Rottweilers were originally “muleteers”, who protected livestock and other animals. They gained popularity as police dogs. They have a great personality and are very affectionate with those with whom they feel safe. They get along well with children and are generally very tolerant, although care must always be taken not to leave a child alone with any animals.
The rotten ones retained some of their ancestors' herding instincts, so they may feel inclined to raise young or excitable children. Rottweilers are known for being powerful, protective and loyal, renowned for their instinct for protection. So much so that the American Rottweiler Club is clear that “owning a Rottweiler involves great responsibility and commitment, and that “it's not a dog for everyone”. They require a calm, stable and firm “pack leader” or they will take on that role for you.
They need socialization, exercise and stimulating mental challenges. With these things, you will have a wonderful companion. If you're interested in owning a Rottweiler, do your homework. Learn everything you can about race.
When looking for the right Rottweiler, do a careful search to avoid lines that are too aggressive or unstable. Observe the dog's behavior and ask the right questions. The Rottweiler is an intelligent and loyal animal and usually wants to please its owner. Occasionally, a Rottweiler can be very stubborn and may require stronger measures.
It is very important that discipline be consistent, fair and firm, without being tough. Owning a Rottweiler isn't for you if you're shy or don't have the time or interest to carefully monitor it. The ideal Rottweiler is calm, self-confident and courageous, never shy. He has a distant, self-confident attitude and doesn't make friends with people immediately or indiscriminately.
Instead, adopt an attitude of waiting and seeing what happens to new people or situations. With his family, he is affectionate and often follows them around the house. This is not a very excitable dog. You have an inherent desire to protect your family and property, but you should never be aggressive with people without a cause.
The Rottweiler is intelligent and adaptable, with a strong work ethic. Rottweilers, with their black fur and short snout, are more susceptible to heat stroke than many other breeds. Knowing what to expect when you have a Rottweiler puppy is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. To protect their money from thieves after selling their livestock, farmers put their wallets full around the neck of their rottweiler when they returned home.
Rottweilers are known to have hip dysplasia and cancer, and they should have regular hip and elbow evaluations, heart exams, and eye evaluations. If a Rottweiler puppy is raised with children, friends and other pets, they are more likely to become a well-socialized dog. If something seems wrong with a breeder you visit, or if the Rottweiler puppy seems too good to be true, it's likely that something is going on. Already in the Roman Empire, distant relatives of the Rottweilers were raised to protect the pack while an army fought against their enemies.
Over the centuries, Rottweilers flourished as a market area for cattle, the German equivalent of a Texas cow town, and descendants of Roman moloso dogs brought cattle to the city to be massacred. The roots of a Rottweiler come from an Asian mastiff that received the official name “Rottweiler Metzgerhund”, or Rottweil butcher dog, in honor of the cattle town of Rottweil, which relied on these dogs as loyal protectors of their livestock. Rottweilers can be found that are larger or smaller than the sizes indicated, however, they are not considered typical according to the breed standard. You can do your part to redeem the breed's reputation by training your Rottweiler to obey and respect people.
Owning a Rottweiler requires a commitment to training and socialization, so make sure you're prepared to put in the necessary effort. Fortunately, Rottweilers are intelligent working dogs and start responding to commands as soon as they understand what you want from them. Growing up, Rottweiler puppies don't understand their own size and often try to jump on your lap for quality cuddles. Many have tried to exploit the protective nature and muscular constitution of the Rottweiler, resulting in a cascade of negative press and a stigma that is not easily erased.