Before the bankers came and took charge of our money, the Rottweiler, a German dog breed, had already tasted what it is like to be the protector of money. In 700 AD, the breed was popular for herding and protecting cattle from predators. Carrying meat to the market after slaughter, and protecting the butcher’s money on their way back home.
After making a sell, the butcher would put the money in a leather bag tied around the dog’s neck and walk home freely without fearing robbery. Needless to say, no robber would dare to get close to the dog to take the money.
The Rottweiler is a mix of three breeds of dogs namely the Roman drover dog, the German Pinscher, and the Swiss Mountain dog. The Drover dog was a fierce, intelligent, tough, and strong breed used by the Roman army in their fight to conquer Europe. The dog would guard the soldiers’ food and protect their encampments.
As the Roman army advanced into Europe, the Drover dogs bred with the Swiss mountain dog and the German Pinscher to give birth to the Rottweiler.
The Rottweiler tops the list of the most intelligent, confident, loyal, and loving dog breeds in the world. Their personality makes them the best-suited police dogs, herders, service dogs, and therapy dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes the Rottweiler as confident, courageous, and calm, with a self-assured aloofness.
Unlike other breeds, the Rottweiler tends to respond to events in their environment quietly, with a kind of “wait and see” attitude. The dog is very obedient to the owning family and can be very friendly and loving when well socialized. Like any other breed, the Rottweiler can develop aggressive tendencies if poorly treated.
When it comes to guarding territories, the Rottweiler must be socialized at an early age. This ensures controlled rather than indiscriminate territorial instincts. With proper training, the dog can distinguish threat from non-threat and not attack indiscriminately.
Rottweiler Suitability as a family pet.
Given its daunting size and the fact that it is used by police and military in security operations, many people discount the Rottweiler as a suitable family pet. The misinformation about this breed as a family pet is made worse by TV shows and movies. They tend to portray it as an unfriendly predator with the jaws of a cheetah and the temperament of a hungry lion.
However, a Rottweiler can be a perfect family pet when adequately trained and socialized. As mentioned earlier, the dog can be very friendly and loving when well treated and loved.
While the Rottweiler dogs can be aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex, they are usually friendly towards cats. However, this depends on with how well socialized they are.
Rottweiler Exercise needs.
The Rottweiler requires regular exercise and plenty of playing space to remain happy and healthy. Given the need for training and socialization, the breed is best suited for homes with extensive and secure outdoor space. If a Rottweiler gets confined in a home with little playing space and minimal human interaction, they are likely to develop behavioral problems.
For an average adult Rottweiler, at least a one hour of walk each day is recommended preferably half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening.
Common health issues.
The most common health issues with Rottweiler dogs include joint problems such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Panosteitis. Hip Dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joint of big dogs such as the Rottweiler leading to limping. It’s believed to be genetic and can be treated with surgery or medical therapy. Elbow dysplasia, on the other hand, is characterized by the malformation of elbow joints leading to front limb lameness. In extreme conditions, elbow dysplasia can develop osteoarthritis. The condition is treatable through surgery.
Rottweiler dogs are also prone to eye problems such as cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Cataracts mostly appear older dogs and are treatable through surgery. The PRA, on the other hand, is common in younger Rottweiler dogs between 2 and five years of age and usually, results in night blindness which can progress to total blindness within a year from the onset. Unfortunately, this condition has no known treatment, but the dog can survive without vision.