You’ve probably heard the news about the Rottweilers turning violent on their owners. Don’t let few isolated cases make your mind. Here are reasons why Rottweilers are still great pets.
The phrase ‘tough guy with a heart of gold’ is perhaps the best description one can give Rottweilers. Like any other dog breed, Rottweilers can be loyal, protective and strong yet gentle. They are also described to be aloof towards strangers but affectionate towards his family. Perhaps the only fault that they have is that they can get too protective sometimes. But nonetheless, Rottweilers are great dogs to have around even with kids.
Here are a few reasons why.
They remain puppies longer than other breeds.
All dog owners remember that sweet time when their pets were in the puppy stage. All cute and adorable. But most dogs go over this stage and into adulthood in a year sometimes even less. But Rottweilers, or Rotties as some have nicknamed them, tend to stay puppies for up to two years. Imagine that! More time for babying your dog and taking cute pictures. However, just be sure to not spoil your Rottie puppy as they might give you trouble once they get into adulthood. You’ll know that Rottweilers are fully grown when they reach around 27 inches tall for males and 25 inches tall for females.
Rotties are low maintenance.
Rottweilers are big dogs (weighing around 90 to 110 pounds full-grown) but are relatively low maintenance. Aside from getting them plenty of exercise on a regular basis, you won’t need to do much to keep them happy and healthy. (Don’t forget to feed them enough food, of course). You can get away with going over their fur with a soft-bristled brush once or a few times a week to get rid of dirt and dead skin.
Just watch out for some heavy shedding twice a year. When this happens, just brush your Rottweiler more often than you regularly do keep them clean. Another perk is that you can choose to bathe them only as needed.
Rotties are great security dogs.
This is probably where people argue about the safety of Rottweilers. Some mistake protectiveness for aggression. But a well-trained Rottweiler will only be aggressive and territorial when strangers approach its owner’s home especially at unusual times. Rottweilers can be trained to be friendly to those it knows.
But still, something as simple as a Rottweiler’s loud bark can help drive away possible intruders from one’s home. Rotties are said to be natural guard dogs as well. They have instincts to observe a situation first before acting.
While some Rottweilers are trained to be aggressive, one can train it to be otherwise calm through some patience and inculcating. They aren’t really barkers and can be trained to only bark at certain situations as well.
They can live with children.
As always, the secret to raising dogs alongside children is proper training and socialization on both parts. Experts recommend introducing Rottweilers to children as puppies to have more room for teaching the dog about how to co-exist with others. Doing this could also prevent future issues with your dog and children.
But this doesn’t mean that you should leave your small kids with your Rottie. They are generally well-behaved dogs but sometimes small children may unconsciously trigger Rottweilers. Thus, it is also important to teach children the proper way to treat and interact with the family dog.
Although they get bad rap from the media, Rottweilers are one of the most well-behaved and loyal dogs you’ll ever meet. They can be trained to perform guarding tasks and to live with a family with children as the same time making them one of the best companions your family can have.