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    Hi Guys,
    We are looking at buying a 12 week old puppy that is a Maremma X Rottweiler.
    I'm just wanting to know people's opinions as this will be my partner's and my first dog together (I'm also part owner of a pure bred German Shep) and we want to make a decision that would be best for the puppy.
    We live in a mid-sized property in the suburbs with 4 chooks and a cat.
    I go running 3-4 times a week for 6.5km and would obviously go out to play with and exercise the puppy regularly as well as training.
    However, I've read some terrible things about Maremmas with regard to their independent nature, over-protectiveness and potential aggression with other people and other dogs.
    I'm unsure if the breeder has bred this cross before as well, but they have described them as a good 'family' dog.
    We don't want to get her simply because she's cute and then put her into a position where she is underwhelmed and unhappy.
    We're going to view her and the parents tomorrow afternoon but wanting to know if it's worth it?
    Advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Default Maremma X Rottweiler?

    Hi Guys,
    I posted this in the breeder's section a few minutes ago and wasn't sure if I posted in the right place?
    Sorry for the double up!!
    We are looking at buying a 12 week old puppy that is a Maremma X Rottweiler.
    I'm just wanting to know people's opinions as this will be my partner's and my first dog together (I'm also part owner of a pure bred German Shep) and we want to make a decision that would be best for the puppy.
    We live in a mid-sized property in the suburbs with 4 chooks and a cat.
    I go running 3-4 times a week for 6.5km and would obviously go out to play with and exercise the puppy regularly as well as training.
    However, I've read some terrible things about Maremmas with regard to their independent nature, over-protectiveness and potential aggression with other people and other dogs.
    I'm unsure if the breeder has bred this cross before as well, but they have described them as a good 'family' dog.
    We don't want to get her simply because she's cute and then put her into a position where she is underwhelmed and unhappy.
    We're going to view her and the parents tomorrow afternoon but wanting to know if it's worth it?
    Advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    My best friend does maremma rescue.........She will NEVER re-home a Maremma in the suburbs, only on properties after she has rehabbed them. She has 10 at present.

    I find the cross totally confusing, i like both pure breeds, but I have no idea what the cross would be like........Personally I would not recommend such a cross. Especially for a first dog owner. Both breeds as pure breeds require some experience, espacially the maremma. I have not many aggressive maremma's, but they are very independent and protective of what they consider theirs
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    My best friend does maremma rescue.........She will NEVER re-home a Maremma in the suburbs, only on properties after she has rehabbed them. She has 10 at present.

    I find the cross totally confusing, i like both pure breeds, but I have no idea what the cross would be like........Personally I would not recommend such a cross. Especially for a first dog owner. Both breeds as pure breeds require some experience, espacially the maremma. I have not many aggressive maremma's, but they are very independent and protective of what they consider theirs
    Which is exactly what they are bred for...
    Im also not sure of the cross, i know mareemas are a kind purpose bred breed and not sure they are a good choice for first timers although Newfie would be the best to comment in that area, and x with a rottie...wow, not sure what they were thinking there!
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    I got a text reply from the owner saying that they also live in a mid-sized urban property with 1 pure bred Maremma, 1 pure bred Rottweiler and the pups and they haven't had an issue at all. She said the dogs are extremely affectionate with their other animals (cats etc) and have shown to be great around kids.
    I'm completely torn on this one!

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    Not sure why you asked.........I can only speak from experience and the experience of someone who deals with about 100 maremma's a year...........
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    I asked to see whether anyone had come across this mix before - and they seemingly haven't.
    I'm not doubting your experience with Maremmas, nor am I failing to take it into consideration.
    I'm merely saying that there are more things to consider than just property with a dog like this.
    This is also our first dog together, not our first dog in general - my current part-owned dog being a Shepard and his previous dog being a Doberman x.
    We probably won't go to look at her after further reflection last night.
    Cheers for your input.

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    Yikes. Sorry but I think that is potentially a whole lotta dog. I'm sort of glad to hear you're having second thoughts. I'd be wondering why on earth anyone would think crossing these breeds is remotely a good idea.

    Don't get me wrong, I do like both breeds. But I wouldn't personally recommend a maremma as a first dog, and rarely if ever as a pet dog. Same as crosses.

    I would imagine, as you have noted, that by crossing with a Rott you could have a high likelihood of a very strong protective drive.

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    Can't really help you, but pictures! lots of pictures of her please.
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    This is the problem I have with people who do random litters because the parents have "great temperaments".
    What are the grandparents temperaments like? What about the great grandparents? Severely aggressive or timid dogs CAN throw nice natured dogs, which go to lovely homes and then the owners decide to breed them because they are just so lovely and would "make nice puppies". Not the case, quite often things like temperament can skip a generation, and the puppies could end up being like the grandparents, timid or aggressive.

    I know I harp on about show dogs but they really are a good indicator. Look at a pedigree and if there are champions or grand champions in every generation then you can be fairly certain those dogs didn't have major problems (temperament wise). And aggressive or timid dog in the show ring would be kicked out and never gain its title so you can make a judgement without actually physically seeing the dogs relatives. The same goes for agility titles too for those who don't like conformation shows.

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