I would recommend a german shepard rott mix. I got one a few months ago, we had really bad issues for the first week. You have your good and bad days. Since now it has been four months later he is doing awesome, and he knows I am his master and does not tread on me. He is very gentle, very protective at the same time. He is a family dog. As far as walking time goes, 2 hours a day is good enough for a rott/shepard mix, I have been doing that for the last 4 months and it does wear him out. I am training him to be a service animal, and this is the first dog I have ever attempted training. He has never bitten me, or anyone for that matter. When he gets some junk from the ground in his mouth I open his mouth and get it out, he doesn't like it but he does as he is told. Remember this, dogs are very good at reading emotions, and if you project fear he is going to jump up, and get all protective and freak people out. Stay calm, at least give off that body language and he will obey youas confidence is key. You are his pack leader, or he walks all over you. It is your choice.
I wish you the best of luck. Ps. I live in an apartment, it can work cause it works just fine for us.
I had a rottweiler/German shepard mix for about 10 years. If you don't have an area where they can run around freely and have something to do then I don't recommend it. These dogs love to run around the yard and need to have an active owner to play catch with, go on walks, etc. However, they are very loyal dogs and protective over their home and territory. My dog was very friendly when he met people behind the fence, but when they were on the outside of the fence, he wasnt very friendly. As a companion, they are great! You just can't leave them alone and bored, because they will find something to do, which leads to destruction. The first time I got him, I left him alone in the house during christmas. I got home, and the xmas tree was destroyed! Overall, great dog, I sure do miss him a lot.
This is a WONDERFUL mix. I am not an animal person so when my husband came home with this stray I was FURIOUS... But, the pup pup has won me over!! Now I get teased because he loves me the most. If you spend the time crate training and teaching the dog discipline you will not regret it. My advice is to crate while your away and at night for the first few months and then let the dog out at night. Then he will sleep with your or next to you. Provide lots of plastic toys and watch your shoes because they love to chew especially shoes and socks. But they are loyal and loving and think they are lab dogs so watch out. They also have man paws so teach them at an early age not to jump.. Nothing is better than coming home to a wonderful welcome each day after work!!! :)
I would recommend a smaller mixed breed also I have a german shepherd/rott mix, fortunately I have a huge back yard. I see my dog run across the yard tirelessly though out the day before and after I take her for a 3 mile run. Honestly your best bet is a smaller dog or if you can try to find a bigger place with a good sized back yard.
I wouldn't get either as they need room to run and can be destructive if bored. What about a smaller mixed breed from the pound? You'd be saving a life and would have a great companion!
I ended up getting a rottie mix ( rottie/german shepard) when me and my fiance decided to move together(his dog originally). We live in a city where there are hiking areas all over the place even close to downtown, so I am in a position where it is easy to take the dog out for longer walks and playtime. I am however having to train an almost 2 yr. Old rottie mix, with no previous training. If you are dead set on getting a rottie mix, make sure you do a lot of research before hand. Make sure you check the temperament of the dog's parents, and start training it ASAP after getting it. Obviously you should already know from all of these replies that these breeds both need a lot of physical activity and being challenged mentally. Taking the dog for walks is not going to be enough. In my experience having a rottie/german shepard mix is a 24/7 job. If you make sure you are prepared and you follow advices from the pros' faithfully, you should be allright. If you do not, you might end up in a somewhat similar situation that I am in. Don't get me wrong, I love this dog to bits, but it is a lot harder trying to train her when you did not expect getting a dog or all the responsibility that comes with having an older untrained rottie mix dog. The point I'm trying to make is that you need to prepare beforehand so that you are going to be a good owner for your dog, and that you NEED to train your dog.
I know for certain that german shepherds are high energy dogs.
I don't know about the energy level of rottweilers.
Do you HAVE to get one those dog breeds?
The responsible thing to do would be to get a dog that you can properly care for in every aspect of its life. This includes exercise, and mental stimulation. Big dogs do not do well cooped up in houses all the time.
Either way its going to be a really protective dog, especially if its male and you're female, so if you have a lot of strangers coming over I'd recommend a different dog. Take it on at least 2 or 3 walks per day and if there are other dogs to play with thats even better. My dog doesnt chew unless I specifically tell him something is a toy and engage in play with him and even then its only a boredom thing. That being said, my dog is extremely intelligent and playful, the only dog he doesnt get along with is his father the shepherd, because Shep picks on him like crazy. LOVE my little (okay, hes a big dog) Shepweiler!
I have one and she is wonderful. She loves my kids and my cats.she is very loving and loves to sleep with me and is a lap dog. She is 70 pounds at a year old and is very healthy. I think only people who understand german shepards and rotties should have them. They are usually mostly rott with a little shepard as mine is. Great guard dog and they will guard your family and property and don't hesitate to attack a stranger if they approach or an intruder.
That depends on how much devotion you are willing and/or available to give.I have one myself and they are truly a hand full but with enough patience it is worth it. Brutis is five and still acts like hes 8 months old as far as energy levels and jelousy.they are not as destructive as people say although can be if neglected for excessive periods of time,also require lots of attention all the time.as far as the exercise goes as long as he gets either one long walk or two decent walks a day hell be satisfied trust me.TUG OF WAR will be a fave and DISCIPLINE is a must and be patient you will not regret it. Truely is and has been the best dog anyone could ever ask for, if I were you I would get one they are deffinatly worth it.
I would get a rottweiler/shepherd mix. Great mix!
Get a pure bred rottweiler, as long as you have time to walk or exercise them, I don't see any problem with that. I have a rottweiler for almost 5 years already and I live in a condo. But I have to warn you, Rottweiler is not for everybody unless you can socialize them and control them at an early age with proper training you should think twice of getting a rottweiler.
We have a 6-yr-old German Shepard- Rottweiler mix rescued dog and he is the love of our lives. He's gentle, affectionate, easy to care for, smart, extremely well-behaved and easy to train. Even though both breeds do require exercise and are high energy, I wouldn't consider our guy overly excitable, rambunctious or having an excessive need for exercise. A normal walk or run around the yard does just fine. :) In fact, he's quite a bit calmer and low-energy than most of the dogs we know. Oh, and he's great with kids! He really likes the fact that they're at his level and will feed him treats. ;)
Yes you should!!! I have a rott/shepard mix who's nearly 11 now. I got him when he was 2 months old and I lived in a townhouse w/o a fenced yard as well. I took him out a couple times a day and several times a week we made it to a park, on a hike, or to some other good spot for him to get out and go. He was pretty hyper but otherwise good. A year later we moved to a spot with a nice big fenced yard which of course was better. Bottom line, he grew into an amazing dog and I'm so happy I got him, even though, I too initially had the same reservations about it that you do. But you must be diligent about getting him outside regularly and out for extended exercise regularly too.
I am planning to get a rottweiler german shepherd mix. I have a big house with a big backyard and always go for a 2 mile run each day. The puppy is 3 weeks old. The only thing that makes me hesitate is that I don't know if it goes well with kids. What do you recommend me?
Hey I have a rottweiler/german shepard mix and live in a one bedroom apartment. I am telling you right now one walk a day is not going to be enough. We go on at least five walks a day and go to the dog park at least every other day and even so she is always still full of energy. Unless you have a lot of time or breaks in your day so that you can walk the dog and give it your affection I would suggest a less clingy and less energetic dog. When she is not stimulated she destroys things crate training works best and you need tough toys. Best of luck
I have a german shepard/ Rottie mix dog. He is now 9 years old. He is the most wonderful dog I have ever had. He now has slowed down because of age but when he was little he would Run and run and run. So If you had a bigger place and a nice size yard. They are great dogs. I wouldnt change my dog for the world. It all depends on how you raise them.
I have a rotti/shepherd mix right now (11 weeks). I live in an apartment building in the city but I take her for walks every 2-3 hours plus she LOVES to play tag outside and sometimes inside. She plays with EVERYTHING, indestructible toys are a MUST! She does however have a thing with feet, she loves to lick and nibble on toes and shoes, my labs and huskies never did this so I don't know if it is a breed thing or just her.
I have a pedigree German Shepherd Rebel who is one and a half and a pedigree Rottweiler Rocky who is 6 months old who fit perfectly in our family which includes two girls 5 and 3. Both boys are best mates and are fantastic with my girls and let them lie and climb all over them without bothering one bit. Its all about the breeding and please check out the pups mum and dad before buying. Both these breeds are highly intelligant and ranked in the top 5 of clever dog breeds so if raised correctly wont be a problem. Remember the human is the pack leader and the dog must always always do as he is told!!
No because it has to be outside more than 2 hours a day
Yes, they make great dogs
Rottweiler/german shepherd there more nice and cute
Agree absolutely. No large dogs would be suitable for the premises you describe. It may not seem 'macho' but go for a smaller breed.