8 Facts About Rottweilers That Everybody Needs To Know About This Awesome Breed

24 Aug 2017 | by Aishwarya Kalyanshetti | Posted in: Breeds

Many people in India have this misconception of the concept of Aggressive breeds or Dangerous breeds. It is us who randomly tag dogs as aggressive, not friendly or dangerous because of an incident or two. Yes course, a rottweiler can be dangerous and aggressive, but so can any dog if raised badly, abused or mistreated. These are just a few myths and misconceptions about rottweilers

Did you know? Rottweiler as described by American Kennel Club are considered as most confident guardians. They further state ,''Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be medium in size and his coat is black with rust to mahogany markings.''

Various websites states top facts about Rottweilers:

  1. They rank in the top ten smartest dog breeds
  2. Rottweilers have been bred as guard dogs, so they are known to form strong bonds with their owners
  3. Rottweilers really enjoy spending time with their families, so they shouldn’t be left alone for too long.
  4. They are a very intelligent breed, and they are very protective by nature.
  5. A well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident.
  6. Rottweilers are large, powerful dogs and require extensive socialization and training from early puppyhood.
  7. The Rottweiler is smart and adaptable with a strong work ethic.
  8. The Rottweiler is known for having a gentle disposition. He loves people and when bred properly he will make a great and gentle companion.

Apart from these facts, its my personal experience that rottweilers are loving, caring, loyal, not aggressive and a very friendly breed. Here are quick tips to nurture your rott to be friendly at the same time be protective about the pack.

  • The most important thing to be kept in mind is to not bring any pup home before 8 weeks, that’s where socialization is fostered.
  • Never ever cage them or tie them up. That takes away their freedom, and makes them irritated and aggressive.
  • Help them meet 100 new faces everyday in their initial 100 days.
  • Spend time with your puppy, that’s where they get attached to you.
  • Basic obedience training will do wonders.
  • Proper amount of exercise will definitely help in calming the dogs.
  • Socialization, socialization and socialization. The first few months is a critical window for socialization as the neuro-networks in their brains are being developed which, simply put, means they're learning how to perceive and respond to the world around them. It's never too late to make improvements, but you never get those first few months back. It's also a great way for them to spend some of that puppy energy and learn to play with other dogs. (Source- thrivingcanine.com)
  • If you observe, your dog is getting aggressive, keep a watch on your dogs, and instances when it is getting aggressive. You either correct them there by saying NO or avoid it (though avoiding is not a good idea!)
  • Last but the least, Look into their eyes and talk to them. This has really worked for me. For example, if my dog is not getting along with any particular dog and starts growling after seeing him; hold his muzzle, look into his eyes and tell him, he is your friend, he is not doing anything to you so you do not growl. Trust me, they understand everything.

So irrespective of what movies, people, magazines, newspapers or indiscriminate pet owners say about these super awesome breeds, it completely depends on the dog’s temperament and the way they are nurtured. So my fellow pet parents, spend quality time with your pets and show them how much you love them.

Hope you find this blog useful.

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Happy Pet Parenting!