|03-26-2014 02:08 PM|
She's lost a fair bit. When I got her there were generous rolls at her shoulder...and I mean actual rolls, I could grab handfuls of dog across her shoulder and in front of her tail. I'd still like her leaned down some as I cant even feel ribs (horse person, I want to be able to feel them. Perhaps that isn't appropriate for a rottie?)
She is very reserved and diplomatic (great word) and a great watcher of everything. Regal is the word I like to use to describe her as she just has that presence that just warrants respect but not in a way that creates fear. It's hard to explain...you just know she is paying attention all the time.
And soooo smart. Holy is she smart.
And I cant believe how utterly dedicated she is to me. Even when we go visit her old family she is right at my side or at my feet the whole time. At first I thought it was a security issue as she follows me from room to room at home and I figured maybe she needed me for security. She'll leave my side at home now but Im always in eye sight.
If we go somewhere else she is with me the whole time. Even when we are visiting the family that owned her for the first 5 yrs of her life. On walks she waits to be told she can go chase geese or wander off and even then she never goes more than about 30 ft.
Im actually kinda surprised by how much I love this dog. I always sorta pictured Rotties as slow and kinda dull and she is anything but. She's slow and I still don't think she'll ever have as much giddy up as I want/hope for but in every other way she's amazing.
We'll see how things go when the clubs reopen as I still want to try IPO and such. Cant imagine her doing it but the trainer has two Rotties that do compete so we'll see. She just doesn't seem to have any sort of drive and I have no idea how to wake that up. She doesn't even fetch...just sorta looks at me like Im an idiot for throwing the ball and then goes with me to go get it lol
|03-23-2014 05:05 PM|
|GSDluver4lyfe||A rottie named Suzie at my job loves to ram you with her head between your legs and then will stand underneath you all day if you let her. Caught me off guard last week and threw me into a wall (it was not a dignified fall by any means). She's incredibly intelligent and IDK how to describe it...diplomatic (well for a dog lol)?! Alot of the herding and working breeds are what I like to call the "fun police" and like to put an end to any rowdyness which usually causes the situation to escalate and fights to happen. But Suzie is very reserved in her actions, she just watches and when its getting too rough she will calmly walk over step between the dogs and use her body to block them. No barking, snapping, growling exuding nothing but calmness and confidence. The other day there was a pretty intense "scuffle" (the kind of fight that is noisy, snapping in each others faces but not truly intending to bite and tear, throwing their weight around) and I was all alone. Didnt have anything to physically separate them with, tried to use my body as best as I could but one slipped around and it started again and Suzie comes in, nips one of the dogs on the leg and distracts him while I pushed the other dog into the wall and wedged him in there while I put a leash on him and took him out. The only reason I was able to do that was because Suzie blocked the other dog from advancing again. What got me was her demeanor. She was completely relaxed, body loose and balanced, ears nuetral, no hard stare, mouth open when he moved she moved. There was no outward display of intimidation or aggression (besides the fact that she was using her tank like body to block this dog, but didnt add any amount of intensity like barking, growling, stiffness, direct hard eye contact) she knew her power and didn't feel the need to flaunt it. She's a great dog! I would love a Rottie one day!|
|03-22-2014 10:10 PM|
|Rottendog||I love the tank comparison too! I used to call my boy my "Little Panzer" And I agree, she isn't much overweight. I think some regular exercise will put her right where she should be on the weight scale. Enjoy her, she sounds wonderful!!|
|03-22-2014 03:29 AM|
But yeah Rottis are dump trucks/bulldozers that lead with their heads, mine was deceptively smart, a total gentle giant, and a total alpha bitch. Not aggressive about it but we went around for a couple months, she was 6 when I inherited her.
It was a **** hard choice between another Rotti or another Sheperd, a sheperd happened to come up first in this case.
|03-21-2014 07:24 PM|
I love rotties, I have a gsd/rottie mix and she does the lean
I find that the rottie GSD mixes almost always look the same, they are goodlooking dogs forsure
|03-21-2014 07:23 PM|
I love rotties, I have a gsd/rottie mix and she does the lean
Just picked up a gsd puppy but I think the next dog (a long time from now) might be a rottie
*oh and I have also received that growl...one night for some reason my rottie/gsd mix didn't hear me get out of bed to get water...as I was walking back to the room she came walking down the hall doing the deepest slowest growl I've ever heard...as soon as I said her name it stopped...I turned on the light and she looked confused.
|03-21-2014 06:49 PM|
|Rottendog||She is beautiful and congrats on having a great friend!! I had Rotties for many years. My last one was a big male, Baron at 156 LBs. Smartest and sweetest dog I've ever had. He even out-shined my other Rotties. I see you have experienced the Rotten Lean, yes, that is a trait of the breed. Every Rottie I've ever had does it. They just saying I love you! My boy Baron knew his commands in German, English and would work off hand signals as well. We did some SchH and he excelled in the tracking part. I loved working with him, he was a sheer joy to be around. I've never had a dog easier to train. When he passed on, it broke my heart. I couldn't bring myself to get another one, but I love them dearly. I didn't think I could find one in the US to fill his paw prints, and the ones I looked at were not even in the same class as my boy was. It makes me sick what the breeders in the US has done to this breed. So now you all know why I'm over here hanging out with my GSD friends. And I"m actively looking for my new puppy too From what I'm reading here, I don't think I'll be disappointed with my choice for my next working dog.|
|03-13-2014 09:19 AM|
I love the dump truck analogy! it's pretty accurate
I think we are going to take a few days off from our walks. I think the pads of her right paw might be bruised as she is limping slightly and doesn't want to put that foot down if she can help it >.< Im hoping that's all it is and she's just not used to the pavement.
Not awesome...Ive had the dog almost a week and I broke her already
Gotta check out that Rottweiler board! thanks!! Im still going to stay here though as I do intend to get a GSD pup at some point. On hold now as one big dog is enough for me but if her current athleticism is standard for the breed then Im going to need/want something with a bit more go somewhere along the line
More Beanie pics from our walk yesterday
|03-13-2014 03:15 AM|
|LoveDogs||The best dog I ever had was actually a pitbull /Rot mix. That dog would wrap it's paws around my neck and waist and swim with me. We lived in the country and he got mixed up with a dog down the road. She had pups and every day we would feed him, he would take his dog dish down the road so momma dog could eat and he would come back home with his dish for a refill. He was an outside dog. Boy did I get in trouble when I would open up my bedroom window to get him in my room at night to sleep. This was many years ago but I remember that dog like it was yesterday.|
|03-13-2014 02:32 AM|
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