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11/23/2008 5:51:58 PM
Posts: 1
I currently am not a dog owner, but this incident made me sick and I believe that it ABSOLUTELY could have been avoided. A friend of mine owns(owned)7 large dogs, all in the house. 6 Rottweilers and a Wolf mix. The Wolf mix is a neutered male. 2 of the Rotts are young male(not neutered)and 4 Rotts are females(not spayed)All of the dogs were an established pack, except one of the young males whom this person introduced to the others about 8 mo. ago. As the two young males got a little older they became agressive with each other. One was definitely more dominant(the one that was brought in later) To remedy this, he would keep the one young male separated from all of the others. If they would come into contact, there was a fight. Recently, there was a bad fight in which the dominant male attacked the other young male and for that he was euthanized. The other dog was not injured severely. Could one of the young males been neutered? Would this have helped or if nothing else, find a new home for the male who was more agressive? It seems so senseless and sad. This dog was awesome and so young, under a year.
11/24/2008 5:39:49 AM
Posts: 1904
Yes, the dog should have been euthanized because it was obviously aggressive, and this is not a trait you want in a breed that already has a bad reputation.

its hard to say about anything else, without knowing the purpose of so many intact dogs, and their relationships to one another.

Regardless, most savy dog breeders rarely let intact males run together much, especially with intact females who might be in season around. It brings out the worst in the boys.

I have to seperate my males, even the altered ones, when there is a girl in season. Or...i will have arguments. I know who the bad one is, and he is totally segregated from all the other dogs while one is in season. Once she is done, he is a lamb with the other males.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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11/24/2008 8:11:33 AM
Posts: 3
That is such a shame!!! It makes you wonder if some people should own dogs. By all means this could have been avoided! You are right in your thinking. It probably would not have helpoed if he neutered the younger or older, unless done a LOT sooner. The roles were already being established. He should have looked for a safer more suitable home for the younger male or kept them SEPERATED!! Rotts are such a misunderstood, bad reputation breed. The older one did not deserve to be put down, he was just doing what instinct has taught him. That man should be banned from owning so many dogs! How unfortunate!!
11/26/2008 7:18:52 PM
Posts: 137
unfortunaly the sad fact is.. because this owner had so many dogs, intact and altered.. and did not take approperate steps to ensure a orderly pack unit.. and intervene early.. The dog had do pay the price..

Could this dog been rehomed? Odds are this point.. with a history of aggression the dog could/possibly be a danger to other people and dogs (mostly dogs) even with being neutered.. this established behavior.. unfortunally.. Most if not all resuces just do not have the reasorces or homes able to handle this dog.or can take in dogs that have that kind of history..the facts are there are thousands of dogs put to sleep every day with NO aggression issues because of lack of sutable homes..and in a breed with a bad reputation one has to be even more carefull..

Perhaps with the right kind of home.. or situation.. the dog would be fine..if it could be found.. but he chose not to start looking and or get his dogs altered when the problems started..
Why did he choose not to place the new dog when it did not fit in?
That would have been one solution.. get the boys neutered? another..

The truth is YES it could have been prevented.. unfortunaly one the problems started.. and where not addressed by the owner.. it is too late..

11/28/2008 3:54:02 PM
Posts: 117
Rotts are known for same sex dog aggressionm whether it's a "fault" or not. I'm not saying every rott is going to attack other dogs but they are more likely to be then some other breeds. If the dog was placed, the owner and NEW owner would have HAD to have been educated enough to know that. I don't know the situation but I know that when my un-spayed females get into it when they are in season, I would def. NOT put them down because of one fight, even if it was bad. Having rotts especially, you'd think he would know this.
I don't believe neutering would have solved the problem sounds like he was just testing his place in the pack, neutered or not he still would have challenged the other. Again, I do not know the situation, as a fight could be caused by a number of things (female in season, food, toys etc.) And im not saying to do this, because you all know your own dogs...but I think sometimes when owners come between this pack "challenge" and dont let the dogs figure out for themselves who come next in the "pack" line, then you have dogs on edge all the time, and if put together, will def. look for a chance to challenge their place again. Again, I am not saying he should have let the rotts fight, obviously safety comes first. I'm just throwing some ideas out there. Like when you have a litter of pups and are always splitting up the bullies, they never learn manners that way.