The Rottweiler dog breed is traditionally considered German, and it is, however, it appeared on the territory of Germany centuries earlier, when on the site of modern German cities there were only settlements of semi-wild Germanic tribes. The Roman Empire, expanding its borders, conquered new territories, and the lands beyond the Rhine were of great value, like the people who inhabited them.
The Romans had fighting dogs, and they, of course, in the process of moving troops mated with local dogs. The same happened in Germany, moreover, the Romans not only passed in this region, but also left behind deep traces in the form of culture, settlements, cities, roads. When in the Middle Ages, during the time of the new Holy Roman Empire, the inhabitants of one of the German settlements decided to build a church and began to build a foundation, they discovered the remains of an ancient Roman villa with a red tiled roof.
In German, the red tile will be “das Rote Wil” – this became the name of the new city, as well as the breed of dogs, which is widely used in this region. Rottweilers were widely used by butchers, who, traveling to the capital to sell cattle and carcasses, always took these dogs with them as protectors.
Some even managed to harness them in small carts, and on the way back to save the money they made, they were tied to the neck of the animal, knowing its strength, fearlessness and devotion to the owner. Surprisingly, with the advent of the railway, the Rottweilers almost disappeared, and by the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century there were very few of them. The reason is so simple that it is even hard to believe in it – butchers and other merchants began to ride trains, and over the years the dogs more and more lost their relevance.
In Heilbronn, Germany, only 1 Rottweiler was present at the 1881 exhibition. The situation changed for the better only in 1901 – enthusiasts created the first Rottweiler and Leonberger club, then the first breed standard was written for the Rottweiler breed. By the way, modern standards have not changed much since then.
Rottweiler saw the United States in the late 20s of the 20th century, together with emigrants from Germany – after the First World War, the country experienced an economic disaster, and people drove out in droves. The first Rottweiler dog in America was registered in 1931, and her name was Stina von Felsenmeer. As early as 1990, the number of dog owners of this breed registered at the American Kennel Club was 100,000.
Rottweiler dogs have a large, muscular physique, chest wide, deep. Paws of medium length, strong and also muscular, the neck is medium, massive, the head is large, with a powerful mouth, the ears hang down on the sides of the head on the cheekbones. The tail is usually docked, black with tan.
Rottweiler can be both a fierce and ruthless opponent, and a best friend, or, for example, a nanny for a small child. It all depends on the specific situation and environment, as well as, of course, on the people with whom he interacts. This breed is distinguished by its developed intellect, although many people underestimate this quality in them, developing exclusively security and fighting skills.
The Rottweiler loves walking, loves active pastimes, needs training and physical activity, especially considering the fact that he is prone to gaining excess weight. Especially upon reaching adulthood. These dogs have a strong character with a certain degree of independence, and do not perceive aggression in vain and baseless punishment from the owner.
Such methods of education and communication with the pet is the worst that can be, since the psyche of the animal will develop incorrectly, and it is not known what it will result in in the future. One thing is for sure – nothing good will come of it.
Try to earn the respect of your dog, never go too far, do not lose adequacy, be a fair and wise master. They treat children well, are very attached to their family, can literally give their lives for their master or his child.
Strangers are perceived normally, with some caution, but without aggression, if the person does not show a negative attitude towards the owner or the dog itself. It is better to introduce them to cats at an early age. Also, the Rottweiler needs early socialization.
Since the Rottweiler is dominant and stubborn, training should begin at an early age. This should be done with the help of a person who has experience in training dogs, a calm and well-balanced person.
Rottweiler is great for training as a dog guard or protector. They have sufficient intelligence and memory to learn both basic and more complex commands. This breed has a strong and independent character, and therefore you need to learn how to behave correctly, both in everyday life and in the learning process.
It makes no sense to break the dog’s character with brute force, as well as build relationships on the principle of power domination.