The ideal Rottweiler is calm, confident, courageous, and never shy. It has a self-assured reserve and doesn’t make friends with people immediately. Instead, it takes a wait-and-see attitude with new people or situations. The Rottweiler is very protective and has a natural sense of guarding instinct. Forming a strong bond with their owners these dogs rarely spend time alone and are always happy to be in the company of others.
Owning a Rottweiler can be a rewarding experience if you’ve got the time. Are you interested? Here are some facts that will give you a clearer picture of what to expect when you’re expecting a Rottweiler in your life!
- Rottweilers were once used as herding dogs. The Rottweilers we know today are supposed to be the descendants of Asian mastiffs.
- Because of the need to control large animals like bulls, the dogs were bred to be strong and robust.
- Way back in 73 or 74 AD, the ancient Roman armies used to camp near the Neckar River in Germany. During this time, the dogs were used as herders and also for bear hunting. The area where everyone stayed was then known as Rottweil, thereof the name Rottweiler.
- They might have a Roman origin but they were taken to Germany when the Roman army decided to conquer Europe.
- Towards the middle of the 19th century, paved roads and railroads started to change how livestock was brought to the market. Herding dogs were no longer needed when transporting cattle, so Rottweilers found themselves out of a job.
- It’s thought that the first Rottweiler came to the U.S. with a German immigrant in the late 1920s.
- Today, the Rottweiler is the 10th most popular breed in the U.S.
- The German pups are known to have different standards in comparison to the American ones. The German ones tend to be a little larger and have long tails. In the U.S, breeders still favour the docked tail.
- In the 20th century, the breed found a new purpose serving in the military and on police forces.
- Thanks to its history as a herder, the dog has a habit of bumping into people, animals, and things when it wants them to fall in line.
- Rottweilers have been bred as guard dogs. Often they’ll follow their family members from room to room.
- Rottweilers became rescue dogs after 9/11. They were a part of the rescue squad along with other breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.
- A therapy dog named Wynd won the 2015 AKC Human Fund award, for the category of therapy dogs. This particular dog was a therapy dog for a military family at TAPS and also worked regularly at the Hampton veterans’ hospital.
- Every Rottweiler is different and it is crucial to train these dogs diligently to ensure that they turn out to be fine.
- They are very powerful and they should be taught when they need to use their power and when they should refrain.
- More than one trainer has noted that they tend to be smarter and learn faster than their owners.
- Being highly trainable and capable of performing a variety of tasks, they often work as tracking, rescue, therapy, and service dogs for police, military, and hospitals.
- Rottweiler is truly one of the most well-balanced and obedient dogs that you’ll ever run across.
- Rottweilers don’t tend to be afraid of hardly anything. Instead, they’re usually very curious and they want to explore every aspect of the world around them, no matter what it is.
- Although Rottweilers are quite large as adults, they still enjoy being lap dogs with their owners and family.
- They may look serious and intimidating to strangers but they have a goofy side to them and are very entertaining to their family, showing affection frequently and happily.
- Their jaws are stronger than that of the German shepherds with a bite force of 328 pounds. This is half the bite force of a shark’s bite, which is 669 pounds.
- Rottweilers tend to slobber as much as bulldogs. They often slobber the most before and after meals.
- Rottweiler puppies weigh about 1.3 pounds at birth. It takes them up to two years to grow into an adult-sized Rottweiler.
- These dogs love to eat and they are prone to easily gaining weight.
- Males typically are 24 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 95 to 130 pounds.
- Females typically are 22 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 85 to 115 pounds.
- Rottweilers will always be found in black color with brown markings on their face, paws, and chest. The brown spots have three variations, rust, mahogany, and tan.
- Rottweilers have two coats. They have the outer coat, which is the hair that you see, and they have a waterproof undercoat.
- They shed heavily in the spring and the fall, moderately throughout the rest of the year.
- Rottweilers are prone to a lot of different medical issues so you must get your dog from a reputable breeder.
- Rottweilers require a couple of 10- to 20-minute walks or playtimes daily.
- They can be stubborn at times throughout their lifetime.
- The Good Dog Carl book series for children written by Alexandra Day has immortalized the Rottweiler in fiction. Released in 1985, today there are more than 20 delightful books featuring Carl the Rottweiler.
- Getting a Rottweiler is a big commitment. Eleven years is an average lifespan for dogs of this size and if you’re going to have a dog for a decade or more, you need to make sure that the animal is a good fit for you and your family.
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