Rottweiler’s are one of the most powerful breeds of dogs. They are a large breed with strong, muscular bodies, short black and tan hair, docked tail, and distinct looking face. They are tough breed, hard working, and have a loving, playful side in them, too. These dogs are used for many different types of jobs, simply because they are so versatile in their abilities and their high intelligence. German Rottweilers, and American, are one of the most popular types of breeds for families, today. If you aren’t familiar with the German Rottweiler, or even if you are, you may not know some of the history and facts about the breed, so here are seven thins you probably didn’t know about the German Rottweiler.
1. German Rottweiler means what it says
Although it sounds like a German Rottweiler would have more significance and differences than the American Rottweiler, there is really no other difference between the two except that German Rotties are just that, German. The name simply means that the dog was born in Germany and not America. So if you have been told that you have a German Rottweiler, basically, the only distinct difference is that your dog wasn’t American born.
2. Love to work
When most people think of Rottweilers, they probably think of protectors, and guard dogs. Although they are well-known for these jobs, that is not what they were originally bred for. The Rottweiler’s first job when they originated, was a drover. They were used in the fields to help drive cattle and other livestock. They still do act as herders, herding sheep and helping their shepherds, but now, due to their willingness to please, their loyalty and intelligence, they are often used as customs inspection dogs, therapy, guide, drafting and carting, and K9 dogs. Rottweilers are the most happy when they are working so most benefit from having a job of some sort.
3. Big leaners
There are several breeds who are known to lean. There are breeds like the Great Dane and Mastiff that love to lean on their humans, and the Rottweiler is one of the breeds that fall into this category. It is thought to stem from the heritage of moving, or herding cattle and having to lean in close to the cows to get them to move along, so if you love a dog that loves to lean on you and feel the need to be close, this can be a cute little trait to get used to.
4. Droolers and produce gas
Yes, it sounds unpleasant, so if you are the type who doesn’t appreciate these characteristics in a dog, then a Rottie, German or American, might not be for you. Both versions of the Rottweiler breed are droolers and gassy. They don’t care about manners and will just be themselves no matter who is around. Some Rottie owners think it’s kind of funny, while others might find it quite offensive.
5. Participate in obedience competitions
Rotties are one of the most trainable breeds of dogs. There are people who love spending time working with their Rottie and getting them to become very well trained, obeying every command, and then some. This is a breed that is often seen performing in obedience competitions, and they are one of the most popular breeds in dog shows.
6. They were once known as “Metzgerhunds”
If you aren’t familiar with the term, you aren’t the only one. The term means, “Butcher’s dogs,” a term from hundreds of years ago when Rotties were used to guard butcher’s money and protect the butchers when they traveled to market. It was common place for butchers to get robbed when they were on their way to market, carrying large of cash, which lead them to start using Rottweilers as a way of protecting their earnings.
7. Sensitive breed
Rottweilers may seem like a frightening, intimidating breed, however, this is a breed that is actually quite sensitive and lovable towards their family members. Of course they do need to be well socialized, starting from a young age, but when brought up well trained and socialized, the Rotties make a great family pet. One thing that many Rotties have in common, is separation anxiety, which stems from them being such as sensitive breed. They need an owner who is willing to put in the time to work with them on this issue.