Quality Breeders will most likely ask the questions, “So why a Rottweiler? And, have you ever had or know anyone who had one?”
If you are toying with the idea of bringing an adorable Rottweiler (a.k.a. Rottie) puppy into an apartment environment, please understand ahead of time that a grown Rottweiler averages between 80 and 135 lbs. If you’re considering a Rottie as your future best friend, it’s critical that your lifestyle allows sufficient time for consistent training and regular exercise.
You may have heard that Rottweilers are aggressive dogs, however, that behavior is not an inherent trait of the breed. Sadly, if not socialized and trained correctly they can become aggressive and territorial. From a practical perspective – due to their unfair reputation, home insurance may be hard to obtain.
Rotties’ human parents describe them as loving, extremely loyal and very eager to please. They are also considered safe to have around toddlers and children of all ages. Under the right circumstances, they can become a treasured family dog.
- Brush Rotties weekly and bath them regularly to support a healthy coat. They shed only very moderately for most of the year since their fur lays flat. You may notice more excessive shedding twice a year, usually in the spring and fall.
- Rottweilers love to swim, walk, and trot, especially with their people. The breed is muscular and athletic, therefore exercise on a daily basis is a must!
- Bored or under-exercised Rotties may chew on anything and everything, getting themselves into all kinds of mischief.
- If you are an urban dweller and you’re seriously considering bringing a Rottweiler into your family, it’s critical to have access to a fenced-in yard or a park nearby.
- The Rottweiler breed is known for its intelligence, trainability, and eagerness to please their human parents. Although at times Rotties may seem stubborn, consistency in training is the key. A Rottie responds best to fair, firm discipline without roughness.
Did you know that the Roman army is responsible for the distant ancestor of today’s Rottweiler? They required tough dogs to move and guard their cattle when going into battle. After the Roman empire collapsed, they functioned as drover dogs in the town of Rottweil, Germany. Rotties protected the animals from bandits and rustlers on the way to market. That task ended with the creation of railroad cattle cars in the 1800s.
Rotties are used today as police dogs and personal protectors. Due to their strength and willingness to perform they are perfect for performing various heavy-duty tasks.
Interestingly, the Rottweiler was among the first trained guide dogs for the blind. Most recently Rotties are in the spotlight as search & rescue dogs at such disaster sites as Oklahoma City and the World Trade Center.
Learn more about Rottweilers from the AKC here.