The Rottweiler originated from the town of Rottweil, Germany and is said to be the result of interbreeding of various breeds such as the Roman driving dog breed, the English Molosser, and other local dogs contributed by soldiers from other places. During these times, the Rottweiler was a famed means of transport for stock meat going to the market.
The Rottweiler flourished as a herder and meat carrier, but when the railroad replaced the dog as means of stock transport, people ignored this breed to the point where only one female Rottweiler was left in the town of Rottweil. However, when World War I broke out, the great need for police dogs revived the interest of breeders to the Rottweiler. This time, the breed once again flourished and its uses extended to the battlefield and other military services and presently, it is used as a guide dog for the blind and in search and rescue operations.
If there’s a breed of dog that always gets the role of a fearsome beast, then that would often be the enormous, dark-colored and stately Rottweiler. For years, news and write-ups have circulated the dog- loving community about the allegedly fatal human attacks of this breed and these have discouraged people from taking them in as pets. However, this malicious hysteria is the result of man’s carelessness and improper treatment of the Rottweiler and not the breed’s innate characteristics itself.
Also called the Rottweil Metzgerhund meaning Butchers Dog, the Rottweiler is one powerful creature that possesses innate great herding and guarding instincts. It is regarded as one of the oldest, or presumably the oldest herding breed in the world. It is said that those stubborn stocks that the Border Collies and Kelpies cannot handle will be a perfect job for the Rottweiler because it has great and natural strength and innate style in gathering hard to control stocks.
This creature’s body has composed of an outer coat and inner coat wherein the outer one is medium in length, coarse and dense. The inner coat is not visible and has a longer hair on its hind legs. This breed’s color only comes in black with tan or orange markings on the muzzle, cheeks, throat, chest and legs.
Like any other dog breeds, the Rottweiler also needs correct training and proper supervision to bring out its best asset. In nature, this dog is good-hearted, affectionate, docile and sociable. It is calm and firm and has an innate need to protect and defend its master and his property.
This breed possesses a self-assured, calm and fearless appearance that some view it as fearsome. However, the Rottweiler is just another misinterpreted creature, and this outward appearance is just a clear manifestation that it is a courageous dog and protective companion. It is also never discriminating towards possible acquaintances and in fact, is open to meeting new people and animals, unlike other breeds that jump and growl at the sight of strangers.
The negative publicities of the Rottweiler do not erase the fact that this breed is one of the best breeds out there. If there is someone to be blamed for this breed’s misbehavior, it is no other than the owner who carelessly disregards the proper and real needs of the Rottweiler. If every owner of a Rottweiler is responsible enough to acknowledge the different needs of this extraordinary dog, then it would’ve received only all praise from people around the world.