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.