My first dog was a golden Labrador. Much the same nature as a retriever. Although I love all dogs and all breeds, my two Rotties were exceptional. The last one lived till he was 13.5 years [a great age for this breed] and would lay at my feet while I was watching telly, and lick my toe jam constantly and thoroughly! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! We sometimes would have problems with AG people doing the rounds and distributing the Watchtower: If I ever saw them coming, I would sit Rocky at the front screen door, and when they attempted to walk up our path, he would give just one almighty loud bark, and stand up! It did the trick all the time. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! ps: Whenever I hear on the news etc about any dog attack, I feel like grabbing the owner and throttling them! Most breed of dog treated with the right amount of "firmness" and plenty of TLC, will not be a problem from my experiences.....including the poor old Pit Bull and the fearsome reputation they have. Never looked like having any problem with either of my Rotties.