Howdy guys and gals,
We are looking for a dog to get (from puppy age). I've been reading up on breeds and heard some pleasant experiences that people have had with rottweilers, contrary to most people's initial reactions of them
. We/they're looking for a dog that is dog & people friendly, and 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 (ie; Not for property protection in the slightest). Also looking for a dog that's prey drive will not override training while going for walks (I'm unsure of how much this can be influenced). With proper training, socialization, and exposure to situations of this, can a properly bred Rottweiler be okay with this?
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?
I really like a lot of the positive traits that the Rottweiler has. A problem I have with smaller dogs (in my experiences) is they can be fear aggressive/defensive in scenarios because of their size, and we also have some mid-size wildlife that's in the area.
I suppose I could go to the rottweiler forum, but I've seen quite a bit of helpful and very knowledgeable people here, so I thought I'd ask
. Any experiences/opinions are also welcome/appreciated.