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    Hey guys, Big Red here. Glad to be here with you all

    A little about myself, okay I come from Victoria. I made a profile here so I could learn all about dogs (specifically Rottweilers) before I went ahead and became the carer of one.

    I have owned a small dog before, an Australian Terrier X Jack Russel when I was a child. We hadn't trained her properly, I was only 8 when she was given to me as a gift. I've had her all my life until 2 years ago when our batch of dogs (4 in all, all small sized of different breeds) were poisoned to death by our neihbour. We can't prove it, but we know he did it. The worst part was seeing thier conditions deteriorate over time. These dogs were lovely, happy, full of life and energy, always running around and wagging tails. When they got sick, they never did that, their health deteriorated fast. They would just lie there, barely able to eat, unable to move. Eventually they had to be euthanised due to the overwhelming damage to thier kidneys and health. Christ.....

    ugh, since then I havn't really felt the same about owning dogs. I wanted another one, but I kept trying to put it off but the desire for dog companionship is too strong now. I'm very active, I go for runs and walks and rides all the time but it's boring without my dog! I want another dog to do these things with, one that suits my personality and size the most (I'm 6'6'' tall, weightlifter) and I think the Rottweiler is it.

    However this time, she will have to be trained and socialised and understand basic commands. I am here to learn as much about Rottweilers before the day comes that I find myself at the pound/kennel/petshop picking one out... So pardon my silly questions and beginnerisms and hopefully we'll have a happy, responsible dog/owner relationship one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Hi Big Red...welcome!

    How much do you now about Rottweilers?

    And please don't get your puppy from a petshop...they are more than likely to have come from a Puppy mill/farm!

    Are you going to be a purebred registered Rotty...bred by responsible, reputable breeders?
    Well ma'm, not a lot. I have been looking up every source of information I can about them and jotting consistancies down on Microsoft Word. So far this is what I have

    "Okay all-round it seems like Roman Rottweilers are the perfect do-anything, be-anything dog. Good at pretty much everything because of thier high levels of intelligence, they can be trained to do anything. They are friendly, sociable and lovable and have one of the best characteristics of all dog breeds

    It's said on Wikipedia that Rottweilers have the second highest fatal mauling incidents in the United States, second only to the Pit Bull Terrier.
    Okay there may be an element of truth to that.. Yes, while supposedly they do have a very high attack rate, it is said that it is mainly due to irresponsible ownership, abuse, neglect, or lack of socialization and training. In otherwords, The Human Element.
    Not only that, they are a very popular breed with people and law enforcement agencies, which may over-represent them in attack cases when that is what they are trained to do.
    Also it must be noted that other than the human element, the other only real factor a dog actually bites or even attacks someone is out of fear. Rottweilers are one of the most fearless dogs of all time.

    Also, Roman Rottweilers know thier capabilities. They know that they are strong, fearless, intimidating and dominating - they have been used for cattle hearding, patrol duties and war duties since the days of ancient Rome. These personality traits have been essentuated over the years through the generations of pups due to this. If one is to own a dog like this, they would need to be confident and master their fear of the breed, and of large dogs in general lest the dog become the master"


    This is something totally new for me, I have never owned a large dog before.. let alone one with such a reputation for bites/attacks/maulings. I am afraid of being mauled myself, I do not trust big dogs as far as I can spit (I've been attacked before by some Blue Healers). So it's a very big thing for me to not only take full responsibility of a dog, but also a large breed of dog with which I have a distinct phobia of.

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    Hi Big Red,

    Sorry but this is not making a lot of sense to me.

    wHY are you looking at sharing your life with a big breed of dog if you feel the way you do, as posted above?
    Perhaps if I could understand that a bit better...

    Yes, please do not buy your dog from a pet shop/puppy mill, and certainly not from a back yard breeder who's got no idea what they are breeding.

    I always see a fair amount of rottweilers on PetRescue looking for new homes too, so that could definately be an option for, other than just a registered and reputable breeder.

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    Well I want to get over my fear of big dogs for starters, and I need a new friend, one that dosn't sit around all day and smoke weed and play the Xbox and has no job and that dosnt cramp my style.

    I will thoroughly research anything I can about the dogs before I actually buy one, I'm not ready yet. I just came here to learn as much as I can about them to help me become ready to be an owner.

    Discouragement won't help.

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    There is a beautiful young (8mths) rottie in the pound atm.....maybe RSPCA Pearcedale?

    Big Red, let me invite you down to Tyabb to meet and greet the pei. Another dominant breed dog, one who will be able to teach you quite a lot about a rotti. Offer is always open, the more you learn hands on the more you will be comfortable when you get your furkid.

    Oh, and if Benliegh is close to you, get yourself along to Higgins Rd on a Sunday Morning from 9.30am to dog school. This school is right into Rotti's and a lot of the trainers are rotti owners. You will meet heaps there and you can also meet Terry the guy who runs the show and is BIG into Rotti Rescue.

    Opps ETA....WELCOME!!!!
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    Big Red, you're obviously not planning on getting a dog anytime soon, and I applaud you wanting to learn as much as you can.

    I'll leave it to those experienced with Rotties to give you advice about the breed.

    However, I do have a suggestion, while you are learning why not go and volunteer at a local shelter, you'll meet lots of different dogs, learn a hell of a lot and believe me hands-on experience will make a massive difference, especially in terms of your fear of bigger dogs.

    And you never know, you may just meet your "heart dog" somewhere along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Big Red, you're obviously not planning on getting a dog anytime soon, and I applaud you wanting to learn as much as you can.

    I'll leave it to those experienced with Rotties to give you advice about the breed.

    However, I do have a suggestion, while you are learning why not go and volunteer at a local shelter, you'll meet lots of different dogs, learn a hell of a lot and believe me hands-on experience will make a massive difference, especially in terms of your fear of bigger dogs.

    And you never know, you may just meet your "heart dog" somewhere along the way.


    That's the plan. A friends father has experience with many animals, including different dog breeds, and he has recently become manager at a leading petshop here. I will learn what I can from him and other helpfull people

    Like I said, I'm trying to defeat this phobia, having one of my own that I have personally overseen the health, training, housing and caring, and have overall full responsibility for, will help.

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    [QUOTE=Big Red;81017]Well I want to get over my fear of big dogs for starters, and I need a new friend, one that dosn't sit around all day and smoke weed and play the Xbox and has no job and that dosnt cramp my style.

    I will thoroughly research anything I can about the dogs before I actually buy one, I'm not ready yet. I just came here to learn as much as I can about them to help me become ready to be an owner.

    Discouragement won't help.[/QUOTE]

    As the majority of this post was directed at answering my questions, which I believe i asked kindly, am wondering why you made the above comment. i don't feel my post was discouraging in any way, other than to discourage pet shops/bybs/puppy mills etc.
    Was that meant for me big red, or were you just making a general comment?

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    Oh. But Big Red seemed to be answering me?

    Did you just eat me, croc?

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    - I'm 20, what is the relevance of this?

    - I was just making a general comment.

    I appreciate all the input you guys have given soo far. I know I have no credidentials in dog-raising but have faith please, at least I havn't gone out and purchased a couple of dogs preemptively, decided to just tie them up and neglect them and is just another accident waiting to happen. I'm not ready yet, I know that.. but as responsible dog owners yourselves, help me to become one also.

    Cleas, your an experienced dog owner and you've still had problems with a Rottweiler, at what point does one become qualified to own such a dog?

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