Dog Breeds?

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saximus

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Hey guys I was just wondering if I could get some opinions from the dog people. We have wanted a dog for a while now but can't decide on a breed. I absolutely love Dobermans and German Shepherds but our yard isn't really big enough. So the next choices are most likely a Staffy or a Rotty. I think they're both beautiful breeds but I don't know about personality. We need something that isn't overly neurotic/crazy, isn't a big barker and is reasonably trainable. We have a medium sized yard and it would be alone while we're at work but we go for our evening walk every day so it would get a nice long walk every afternoon. From people's experiences, do either of these two breeds fit that description? Of course other suggestions are welcome but I'd really like to hear from people about Staffys or Rottys
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JasonL

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I have owned many dog breeds over the years and by far my favourite was my Aussie Bull Dog... everyone who sees him wants him
 

aerojake

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Cant go wrong with a well trained Rotty I have owned a Rotty and they are great easy to train good with kids very loyal but they do have a strong guard dog instinct as long as you get em from a young age and you put in the time and effort to train them they are great.
 

euphorion

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Don't bother with a Shep if you aren't really sure of the breed, they can be very full on and unless you get a smooth (short) coated one you will be grooming for hours each week. I wouldn't suggest a Staffy as they tend to need quite a lot of exercise (they are terriers after all, and have high drives) they can also be a little neurotic. Their soft-palate issues also make them noisy breathers and can overheat if left outside or exercised during the day. Again, being terriers, their prey drive is higher than the other breeds you have mentioned. Sheps, Rottis and Dobis have herding/guarding backgrounds, with the Shep being, obviously, a shepherd, the Dobi being more specialised as a guarding breed (not a guard dog, but a herd or pack guarding breed), the Rottis are more considered a 'sport' breed where their attitudes are more suited to particular disciplines if given the right motivation. Of your selected breeds i would suggest a Rotti firstly, a Staffy lastly. Do you plan on letting them inside with you at all? Consider that a dog, in a suburban setting, is a companion animal so they want to be with you as much as possible. Having a Rotti cross, and met a considerable number of Staffies and Rottis, i would definitely choose a Rotti over a Staffy. They are beautiful, gentle, courageous and intelligent animals. Whereas, while i love Staffies, i find them to be intense, over-active, difficult to train, etc. Strange to admit but i also take their bark into consideration. I have an intense dislike to high-pitched barks/screeches, i find that Staffies do have a very piercing squeal of a bark, while Rottis have a much deeper, chesty bark, which appeals to me. Handy to have if you train them to bark on command to help ward off prowlers around the house.
 

Ramsayi

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I have owned many dog breeds over the years and by far my favourite was my Aussie Bull Dog... everyone who sees him wants him

Same except replace Aussie Bull Dog with Boston terrier :lol:
 

saximus

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Cheers guys. I was leaning towards Rottys more so it's good to hear those suggestions. Euphorion thanks very much for the in-depth explanation. I'm like you with barking. High pitched barks make me want to break things :p
 

euphorion

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Actually i'm going to include health issues in my recommendation, too.
Of all those breeds you are looking at the Rotti and Staffy being healthiest overall considering hips (dysplasia), teeth (healthy scissor bite, natural cleaning) and skin (sheps being more likely to have skin issues due to long coat keeping bacteria and moisutre closer to the skin.)

Dobis and Sheps have Dolicocephalic face shapes, which means the shape of their face, and dentition, is hyper-extended. The teeth don't meet evenly when the dog bites down which means the natural cleaning which occurs in a scissor-bite doesn't happen. Leading to a buildup of plaque and expensive cleaning bills! Greyhounds, Collies and other long-faced sight-hounds have terrible mouths! Much like bulldogs, boxes, some spaniels and other 'flat' faced breeds have the same issues only theirs extend into dreadful soft-palate issues too.

Given the high muscle mass of the Staffy they won't be much cheaper to feed than the larger breeds either so that's not really something to consider.
 
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Jk888

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ive got an amstaff and i haven't had any problems great dog very alert and aware
 

thomasssss

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boxers are great but might be a little bit playful for your liking , they dont seem to grow out of the puppy stage (in their mind anyway) until they start get old ( around 8 )and slow down a bit , unless they have a litter than they seem to quieten down a bit , they are great loyal dogs though , ive had boxers since i was a kid and will probably have them until im old and wrinkly :)
 

Cockney_Red

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Got a rotty and a staf, both great dogs, Rots are quality dogs, very loyal, and protective, but they dont suffer fools!
 

Mo-Cheynei

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hope my girl will help you decide Sax, very clever and very gentle, short coat and easy to maintain!
 
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saintanger

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i'd have to say american staffy, i breed blue amstaffs. and they are great loyal dogs with heaps of personality. with training they are eager to learn and are child friendly. a few months back i lost my boy deisel he was the most loyal well behaved dog. my daughter use to ride him like a pony around the house, he would sneak into her room at night and sleep next to her bed. i miss him so much.

i still own 2 amstaffs shayton is a little ratbag at times but he is so full of character. charlotte on the other hand is very quiet, well behaved and such a pleasure to own.

i would choose and amstaff over a rotti any day

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You can, but you need to be careful as they are fragile...:)

i have an 11 year old chihuahua, they feel fragile but they are tough. she has fallen down stairs, been atacked by other dogs and she is still here.
 

Sezzzzzzzzz

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I have owned many dog breeds over the years and by far my favourite was my Aussie Bull Dog... everyone who sees him wants him


mine 2! they are awesome dogs.

ive had both rotties and staffy's , and think both are great choices. both can be ratbags as puppies.
 

The_Geeza

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i'd have to say american staffy, i breed blue amstaffs. and they are great loyal dogs with heaps of personality. with training they are eager to learn and are child friendly. a few months back i lost my boy deisel he was the most loyal well behaved dog. my daughter use to ride him like a pony around the house, he would sneak into her room at night and sleep next to her bed. i miss him so much.

i still own 2 amstaffs shayton is a little ratbag at times but he is so full of character. charlotte on the other hand is very quiet, well behaved and such a pleasure to own.

i would choose and amstaff over a rotti any day

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i have an 11 year old chihuahua, they feel fragile but they are tough. she has fallen down stairs, been atacked by other dogs and she is still here.
 
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