Rottweiler Five Things You Should Know

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Todays rottweiler is a descendant from the dogs used by the Romans to drive the livestock that fed the army as it moved through Europe. The Roman dogs breed with the local dogs in the town of Rottweil; the resulting dogs were used by Butchers to drive cattle to market.

On the way home, these same dogs served as protection guarding the Butcher and his money from what would be thieves.

If you're considering a Rottweiler as your next pet, here are five things you should know.


Number five – Rottweilers create strong bonds, they are happiest when they are with their families. Leaving your rotty alone for long periods of time or not giving your dog adequate exercise, this may result in destructive behavior from your rotty.

Number four – rotties put on weight easily and need at least a couple of thirty minute walks daily. Also, mental stimulation in the form of obedience training and problem-solving games will do well in keeping your rotts mind and body in great shape. Rotty's are at their best when they have work to do. Great jobs for the rotty include protection work, carding[?], therapy dog work, or herding.

Number three – when raised with children, a well-bred Rottweiler will get along just fine. Just be sure to teach your rotty what is acceptable behaviour in the presence of children. Along with teaching your children what is acceptable behavior in the presence of a powerful dog. The rottweiler's size can be an issue. They are so large and powerful; an innocent bump can easily knock a child over, causing injury. You should always supervise your rotty when he is around children.

And number two – do your best to ensure you get a healthy rotty. Never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder. Look for a reputable breeder who does testing on all their breeding dogs to ensure your pup is free of genetic diseases. If you can, you should personally evaluate your puppies parents to ensure that they are physically healthy and have sound temperaments.

And number one – Rottweilers are not a plug and play animal when it comes to being social with other animals, especially other dogs. Rottweilers are known to be aggressive to unfamiliar dogs, especially dogs of the same sex. Be sure to carefully and thoughtfully introduce new animals and new dogs to your rotty, with your strong and consistent leadership. However, your rotty should accurately follow your direction and deal peacefully with his new companion. And there you have it, five good things anyone considering owning a Rottweiler should know.