Rottweilers are strong, loyal and affectionate dogs and, when trained properly, can make excellent pets. Rotties are noble dogs who are protective by nature. It should be mentioned at the outset that Rotties are not ideal for first-time dog families or people who intend to train a dog to be a guard dog, especially if their training methods are aggressive. It is because of poor training methods that this breed has often been convicted of being harmful and aggressive. In the same way that the entire human race has not hitherto been judged for the wrongdoings of a few, no breed of dog can be judged for having a universally intimidating personality. They are simply robust, warm, gracious dogs when brought up well. Rotties have a natural instinct to protect their families.
Rottweilers get their name from the German town of Rottweil, which in turn gets its name from the Roman Empire. ‘Rot’ stands for red roof tiles and ‘wil’ for the villas, which again was a common feature in Ancient Rome. Rottweilers are called ‘Rottie’ or ‘Rott’ for short.
The first most noticeable thing about Rotties is their large head and strong jaw. It is often more because of their appearance than personality that Rotties are pre-judged as being aggressive. The iron jaw of a Rottie can exert pressure of over 149kg per inch, and you can tell than the Rottie is aware of this by the way he walks his confident walk. Rest assured, he won’t be inspired to use it till you teach him to or mistreat him enough. Rotties are also known for their colour. They’re amongst the few breeds that come only in one colour, barring slight difference in the shade of their markings.