As most of you know, I don't post often but I do enjoy reading the comments and stories. I've been wanting a more protective dog for a while. I had the Rottweiler we picked up from the pound that had some potential but she had to go away because my wife didn't have the patience to wait till I could break her of her desire to kill every feline she saw. (I still miss that dog). I ended up with a Doberman who was in a bad spot. I knew she wasn't the dog I wanted but she was super sweet and in need of a rescue so I took her hoping I was wrong. She is one of the best house dogs a guy could ask for, a great ranch dog; she'll follow us all over the property and has chased off a bobcat and a few coyotes and she's one hell of an alarm dog but she'll back off a human if they challenge her. It's enough to slow down a bad guy till I can get the pistol or rifle but still not what I want.
I've been looking heavily at the Boerboel breed. Large, driven, loves to work, protective and a great looking animal but they are hard to find locally and expensive as hell. A pet quality dog is no less than $1000.00.
I've now decided that I'm in the market for a Rottweiler. They have the size, smarts and trainability that I'm looking for and there are plenty of them. I don't need the worlds greatest dog, I don't care about papers or anything like that. I have no interest in showing the dog but he will have as close to perfect as possible OB and I'll get him in on some bite work. I need a defensive dog not an offensive dog. I want the illegals who cross my property to have a bad day if he's outside with the kids and they cross he wrong fence. I want my wife to be able to walk down the lonely county roads and not worry about strays, wild animals and bad guys. At the same time, I want to be able to take him to town to the farmers market or the annual pet parade and have a good time. After hours and hours of research, I've decided that the Rottweiler (properly trained and socialized) is the best fit for my family and my budget.
Here is the only thing I require from the breeder that might be a little out of the norm...S/He has to live within 1.5hrs drive. I don't want to drive all over Gods green earth looking at litters. I'm in the Corpus Christi area of TX.
All advice is welcomed. I'd really like to hear some ideas on testing I can do with the parents besides the friendly testing.
If I find some decent prospects or a decent breeder, I'll update you guys.