Rottweilers are strong, loyal and affectionate dogs and, when trained properly, can make excellent pets. Rotties are noble dogs who are protective by nature. It should be mentioned at the outset that Rotties are not ideal for first-time dog families or people who intend to train a dog to be a guard dog, especially if their training methods are aggressive. It is because of poor training methods that this breed has often been convicted of being harmful and aggressive. In the same way that the entire human race has not hitherto been judged for the wrongdoings of a few, no breed of dog can be judged for having a universally intimidating personality. They are simply robust, warm, gracious dogs when brought up well. Rotties have a natural instinct to protect their families. They were initially trained to herd livestock and pull carts for butchers to sell meat in the markets. It is a testament to their personalities that there is a memorial dedicated to Rotties in the town of Rottweil in Germany. Training and early socialisation are key to a well-adjusted Rottweiler. A large part of our responsibilities towards this breed also involves educating people on the true nature of the Rottie and discourage the clichéd and false notion that they are harmful dogs.History
Rotties are believed to have descended from the Molossus, a mastiff-like dog. Their ancestors marched to Germany with the Romans and were used to herd the cattle that sustained the soldiers. These dogs also guarded the cattle at night. In order to keep their money safe from thieves, cattlemen put their purses around the Rottweiler’s neck whilst returning home. Because they were used to herd animals much larger than themselves, Rottweilers continue to be amongst the strongest breeds the world over. To this day, they have formidable strength which they are not shy to use. When rail transport replaced cattle drives, the Rottweiler lost its job and became almost extinct in the late 1800s. It was after World War II that this breed regained its popularity, when it was best known for being an excellent obedience dog. Around the mid-1990s, Rotties were at the peak of their popularity. This was not the best thing to happen to the breed, because it gave rise to a large crop of unethical breeders who did not care to raise healthy dog with good temperaments. The bad press that Rotts get today, is primarily due to this indiscriminate breeding. Today, dedicated and reputed breeders are trying to turn the breed around and give them their noble, strong personality and reputation back.Unique Aspects
The first most noticeable thing about Rotties is their large head and strong jaw. It is often more because of their appearance than personality that Rotties are pre-judged as being aggressive. The iron jaw of a Rottie can exert pressure of over 149kg per inch, and you can tell than the Rottie is aware of this by the way he walks his confident walk. Rest assured, he won’t be inspired to use it till you teach him to or mistreat him enough. Rotties are also known for their colour. They’re amongst the few breeds that come only in one colour, barring slight difference in the shade of their markings. Rotties make excellent guard dogs and companion dogs alike, but need to be socialised and trained at a very early age, by a firm yet gentle and patient human. Rottweilers love people and want to be with their families as much as they can. Leaving them alone for long periods of time can lead them to become destructive. If raised with children, Rotties do very well around them. All play between Rotties and children, however, is best supervised by an adult. Because of their natural herding instinct, Rottweilers are prone to "bump" children, which may not be gentle on toddlers.
The Omen portrays the Rottweiler as an evil dog, a characterisation that they can do without. They also star as good guys in Lethal Weapon 3 and Entourage, the HBO series.Will Smith lives with two Rottweilers named Indo and Zakhi.
Rottweilers are relatively easy to groom, although it will need to be done regularly. They shed heavily throughout the year, so a thorough brushing once or twice a week is a must. Rotties have a short double coat with coarse, medium length hair. You can see and feel an undercoat around the head, ears and legs. The thickness of the undercoat in most cases is proportional to the weather, the colder the weather the thicker the undercoat. You will need a firm bristle brush to remove all dead hair and distribute the skin oils. As with all other dogs, you will need to concentrate on the oral health of your Rottie. Make sure you familiarise the Rottie with being groomed from a young age, so that he or she does not have issues with being touch near their ears, eyes and paws.
Rotties are generally healthy but, like all dogs, are prone to some generic and genetic conditions. Hip Dysplasia is a common condition amongst Rotties, where the thigh bone does not fit in snugly at the hip joint. Dogs will express pain or exhibit lameness in one or both hind legs, if they are suffering from hip dysplasia. This condition can be managed with medication if mild, and surgery if extreme. Rotties are generally prone to bone problems, because of their sheer bulk. They are also big eaters, so bone problems can be aggravated if they put on more weight than they need to, so ensure a healthy balanced diet for your Rott. This breed is also prone to developing osteosarcoma, a kind of aggressive bone cancer. Gastric bloat is another common Rottweiler ailment, in which the stomach fills up with excess gas and twists. This can be fatal if it isn’t detected quickly and treated immediately. If you find your Rottie drooling excessively or retching without vomiting, or observe an unnatural bloat around the abdomen, it’s time for a vet visit.
It is said that a dog’s personality is a reflection of his human companion's, and it can’t be truer than in the case of a Rottie. Positive reinforcement is the single best way to encourage good behaviour in this breed. If the entire human race should not be judged due to the sins of a few, the same is true of any dog breed. A large part of living with a Rottie should entail educating people of the stellar qualities of this breed and discourage subscribing to the general unfounded theory that all Rotties have an aggressive streak. Rotties can be excellent companion dogs for families with other animals and even kids, provided they are socialised from a very young age and trained by a firm yet gentle master. You can’t show Rotties who’s boss by bullying them, because that’s something they’re very good at giving as good as they get. Instead, introduce them to a variety of people, animals, places, smells and sights at a young age, so that they are less likely to be startled and uncomfortable as they grow into adulthood. Rotties can be great around kids, but if you have very young children, it’s best to supervise playtime. Because of their herding mentality, Rotties can nuzzle or nudge kids too hard, without knowing their own strength. They are noble and loyal dogs and these are the qualities that you will do well to bring out in them.Environment
It is best to keep Rottweilers in a house with a preferably fenced-in yard. Although they can adapt to apartment living, you will have to ensure that your Rottie gets ample exercise every day, so that he or she does not get bored and hence destructive. Rotties love walks and hikes, but it is best to take them everywhere on leash, to minimise negative feedback from people who continue to have preconceived If there are other pets at home, then ensure that the Rottie gets acclimatized with them when they are puppies. They take longer to adjusting with same-sex dogs, so work hard to socialise them as early as possible.Training & Intelligence
Rotties are warm, sincere, confident and loyal dogs. However, training and socialisation is not an option for these dogs; it is mandatory. Their intelligence and willingness to learn will ensure that you have a rewarding time training them, but be sure to use only positive reinforcement methods. A Rottie doesn’t take well to being told who’s boss rudely. You have to be calm, patient and firm, admonishing them firmly for bad behaviour and praising them with great zest for good behaviour. Trust is key. If you can win your Rottie’s trust, that’s half the battle won. Rottweilers thrive when they have enough mental and physical exercise, so never deny them a quick game of 'fetch' or a nice long run in the park.
Rotties are generally healthy, robust dogs with few problems during breeding. They have large litters, with an average of six to nine puppies being born in each litter. The average Rottie will attain sexual maturity between six and nine months of age, but they are still too young to be mated. If you must mate your Rottie, wait till he or she is at least two years old. Finally, as in the case of any breed, ensure that you have found responsible families to take the puppies even before you get them mated, so that they don't fall into the wrong hands. If you’re breeding your dog for the first time, ensure that you're consulting with a vet regularly and have adequate help during the birthing process.Puppies
Rottie puppies with their naughty nature and big melting eyes, are a treat! Remember to channelize their curiosity in the right direction. Expose the puppies to as many sights, sounds, scents, people and animals as you possibly can, so that they grow up to be well-adjusted adults. Make sure you housebreak these puppies as effectively as you can. Puppies can leave you little presents anywhere in the house, and a grown Rottie that isn’t housebroken means really large, smelly presents!
Rotties have very large heads with broad skulls and deep muzzles. The forehead is fairly arched and the cheeks, well-boned. The body is square, compact and powerful. The chest is deep and broad with a straight back and a sloping rump. The tail is set high and carried horizontally when intact. Tails used to be docked to facilitate cart pulling and although this is still done often, docking is now banned in the United Kingdom. The forelegs are straight and muscular and the hind legs are well-angled. The feet are compact, with the front feet being round and the hind feet being longer. The toes are well arched with almost black pencil-like markings. It is best to remove the Rottie’s rear dewclaws. The nails are short and black. The eyes are almond shaped, intelligent and soft. The ears are small and set high and close to the cheeks. The nose is well developed and black. An alert Rottweiler often develops wrinkles on his or her forehead. Rotties have a short double coat which is straight and coarse. The outer coat is of medium length, shorter on the head, ears and legs. The undercoat is found mainly on the neck and thighs, with the thickness depending on the climate in which the dog is bred. Rotties are always black with markings that are rust or mahogany. These marking appear over their eyes, on the cheeks, on each side of the muzzle, on the chest and leg and beneath the tail. Males are typically 24 to 27 inches tall and weigh 95 to 130 pounds (43-59kg). Females are typically 22 to 25 inches tall and weigh 85-115 pounds (38-52kg).