which dog is a better “family dog”?

Question by Gabriel: which dog is a dog”?
i was thinking of getting a rottweiler or an american and i was wondering which might be better to get along with children and a 15lb poodle ? ive been researching alot on both breeds and cant really come to a conclusion. btw we live in south florida so also chances of overheating can be a make or brake as well. thanks

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Answer by ArmstrongDlcksmasher
get an aussie sheepdog, preferrably a mongrel of various sheep like a blue/red heeler kelpie cross. medium sized sheep dogs are amazing pets, but make sure its an outside dog and properly trained.

Aussie dogs reason being as they can handle high heat better than other breeds, make sure they have shelter from the sun and dont walk them in high temps of course but still.

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    • Anas
    • March 16, 2014

    American Bully.

    • Fletcher
    • March 16, 2014

    A rotti for a family dog? You have GOT to be kidding me. Rottis are KNOWN for being aggressive. Do some research. Poor question. If you really wanted a “big” dog that is a family dog, I would highly recommend a Newfoundland. They are huge, intimidating to people who don’t know the breed (there is your “muscle”) but they are gentle giants. The family nanny on Peter Pan was a Newfie. I would really re-think this. You are asking for bad news with either breed you asked about. You should know that.

    Edit: You can “thumbs down” me all day. I just had a family friend adopt a Rotti, he was fine until he got “triggered” and attacked another male dog for coming in his new house (drew blood). The owner “couldnt believe it”. Really? Do me a favor, go Google “Rotti attack” and read the pages you find. Follow that up with a Google of “Newfie attack”, there are NO pages to read. Point made. You may know the “best Rotti ever” or you have had them all your life with no problems. A LOT of people have had problems with them though. My point is that there are breeds out there that really are “family dogs” that are not aggressive, ever. Breeds that don’t bite, that love in general. It might hurt, but it’s the truth. Sorry to point out the obvious.

    • K.
    • March 16, 2014

    Well, if you get it as a puppy and it lives among a family environment. Than I’d say both breeds be fine. My sister has a American bulldog a cat and another smaller breed of dog and two kids under the age of 5 and he gets along with them fine. She also lives in FL haha :p

    • E. H. Amos
    • March 16, 2014

    There are LOTS of other short-coated breeds, which may be as well or better suited to being a family dog & getting along with another dog in your home. (Retired racing Greyhounds come to mind.) One thing you may not have considered is your HOME OWNER’S INSURANCE… which may NOT cover you, if you buy/own either breed, mentioned in your post. (I am NOT saying this is a correct bias or fair, but it is a problem for many pet owners.) Also, be sure your city/town/county doesn’t have bans against either breed.

    • Bob
    • March 16, 2014

    I would honestly advise against either. First, you haven’t explained why you need another dog to impose itself on the established territory of another family dog.

    Second, a Rottie and an American Bully are not easy dogs to raise or train, especially if you get a purebred. Neither is a great “family dog,” for reasons that are probably apparent to you unless your head is in the sand. You’re looking for a muscle dog, not a family dog.. Otherwise you would probably know that the best family dog is a Labrador Retriever.

    • Dog Section Regular
    • March 16, 2014

    Brachycephalic breeds do not do well in hot climates, so that cuts out the AB.

    My answer would be whichever dog the family has the most experience with.

    BOB: Pay attention. American Bulldogs are NOT American Bullies. Look it up.

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