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trjn - "...Of courageous determination or energy. One who shows the pluck, endurance,
determined energy, or the like, attributed to the defenders of Troy."
Interested in buying a Rottweiler? You must be or you wouldn't be reading this.
You've already heard how wonderful Rottweilers are. Well, I think you should also hear, before it's too late, that Rottweilers ARE NOT THE PERFECT
BREED FOR EVERYONE. As a breed they have a few features that some people find charming, but that some people find mildly unpleasant and some
people find downright intolerable.
While a Rottweiler is a large, impressive breed, true protection is
only obtained through a lifetime of training. Even if you do not choose to train in protection, a Rottweiler requires
many hours of obedience training and socialization, and can be expected at some point in his/her life to
challenge it's owner. Some Rottweilers are also slow to bark, coming into their voice at two to three years of
age - do not expect your Rottweiler puppy to instinctively warn you of an approaching stranger. There are many
other breeds whose "watch dog" capabilities far exceed that of the Rottweiler. If all you are seeking is a dog that
will bark at strangers approaching your home, you may want to look at the Labrador, the Standard Poodle, or
some terrier breeds.
Rottweilers were bred to share in many aspects of a family's daily life, as protective guardians,
willing workers, and happy playmates. They thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever you are.
They are happiest living with you in your house and going with you when you go out. While they usually tolerate
being kenneled for periods of time, or crated inside the house by themselves, they need human contact and
socialization in order to remain well-rounded. A Rottweiler who does not receive adequate socialization and
attention is likely to grow up to be unsociable (fearful and/or unprovokedly aggressive), unruly, and unhappy. He
may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking, that will displease you and/or your neighbors. An adult
so exiled will be miserable too. If you don't strongly prefer to have your dog's companionship as much as
possible, enjoy having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should
choose a breed less oriented to human companionship. Likewise, if your job or other obligations prevent you
from spending much time with your dog. No dog is really happy without companionship but the pack hounds are
more tolerant of being kenneled or yarded so long as it is in groups of 2 or more. A better choice would be a
cat, as they are solitary by nature.
and household rules training is NOT optional for the Rottweiler. As an absolute minimum, you must teach him to
reliably respond to commands to come, to lie down, to stay, and to walk at your side, on or off leash and
regardless of temptations. You must also teach him to respect your household rules: e.g. is he allowed to get on
the furniture? is he allowed to beg at the table? What you allow or forbid is unimportant; but it is *critical* that
you, not the dog, make these choices and that you enforce your rules consistently. You must commit yourself to
attending an 8 to 10 week series of weekly lessons at a local obedience club or professional trainer and to
doing one or two short (5 to 20 minutes) homework sessions per day. As commands are learned, they must be
integrated into your daily life by being used whenever appropriate and enforced consistently. Young Rottweiler
puppies are relatively easy to train: they are eager to please, intelligent, and calm-natured, with a relatively good
attention span. Once a Rottweiler has learned something, he tends to retain it well. Your cute, sweet little
Rottweiler puppy will grow up to be a large, powerful dog with a highly self-assertive personality, and the
determination to finish whatever he starts. If he has grown up respecting you and your rules, then all his physical
and mental strength will work for you. But if he has grown up without rules and guidance from you, surely he will
make his own rules and his physical and mental powers will often act in opposition to your needs and desires.
For example: he may tow you down the street as if competing in a sled-dog race; he may grab food off the table;
he may forbid your guests entry to his home. This training cannot be delegated to someone else, e.g. by
sending the dog away to "boarding school", because the relationship of respect and obedience is personal
between the dog and the individual who does the training. This is true of all dogs to a greater or lesser degree,
but definitely to a very great degree in Rottweilers. While you definitely may want the help of an experienced
trainer to teach you how to train your dog, you yourself must actually train your Rottweiler. As each lesson is well
learned, then the rest of the household (except very young children) must also work with the dog, insisting he
obey them as well.
Dogs do not
believe in social equality. They live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader (Alpha). The alpha dog is generally
benevolent, affectionate, and non-bullying towards his subordinates; but there is never any doubt in his mind or
in theirs that the alpha is the boss and makes the rules. Whatever the breed, if you do not assume the
leadership, the dog will do so sooner or later and with more or less unpleasant consequences for the abdicating
owner. Like the untrained dog, the pack-leader dog makes his own rules and enforces them against other
members of the household by means of a dominant physical posture and a hard-eyed stare, followed by a snarl,
then a knockdown blow or a bite. Breeds differ in tendencies towards social dominance; and individuals within
a breed differ considerably. Rottweilers as a breed tend to be of a socially dominant personality. You really
cannot afford to let a Rottweiler become your boss. You do not have to have the personality or mannerisms of a
Marine boot camp Sergeant, but you do have to have the calm, quiet self-assurance and self-assertion of the
successful parent ("Because I'm your mother, that's why.") or successful grade-school teacher. If you think you
might have difficulty asserting yourself calmly and confidently to exercise leadership, then choose a breed
known for its socially subordinate disposition, such as a Golden Retriever or a Shetland Sheepdog, and be sure
to ask the breeder to select one of the more submissive pups in the litter for you.
A Rottweiler becomes deeply attached and devoted to his own family, and will show
this affection in a variety of ways. Some Rottweilers are noticeably reserved, however most are more outgoing,
and a few may be exuberantly demonstrative of their affections. They like to be near you, usually in the same
room, an almost always with a head or paw in your lap. They will follow you from room to room, and if you are
standing still, will lean against your leg. They have been known to upend morning coffee cups by deciding that
it's time your hand touched their heads. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are
joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Rott will immediately perceive it and may respond to your mood. As
puppies, of course, they will be more dependent, clownish, and given to testing the limits of their surrounding.
Rottweiler's short coarse coat and undercoat do shed . Generally shedding is confined to once or twice per
year, but Rottweiler females may "blow coat" during their heat cycles, and some Rotties shed more than others.
I don't mean to imply that you must be a slob or slattern to live happily with a Rott, but you do have to have the
attitude that your dog's company means more to you than does neatness and you do have to be comfortable
with a less than immaculate house.
Rottweilers need exercise to
maintain the health of heart and lungs, and to maintain muscle tone. Because of his mellow, laid-back, often
lazy, disposition, your Rottweiler will not give himself enough exercise unless you accompany him or play with
him. An adult Rottweiler should have a morning outing of a mile or more, as you walk briskly, jog, or bicycle
beside him, and a similar evening outing. For puppies, shorter and slower walks, several times a day are
preferred for exercise and housebreaking.
Whether you live in town
or country, no dog can safely be left to run "free" outside your fenced property and without your direct
supervision and control. The price of such "freedom" is inevitably injury or death: from dogfights, from
automobiles, from the pound or from justifiably irate neighbors. Even though Rotts are home-loving and less
inclined to roam than most breeds, an unfenced Rott is destined for disaster. Like other breeds developed for
livestock herding, most Rotts have inherited a substantial amount of "herding instinct", which is a strengthened
and slightly modified instinct to chase and capture suitable large prey. The unfenced country-living Rott will
sooner or later discover the neighbor's livestock (sheep, cattle, horses, poultry) and respond to his genetic urge
to chase and harass such stock. State law almost always gives the livestock owner the legal right to kill any dog
chasing or "worrying" his stock, and almost all livestock owners are quick to act on this! The unfenced city Rott
is likely to exercise his inherited herding instinct on joggers, bicyclists, and automobiles. A thoroughly
obedience-trained Rottweiler can enjoy the limited and supervised freedom of off-leash walks with you in
appropriately chosen environments.
Rottweilers are not a cheap breed to buy, as running a careful breeding program with due regard for
temperament, trainability, and physical soundness (hips especially) cannot be done cheaply. The time the
breeder should put into each puppy's "pre-school" and socialization is also costly. The "bargain" puppy from a
"back-yard breeder" who unselectively mates any two Rotts who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to
be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the
occasional adult or older pup is available at modest price from a disenchanted owner or from a breeder,
shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned; most of these "used" Rottweilers, after evaluation by an
experienced handler and vet check, are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide
training, leadership, and understanding. Whatever the initial cost of your Rottweiler, the upkeep will not be
cheap. Being large dogs, Rotts eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually
come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia and of most
medications is proportional to body weight. Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an
essential expense for virtually all pet Rottweilers, as it "takes the worry out of being close", prevents serious
health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion.
Although the Rottweiler's capability as a personal protection dog and as a police dog have been
justifiably well publicized, and occasionally dramatically over-stated, the Rottweiler is not any more capable in
these respects than are half a dozen other protection breeds. Nor are all Rottweilers equally capable: some are
highly so and some moderately so, but many have insufficient natural capacity for such work. Due to his
laid-back disposition, the Rottweiler is, if anything, a bit slower to respond aggressively to a threat than are most
other protection breeds. For the same reason, however, the Rottie is perhaps somewhat more amenable to
control by the handler and somewhat more willing to follow commands to refrain from biting or to stop biting
when told to do so. Whatever the breed, before the dog can be safely protection trained, he must have great
respect for the leadership of his handler and must be solidly trained in basic obedience to that handler. Equally
essential, he must have a rock-solidly stable temperament and he must also have been "socialized" out in the
world enough to know that most people are friendly and harmless, so that he can later learn to distinguish the
bad guys from the good guys. Even with such a dog, safe protection training demands several hundred hours of
dedicated work by the handler, much of it under the direct supervision of a profoundly expert trainer. Please
don't buy any dog for protection training unless you are absolutely committed to the extreme amount of work that
will be required of you personally. Also talk to your lawyer and your insurance agent first.
Most Rottweilers have an assertive and confident personality. When confronted with a threat, a proper
Rottweiler will be somewhat more ready to fight than to flee. Thus he may respond aggressively in situations
where many other breeds back down. Most Rottweilers have some inclination to act aggressively to repel
intruders on their territory (i.e. your home) and to counter-act assaults upon their pack mates (you and your
family). Without training and leadership from you to guide him, the dog cannot judge correctly whom to repel and
whom to tolerate. Without training and leadership, sooner or later he may injure an innocent person who will
successfully sue you for more than you own. With good training and leadership from you, he can be profoundly
valuable as a defender of your home and family. (See also remarks on stability and socialization above.)
No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment or because
he is no longer a cute puppy or didn't grow up to be a beauty contest winner or because his owners through lack
of leadership and training have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent, with a repertoire of
undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a "used" dog are
never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, poorly mannered dog. A Rottweiler dumped into a
Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival -- unless he has the great good fortune to be spotted by
someone dedicated to Rottweiler Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, and
well-groomed Rottweiler whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Rottweiler Club or Rescue group are
fairly good; but an older Rott has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local Rottweiler club or Rescue
group if you are diagnosed with a chronic illness or have other equally valid reason for seeking an adoptive
home. Be sure to contact your local Rottweiler club if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your
Rottweiler, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure
continued care or adoptive home for your Rottweiler if you should pre-decease him.
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