Rottweiler Dog Description
It has a muzzle that features excellent proportions, and it will have dark eyes. Rottweilers have ears which are triangular in shape. Both their nose and lips are black in color. Rottweilers naturally have tails that are not docked, but many owners dock them for cosmetic purposes. They have coats which are short and firm. The ideal Rottweiler will be black and brown in color. Rottweiler females are known for having large litters that can consist of as many as eleven puppies.
The word Rottweiler comes from the name of a German town called Rottweil. Rottweilers have first bred here hundreds of years ago, and share traits with the Italian Mastiff. During this time it was primarily used to deal with herds. By the 18th century, the Rottweiler was an endangered breed, but would soon become popular. This dog has gained a bad reputation in recent years because of inexperienced breeders who breed dogs which are too aggressive.
A Rottweiler is a dog that is feared by many. Quite frequently you hear on the news that a Rottweiler has savagely attacked someone. But is this ferocious quality inherent in the breed, or is it simply that the dogs are trained to be attackers by owners who take advantage of the dogs' natural strength? Dog experts and breeders agree that the bad reputatin of the Rottweiler has stemmed from the mistreatment and mishandling of the breed by owners who train them to be attack dogs. A Rottweiler can actually make a great pet, but they require a lot of attention, work, and discipline. In fact, if you have ever been around a well-trained Rottweiler, you will have probably been overwhelmed with the loyalty, playfulness, and sweetness of the dog.
Rottweilers are often trained to be attack dogs because of their naturally powerful and massive body. The breed features a broad head and round forehead. Its muzzle is well-developed, with a scissor-like bite. Rottweilers have dark eyes, the ears are triangular and the nose is wide and black. The coat is short and thick, with black and tan as the predominant colorings. Male dogs are usually 24 to 27 inches in height, and female dogs are 22 to 25 inches in height. Both males and females weigh in around 100 pounds.
If you are considering getting a Rottweiler, make sure you have the time and energy to exercise the dog. The temperament of a Rottweiler will depend on the amount of exercise he or she is routinely given. Descendants of the working class breed of dogs, a Rottweiler cannot get enough exercise. Running in the woods makes these dogs very happy, and they have no desire to wander away from you. Swimming or running beside a bicycle are also perfect activities, and the dogs love retrieving balls or sticks. Once the dog is home, however, he tends to be inactive.
The natural temperament of a Rottweiler is one of calmness, courage and loyalty. The breed serve as calm and alert companions, and are known to follow their owners from room to room. Rottweilers are easy to train, and it is imperative that they are trained. The dogs are protective and will defend their family fiercely. Because of this quality, it is important that a young Rottweiler be socialized with other dogs and people. You need to show the puppy your friends and relatives and then they will always be welcomed enthusiastically. However, strangers will be able to get nowhere near your home. The same is true with other animals. The Rottweiler needs to be socialized at a young age. They can be aggressive with other dogs and should be kept on a leash in public. But the dog will accept other pets in the household, so long as he is socialized with them at a young age.
The most essential thing to raising a Rottweiler is training. Firm and careful training is essential, otherwise you may end up with a very powerful and aggressive dog. Their owner needs to be able to handle their massive size and training should begin as early as possible. The breed also can develop a tendency to bluff or bully their owners, which needs to be overcome with training while the puppy is still very young. The breed tends to be very intelligent and takes well to training, especially with competitive obedience. The breed tends to respond very well to verbal commands, making physical mastery over the dog sometimes unnecessary. A Rottweiler should never be trained roughly, but with patience, consistency, sensitivity and patience. The dog should respond in kind.
If you have young children, you should be very cautious when considering getting a Rottweiler. Although some Rottweilers are good with children and others are not, you may never know for sure. Many are very tolerant and loving towards children, while others resent the rough treatment of a child. The most serious problem may arise from the size of the dog. Rottweilers have accidentally caused injuries to small children by simply bumping into them. The breed used to be used as cattle herders, resulting in the natural impulse to bump or herd children or elderly family members.
When selecting a Rottweiler, males and females both make equally good pets. However, because of their smaller size, female Rottweilers are often easier to handle, especially for the first time owner.
Although many consider the Rottweiler to be the perfect dog, they are not for everyone. Owning a Rottweiler requires a lot of responsibility. If you are willing to take this responsibility seriously, the Rottweiler may be the perfect dog for you.
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Contrary to popular belief, Rottweilers have stable temperaments. They can be trained, and are renowned for their courage. After German Shepherds, they are the most commonly used police dogs. They can be vicious when it comes to protecting their owners or property. They have high levels of endurance and are able to endure excessive amounts of pain. These dogs must be trained correctly, or they will be too aggressive. These dogs should only be purchased by people who can handle them. They are guard dogs by nature and have been used in this capacity for hundreds of years. Rottweilers are also good with children and other pets as long as they are trained correctly.
Diseases that are common to Rottweilers include entropion, ACL, and hip dysplasia. The maximum life span for a Rottweiler is approximately 12 years.
Rottweilers were bred for extensive physical activities, a need large amounts of exercise. It is difficult to exercise these dogs too much because they enjoy it. Taking them for a run in a wide-open area will bring joy to them. However, Rottweilers should always be kept on leashes when they are around other people.
Special Grooming Needs
Rottweilers have sleek coats that are easy to care for. You will want to use a brush which has strong bristles. You should only bathe these dogs when they need it. Rottweilers shed standard amounts of fur.