The Rottweiler is a truly unique animal. Centuries of selective breeding have produced a dog with a spirited curiosity about life, a dog fiercely loyal to trusted friends and family members, a dog with intelligence, strength and great beauty.
If you are considering owning one of these magnificent animals, let me prepare you for a challenging experience. Owning a Rottweiler will change your life; watching him grow and fit into the role you have chosen for him while he maintains his own independence and playful nature will give you years of pleasure and enjoyment.
The Rottweiler is one of the oldest breeds known to man. They can be traced back to the first century when they accompanied the Roman Legions across the Alps, guarding prisoners of war and herding cattle. Emperor Nero is said to have kept a number of them around his palace to discourage intruders. Later, Rottweilers served as drovers and cart dogs and their owners discovered that their money was always safe on long journeys to and from market when tied around the necks of these great animals.
The fame of this powerful and courageous breed spread throughout Europe and the New World. Fortunately, care was taken by responsible and dedicated breeders to retain the dominant characteristics of strength, intelligence, bravery and devotion to duty - all these qualities so valued by the ancient Romans and throughout the world today.
The Rottweiler is a family dog; friendly, good natured and loyal. He is willing and able to take a responsible position in the home - often on his back in your favorite easy chair, if you'll let him. Properly socialized he is good with children, big enough to withstand the most enthusiastic roughhousing, but gentle enough to watch over a sleeping baby.
The Rottweiler is a useful dog. He is an excellent guard and watchdog as well as a valued member of many security forces and canine corps. Countless men owe their lives to these valiant animals. His exceptional sense of smell has make him excel in tracking and drug work.
The Rottweiler's quiet dignity and commanding size demands attention, but it is his intelligence and extreme loyalty that people respect and love. He is a careful, ever alert guardian of his family and home.
The Rottweiler is an obedient dog. He is extremely intelligent and has an overwhelming desire to please so he learns quickly and responds eagerly and cheerfully to approval. The Rottweiler is an excellent performer in the field and show ring, as well as the home.
The Rottweiler is a companion. He is faithful and totally devoted to those who love him. A Rottweiler would much rather be outside with his master, while he is shoveling snow, than laying inside by the fire alone.
A Rottweiler is a large, powerfully built animal with an impressive head and blocky conformation. His black coat has distinct rust markings on the face, legs and chest. While out and about with your Rottweiler, you come to expect questions about your dog from admiring strangers, but his intimidating presence could cause some to ask questions from a distance.
If, after learning a bit more about Rottweilers, you still doubt that all of these wonderful qualities can be condensed in one breed, let me urge you to talk to Rottweiler owners. Ask them about their dogs disposition, intelligence, loyalty and zest for life. Ask them about strength, independence, commanding physical presence and willingness to learn. And lastly, ask them if they ever want to own another breed of dog....
But, please, before purchasing a Rottweiler, make sure this is the breed for YOU by reading, getting to know the breed, talking to Code of Ethics breeders and owners, and above all never impulsively buy a Rottweiler.