Dating back to the Roman Empire and considered one of the oldest herding breeds, early Rottweilers guarded and protected the cattle of the moving armies. Descended from powerful mastiff-type dogs, they were a strong and trustworthy companion. In the middle ages, they became known as the butcher's dog of Rottweil, traveling with butchers to protect their cattle and moneybags. With the invention of better roads and the invention of mechanized transportation, the courageous dogs were no longer needed and the breed nearly disappeared. During the World Wars, Rottweilers proved themselves multi-faceted working dogs, serving as a police, guard, and messenger-dogs.
Rottweilers today thrive on working, protecting, and keeping active—often all at the same time. Extremely loyal, a Rottie must be socialized and trained early, to keep his protective drive in check (keeping burglars out is great, but you may want him to let your new friends come in!)
Strong and athletic, a Rottweiler needs vigorous workouts, not a mere walk around the block. Along with exercise, a Rottie needs daily interaction with the family. A properly-trained Rottweiler will adore and protect his own children, but his sheer size may be an issue with very young children. While Rottweilers are typically good with animals in their family, they should be closely supervised with others. After all, a wary Rottie may resist following the “everyone’s my new best friend” philosophy at his local dog park.
A+ Guard dog