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    hey guys im going to get my first dog on sunday, its a rotty x staffy. is there anything i should be cautious of with the mixed breed or anything? im pretty scared of dogs myself but i dont want my fear to rub onto my 11mth old son.
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    JUst curious as to why you are getting a dog if you are scared of them??????

    How old is the dog?

    I used to know th emost gorgeous little dog who was a staffy/rotty x (one purebred parent of each breed). She was stunning. She was about the size of a staffy but slighty "thicker". Her face was a mixture but probably more staffy and she had the markings of a rotty. She was just gorgeous....Lula was her name.

    What do you mean by cautious by the mixed breed? If you mean health then there will be things to look at for each breed. If you are talking about viciousness, that has nothign to do with breed IMO.

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    And also congrats! I could never live without a dog, they are great!

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    i love dogs but just past experiences when i was younger i got attacked, so im just trying to get over the fear lol it probably sounds stupid i no..

    the dog is absoloutly gorjous hes 16 months old, hes an ex guard dog, im just wanting to know if they have an aggressive nature and basically if they are prone genetic diseases or something like that?

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    I hate to be a killjoy, but a 16 month old ex guard dog? That alone would make me wary... I would be asking why he is 'ex' guard dog, what type of training he's had etc. IMHO, 16 months is too young to be a trained, working guard dog... Even though it is possible, I'd really want to know all the details up front.

    Neither breed is one I would consider 'ideal' for a beginner. Not because either breed is 'aggressive', but because both can be strong willed, very powerful and require experienced handling.

    Others will undoubtedly be more knowledgeable than I on genetic faults inherent in both breeds.

    That said, I would be strongly advising you find a good obedience school and plan to spend quality time learning good handling skills and getting to understand dog behavior, especially as you have a young child.

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    Congratulations! I think dogs are the best!

    Every dog is different. No one here could answer the question as to whether your dog has an aggressive nature. Why are they re-homing the dog? Have you been out with the dog for a walk? Have you seen it around other dogs? What are you going to do at the dog park if you are scared of other dogs? Answers to these questions will give you a good idea as to what you are dealing with.

    Are you booked in for some training of some sorts?

    I'm sorry that you have had a bad experience in the past. I hope that by getting a dog for yourself it helps you.

    I usually advise my clients to (many have come to me with a fear of dogs) adopt an ex-racing greyhound, for these reasons....
    -They are very placid, no jumping, no biting
    -They dont need much exercise, great as an intro to keeping a dog
    -They are only to be walked on lead so you dont need to confront the dog park with 100 other dogs
    -They have been temperament tested (if you go through the Greyhound Adoption Program- GAP) so you can be assured of a dog that is right for you

    Here is a link to GAP.....

    GAP - Home

    Good luck

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    V & F has given good advice there, if you feel in the least unsure you should perhaps look at a traditionally more gentle type of dog, also ex guard sounds very suss, if by that you mean he has just been left in a yard where he supposedly 'guarded', no training done, fine, but if he has been agitated and taught to bite, maybe by a bad trainer at that, you are far better to look elsewhere for a dog, an unsure person is unlikely to have the skills to handle a dog like that even if it is a pretty easy going dog.
    Good luck whatever you decide.

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    I would be getting a different breed if I was scared. Those breeds sense fear and react and because of their stature they can be hard to control if you aren't experienced.

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    What V&F said.

    Why are you getting a rottie x staffie ex GUARD DOG (ie trained to bite people).

    If you're scared of dogs and you're worried about your child being eaten - getting a dog that has been trained to bite seems like a really bad idea if you ask me. Some methods used to train guard dogs are really nasty and you end up with a fearful dog that lashes out when people don't expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    What V&F said.

    Why are you getting a rottie x staffie ex GUARD DOG (ie trained to bite people).

    If you're scared of dogs and you're worried about your child being eaten - getting a dog that has been trained to bite seems like a really bad idea if you ask me. Some methods used to train guard dogs are really nasty and you end up with a fearful dog that lashes out when people don't expect.
    Definitely Agree! Dont get me wrong this could be a great dog but maybe best suited for someone that has experience with these dogs and maybe someone without children.
    Rubylisious


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