,,,my best buddy is gone,,it went really quick , at least now Ill know hes not suffering anymore,,even the girls at the vets office said they could really see allthe weight that Thor had lost
 

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I am so sorry to hear your sad news.
Ialso lost a beloved dog (sorry, it was not a Rottie), and I cried for weeks missing her. That was over three years ago and I will never forget it. I am glad Thor is not suffering anymore.Just know others understand and can relate to your loss. Becky
 

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I'm so very sorry archer of your great loss, I'm crying now and i don't even know you. I can only imagine what your going through It would break my heart if my dog star was to go. i know she will some day but at least i'll know she'll have a friend waiting for her on the other side. your Thor. If you need a sholder to cry on or just a friend to tslk to about Thor then write back. I know i'm only a neebie but i have a big heart.
 
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