Many people believe the Rottweiler to be descended from a mastiff type dog which the Romans used when they conquered Europe. The Romans used these dogs primarily for herding the cattle and sheep needed as food for their armies. The modern breed of Rottweiler is believed to have been developed in Germany in a district known as Rottweil, hence the name Rottweiler. The Germans used these dogs as herd dogs for their farming animals. The early Rottweilers also were worked as beasts of burden, carrying wood and other products to market. In addition, they were used as draft animals to pull carts filled with various products for their owners. During the first and second World Wars, Rottweilers were put into service as war-time guard animals. Currently they are frequently used as guard and police animals. Some people have trained these fine animals to be hostile and many sad stories have resulted from these situations. However, a Rottweiler which has been properly trained, will be as gentle as any other breed of dog.
These dogs have very calm dispositions which make them quite suitable for companion animals and for family protection. The Rottweiler at one time was the most popular dog in the United States.
The Rottweiler is a very intelligent dog with a strong desire to please its master. Rottweilers crave attention, they are very loyal, and devoted. If they sense that their family is in imminent danger, they will defend their family just as any other dog would do. As with any other large dog, the Rottweiler requires a dominant master who is familiar with handling large dogs. Any dog, which is not properly trained, can and may challenge the authority of their handler.
A Rottweiler is a powerful animal and cannot be allowed to dominate. They must be taught who the master is. Once they understand who is master, they willingly submit to the authority of their handler. Rottweilers generally are good around other animals. Most Rottweilers except cats and other small animals as part of the family when raised from a puppy with those animals. When a Rottweiler is not raised with smaller animals, supervised socialization is an absolute must. Due to their tremendous size and strength, Rottweilers are not recommended around children five or younger. They can bump into small children during play and easily hurt them. In addition, the crying of a small child may be misunderstood by any dog. Therefore it is not recommended to leave any dog unattended with an infant.
A dogs mental attitude is a result of training. Many good books and videos are sold on training your dog. Rottweilers, like any other dog must be trained for obedience. Rottweilers enjoy training sessions and easily learn commands. Any dog that is not socialized will be nervous and appear unfriendly around strangers. Rottweilers are like other dogs in this respect. They need to be socialized with other dogs in a public setting. They need to be walked in a public setting and allowed to meet other people so that they can accept other people outside the family group. Often dogs that are not socialized become fearful and attack people or other animals without apparent reason.
Always remember, no matter what breed the dog is, it is still a dog. It is not a human, therefore it does not possess the intelligence to discern right from wrong or good from bad. A dog only reacts to what they have been taught. If a dog has been trained to fight, or play in an aggressive way, or otherwise act in a hostile manner, it will probably display hostile behavior. On the other hand, a dog which has been treated gently and trained in a firm but gentle manner will usually be a calm, well-behaved, and rather trustworthy animal. Always keep your Dog on a leash when in public. Never allow someone to be in charge of your dog who cannot control the animal under adverse situations.
Rottweilers need daily exercise and prefer a yard to play in. Exercising your Rottweiler can be as easy as throwing a ball or frisby for the animal to chase and working with the dog several times a day. Any dog likes to accompany their master on a walk. People who run for exercise will find a Rottweiler an excellent and willing companion while they are running.
Grooming of a Rottweiler is quite simple. Rottweilers have semi-coarse overcoat fur and a soft fine undercoat fur. They need to be combed to remove the soft fine hair or it will quickly mat and shed. Taking a few minutes to comb and brush your Rottweiler on a weekly basis is an excellent control for shedding.
The proper feeding of a Rottweiler depends on how much exercise the dog gets. Generally the proper amount to feed is defined on the package when the food is purchased. Dry food may be mixed with a small amount of water to make it more palatable for the dog. A small amount of canned food mixed in is enjoyable for the dog as well. There are many books published on how to feed and care for your dog.
Always be sure to keep your pet properly immunized. Your veterinarian can tell you what is needed in your locality. Also discuss with your Vet what should be used as toys and treats for your Rottweiler.
*Text provided from R.E.D.