Are you a Rottweiler person?

Find out if this adventuresome breed is for you.

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Lets take each question one at a time:

1. Do you have the time to give to a dog? Having time for a dog does not mean that you cannot work and own a dog. Your pet will need quality time, though, just as a child does. He must be fed two times a day and exercised several times a day. He needs to be petted and loved, and he will like to go for rides in the car with you. You must work with him to have an obedient dog who has good manners. Your dog should have at least two good outings a day, and that means a walk or a good romp in the morning and the evening. Never let him out loose to run the neighborhood.

2. Do you have a fenced-in yard? Your yard should be large enough to allow you to throw a ball and for your dog to run with it. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep the yard clean of feces. When walking your dog it is essential to carry a plastic bag or two to pick up droppings. These can be easily dropped in a trash receptacle on your way home.

3. Have you owned a dog previously? This will give you a good idea of what a dog expects from you and what you must do for your dog. Since the Rottweiler is one of the strongest dogs in the canine world, you must be able to handle him. In addition, the Rottweiler is smart and needs an owner who is equally as smart as, or smarter than, he is!

4. Be sure to check with your local offices and find out if there are any breed-specific laws for your area. Your local council may not allow certain breeds in the area and the Rottweiler just may be one of these breeds.

5. You should talk to your neighbors about adding a Rottweiler to your household. Give them some information on the breed and reassure them that you are purchasing your puppy from a responsible breeder and that you will give this dog the time, the care and the training that he will need.

6. Grooming is minimal with this breed, but you will need to trim his toenails, wash his face once or twice a week, keep his ears clean and give him baths as needed.

7. Good humor and a childlike sense of adventure are required for owning a Rottweiler, as these are traits that the breed embraces. You also must be physically fit and enjoy activity, also characteristics that the Rottweiler appreciates. Experience with dogs and a well-grounded sense of responsibility are keys to owning this large and powerful dog, a dog that demands respect and understanding. Being able to train the Rottweiler, physically and mentally, is of paramount importance as well.

In spite of the toughness of the dog and the occasional difficulty in acceptance of the breed by ones neighbors, the Rottweiler is appreciated for his intelligence, his devotion to his family, his abilities for guarding those around him and their possessions and his good looks. However, do learn about the breed before rushing out and buying the first puppy you see.

For more information about the Rottweiler, go to your local library and check out any other books on the breed. In addition, an excellent source of information can be found on the Internet at the American Rottweiler Club (ARC) website. This website is an excellent source of information on the breed as well as a directory of local Rottweiler clubs and contact people.

Next step: Rottweiler Overview

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Rottweiler © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Gloria   Fallston, MD

8/14/2011 11:19:44 AM

I love my 4 yr. old rottie Roxanna she is the best dog ever. In her 4 short years she has survived both a horrific accident(in a vehicle) and beat Addison's kidney failure. She will be on meds. the rest of her life but at least we have her in our life.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

8/3/2010 3:55:56 AM

good article thanks

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

7/26/2009 5:51:53 AM

good article thanks

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greg   portland, ME

4/18/2009 3:21:06 AM

well there is a lot to owning a
time and attention is not a problem if not for my rotti i wouldn't get any
the love and devotion she shows to me is unbelievable i can never see me owning another breed of dog after owning a
.all dogs should be taken out for walks only a very lazy irresponsible person would put thier dog in the yard and think its exercising
dogs are a responsibilty big small medium size they all needexercie

me and my baby our short walks take a hour at
wel if i wsn't preparde tto take my dog out at least 2 or 3 times a day 24/7 i would have never gotton one

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