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American Rottweilers Make Excellent Therapy Dogs

May 28, 2008
The American Rottweiler is a very intelligent and good-humored dog. Hundreds of years ago they were known as working dogs and are happiest when performing a task. The American Rottweiler is very possessive of its owner and his possessions and, therefore, will make a good guard dog.

The American Rottweiler is taller and thinner through the face and body. Both the American Rottweiler and the German Rottweiler are black with distinct tan markings over both eyes, cheeks, muzzle and chest. Both have coats that are medium length, coarse and straight and both have a double undercoat.

The only difference between the American Rottweiler and the German Rottweiler is their size. The American Rottweiler is taller and thinner in the face and body while the German Rottweiler is shorter, stockier and more muscular.

If the American Rottweiler is not properly trained in obedience at an early age he may become a bully, which can lead to additional behavior problems. American Rottweilers are not difficult to train and should be trained. They can be stubborn dogs and therefore they need to know who the boss is. Their size alone can be very intimidating and results in making a good guard dog. They excel in sports such as carting, flyball, herding and agility.

If obedience training does not occur at an early age the American Rottweiler can become a bully and will have other undesirable behavioral problems. These dogs excel in sports such as herding, carting, flyball and agility. The American Rottweiler is a relatively healthy dog breed. He tends towards hip dysplasia, as do other large dog breeds and he in the last few decades has a tendency toward cancer. If any moles or lumps should suddenly appear on his body it is imperative that you take him to the vet and have it checked out thoroughly.

Reputable American Rottweiler breeders should not be difficult to locate. They can normally be found on the Internet, through recommendations from other Rottweiler owners, through your veterinarian and from the American Kennel Club. These breeders should be socializing their puppies with their own families to get them customized to humans.

These breeders should be able to answer all of your questions about the breed and will ask you many pointed questions to see if you are actually ready to own an American Rottweiler. There are German Rottweiler breeders and American Rottweiler breeders and you should do your homework in advance so that you can tell the difference when looking at a Rottweiler.

American Rottweilers make good pets and because of their size will make excellent guard dogs. Just be sure that obedience training is given in the first ten months of their life and your Rottweiler will become your giant bear
About the Author
Sharon Davies is an avid lover of the Rottweiler and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Rottweiler. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Rottweiler Types plus a whole lot more.
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