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Old 02-17-2009, 07:31 PM
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Rottweilers and Cats/Children

Hello,

My fiance and I fell in love with a female 3 month old rottweiler puppy last week and decided to purchase her (Roxy). We weren't originally planning on getting a rottweiler. We have 10 days to decided weather or not to keep her. Since purchasing her we have done a ton of research on the breed and asked anyone we can that has firsthand experiences with the breed. We have found that rottweilers seem to be a great breed with a bad rap. However, I still have a couple concerns that could be an eventual deal breaker.

1. We have two cats that are very important to us. Roxy likes to try to play with them (I'm sure is totally normal). Right now it is totally harmless, we are just fearful that someday the playing will escalate and she could harm the cats. Does anyone that has expereince with rottweilers and cats have any input or advice? Should I discipline her when she tries to play with the cats or let her figure out on her own that the cats don't want to play?

2. We are planning on having kids in a few years. Is there any risk on having a child with a rottie? Of coarse we will need to monitor Roxy around any small child. My questions is since the child will be brought into the home after Roxy has been around a few years, will there be jealousy issues? Will she welcome the new child?

Any information of advice on either of these concerns would be extremely helpful. Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:40 PM
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Re: Rottweilers and Cats/Children

Rottweilers and cats generally get along fine. I would make sure the cats have a safe place to go if Roxy gets too rough and tell Roxy "no kitties" if the play escalates into roughness or the cats don't like it.

Rottweilers are the same as any other breed with small children, some like them, some don't. I would expose her to as many kids as your friends might have so she is somewhat used to children before you have any.
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:58 PM
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...decided to purchase...(Roxy). We weren't originally planning on getting a rottweiler. We have 10 days to decided weather or not to keep her....
From where did you buy your puppy? Why type of breeder gives you 10 days to decide whether you want to keep her or not?
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:30 PM
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Re: Rottweilers and Cats/Children

The reason I adopted my male at 4 months was because his profile at the humane society said his best friend was a cat. He'll be 4 years old in a couple months and he's still great with them. I also have a female who just turned 3. Both dogs have cats that like to sleep with them at night.

Like Carol, I have dog free zones in my house. The cats' food dishes and litter boxes are in those zones. In the areas where my dogs and cats co-mingle I also have cat trees. That way if my cats have had enough of the dogs they can get up and out of the way.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:44 AM
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From where did you buy your puppy? Why type of breeder gives you 10 days to decide whether you want to keep her or not?
We bought it from a well known breeder in the area. I guess its his way of making sure that his customer is ready for a puppy.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:45 AM
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I 've had a cat with my rott and he could care less I also have a 6y/o who can torture him with kissess, with MY CONSTANT SUPERVISION and she can do no wrong by him. Depends on the dog and the kids but you must set limitations and behavior rules to both the child and rott.
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:45 AM
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Re: Rottweilers and Cats/Children

When we adopted Bear from the Shelter, he came hoeme to a house with five (yes, 5) kitties!

We kept him leashed at first and supervised his interactions with kitties and as mentioned, maintained kitty-free zones. For the first year or two we kept him kennelled when we could not be home and today would leave him loose with kitties if it weren't or the fact that we have added another dog for a short time and I don' like to leave both dogs out together.

I know some dogs have higher prey drive around small animals and permanent separatio of animals is always something that is a consideration.

All that being said, if you weren't planning on getting this breed you would be better off to pass on this girl, do some more research, maybe get involved in rescue to decide if this is really the breed for you. Once you do some more research, you will learn that many dogs from stores and back yard breeders have not come from breeding stock that has been tested for genetic diseases and puppies from these places generally lack the socialisation they need to become ideal dogs for family life.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:38 AM
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Nisha is great with our cat. We have one room baby-gated so the cat can get away when she's had enough.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:31 AM
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I have two rotties, a two and a three year old, both female. We also have one bad little kitty. The older rottie will be in the kitchen standing next to the table and the cat will run in, jump on the the chair and smack the poor girl, and then run away, she will turn and look at me as if she is say what in the h--l just happened daddy. Then there is the younger rottie, she loves playing with the cat, she will chew on his tail, head, his whole body, and the cat never hollers, and if I correct the girl, she will stop and look at me, and the cat will smack her on the nose as to say continue. On several occasions the two girls will sleeping on the floor and the cat will come in and lay next to one them and go to sleep.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:52 AM
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Brodie was brought into a home with 2 cats, he was about a year old at the time. We assume he'd never had any close contact with cats in a home situation before he came home with us since he was someone lawn ornament for the first 8-10 months of his life. He's never shown any aggression towards the cats in the almost 7 years that we've had him.

As far as kids go Brodie has always been fine. Whether the kids are known to him or not. We do have to be careful with small kids because Brodie will knock them over if he gets too excited while playing. Heck, even we adults have to be careful when he gets excited.LOL

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Old 02-18-2009, 11:09 AM
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I may be out of line here but I have a bit of a problem with this post.
You do not purchase a Rott or any animal for that matter to "try out". You should have done your research first to determine what type of dog may fit into your home/lives the best. There are way too many Rotts out there that are adopted because people fall in love with the way they look as puppies.
There is not one person on this board that can tell you if your dog will or will not be good with your future child or what "may" happen one day with your cats.
If you are unsure in the least about this breed, then you should return the puppy and let someone else bond with it, train it and not turn around someday and surrender it to a shelter because you now have a child and are "unsure.
On the other hand, I will tell you that I have never had Rott that was not the best family dog I could ever ask for. They have always been fine with other animals but I make sure they are VERY socialized. My now 15 week old loves the cat and my Yorkie and they love her.
Again, I am sorry if I am out of line. I am not trying to offend anyone but this puppy is not a toy.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:25 PM
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Izzy is fine with our cats. We put a cat door on the door leading to the basement and that's where the litterboxes and catfood are kept. It gives them an escape hatch if she gets too playful, and it keeps her out of their litter.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:03 PM
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Re: Rottweilers and Cats/Children

Thank you everyone for all of your awesome information and personal experiences. It has been extremely helpful

tburnettt,

I am well aware that owning a puppy is not toy. If we didn't have anything but intentions on keeping her and giving her the best home possible we wouldn't have bought her. Although we weren't originally planning on getting a rottweiler, we did research on the breed prior to purchasing her and also asked a veterenarian and an expert at the humane society a ton of questions. Since purchasing her we have done nothing but try to gain more and more knowledge on the breed. All of our sources (prior to purchasing her and after) have said that rottweilers are great dogs. I stumbled across this website after we brought her home. I found this as a another avenue to ask my questions to people who probably have the most first hand knowledge on the breed. Although we had asked questions to the right people and read in books that they are safe family dogs and good around cats, I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask on this forum to the most informed people I could possibly ask. Every post has validated the information that we have already found. If every post had been negative towards our concerns we may have had second thoughts. I wasn't asking anyone to look into a crystal ball and tell me everything is going to be ok with our cats and our future children. I just wanted to hear some more first hand knowledge. You can never be to informed and you can never ask too many questions.

I may be out of line, but your post would have been much more appreciated if you weren't trying to play moral police and just posted the last couple sentences that had to do with your experiences.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:43 PM
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I would say that I have noticed my 6 month old rottie being a little more aggressive toward my 13 year old cat - but i think it's just because she is now bigger and doesn't know her own strength (and reach)..... My cat has a safe place to run to one end of the house under the bed and the other end of the house is "his" bathroom, with his food and litterbox (my rottie Ruby took a liking to cat feces so we had to separate it with a baby gate. I have thoughts of my cat being dead when I come home some day - but my dog is crated and never unsupervised. No one can live in that kind of fear.
I say love the dog and keep her - with any breed - there are question marks.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:38 PM
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...I may be out of line, but your post would have been much more appreciated if you weren't trying to play moral police and just posted the last couple sentences that had to do with your experiences.
As a newbie you probably aren't yet aware of the numerous posts from newbies who got their Rottie on impulse from a BYB, pet store, commercial breeder, via a site on the Internet, or some other less than desirable source. Stick around and start reading and being as perceptive as I'm sure you are, you will quickly understand/see why you got asked some of the questions you did and received some of the comments you did.

From where did you get your puppy? That 10 day return policy has me curious.
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