Things Rottweiler Owners Need to Know
If you want to buy or adopt a Rottweiler here are some interesting Rottweiler facts, to help you in choosing and raising your rottie or rottweiler mix dog. Some people still think Rottweilers are dangerous dogs.
While it’s true they can be, as with most other dogs, but 90% of the Rottweiler community tries to show off there loving, loyal, and affectionate Rottweilers. The bottom line is if you raise them to be mean, they’ll be mean. If you raise them to be loved, lovable and well socialized, then that’s how they’ll be.
1 – Oldest Herding Breed
Did you know that Rottweilers are one of the oldest herding breeds in the world? In 70 AD the ancient Romans took the Rottweiler from the Germans to use them as cattle herders, and war dogs. Historically, Rottweilers were used for herding and protection.
2 – Easy to Train
Rottweilers are very easy to train, the trick is like with anything is to start when they’re young. Rottweilers are also known to be very stubborn at times. You can read more about labrottie training here.
3 – Caring and Loving
“Hades loves children and the cat well. Hades is very trainable but at times is very stubborn, especially when he sees a bunny!”Georgia Gates, labrottie owner of Hades, black lab–Rottweiler mix
Rottweilers get a very bad reputation due to Hollywood and some unsavory people who train them to be vicious. Rotties, by nature, are very caring and loving. It’s not the dog who is the problem it’s the way the humans raised him!
Labrottie fans are always telling us how lovable their dogs are such as this comment from Georgia Gates:
Rottweilers usually only become aggressive if provoked or trained to be aggressive.
4 – Natural Watchdogs
You don’t have to train your Rottweiler to become a watchdog, because their natural inclination is to react over intruders. They will alert you to the fact that someone or something entered in your yard or house.
The American Kennel Club has rated the Rottweiler as the most confident guard dog. Rottweilers also have a whole other side that they only show to those they truly love! Rottweilers are loving, caring, very smart, and a whole lot of goofiness.
5 – Socialization
You must take your Rottweiler out into the public to have him properly socialized.
A properly socialized Rottweiler will not create a scene out in public.
6 – Child Safty
If a Rottweiler is raised with children, they will get along very well, sometimes a Rottweiler will take a child’s scream of joy as a scream of fear or hurt. Which may make her think she has to protect her “baby” and go after the offending person.
7 – Carefully introduce your new puppy
If your Rottweiler is an adult and you plan on bringing in a new animal to the family especially another dog, introduce it CAREFULLY. Rottweilers can be very aggressive to other animals especially dogs of the same sex. You might even consider getting a dog specialist to help you introduce the new dog.
8 – Consistent Instructions
Rottweilers can be very pushy, they will always test your rules, so give clear and consistent instructions. If your Rottweiler breaks a rule, make sure to reinforce that rule through stern discipline, otherwise, they will start breaking other rules.
9 – Obesity problems
Rottweilers will overeat if given the opportunity, make sure to give her the right amount of food so that she does not get overweight.
10 – A very intelligent breed
Rottweiler are an intelligent breed and—except for their stubborn streak—are fast learners. Often, intelligent dogs get into trouble because they need something to do. So if they are destroying everything maybe they are trying to tell you that they need something very active or challenging to do other than being left inside all day.
11 – Exercise
Rottweilers need at least 15-30 minutes of exercise, either trotting or playing around each and every day.
12 – Weight
The Rottweiler weight can be anywhere from 80 to 130 pounds of pure bones, muscle, tissue, and flesh.
13 – Where does the name Rottweiler come from?
The Rottweiler is named after a town called Weiler which is in Germany
14 – Near extinction!
Did you know Rottweilers almost went extinct in the mid-1800! But lovers of the Rottweiler slowly brought them back by 1900!
15 – Celebrity owners
Millions of people love Rottweilers! Even a few celebrities, Will Smith, Bruno Mars, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more!
16 – A very popular dog
According to the AKC, the Rottweiler is the 8th most popular dog!
17 – A few bad apples
Thanks again to the Hollywood movies and the few bad apples in our society some cities and countries have banned the Rottweiler!
18 – Loneliness
Rottweilers tend to become lonely! So if you’re gone often and for long periods of time the Rottweiler may not be the perfect fit! You literally become the puppies whole world!
19 – Rottie psi
Thanks to the Rottweilers big head, they have an impressively strong bite, their jaws are stronger than the German Shepherd and the Pitbull with a 328 PSI (Per Square Inch)
20 – Crating
Never ever cage them, or tie them, it takes there freedom away and it makes them aggressive and irritated.
21 – Rottie attitude
The Rottweiler has a wait and see attitude to anything and anyone new to he/she.
22 – Personalities
Rottie puppies with great personalities should be playful, curious, and be willing to approach and be held by people.
23 – Cancer
Osteosarcoma is a very aggressive bone cancer.
24 – Family hierarchy
Rottweiler’s need to know that they are at the bottom of the totem pole and not the alpha.
25 – Boundaries
Setting clear boundaries will earn you the respect from the Rottweiler. Which takes a lot of time and training.
26 – Energy levels
Some Rottie’s can be a hurricane while others can be a couch potato in there energy levels.
27 – Shedding
Rottweilers have a double coat, shedding season is in the Spring and Fall.
28 – Herding
Rottweilers love to herd people around, by herding I mean Bumping or nipping. This action can hurt a child and or senior.
29 – Lapdogs?
Rotties love to be on laps despite their large size! So be ready for your rottie to try and sneak onto your lap!
30 Biased opinions
Due to the breed of your dog, you will always receive biased opinions and judgments about your dog
Rottweilers are a breed to love, ready to love you for life. If you have a rottie or labrottie, send us your photos to share… we love to see them!
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