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Facts And Stats About The Rottweiler Dog Breed

Jul 29, 2008
The dog breed known as the Rottweiler has developed a bad reputation in recent years. It is ironic because the descendants of this large and noble breed were useful and respectable dogs for almost two thousand years.

The exact history of the Rottweiler is unknown, but the breed is thought to have developed in ancient Rome around 74 A.D. These mastiff-type dogs helped Roman armies conquer much of Europe. They were used by the military to herd cattle and to protect cattle and men. The breed fell out of favor in the 1800s due to no longer being needed to herd due to advances in technology and farming. Rottweilers began to be used by the military in World War I and II as police and guard dogs. Unfortunately, many also were trained to be hostile and aggressive to dogs and people. The present day Rottweiler dog is named for Rottweil, Germany where the breed again gained support and favor.

The Rottweiler was once the most popular family dog in America. Currently, they are in the top five but reports of bad behavior have made many potential owners wary of the breed. Tales of aggressive and even violent behavior are due in large part to bad owners, not bad dogs. Rottweilers have inherent personality traits that can manifest in negative behavior if they do not receive proper care and training from an early age.

Maltreatment of animals is the most common reason for aggressive behavior. Because of the Rottweiler's muscular body structure, some owners may raise the breed to be aggressive in order to engage them in illegal dogfights. The natural temperament of this breed leans more toward calm aloofness than aggression. Rottweilers are also very intelligent and can be trained in police work and to engage in respected Schutzhund competitions where the dogs are tested on the skills of the breed such as ability to perform search and rescue, follow a scent trail, and attack a perpetrator under controlled conditions. There are really no bad dogs, only bad owners.

These dogs can become aggressive with other dogs and that is also recognized in the breed standard. However, aggression becomes violence when Rottweilers feel that they or their families are being threatened. Potential for violence is enhanced if their owners either early in life or as adults mistreat dogs and also when no training has been completed.

Potential Rottweiler dog buyers should research the breed before buying. Rottweilers are large, strong, active dogs and they require adequate room to run, loving discipline, and the opportunity to be put to work. Rottweiler buyers should also research Rottweiler breeders. Buying a purebred dog of any kind is a tricky business and there are many unethical breeders in the market to make money.

When buying a purebred Rottweiler, it is a good idea for the buyer to visit the kennel and see how puppies are raised. If Rottweilers receive love and training from an early age they will have a good foundation for the buyer to build upon. Researching breeders to make sure they are ethical is also important.

Breeders should also be willing to provide advice, Rottweiler information, and training tips and will have buyer sign a contract to give the dog back to the breeder if the buyer cannot keep the dog
About the Author
About the author: Sharon Davies is an avid lover of the Rottweiler and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Rottweiler. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Rottweiler temperament plus a whole lot more.
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