Descended from Roman guardian breeds, it is no surprise that the modern Rottweiler makes an effective police dog in various countries throughout the world. However, these dogs continue to be among the most popular canine breeds currently recognized by the American Kennel Club and they remain popular as family pets.
If you are thinking of getting a Rottweiler then here are some points that are worth taking into consideration:
1. Do you have enough time and space?
The Rottweilers need daily physical and mental activity, either in the form of long walks, jogs or a vigorous game in a safe area. They respond well to obedience lessons so it is worth biting the bullet and going through a set of classes. It will make your life a whole lot easier!
2. Are you a first time owner?
Due to their large size and stubborn dispositions, Rottweilers might not be the best idea for first time owners. These dogs must have early socialization and obedience training to ensure that they become well-behaved members of society.
Owners will need to establish that they are in charge early on to avoid any dominance issues from arising. Rules must be in place from the time these dogs are puppies so that they do not become unmanageable when they reach their adult height and weight.
3. Do you have small kids?
Rottweilers are quite cuddly and playful, and could be your kids playmates. However you might find that they may attempt to herd children in their custody by bumping into them.
While this undesirable behavior can easily be trained out of the dogs, it does make the breed a bit of an accident hazard in households with small children. So you need to think twice if you have small children at home.
4. Are you ready to be loved and protected by a Rottie?
Rottweilers nonetheless make superb watchdogs and estate guardians. Most Rottweilers would do anything to protect their families from what they perceive as a threat so owners will definitely need to make sure these dogs can recognise the difference to avoid problems from arising.
So, is the Rottweiler Right For You?
Despite the occasionally unflattering media portrayal of the breed, properly raised Rottweilers can be incredibly devoted family members, although do watch out for the sneaky attempt to heard your children.
Rottweilers make superb watchdogs and estate guardians. Even when officially introduced to strangers, these dogs maintain their distance.
It takes some time for members of this breed to become comfortable with new people. Most Rottweilers would do anything to protect their families from what they perceive as a threat so owners will definitely need to make sure these dogs can recognize the difference to avoid problems from arising.