They are well known for being powerful, protective and loyal, renowned for their instinct to protect. But Rottweilers also train easily, making them loyal, caring and self-confident guardians. 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 need 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. The Rottweiler is among the ten most popular dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Affectionately known as Rotties, when properly raised, these dogs usually have a playful personality, as well as a distinct level of trust, intelligence and loyalty to their humans. The American Kennel Club recognized Rottweilers in 1931 and they are consistently one of the 10 most popular dog breeds. Unfortunately, there is little documentation about their origin, but it is believed that they are descended from ancient Rome. They were originally raised as “muleteers”, meaning their job was to protect livestock.
In the early 20th century, Rottweilers were police dogs. Some Rottweilers drool more than others, and it's more common in large men with loose upper lips (fringes). Rottweilers almost became extinct in the late 19th century, when smaller dogs took on many of their functions and were easier to maintain. Aggression can be a problem, and this dog is fully capable of inflicting serious harm, so Rottweilers need a firm, patient hand and a knowledgeable owner.
It's also important to buy a Rottweiler from a responsible breeder, as buying from a bad breeder can give you a dog with genetic health problems. Today, Rottweilers are also recognized by The Kennel Club, American Rottweiler Club, Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub, The Canadian Kennel Club, Fédération Cynologique Internationale, Australian National Kennel Council, United Kennel Club, Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen and New Zealand Kennel Club. This is most likely how they gained their infamous aggressive dog personality, since unexposed Rottweilers will protect their owner from anything. The Rottweiler had almost become extinct as a breed around the turn of the century, when smaller dogs assumed many of their functions and were easier to maintain.
Rottweilers love to work and will happily compete in virtually every dog sport, from obedience to herding to weight attraction. In the 1920s, several Rottweiler breed organizations emerged, but few became substantially established, except for the ADRK (Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub), founded in 1921. The modern-day Rottweiler is believed to be descended from Asian mastiffs, which were once used to raise shepherds. Over time, this area developed into a small town known as 'das Rote Wil', a name that evolved into Rottweil. Rottweilers are slightly longer than tall, large dogs, with a height of 22 inches for a small female to 27 inches for a large male.
Rottweilers were working dogs from the start, driving cattle to the market, pulling cars, guarding the farm and even carrying money to and from the market in money belts tied around their necks. Well-socialized Rottweilers get along well with people and other dogs, but males in particular can be a bit aggressive and dominant. The first book was published in 1985 and today there are more than 20 charming books about Carl the Rottweiler. Many celebrities love dogs of all breeds, but some only have eyes for the loving and loyal Rottweiler.