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Norma - 2013-10-17
I first got to know about the Doberman in the mid sixties in Scotland. A boyfriend and his dad used to breed the Doberman & the German Shepherd. They would train them for Security and Police work. They would take them to factories as guard dogs for nights. After coming to South Africa in 1972 my husband and I decided to get a Doberman, a bitch called Susie, we eventually after searching high and low decided to breed her. She was a gentle dog when needed but a great guard dog and would never leave my side. Since Susie I have had 8 Dobermans, the latest 2 being Duke & Apollo, Duke is now 15 years old, he is the longest living Doberman that I have ever had. He is going deaf and is short sighted and suffers a little from arthritis, but before this, he has never been ill. He has been a loyal companion and friend that I will miss dearly when he goes over the rainbow bridge. Apollo is 4 years, and Duke has trained him well, they are both my constant companions, even sleeping in my bedroom on their own beds. I have had numerous breeds of dogs, but although all were loved, the Doberman has stolen my heart and I would pick one over any other breed. Oh by the way they are great with children, I have had 6 children and now have 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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jacob cummings - 2009-03-22
Our Mastiff is a gentle giant and I highly recommend it for a pet. He is 10 years old and is getting to be very old. If you get an english Mastiff I suggest You have a vet take a look at his eyes and hips for cataracts and hip dysplasia. If my Mastiff gets sores on his legs what do you recommend we do to take care of his legs.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-26
    WOW  hard to know.  Why sores - I think I  would just ask the vet.  Is something itching him so he is chewing on his legs?  Does he have a dry skin or any skin condition?  Could he possibly be allergic to something?  It is like if one of us humans gets a sore - what caused it and then you can treat it.  Possibly (and i hope) that yours never does get sores. 
  • jenny - 2013-06-15
    my mastiff is 7 and he also has a sore on his back leg that will not heal. I have been putting Vaseline and antibiotic ointment on it with no luck. he is also chewing on his paws and legs and is losing hair. I think he is allergic to the carpet freshener I used to help with the odor he leaves in living room.
  • Brenda - 2013-07-14
    We use Desitin (a baby cream with fish oil) for human and animal sores. It's about the best product I know about for sores. I think that if an animal can reach to lick it, you should try to cover it.
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Benjamin Aunger - 2012-12-05
I want to get a Rottweiler but I am afraid of how much it sheds and if I train it as a guard dog will it attack non bad people?!?!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-06
    A Rottweiller really doesn't shed a lot and its hair is very very short.  Easy to keep clean without odor.  However, they are a little stubborn when it comes to training.  Treats are great and  playing/training is good.  Example you are both running inthe yard and you yell 'STOP' and you both 'STOP' or 'SIT' and you both 'SIT' because as pups they have a big amount of energy.  You don't have to train a Rottweiller to be a guard.  The Rottweiller will love you, your family, people you allow in your home etc.  They should be well socialized to be around all people with you.  Take them to town and walk around, let people pet him etc.  The more socialized the better.  As for guard - anyone who does not know your pup - is not going to go near your pup just cuz Rottweiller so automatically a guard dog.  They also know what is their territory and will stand guard.  But socialize him well to as many people as possible.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-06
    Thank you so much!!!
  • jun morano - 2013-06-17
    I have a 5 months old male rottweiler with certificate, but his hair is somewhat thick and curly, base from what i read, their hair should be short and straight.. any comments on this? what should be the average height of male puppy at 5 months, mine is 17 kgs now. Thanks
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-18
    I think their coat can be 'wavy' looking, also  on size and height at 5 months, here's a  Rottweiler Growth Chart, enjoy:)
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Shannon - 2009-10-08
I have a Great Daniff (Mastiff/Dane). He is 10 months and a huge lap dog. He is 140 lbs. and still growing. As for temperment, he is the greatest giant baby anyone could ask for. They require a lot of attention and love, so if you are not prepared to devote your time to the breeds...don't buy one. For those who choose them...they are perfect family pets if trained properly.

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Trisha Bobo - 2011-07-15
We own two mastiffs,both are house dogs.Thay are one of the gentlest large breeds that we have found.Love to play with they grandchildren and will protact them at the same time.Bast baby setter I've found !

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  • Jeanine - 2012-03-31
    My friend had a mastiff they named 'Hooch' but had to give him away because they had to move to a rental. I have seen mastiffs around and
    I love them; they're very theraputic and gentle. I only wish my friend would get another one for the rental they're in because they take care of my autistic daughter who LOVES mastiffs and all even-tempered dogs.
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barbara - 2011-03-09
Dobermans DON'T need wheat or corn; in fact a lot of dogs are allergic to wheat and corn. A raw diet or a high quality kibble, preferable grain-free, would be a much better choice.

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loveinder - 2012-03-17
Very nice dog I like it...........

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L.B - 2011-03-09
I looooove great pyrenees. I have one named duddley. He is the clumsiest dog in the world, but the sweetest. One thing about great pyrenees is that they sit on you :), they bark all the time and they never listen to you.

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  • Betina Savoie - 2011-04-18
    Obviously you are the wrong owner for a large dog like that. How do you go out and get a dog and not teach and train him?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    I love them also. I They eventually grow out of the clumsy stage but mine would fall down and over frequently. They love to be close but they are sure clumsy. Maybe because they grow so fast. Mine never barked a lot. Would there be a reson yours is barking that you can think of? Something in the yard or needs to go out - anything? Mine listened but I also trained them using little pieces of hot dog th basics COME SIT STAY HEEL once they had me trained, we didn't have any problems. Good luck. They are so soft.
  • Mowog - 2011-05-18
    My dog is a 9-month-old GP/Walker coonhound mix. He exhibits mostly GP characteristics. He is bright, calm, and has been easy to train. I must say, he is the clumsiest canine I have ever seen, especially for the first several months, as he would frequently fall down. He is very, very soft and eminently huggable. I have learned that if he barks, I had better go check it out.
  • David - 2011-08-11
    I have found the Great Pyrenees to be gentle, intelligent, obedient, loyal, and all clumsiness gone by four months old. He had six basic commands by nine weeks old. I have had mine since 8 weeks old; he is now three years old, a mere 150 pounds, and owns the security of the sheep flock and the ranch. Barking is nocturnal, when predators are near. No losses here or at any neighbors since he has been here. He is always working unless ordered otherwise. My coming and going is not his problem. Watching him work, day or night - he is Awesome. I believe God shares him with me. Best training is for a Pyr is found in Livestock
    Guardian Dog.
  • tasha fox - 2012-02-24
    I have a GP hound mix and love him to death. He is a gentle giant and has most of the GP in him cuz he loves to sleep and is a couch dog for sure. I go to work eveyday and he guards the house while I'm gone for 9hrs... then when I come home I take him for a walk and he's happy. At midnight after sleeping for a while he will get up and gaurd the house till morning than he goes to sleep when I wake up. The hound in him is crazy for food so he eats very fast so I'm always in the room to watch him so he won't eat so fast he gets sick... but really he is the best dog I have ever had in my life and I've owned a lot of dogs. I also own a border collie/shepherd mix and he's a male as well and they get along very well for 2 males. They look at each other like brothers and when one is not in sight the other dog is looking for him. I love them both very much and whoever said 2 males can't get along is false cuz they do great together. I was very strong minded with both when I got another male. I worked very hard to make them both understand im the pack leader and fighting is not allowed and today the hard work paid off cuz they love eachother.
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Anonymous - 2013-01-27
I bought a rottweiler puppy recently and it's fully black. My friends told me it's not pure because rottweiler should have two colors. Can someone help me with it? Also can you list some features to identify a pure puppy.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-27
    Yes generally as far as I know you can't get a fully black rottweiler. Did your rottweiler come with papers? That is the only true way to know for sure if your puppy is a mix or not.
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Amanda - 2010-12-11
I love my newfie. They are also very sensitive to people. They want to make you happy. They above all enjoy your company most of all. If you are super busy and don't have time to spend with you Newfie this is not the right breed for you they are very dependent on their human companions.

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