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I've decided between three breeds, a German Sheperd Dog, a Boxer and a Rottweiler.I am an eleven year old boy, I live with my mother, father and my four year-old Jack Russell called Nika.(Her name is pronounced Neeka).She is very nervous and only trusts very few people like me, my mother and father.Thanks in advance! :dog-wink:
 

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Any one of those is an awesome choice, personally I'd go with either the Rottweiler or the Boxer (I currently own a female Boxer, and she's the best dog I've ever had)
 

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I would say boxer, if you had the space?
 

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I would recommend the boxer. German Shepherds and Rottweilers belong into hands of very well informed, strong and experienced owners.
 

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German Shepherds and Rottweilers belong into hands of very well informed, strong and experienced owners.

I would add that the owner of a boxer should also be well informed & strong!
 

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In my opinion I have 3 kinds of dogs. I like all my dogs but I like my Snhnauzer the best. They can be just as protective and strong as a Boxer, Sheperd, and Rotties. They are very smart and are easy to train. The only thing that may get expensive is the grooming.
 

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I think this is really a decision for the parents to make. After all they will be the primary caretakers for the dog.

Any dog with harnesable motivation is easy to train...regardless of breed.



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Personally I swear that standard poodles are the best dogs in the world, but they are not on your list, lol.

I have a boxer, she's a great dog, very outgoing and loves everyone she meets. But when I adopted her from the pound I was told that she was turned in because she played too rough with the kids, didn't bite, but did scratch with her front legs, a trait boxers are known for and she does do it when excited. My 15 yr old God daughter, who is a tiny thing, comes over and plays with her all the time, she's great with kids. She is energetic, but you are a young so should be no problem with you keeping a boxer exercised.

My adopted son is the biggest, blackest German Shepherd I ever saw and he is a wonderful dog, I'd take him in a heartbeat. I often walk my dogs through the back fields to get him and we all go on a long hike. The only thing about him that I would warn you about is that he is very gentle and loyal to those he considers family, including regular visitors to his home, I can do anything to that dog, but he's very defensive against strangers. He is controlable in that anyone he considers family can tell him to back down and he will, but I think that a shep needs someone willing to put a lot of effort into training because of this trait. I had one for a short time as a teenager, my parents got rid of her because I did all her training so she was totally loyal to me. She didn't have a mean bone in her body, but she would only respond to me.

I won't go into Rotts because I'm predjudge against them thanks to having irresponsible neighbors that own them, the only breed of dog I feel this way about. I won't go into all the trouble those dogs caused me, just say, it was the only time I feared for my life on my own property and they ended killing my mini poodle and pug cross. I understand they are great dogs in the right hands, I just had the misfortune of have two around me that were in the wrong hands.
 

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I agree about the parenting, My baby has been easy to train he's 6 mos old and already know a few commands and it didn't take long to house train him and at night all you have to do is say kennel and he'll go in. My my American bulldog is a lot harder to train he's 9 mos and has a lot of energy and likes jumping up on you and pulling when we go for a walk. My shar-pei and boxer we're also easy to train. It just takes a like of motivation and being on a strick training schedule.
 

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Oh another thing about Schnauzers is their hypoallergic and are good for people who have pet allergies. And they don't shed much at all. My son has asthma real bad so the schnauzer made a good house pet for us.
 

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We have a german shepherd and he's a sweet heart, but he's large and has health problems because of it (he's an older dog). My father has a boxer who is also incredibly sweet but also very playful and strong. I think rottie's have some of the same health issues as Shepherds so a boxer would be first choice,

But it's also important to take into consideration what kind of dog your current pet is most likely to get along with. I know boxers are social, and my german shepherd has three little toy breed siblings who he loves, but he isn't stranger-dog social. What about Rotties?
 

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I think any dog owner needs to be well informed of dogs period...german sheph and rotties have that "fear" about them in public so you have to be careful. Boxers can be rough with play so you need to consider that. Why not go down to your local shelter and rescue a dog? you could find a mix breed. The economy has led to overcrowding in shelters nowadays
 

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I'm no expert, but it seems to me that as an 11 year old, you simply won't have the size and strength to be able to control any of those dogs appropriately in public. In my opinion you shouldn't own a dog that has more strength than you can be sure to control at all times. It's not fair on other people, some of which may be scared or intimidated by them, even if they are gentle and good natured. They see a huge dog and a boy, and they have a reason to be anxious!
 

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Considering the fact that these are all powerful breeds I would suggest the boxer if it came down to that. The dog needs training especially for a powerful breed and it needs some one who will be able to control and handle a dog of that size. I agree with Criosphynx its more of a decision for parents to make. I've owned a German Shepherd before loved him to death, great dogs, but need someone who can handle and train them and provide everything they need same with Rotties. And it really depends on your personality to find a dog that suites you more to your needs.
 
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