Rottweilers are protective by nature and don’t need to be taught “protection” behaviors. They don’t make good outdoor dogs firstly because they don’t have a proper coat for it, and secondly, because they love being around people. They are highly intelligent and hard working.
Rottweilers were originally bred to drive cattle to the market then used to pull carts for butchers. They were one of the earliest known police dogs, too. Now, Rottweilers are family guardians and companions. They have a loving heart and are confident yet calm. They can be reserved with strangers, exhibiting a “wait-and-see” attitude when meeting new people.
Because Rottweilers have a natural instinct to protect, early socialization and training is required. They tend to walk a fine line between aggressiveness and protectiveness – often being aggressive when not trained and socialized properly. If they aren’t provided with leadership, Rottweilers will assume the role himself.
Rottweilers love to be around people and when raised correctly make great family dogs. If they are raised with children, they great along with them but need to be taught appropriate behavior, especially since they are large dogs. They can be wary of other dogs, but if they are raised together or introduced properly, Rottweilers will get along with other dogs.
Major Health Concerns: The Rottweiler is predisposed to elbow and hip joint conditions which are compounded by excessive weight. They are also susceptible to Anterior Excruciate Ligament (ACL) damage.
Interesting Fact: While still used for their traditional herding skills, Rottweilers are now also used in search and rescue, as guide dogs for the blind, as guard or police dogs, and in other roles.
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