I wouldn't worry so much about aggression - especially from a pup - but you do have to be very, very mindful of their size. Accidental injury during play seems much more likely than aggression; most big pups I've met didn't realize just how big they were, and normal jumping & wrestling can cause problems. I'd also spend extra time teaching bite inhibition; even if it's not malicious, play-mouthing from a Rott or Dobie is much different than a play-mouthing from a Shih-Tzu.The recurring theme so far seems to be Rottweiler and/or Doberman. We have two young children (two year old and newborn). I know that any breed of dog can turn out aggressive or not and I don't want to sound "breedist," but what are everyone's thoughts about these breeds of dogs around young kids? I wouldn't want to take a chance if there was even a slightly higher chance of them being aggressive towards humans. Of course the kids wouldn't play with the dog unsupervised until they are much older, but it only takes a split second for something bad to happen...
Am I being silly, or are these breeds more likely to be aggressive?
The dog's behavior toward visitors/strangers etc is 99% training/1% breed. I've known ill-trained Labs that would attack visitors and well-trained Pitbulls who would love them into submission. Seriously, with kids that young it is real important to train any dog.I'm not as worried about aggression from the pup as I am from the dog when it's an adult. Our kids will still be young when the dog is full grown, plus I don't want him to be aggressive towards people who come to visit. Any more thoughts from anyone on this?
Rotts & Dobies aren't especially human aggressive; the problem with them is they don't need to be to hurt someone, especially a kid. To put it another way: a Cocker Spaniel doggie-hugging a 10 year-old = Cute; Rottweiler doggie-hugging a 10 year-old = Ouch.George: I'm not as worried about aggression from the pup as I am from the dog when it's an adult. Our kids will still be young when the dog is full grown, plus I don't want him to be aggressive towards people who come to visit. Any more thoughts from anyone on this?