A Rottweiler is a powerful and courageous dog. His original purpose was that of a guard dog, draft dog, and drover dog (moving cattle). He worked close to his master, and was loyal and protective. Even though the days of man requiring the service for which the breed was developed are gone, those instincts remain strong. A Rottweiler is not for the timid or the mild-mannered owner. They are pushy and outgoing, and without proper guidance will take charge of situations. These dogs need proper socialization (meeting lots of people and other dogs when they’re young), consistent handling, and solid, basic obedience.|
A Rottweiler would love nothing better than to be with his owner 24/7 – so when a dog is left in the yard alone and bored he becomes destructible and territorial. A Rottweiler is a large dog that may be wary of strangers, protective of this home, and obedient only to his master – so it is very important that he has an owner that is devoted and involved. A Rottweiler is a large breed, with many genetic issues including hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and cancer – that ends the life of most Rotties. Be prepared that keeping a Rottweiler healthy may be expensive.
Your Rottweiler wants to be where you are! They do not want to be alone in the yard -- they are not happy with a big yard, or a dog house, or a heated outdoor bowl – to them, these are torture. Rottweilers are intelligent dogs that thrive in the company of those that nurture their need for social contact. In general, a well-socialized Rottweiler enjoys the company of other dogs. Intact males, however, tend to dislike other intact males, and can get dominant in social situations – including guarding their yard. On the other hand, neutered males make terrific companions. Females, especially if spayed, are generally smaller than males, and tend to be a bit less pushy – though sometimes get moodier as they enter their golden years.
What can Rotties do? EVERYTHING! Rottweilers are part of the Working Group. They are part of a group of dogs that were bred to perform a special duty – however, in the Rottweiler’s case, they can perform almost any duty!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT A ROTTWEILER HAS TO DO SOMETHING!
- As they are natural draft dogs, they love to carry their packs when hiking, as well as herd sheep, cattle, and even ducks
- Rottweilers excel in obedience because they have a natural desire to work with and please their owners
- Rottweilers can be trained to pull carts – and enjoy working close to their owner Basic obedience is THE MOST important aspect of having a well-behaved Rottweiler
- A well-trained Rottweiler can do more duties that almost any other breed of dog
If you are looking for a mellow, easy-going dog that will enjoy laying around…
If you think that obedience is unnecessary and cruel because dogs should just be dogs …
If you can barely afford to pay for a shelter dog, or high quality food …
A Rottweiler is not for you!
If you are looking for an outdoor guard dog…
NO dog is for you!
A Rottweiler doing Therapy Work and helping kids enjoy reading at a library.
Jack - a Rottie Aid dog! - Certified as a therapy dog.
American Rottweiler vs. German Rottweiler
It is really annoying when folks ask whether these dogs are German or American Rottweilers. THE BREED STANDARD FOR THE ROTTWEILER IS THE SAME IN THE USA, GERMANY, UNITED KINGDOM, MEXICO, CANADA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE…everywhere. There is ONE STANDARD (tails notwithstanding).
But wait, you say, American Rotties have longer legs, longer snouts, and smaller heads and bodies, while German Rotties have big, blocky heads. Guess what? Both are incorrect! Read the standard. Anyone trying to tell you that they have “German” Rottweilers with "block heads" is a snake-oil salesman. It is simply a marketing ploy to the unknowing buyer who is easily bamboozled by the idea that having a “foreign” dog is superior to a domestic-bred dog.
Would you be suckered in to buying an “Italian Ferrari,” a bottle of “French Champagne,” or a “German Mercedes”? There is no such things as a "German Rottweiler!" They are all wonderful dogs that deserve loving, forever homes.