Rottweilers Information

What is a rottweiler sog really like as a pet? A look at the breed's traits and personality.


The Rottweiler is a beautiful, sad-faced dog with a lot of character. Many people view this dog type as viscious or uncontrollable; however, the Rottweiler breed can be trained to bridle its aggression by a stern, well-educated owner. When properly trained, the Rotweiler can be an amicable companion, an affectionate house mate, and a friend to other animals.

Rottweilers were initially bred as herd dogs and descended from the Italian Mastiff. They were once in danger of becoming extinct during the early 1800's, but breeders brought them "back to life" and helped bring about a resurgence of popularity. Nowadays, Rottweilers are used in a variety of "occupations" and help their human companions perform many services to the community through police work, herding, tracking and other valuable skills.

The Rottweiler is a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club and the Federation Cynologique International.

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The Beauty of Rottweilers

Rottweilers are a powerful-looking dog breed with a well-muscled, athletic body. Their coat is black with markings and short, thick hair at the cheeks and muzzle, paws and legs. They carry themselves with a dignified look of loyalty and stature. They have a broad head, with a round forehead and well-developed, scissor-like bite. Their face is accentuated with dark, eyes that display a variety of emotions and usually reflect their affection.

The Rottweiler's face is framed with triangular ears and a black, wide nose. They have black lips and dark gums, which tends to lend them an intimidating quality. (This is great if they are a watchdog!)

Breeders normally snip the tails of Rottweilers for health purposes.

The Character of Rottweilers

Rottweilers are trainable, protective and courageous dogs. They are very devoted to their owner and family. When trained properly, they have a stable, reliable temperament; when untrained, the Rottweiler can be a very dominating, overly aggressive dog. Rottweilers on the whole are loyal and loving companions.

Rottweilers are a natural fit to the position of a guard dog and carry this duty proudly, with a mellow attitude. Highly intelligent, they are often used in police work, military work, and customs work. They've been helping humans in this way for over 200 years and are given preference in law enforcement and are considered the most reliable "investigative" dogs in the world.

Rottweilers are rather large as adults; because of this, they should be trained as early in life as possible to pre vent them from being unruly. They require a good amount of loving attention at an early age to curb their aggressive tendencies.

The Rottweiler's Companions

A Rottweiler that is trained and socialized early in life well get along well with a variety of companions. They make great playmates for grade-school-age children, but younger children may be intimidated and dominated by their adult size. They have also been known to get along well with cats and other smaller pets if they are exposed and socialized to them early in life.

Rottweilers get along with the people you invite into your home, so friends and relatives are usually given a warm welcome after their initial introduction. However, anybody perceived as a stranger is a threat to the Rottweiler and will most likely be scared away by his fierce growling and barking.

Rottweilers are very territorial and can be aggressive with other dogs; you should always keep them on a leash in public places. When confronted with a fight, Rottweilers are strong fighters that are able to fight unrelentingly and have often been seen as impervious to pain. Unfortunately, this trait has caused many "underground" circles to train dogs to fight illegally. While Rottweiler rescue leagues exist, it is not wise for a family to adopt them. Once trained to fight, Rottweilers stand little chance of retraining. This is an unfortunate case, but only an individual with a good amount of time, affection, and training resources can help to transition the dog to a normal dog life once they have been trained to fight.

Sadly, in some cases, it is impossible to retrain a "fighting dog". Only recently has the military begun retraining their service dogs rather "treating the problem" with euthanasia.

The Rottweiler's Ideal Environment

Rottweilers are larger dogs but they can live reasonably comfortably in a larger apartment setting, as long as you walk them and play with them in an outdoor setting on a regular basis. A home with a small yard or neighboring park is the perfect setting; through regular exercise, Rottweilers are able to remain fairly calm indoors.

Rottweilers need a good amount of exercise and have an ample amount of energy. If you live in a n open area of have a large yard, they'll thrive on the open "running space" and will keep close to you at all times. They don't have a tendency to run away or jump fences, and as long as there are no strange people or pets nearby, you can give them clearance to run freely. They also love to swim and play fetch with their owners; if you're a fitness buff, they'll always be able to keep up with you. A Rottweiler's owner is more likely to tire than the Rottweiler itself!

Grooming the Rottweiler

Rottweilers have a smooth, medium-haired, glossy coat that is easy to brush with firmly bristle brush. They should only be bathed when they absolutely need it; they need it; on a rainy day or after a round of frolicking. Rottweilers are medium-haired and tend to shed a little more than short-haired dog. If you have light-colored furniture, beware that their dark-hair shedding can tend to be a pain in the neck.

The Rottweiler's Health

Rottweilers are generally healthy dogs as a whole, and they normally have a life span of 10-12 years.

Rottweilers are prone to a few health conditions; the most prominent of them is hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is genetic but treatable when caught early enough--puppies are not born with it, but develop it slowly during their formative years. The deformation it causes in a puppy's hip that can result in a form of painful arthritis; it is treatable when caught.

Because of their large eyes, they are often prone to entroption, a narrowing of the slit in the eyes that causes sight problems. This can also be treated when caught soon enough.

Although it is not a health problem, you should also be aware of the Rottweiler's tendency to snore loudly and their overeat. They should be watched carefully when sharing food with other pets and, if needed, should be fed separately to make sure each pet gets their own "fair share".

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