The Rottweiler is one of the more recognizable breeds with his large head, solidly muscled body, and distinctively handsome black-and-tan markings. He is intelligent, strong, and loyal. The Rottweiler is a big dog and can weigh up to a hefty 135 pounds, most of it muscle. Bred for generations to use his protective instincts and independent judgment when his family or territory is threatened, this is one tough animal.
It’s no surprise that these dogs are used in police work. All Rottweiler’s need structured, consistent training from an early age as well as focused socialization around children, strangers, and other pets if they are to be well-adjusted members of the family and well-mannered when taken out in public. Be fair and firm but never mean with the Rottweiler and he will repay you with love and respect.
A vestige of the dog’s heritage as a cattle herder is bumping – and the nicest Rottweiler’s idea of a playful nudge might have a much greater impact. Rottweiler’s also put on weight easily and will need at least a couple of 20- to 40-minute walks daily, plus mental stimulation in the form of training to keep their bodies and minds in shape.
Rottweiler’s thrive when they have work to do, whether it’s obedience competition, competitive protection work, agility, carting, therapy dog work, or herding. It’s no surprise that over the years the Rottweiler has excelled as a police dog, herding dog, service dog, therapy dog, and obedience competitor. In fact, the Rottweiler can do nearly anything asked of him, and if you don’t ask, he’ll probably find something to do on his own. But in the right home, with early socialization and training, the Rottweiler can be a wonderful companion and guard dog.