The Rottweiler a breed not for everyone

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So you think you want to be owned by a Rottweiler.  There are a lot of things to consider, you should do some serious and and careful research before deciding if the Rottweiler is the right breed for you.  A few things to consider are temperament, activity level and basic needs.

Well let’s talk a little about the Rottweiler breed.  This breed can be dated back to roman times.  This breeds ancestry was originally a drovers dog  and protector. Their intelligence, endurance and willingness to work makes them good for police work and also a service dog.  They were also know as the butchers dogs, and they also would pull carts with milk to market for their owners.

This is a large, robust breed of dog who will mature to stand for a male between 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder and should weigh on average between 90 to 120 pounds.  A female should mature to stand about  22 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 70 to 90 pounds.  This breed is a loyal family member, a clown who will protect their territory, and their people.  One that is aloof of strangers and is a strong working dog.  These dogs love to have a job to do.  A Rottweiler needs structure and discipline and so obedience and socialization are a must starting at an early age. This breed is in the working dog group within the American Kennel Club.

They have a short coat that is relatively easy to groom. An average shedding breed, brushing with a firm bristle brush regularly should remove any excess hair.The temperament is basically a calm, confident, courageous dog.  He has a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate friendships.  He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work. Extremely energetic,they love playing catch, going for a morning run or tagging along on a hike in the woods.  Boredom can lead to behavioral problems.

The Rottweiler generally does best with a good fenced yard for their safety and should be included in the every day activities of the family.  Like children, each dog has a different personality, energy and patience levels. So, each dog and child relationship should be considered individually. This breed is known for some health issues such as hip dysplasia, Cancer, subvalvular aortic stenosis, rupture of cranial cruciate ligament, entropian and ectropian are a few.  Their average life span is about 10 year’s, although they have been known to live longer. One of the main keys to successful ownership is ongoing positive obedience training and socialization. For the right dedicated owner a Rottweiler can be the best of dog companions.

Obedience training is a must as this breed can become destructive without enough stimulation.  A firm and dominant owner is a must when training this powerful breed. Patience is an important factor in training a Rottweiler.

Begin your research by reading  breed information about the Rottweiler. Be sure to ask lots of questions before choosing a breeder.  If you decide a Rottweiler is for you then choose a reputable Rottweiler breeder or to adopt a Rottweiler from a Rottweiler rescue.  This breed’s future lies in the hands of current and future owners.

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