Rottweilers are recognized as one of the strongest dogs and are very capable in many lines of work, with most of their career in the line of police work and guard dog duty. This dog breed is without a doubt revered not only for its sheer power and loyalty, but also for its extensive capabilities as a working dog and iconic black and brown coat that every dog-lover enjoys seeing. These dogs have stood the test of time and are very famous even among unenthusiastic dog-lovers, as the term “guard dog” is often associated with a picture of an attentive Rottweiler protecting his home and owner.
However, we believe that this dog is not for everyone, and requires a strong resolute dog-owner to train, love, and care for it throughout his life. His needs are very specific and certainly surpass those of any average dog, which only the select few can keep up with and handle. And for today, we will be listing a few questions you will need to answer first in order to find out if you’re compatible with this dog. Before we get to that, though, let us embark on a journey to the past and rediscover the history of the Rottweiler.
History of the Rottweiler dog breed
The furthest we can go back in time in order to find details of a renown working dog is during the peak of the Roman Empire, when Rottweilers used to help armies. During their long journeys and treks in their quest for glory, the Romans needed food, and always brought along herds of cattle to keep their men well-fed, strong, and with a high morale. Herding cattle though was no easy job even for history’s strongest combatants; here is where they enlisted the help of the Rottweiler’s most distant ancestors. These dogs marched alongside the Roman armies as working and herding dogs, keeping the cattle in check and thus ensuring that their masters would have their fill in times of rest.
After their shining days with the Roman Empire, the Rottweiler dogs found their home in the cattle town of Rottweil, where they later got their name of Rottweiler from. From this point on, the Rottweilers would become very important in livestock trading and cattle herding, despite their career being short-lived because of the rise of trains and railroads. Nowadays, Rottweilers are often seen serving as police dogs due to their high intelligence, athletic figure, and loyalty; however, there do exist negative views on the dog breed even in the current generation.
Despite their strength, intelligence, athleticism, and loyalty, Rottweilers have one major flaw, which is their tendency to become violent and viscous. When not trained properly and not taken care of, the Rottweiler can exhibit very dangerous behavior, risking the safety of both the owner and the people around him. However, the caveat here is “training and socialization”, as Rottweilers are good dogs and will remain good dogs only when they have responsible owners who understand their needs.
Are You Compatible with the Rottweiler?
Many dog-owners dream of having their very own strong, reliable, and loyal guard dog that will keep them safe at all times; to many, the image of a Rottweiler is the dream. However, judging from this dog breed’s history, you’re going to need to be quite the dog-owner, not a newbie at caring for canines. So, we’ve prepared a set of questions for you to answer and find out whether you’re fit to have a Rottweiler or not.
1. Are You a Strong Leader?
If your answer is yes, then we are off to a very good start, but if it’s a no, then you may want to work on this aspect before even thinking about a Rottweiler. Rottweilers have a strong sense of loyalty and respect, they exhibit the “top dog” mentality and will follow the command of the “top dog”. The “top dog” in this case doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog, and it is a position that you will have to assume. You need to be strong and courageous so that your dog will respect and follow you. You need to show leader-like traits and capabilities so your Rottweiler will understand who’s the boss of the house and whose rules he should follow.
Failure to do this will lead to quite a disaster, because if you don’t assume the top dog role, your Rottweiler will become top dog and not listen to anyone but himself. He will begin to set his own rules on his own turf, and disobey anything you say or tell him to do. As you can see, this is a recipe for disaster, so do position yourself as a leader in front of this dog if you do not want things to become quite catastrophic.
2. Are You Capable of Training a Dog?
If the answer is yes, then you just won another point towards getting a Rottweiler, but if it’s a no, then you may want to reconsider your choices or start learning how to do it yourself. You can’t just become top dog and not have any clue about how to set the rules and boundaries of the house or about the commands your dog needs to follow. In this case, you’re just all bark and no bite in the eyes of your Rottweiler, and he will start to think that you’re not fit to be top dog and that he should assume the position. Rottweilers are very intelligent dogs that need to be trained not only with regards to behavior and home etiquette, but also for socialization with other dogs and people. Furthermore, the training should be taken care of at an early age in order to build a strong foundation.
When properly trained, Rottweilers are very confident and calm dogs that have a look-and-see personality towards things they are unfamiliar with. They will wait and see what happens before they make any decisions on how to act. However, if you fail to train your Rottweiler, he can become very violent, as he will only recognize you and think of others as dangers.
3. Are You Willing to Invest Time in Your Dog?
If the answer is yes, then you are a very thoughtful dog-owner who might just have what it takes to own a Rottweiler, but if it’s a no, then you may want to think things through. One of the biggest challenges other than training a Rottweiler or becoming a leader is dedicating enough time to your dog. This dog breed has exceptionally high social and attention needs, and when these needs are not met, the dog will begin to exhibit restless behavior and a violent nature. Rottweilers need your love and attention; they will easily notice when you are gone and miss you like crazy just from the get-go. This is particularly sad not only from an emotional standpoint, but also from a safety perspective for everyone who may come into contact with your dog while you’re away.
While it is a no-brainer that most dogs will miss their owner when they’re gone for quite a long time, the Rottweiler is not capable of handling this longingness quite well. They become destructive and you might even end up returning to a home that looks like it has been attacked by a dangerous tornado out to get you. So, do dedicate time to play with your Rottweiler and show them as much love and affection as you possibly can.
4. Are You Ready to Work Out with Your Dog?
If the answer is yes, then you will have found the perfect workout partner, but if it’s a no, then you may want to consider running as a newfound hobby. When we said that the Rottweiler was athletic and strong, we meant it to the extremes, not just some basic catch and retrieve the ball. These dogs need their exercise and playtime or else they will begin to exhibit the same restless and destructive nature that could cause them to potentially destroy everything at home or even hurt somebody. If you want to keep your pal’s health and emotions in check, we highly advise that a Rottweiler get at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day, or if possible, an hour’s worth of exercise and play.
By doing this, you will be able to experience the Rottweiler’s calm side that understands its position and doesn’t show off an ounce of rowdiness. If you fail to give him the exercise and playtime he deserves, you will be confronted with the opposite side; so, make sure to think very carefully about getting a Rottweiler.
5. Are You a Responsible Dog-Owner?
Last but not the least comes responsibility. Rottweilers have specific dietary and grooming needs in order to remain in perfect health and condition, so if you’re not up for the job, then this dog breed isn’t for you. Given their dietary needs, Rottweilers are considered big dogs, so they will need well-balanced meals to meet their optimal caloric intake. They also tend to overeat and become overweight; therefore, it is important that you take note of the food your furry pal eats and monitor how much he consumes. As far as the grooming needs are concerned, Rottweilers have a double coat that needs to be brushed regularly to keep it clean and maintained. They also tend to shed quite a lot, so brushing will immensely help in getting rid of dead hairs before they get all over the couch and furniture.
So, if you’ve answered yes to all five questions, then you may just have what it takes to become the owner of the strong, loyal, and confident Rottweiler. Beware, this is a title not many people are capable of holding!
The Rottweiler Dog Breed. A summary
To sum it all up, Rottweilers are very strong and loyal dogs that have specific needs, which are very much different from those of most canines. Rottweilers also tend to be destructive and dangerous when not trained properly, therefore not everyone can own a Rottweiler.
They require a strong owner whom they can admire and follow, who will teach them right and wrong through training and socialization. This dog breed also has exceptionally high social and attention needs, therefore, as a responsible owner, you should dedicate ample time to playing with him and getting at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity to keep him healthy.
Overall, Rottweilers make great dogs, but they also require great owners who know how to care for this beautiful dog breed. Do you think you have what it takes?
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