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I am looking for a watch dog with some guard quality?

Hi, I have a question for you guys. First of all - I have kept dog for about 8 years. I have kept Lab, Pomerian when I was in India. I am here in UAE and keeping a dog is a bit complex task here. But fortunately I will be going back to India next year and already planning to buy a puppy for my home. I hav an independent house with a small yard - I am planning to keep either a Boxer or a rottie. Excercise would not be a problem and I have also go t good experiance in dog training. But since I have not kept a boxer of a rottie before I would like to ask you guys - given a choice which breed will you choose. I am looking for a watch dog with some guard quality and I have grown up kids (11yrs old). Please give me your opinion. Arindam
By arindam · 15 Jun 2010 10:55 pm

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By Gopal Krishna · 16 Jun 2010 4:30 am
You can go for a Rotty if you have prior exp with dogs and dog training. Rotty are natural guardian and protector and very much attached to family also very good with kids but early socialization is must. Rotty are always ready to please his family and you wont believe how clownish they are with the family. but owning a Rotty is a great responsibility, because you have to train them for strangers else he could be killing machine because a Rotty dont like stranger in his territory specially when he feel like the stranger is a threat to family. I own a Rotty and the breed is very intelligent. if you ask me i will go for a Rotty :)
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 16 Jun 2010 11:56 am
Rottie is intelligent than boxer, but you need to give very consistant training to him to maintain your alpha role. As you have kid of 11yrs old, you can also consider german shepherd and st.bernard as this breeds comfortable with kids than rottie.
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By Gopal Krishna · 16 Jun 2010 12:53 pm
@Kamal Rotty are as comfortable as GSD are... and they are very good with kids... and being good with kids also come with proper socialization of puppy... and any puppy requires that. even any dogs are comfortable with kids as they understand that they are the part of pack and they should take care of them. even pit bulls are too good with kids...

I am really against bad rep of GSD, Rotty and Pitbulls... the owner must take for the responsibility of the dogs behavior... a puppy doesnt know anything owner should taught them the rules and boundaries
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By Shalin · 16 Jun 2010 2:00 pm
i would go for a rotty for you.even a boxer is not a bad choice,but he is a bit timid.rottu is more muscular and powerful.boxer is sturdy and powerful and muscular but quite as rott.physically 1 scale smaller than rotty.but great with everyone in the family rest all depends on socialization.
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By Dinkar Singh · 17 Jun 2010 11:13 am
One needs to see breed traits and what best suits ur lifestyle/ how much time you are willing to dedicate towards training, exercise and care.

What you need to see also is what will happen when u r not around or when the family does on vacation. the thought of keeping a pet or dog is great but the responsibility is also what one has to keep in mind.

My suggestion would be first settle down with life in India and with the family in the new surroundings and only after a year or so get a dog/ puppy. At times things dont work out and you may have to shift to Mumbai etc., what then. So first settle down and then get a pet.

I personally would suggest a boxer if you can give it good exercise/ run in the park which is secure and keep it open in the house. They are low maintanance and easier to train and love children, but keep in mind there jumpy and energy levels.

A Rottweiler will need far more time and patience if taking a male, in regard to training etc, but once taken care of properly are a joy for life, but thats with all breeds. For first time Rottweiler owners, a female is always better. The exercise requirements of a Rottweiler are far less and adapt to there surroundings very quickly.

I have had a Rottweilers in the house now for more than 20 odd years and have also got a pet boxer which is 10 odd years.

If you have any specific questions regarding the above mentioned breeds or others, while deciding pls feel free to contact me.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 17 Jun 2010 12:21 pm
wow.. that was the gr8 idea from Mr.Dinkar Singh. I need to keep this in my mind when I too shifting.
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By Gopal Krishna · 17 Jun 2010 11:06 pm
Traveling with a dog is a very big issue in India... There is no such things called service... when it was written in Indian Railways Rules... They did not allow me to travel with my baby in my train but somehow me and my baby managed the travel :)

and I had 3 dogs before but I have never experienced intelligence like Rotty. She always thinks out of box. I am now fan of the breed. Its doesn't mean I don't like other breed but I am really in love with Rottweiler again Thanks to Dinkar Sir...
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By Mahesh · 19 Jun 2010 11:21 am
I personally would suggest a Rott..I've also raised breeds like Lab,Dane,Doberman,Dalmatian. But this Rott is very special..It gives u everything u need from a dog...Very intelligent & it even grasps instructions from our facial expressions....While raising a Rott u should b the boss & not let him to make his rules, which can prove to b quite dangerous......If carefully looked after, it makes u feel u r having the best dog in the world......
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