I wouldn't be paid to own one but I just can't stand their overall physique/conformation and many aspects of their temperament (how they train/work, not really as a pet). I've seen some that were tear-your-throat-out nasty and some that were so lovable and goobery they were *too* friendly. I can't really advise on get one/don't get one since personally there's nothing I like about them but I have a lot of friends/acquaintances that have them and love them.
I am not a great fan either. I find them difficult to read and the only real dog that has ever bitten me (that I was not checking for bite inhibition) was a Rottweiler that grabbed my hand in his mouth - a 10 month old male testing the waters. Back in the 90s when they were being terribly overbred. TERRIBLY. But that dog gave no indication and struck like a cobra. I have met some super sweet Rottweilers since then, but regardless, I cannot read them so not a dog I would want to spend time with.
A mix you can get some nice qualities of the other breeds in there that mellow that out.
From the OP's first post:
- We are looking for a dog to get (from puppy age).
- We/they're looking for a dog that is dog & people friendly
- Can be accepting of strangers.
- Our extended family & neighbors will sometimes come through our backyard and would like a dog that's fine with that
- Also looking for a dog that's prey drive will not override training while going for walks
A Rottweiler would not be the first, second, third, etc, dog in mind in reading that list. (I am always thinking neurotic/liability, etc)
Check w/your insurance company too.
My thoughts are that proper treatment, training, socialization, and breeder selection of the dog will have greater impacts than the dog's breed. That said, is there anything of a rottweiler that would prevent it from fulfilling our wants?
With proper treatment, training, socialization and breeder selection of the dog will I be able to get a Beagle that won't hunt a rabbit? A low energy Husky? Perhaps, but why wouldn't I get a dog that won't hunt or a lower energy dog in the first place? In your situation, why force a square peg into a round hole and look for a dog that doesn't have to be outside the breed standard to be a match.
AKC breed standard:
The Rottweiler is basically a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making him especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog.
The behavior of the Rottweiler in the show ring should be controlled, willing and adaptable, trained to submit to examination of mouth, testicles, etc. An aloof or reserved dog should not be penalized, as this reflects the accepted character of the breed. An aggressive or belligerent attitude towards other dogs should not be faulted.
A judge shall excuse from the ring any shy Rottweiler. A dog shall be judged fundamentally shy if, refusing to stand for examination, it shrinks away from the judge. A dog that in the opinion of the judge menaces or threatens him/her, or exhibits any sign that it may not be safely approached or examined by the judge in the normal manner, shall be excused from the ring. A dog that in the opinion of the judge attacks any person in the ring shall be disqualified.
FCI, less on temperament unless you look at the history part for more insight: ADRK - Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub e.V. - Rottweiler Standard
I would consider an adult that already showed itself to be a goober with the hopes that it had been well evaluated, but would look to other breeds to meet that list first to have an easier time of match.
Given all that, I do like Chow Chows/their mixes, who can really be busters, but I can read them (just suspect them all the time) But I would also not expect them to do well with people in and out, etc.