The Rottweiler as seen by a dog trainer
Today the Rottweiler is very well know and is at the top of the list of the guard and defence breeds. But some centuries ago it was a breed that was completely unnoticed. In Germany, their country of origin, very little is known about the history of this breed that was formerly called Rottweiler Metzgerhund (butcher’s dog of the Rottweiler City).
Until the 1930’s it was really unknown outside Germany and it was not until the seventies or so when it was introduced in English-speaking countries. The Rottweiler is a dog that comes from an old bulldog that was bred for combat and war. The Rottweiler was dedicated to herd cattle, work in farms, roads and in slaughterhouses.
It is a very muscular, strong dog, used in various sports, especially sports work.
Also it is used as an avalanche and landslide rescue dog.
A strong and tenacious dog, with great courage. Rottweilers have very good qualities, but maybe not the best choice for first-time owners or owners with young children. Breeding has focused on the selection of extremely powerful dogs.
It is imperative that they have an owner who knows how to treat them, must have an incontestable authority and will need to have some experience and strong training skills since these dogs are very dominant and generally have a strong temperament.
Simple brushing, baths and regular hygiene care.
The cost of maintenance is high with the food supply is between 650gr to 850gr per day.
Starting as soon as possible to develop their character, educating them with patience and firmness is always good measure as Rottweilers are very powerful and authoritarian dogs and need a safe and strong guidance, to avoid problems in the future.
To keep their muscle tone they need a lot of daily exercise. If you are an athlete you can share those moments with them, but always as with any breed, with caution.
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