Ok, I'm curious to see everyone elses standpoint here. To those who own either type of dog or have owned them, as well as regular people I have some questions. To all, which of these two dog types are you more naturally afraid of/wouldn't want to be around? To those who know some more about these dog types, which would you recommend? I've had several Dobermans and I love them, but I've never had a Rottweiler. Theres one for adoption thats about 80% Rottie and only $130 at the local pet store. I've been looking for a Doberman for a long time and the ones I looked at today were $300 each and I didn't care for them. They had some very docile behaviors, and some looked like they were a bit unhealthy. This little Rottie is very healthy, playful, watchful, and is only about 8 weeks old and it is a female (I'd have prefered to get a male for their size). She also has all her shots, immunizations, and everything if I recall right. If possible relatively quick responses would be appreciated, as the store has closed for today but a lot of people were looking at the dog and I just couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to sacrifice looking for a Dobie and just get this, as my intentions are to get a dog that is protective, watchful, and can make most average people back away a bit. I've not found an affordable Dobie or a good one in almost 6 months solid of looking in the paper every single day as well as the internet. The store is open tomorrow so if I'm going to get it I'll get it in the morning. Thanks for any advice.
Don't buy from a pet store. Buy from a trusted breeder. That is my advice. you are a fool if you do.
Also I prefer a Dobie, which is what I have.
I'm not particularly afraid of any dog, as long as they're not massive. The ones that are taller than you when they stand up on their back legs are the ones I worry about. :p
Beef FlapsDon't buy from a pet store. Buy from a trusted breeder. That is my advice. you are a fool if you do.
Also I prefer a Dobie, which is what I have.
YES. Puppy mills are not only infinitely evil; many of the puppies bought from them usually have health problems, just because they look healthy doesn't mean there isn't an underlying issue. A piece of advice as well, people lie. If you ask whether or not it's from a puppy mill, the stores will almost always tell you their from a breeder off in some random location.
If you can I'd get a puppy from a breeder like Beef said or adopt one from your local ASPCA ((no kill shelter)) or humane society.
But for your problem, it really depends on your lifestyle, what do you want it for? how much time can you spend with it? Are you willing to exercise a more energetic dog everyday? Do you have small children around? Is it just for you? does anyone in your family have allergies? Etc, etc. Never impulse buy an animal.
i'm more scared of dobermans then rots, I've seen some movies with them in it, Moonraker is one of them, but I don't think that they bring out their aggressiveness as some other movies do. I agree that you should not buy from a petstore as opposed to a well-known breeder, it's the same with buying fish, the people at Petsmart(mod can change that to just petstore in case of legal problems or whatever), they will tell you that you can get about ten 1-inch fish in there, and also that it's okay to have goldfish in a bowl, both are bullshit. I instead go to a local fish store, that is deidicated JUST to fish, but not to get offtopic. I'd prefer the rottie, but I've kept neither so don't value my opinion too highly
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
Dogs don't scare me in general, atleast neither of those two, I'd opt for a german shepherd.
Quite frankly I don't like any aggressive dogs, but if you have to get either get a Rottweiler. I'd rather get something kind that you can trust, as a Pyrenean Mastiff though. Or a german shepherd as suggested above if you can't afford the food for the former.
Whatever you get (from a trusted breeder as already pointed out), make sure to train it well to minimize the risk of having it attack anything you don't want it to.
As for the scare-factor, in my opinion the Doberman is the scarier, but then neither of those are that scary as far as dogs go. I've generally got used to hating dogs and their owners though, and mostly any dog can attack you without a reason, some dogs just do it more often and inflict more damage.
I have no problems training a dog to listen to my commands, all my Dobermans listened to me. My last one was a bit bullheaded as it had some pure German bloodline and liked to growl at me but she never tried to hurt me, she only protested. She didn't like other people unless I let them into the house. I did at one point want a German Shepherd however, they've got some especially bad hip problems and not only that, they're hairy and when they are in a house, they are always hot and panting. I'd buy puppies from a trusted breeder (I prefer them unless they're just the lousy backyard breeders who know nothing about their dogs or their bloodlines), however I know no one who breeds Dobermans, they're very uncommon around here, or at least as of late. Also, dogs attack only when they think you're afraid of them or if you've done something to piss them off (Make noise, throw stuff at them/in their direction, make sudden movements, etc). Leave them alone and they won't bother you either.
Get a german sheppard or wolf hound. I'd go with the Dobbie, a Rot is angrier, thats what I heard.
MihailDogs don't scare me in general, atleast neither of those two, I'd opt for a german shepherd.
Dogs don't scare you? yeah right. Walk in my yard and you will see this: My hairy ass you wouldn't be scared frozen. :lol: