Rottweiler – Four-legged law enforcer and courageous bodyguard
Without their involvement, the police and security services would have a much harder job. The impressive Rottweiler, with its qualities as a guard and guard dog, is indispensable wherever there is something to protect or defend. The Rottweiler is not a typical leisure dog. However, if you value a four-legged protector, the Rottweiler is ideal, provided you have the necessary dog experience.
Roman cattle guards, Germanic traders
Rottweilers are among the oldest German dog breeds. However, their roots are beyond the Alps. The Romans brought not only cultural achievements but also animals to their conquered areas. They used the ancestors of the Rottweiler as guardians of cattle herds that served the legions as living provisions. Local cattle dealers were very impressed by the powerful dogs because they too had to lead their animals safely along the trade routes, so the original Rottweiler was thus brought to Germany. The Rottweiler has now been recognized as an official breed since 1910. With industrialization, their role as herding dog fell away in many places and their now current area of responsibility is primarily in the police and military service. In some countries, there are special requirements for keeping Rottweilers.
Nature and character of the Rottweiler
Rottweiler’s are generally considered self-confident, daring and attentive dogs that haven’t completely abandoned the characteristics of their herding ancestors. Willingness to defend and a core sense of courage are the central characteristics, however, if they are not properly trained their willingness to defend can easily turn to dominance. It is your responsibility to explain to your Rottweiler that you are in charge and they have to submit, if this isn’t drilled in from early their behaviour can get out of hand. A lack of a proper upbringing or inadequate ties to their human pack leader can easily lead to aggression towards other dogs or humans. If you plan to own a Rottweiler you must not show any weakness or nervousness.
Education and keeping
The education of a Rottweiler belongs in the hands of an experienced and assertive owner, if you are a beginner dog owner then we would definitely not recommend a Rottweiler. They need constant tasks and activities that they can live out as work assignments. Because of this, the Rottweiler is often utilised as a working dog by the police and the military services. Without capacity utilization and intensive training, a Rottweiler is not suitable as a family and leisure dog. In addition to this, you must take into account the sheer bulk and strength that they possess. A person does not really compete with a Rottweiler if they want to go somewhere so not only must they be very well trained but you must also be strong enough to actually look after one. As a sports companion for an active owner and with sufficient intellectual support, a species-appropriate Rottweiler is an excellent companion.
Caring for the Rottweiler
The height of an average Rottweiler ranges from, depending on gender, 60 to 65cm, while the weight ranges from 42 to 50 kilograms. The animals tend to be overweight, so ration the feed and resist begging attacks. You should regularly clean your dog's drooping ears to prevent inflammation. For safety reasons, you should also get your Rottweiler used to wearing a comfortably-fitting muzzle in public. As with many large dogs, the life expectancy of the Rottweiler, at an average of ten years, is lower than that of smaller dog breeds. Due to heredity and their size, Rottweilers’ tend to have dysplasia and heart problems.
- Race: Rottweiler
- Origin: Germany
- Classification: Mollossiods, mastiff-like dogs
- Size: Male 61-68cm shoulder height. Female 56-63cm shoulder height
- Weight: Male 50kg. Female 42kg
- Body: Strong, compact, not clumsy, tail not horizontal to the body
- Eyes: Dark, medium-sized, almond shaped
- Ears: Medium-sized, fitted
- Fur and Colour: Firm, short double skin; colour black with red brown markings on face, chest, legs and tail
- Character: Confident, courageous, obedient, docile and friendly