The Rottweiler’s size and power makes them quite an intimidating breed for some people. Those who have them as pets, however, will tell you they have a soft center. Despite their fearsome appearance the Rottweiler is a loving, caring breed that wants nothing more than to please their owners.
However, they do need experienced owners that are able to assert authority over such a powerful beast, but they make wonderful family pets in the hands of the right people. To help ensure you have an individual with a mild temperament, you should try to select a puppy that is confident but not overbearing toward its siblings.
As a large breed, Rottweilers can be demanding and they need daily exercise to stay in good health. They make excellent guard dogs, and will fiercely protect family members from intruders. It is also an intelligent breed, and they have been trained to perform a variety of roles worldwide.
The Rottweiler is not a breed for people with little experience in keeping dogs. Nor is it a breed for people with limited time and resources to commit to them. They can be traced back to ancient times and there are some fascinating facts surrounding the breed.
Rottweiler Facts #10: Ancient Ancestors
Cattle was just as important to the ancient Romans as it is to us today, perhaps even more so, and cattle herding was key to the success of the empire. The Romans didn’t have access to tractors and other farm vehicles as we do today, and instead used animals to help them. One such animal was a strong, large and intelligent breed of dog. It is thought that this dog was the Rottweiler’s ancestor.
The cattle were often moved in herds by foot over long distances, a method we know as droving. The ancient dogs would help keep the cattle on course. The dogs had to be large enough and tough enough to deal with animals the size of cattle. They were also used to pull carts so they needed to be physically strong. Finally, they had to be intelligent enough to follow their owner’s commands.
It is easy to see how such a beast would be likened to the Rottweiler, and why many people think this is where their ancestry lies.