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    Default Current dog breed research shows rottweilers are the 4th popular dog in Google Aust.

    Hi,

    I was creating and updating some research I do for my own dog site about the most popular dog breeds in major countries around the world.

    Yes it is Google based data, but that often translates to real world ownership trends.

    I was just surprised that the rottie has come from out of nowhere a year ago to be the fourth most popular searched dog breed (behind german shepherd, golden retriever and poms). I have met some really good rotties, but I know that they are a powerful breed and need a lot of training and discipline. I also almost never see them in off lead areas.

    I am wondering what you people think of this trend? Since the average person doesn't do much more than puppy training with their dog, and definitely does not do daily dog walks, then what will become of 'trend' dogs like this if they really catch on?

    This is one area where I think councils need to have more rules about ownership to ensure that these kinds of dogs in particular are looked after. After you buy registration there are very few obligations. This was not intended to be a BSL rant, and I am sure that everyone in here reading this who owns a rottie or a fighting dog will be very responsible, but I dont think these dogs are for everyone, who is not committed to time and effort for the dog.

    By the way I love all dog breeds, and never blame the breed.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    I really do think we should all be licensed to own any dog. Maybe to obtain a license for a large dog could be along the lines of obtaining a (HR) Heavy rigid truck license. A bit more time spent learning how to control a big dog (truck) compared to a small dog (car).

    Might work, might not.....might be worth a try though if we could work out a demerit points type scheme for dog ownership.

    While i'm surprised they are such a popular breed.....i really dont think of them as a threat as such...its the blue and red Aussie cattle dog that keeps me on my toes.


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    There were some very cute rotties on the Shaun Micalief program Mr and Mrs Murder - a few weeks ago. Maybe that triggered an up surge in google searches? NSW had good stats on council registrations, there - the most common breeds are the Labrador and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Unfortunately they haven't kept their stats up to date - and the latest report doesn't have a percentage by breed at all.

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    I see quite a few rotties at the beach i go to. I've also seen a few rotties at the park you go to LD. I reckon it doesn't matter what breed you own, if you're committed to making your dog a good canine citizen then it will almost certainly turn out that way

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    In the year we have been open I have seen more Staffies than any other single breed but only seen 2 Rotties.

    One was a smaller sized bitch who was a gem to look after. Well trained and as gentle as anything.

    The other, a one year old, 60kg male, who had bugger all manners, no obedience training at all, but despite that was actually not in the least aggressive - however, I can imagine the consternation of an owner of a SWF walking down the road with this monster bouncing along, dragging his 60kg mistress behind him, yelling, Max, heel,heel,heel. Max come here...........

    Don't know that it will do any good but I did some research for this owner and when she picked him up I gave her a list of resources she needed to embrace to get the dog under control - stat. Lets see what has changed when he comes for his next stay.
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    I love rotties, there are a lot who come to our park and they're always great, our park is excellent.. everyone knows everyone and there is very rarely a nasty dog but in the last 2 days, Molly has been attacked by two separate rotties, both were mature and were not socialised but the owners seemed to think that it's ok to take them to a park and let them off the leash with 20+ other dogs around. They're no more aggressive than little dogs who haven't been socialised but they're capable of so much more damage. There is just something about poor Molly that screams "I'm a sook- attack me!", lucky she's bloody quick and was able to outrun them. One also got into a fight with another black lab, the lab owner went to grab his dog and ended up with a punctured arm from the Rotty.

    I seriously hope this trend doesn't continue because they're usually such beautiful dogs

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    As a serial rottie owner, i can tell you that out of 5, only one has been ballsy enough, to go for a human, he came from working lines of scent detection and had protection training.
    Rotties, in the opinion of someone who has had 5 as pets are not aggressive, easy to train and low drive. eg. ive not had to desex my rotties all male, whereas GSD's i have.
    So i do not agree that large dog = special legislation. In case you haven't noticed, no dog licence in any country to date, has ever contributed to being good with dogs.
    Its a piece of paper, guys.

    Any fashionable dog, will be badly bred by BYB as market demands. Its not breed specific.

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    no dog licence in any country to date, has ever contributed to being good with dogs.
    Bernie - I think that there should be licence to own a dog, like we have licence to drive a car. With at least a written test to show that we have a passing familiarity with the dog owners rules in our state. Eg picking up, dogs on lead on footpaths, not allowing dogs to attack or harass anything, person or critter. etc.

    Then at least if people are repeatedly doing the wrong thing - their licence can be revoked and then their dog can be rehomed with someone more responsible. And if need be - they can be jailed for not doing the right thing as a dog owner (eg allowing it to attack and kill things).

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    The other, a one year old, 60kg male, who had bugger all manners, no obedience training at all, but despite that was actually not in the least aggressive - however, I can imagine the consternation of an owner of a SWF walking down the road with this monster bouncing along, dragging his 60kg mistress behind him, yelling, Max, heel,heel,heel. Max come here......

    There is a cartoon in there somewhere

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    I think a license and its issuing authority, are only as strong as the resources that they have to enforce the license agreement.
    And the problem i have, is the type of folks who need to be banned from ever owning a dog, ignore LAW. Like wife beaters and IVO's, its a piece of paper.

    I have never read the rules of dog ownership for this country. But im pretty sure id be obeying them anyhow. Not because of some stupid license however.
    Just country code, which is pretty much the universal standards you mention Hyacinth.

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