Origin Of Rottweiler
The Rottweiler was named after the city Rottweil in Southern Germany. This was called the city of red-roofed Roman villas ‘das Rote Wil’ when it was conquered by the Romans. The descended from a Roman-Mastiff dog the Molossus. Originally used as herding and driving cattle dogs, their job was to guard the cattle at night and drive them for miles during the day. The need to control strong cattle like bulls meant the breed needed to be strong and sturdy. The breed was first developed in 1899 in Germany. When the cattle herding industry was no longer, due to the introduction of the railway system, this breed took up cart driving for butchers and pulled carts of meat. The Rottweiler also protected their master and the money bags which were tied around their necks from thieves on the long trek home. Once the herding jobs were replaced with trains and the cart pulling was replaced with horses and donkeys, the breed almost went extinct with only 1 female to be found in the town of Rottweil. The Germans revived the breed in 1907 to safeguard the purity, appearance and work qualities of the breed. Today the Rottweiler is used as police dogs, boarder patrol and in the army
Rottweilers are incredibly loyal and obedient, which makes them superb watchdogs, and they will protect their family fearlessly, they are very territorial. When properly trained, socialized and exercised from puppyhood, this breed is an even tempered and dignified companion. They do not like strangers, it is important they understand the difference between friend or foe. This is where socialization is crucial, otherwise fear can lead to aggression. Proper exercise is important to keeping your Rottweilers temperament neutral.
Males – stand 24-27 inches
Females – stand 22-25 inches
Males- Average 110-132Lbs
Terrie, the 4 year old female Rottweiler broke the record for UK’s largest litter of Rottweilers. She gave birth to a staggering 18 puppies! Double the average size. It is likely a genetic trait that Terrie will pass on to her litter. The proud mother of 18 needed a midwife to help with the delivery and feeding of the 18 pups, since females only have 10 nipples.
Training should begin early, before any bad habits can develop. Socialization should also be conducted early and often. This large breed often exhibits dominance and assumes he is the one in charge of the house. Rules and boundaries must be enforced with 100% consistency – if you give a Rottweiler an inch, he will take a mile. Training should be conducted with confidence and firmness, but never harshness. A Rottweiler needs to respect you in order to accept leadership from you, and his response to anger and physical punishment is to disregard you as the leader and assume the role himself. They are well suited for agility, their job of origin.
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