Rottweiller and Maine Coon Cat
My dog breed for this week is the Rottweiler.
Rotties fill a very large spot in my heart, as we had the privilege of having one be a part of our lives for a few short years.
In order to make a long story short, I will say it was before the rise of computers and the Internet and we did not know very much about the breed except, we loved the dog.
Our lack of knowledge and the fact the dog bonded with me and only accepted my husband as someone who was around house, led to some problems.
Knowing what we do today, we would have handled the situation more intelligently and would not have had to give up our dog.
That said, let us continue into the world of Rottweilers.
Rotties were originally bred in Germany as farm dogs, protectors of the fields and home.
They are probably one of the smartest breeds around and they give love with all their hearts.
Rottweilers do make great family pets and are good with children.
However, if you are thinking of getting a Rottie, there are some things to take under consideration.
The Rottweiler is smart, it will grow into a rather large dog (close to 100 pound or more,) and will need some obedience training.
You, as the master will have to be in control. This does not mean manhandling the dog in any way, shape or manner.
It means that starting as a puppy, you teach your dog what is acceptable behavior and what is not. This is a very self-confident breed that learns well, is very social and is a loving companion.
It is your responsibility as the dog’s owner to socialize the puppy, exposing it to all types of people and conditions.
The Rottie is a great dog with children and it is recommended that the dog be brought up with a child or children. They truly are loyal and protective.
A rule to keep in mind, no matter what kind of dog you have, NEVER leave a young child alone with a dog.
This dog will also get along with other pets, but again it should be brought up with them.
Positive training and socializing will produce a good dog, the burden of producing a good dog, however, lies in your capable hands.
Healthwise, Rotties are known to be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, bloat, bone cancer and some bladder infections.
Puppies should be on a nutritional diet that promotes slow growth. Puppies need time to grow strong bones and should be protected from any type of high-impact exercise until they are at least 18 months old.
Puppies should be purchased from a breeder that is known for breeding healthy dogs along with good temperaments. Always ask to see both parents, if at all possible.
On the negative side, there are some areas that do not allow Rottweilers and/or Pit Bulls, so be sure to check your local laws.
Many insurance companies feel the same way, also, so check your homeowner’s policy.
A well socialized Rottie that has been raised by a responsible and committed owner is not a threat to anyone.
If you are willing to commit to 3 or 4 months of daily training, when your puppy is growing, you will have the best friend you could ever hope to have. This is a dog that would give his/her life for you.
MAINE COON CATS
If you want a fuzzy, friendly “doglike” cat, may I suggest a Maine Coon Cat.
What a bundle of joy they are. Most Maine Coons are larger than most small dogs, weighing in at between 13 and 18 pounds.
Where did they come from?
While, there are many stories that the Vikings brought them over and the cats eventually bred to raccoons or bob cats.
The truth being, they probably descended from the original native cats here in this country that mated with the European settlers cats after they arrived here in the New World.
Wherever they came from, they are beautiful and wonderful.
They were America’s first show cat, having won the “Best of Show” in 1895 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Maine Coon cats are working cats; they are good mousers along with being great pets.
They need to be with their people, they are strong and loveable.
Interestingly for being a “big” cat they have a “small’ voice. You will not hear a “roar” out of these guys. It is more like an itty bitty “Chirp.”
They love to talk, but you will have to listen, in order to hear the conversation.
Maine Coons are smart and can entertain themselves and you with their feats of clumsiness and tricks. They even enjoy playing in water and bathing is really not a problem.
They come in many colors and the fur is rather longish and is fairly easy to groom. A metal comb with close attention to the areas around their front legs and their back britches, to remove mats and you are done.
Healthwise, because of size, rapid growth or genetic tendencies these cats can suffer from hip dysplasia.
As with large breed dogs, do not overfeed these kittens. Slow growth is necessary for strong bone formation. It is also recommended that during the first year, high jumping from place to place be discouraged to allow for better bone development.
Maine Coons are also predisposed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common heart condition in some breeds.
Ask the breeder if the parents (both) have been checked for heart disease.
The Maine Coon Cat is an interesting, clever and loving cat, once you have one, you will be spoiled forever.