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Rottweiler |Germany|

Rottweiler |Germany|

The Rottweiler is a big and powerful breed that can make a superb companion animal for an experienced dog-owning home. Due to their size and strength, these dogs must be properly socialized from a young age and must undergo obedience training. When brought up correctly, they are loyal, affectionate, biddable dogs that provide great home protection. Like so many of the herding and guarding breeds, the Rottweiler is multiskilled and exceptionally versatile. Unfortunately, as with many breeds, they have suffered poor press due largely to irresponsible dog ownership.

History

The modern Rottweiler probably descended from ancient mastiff-types that were widely used by the Romans. When the Romans settled around the Black Forest in Germany in the first century, they took their dogs with them. Those animals came into contact with the ancestors of mountain breeds such as the Bernese Mountain Dog, Appenzeller, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and Entlebucher. By the Middle Ages, this area had become known as das rote wil meaning “red roof tiles,” and the dogs living there began to be called Rottweils. They were used as butcher’s dogs, for driving cattle, in draft work, and for guarding properties. Later they were used by the military and the police. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931, and the first Rottie was imported to England in 1936.

Puppies of any breed should not be sold under 8 weeks old. It is important that Rottweiler puppies are socialized from a very early age.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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