The Ideal Home for a Rottweiler
The Rottweiler is not a breed for everyone and does best in a home with an experienced handler capable of delivering no-non-sense training. Poor breeders along with owners lacking experience have caused the spread of weak nerved specimens, and an 100 pound insecure dog baring its teeth at any passersby is a huge liability! Rottweilers require dedicated and knowledgeable owners willing to commit in providing loads of exercise, training and socialization. Being a working breed, they require owners capable of supplying this lovely breed with mental stimulation and physical exercise so to drain this working breed’s energy and make a more relaxed pet.
If the buyer is purchasing a puppy it is of vital importance to purchase the puppy from a reputable breeder. Staying away from backyard breeders and puppy stores is a must. Poorly bred Rottweilers can have significant health issues not to mention temperamental ones. Do not be fooled by the Rottweiler’s impressive looks, many actually have a soft side and do better with gentle handling.
This dog does best around the family. Left alone outdoors alone in the yard makes them unhappy, frustrated and intensifies territorial instincts. They also may be nervous and frightened if left alone away from their owners. I learned this from experience: at times, we put our Rotties outdoors in the hopes they would play together while we mopped or vacuumed the floor, only to find both of them behind the door minutes later. As most Rottweilers they loved to be with their family and did not want to miss out anything when outdoors.
Rottweilers generally do not make good pets for the disabled or the elderly. Being large, they may not be easy to handle. Children may also have a hard time walking a Rottweiler. They also require lots of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent them from getting into trouble and being frustrated.
Rottweilers may live well with families with kids, but close supervision is always a must. Rough housing should not be allowed. A child should never be left alone around a Rottweiler, no matter how good he or she is. Being large dogs, they may unintentionally, knock over a child or react to a child mishandling them.
Rottweilers are highly intelligent and versatile. An abundance of specialties await owners of this breed, indeed Rottweilers excel in a variety of sports and specialties such as herding, personal protection, agility, obedience, carting and Shutzhund to just name a few.
Rottweilers are ultimately a breed of dogs that require lots of time and a big commitment. This is why the Rottweiler is not a breed for everyone and should never be adopted on the spur of the moment or worse, as a Christmas gift.