Breed Info Summary
Breed Suits: families, active lifestyles, companionship
Rottweilers were dogs who originally worked to pull carts and herd sheep. They were named after the town Rottweil, Germany, where they operated as cattle dogs and police dogs. Rottweilers were taught for a variety of occupations due to their strength; for example, they assisted butchers by transporting meat, and were also used as guard dogs.
Due to its hardworking character, the breed began to acquire popularity in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. The American Kennel Club recognized it in the 1930s, and it recently ranks eighth on the AKC's list of most popular dog breeds.
Rottweilers are known for being attentive, and protective. These characteristics, combined with their physical strength, make them best suited to a family with previous dog experience.
It is important that they are carefully socialised and trained from a young age in order to avoid developing undesirable behaviour. Socialisation includes pleasant interactions with other dogs, people, and animals in order for them to be more comfortable with new situations as they grow older. Because of their natural herding instincts, they are well-suited to busy homes, and agility sports may be a useful way to channel their energy.
Rottweilers are also very affectionate and do not like being separated from their families, making them not well-suited to a life chained up in the back yard. Even if the activities are just trips to the supermarket, Rottweilers are ready to join their families on adventures.
Pros and cons to consider
- Affectionate to family
- Great protector
- Intelligent and easy to train
- Needs lots of exercise
- Rottweilers may snore loudly
- Can be domineering at times, requiring a high level of control over them when walking