Sometimes, people take an interest in breeds that once existed, so much so that they seek to breed them back into existence. For proof, there is the Roman Rottweiler, which is supposed to be a recreation of the original Rottweiler. However, it is important to note that this claim is a rather contentious one. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Roman Rottweiler:
1. Unclear Classification
There is no consensus on what the Roman Rottweiler should be classified as. This isn’t a case of a breed not being recognized as a breed by the most important kennel clubs. Instead, it isn’t clear whether the Roman Rottweiler is a breed or a variety of a breed. Something that promises to continue for the foreseeable future.
2. Has Multiple Names
Interested individuals should know that Roman Rottweilers are sometimes called either Gladiator Rottweilers or Colossal Rottweilers. Based on this, they should have no problem guessing that the Roman in Roman Rottweiler is a reference to the Roman Empire, seeing as how said civilization remains infamous for its fondness for bloodsports. For that matter, it is worth mentioning that colossal comes from colossus, which in turn, comes from a Greek word meaning giant statue. Of course, the most famous colossus would be the Colossus of Rhodes that was counted among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
3. Can Trace Its Roots to Roman Times
Regardless, the Roman Rottweiler is capable of tracing its roots to Roman times. After all, Rottweilers are an old breed, so much so that their distant ancestors are believed to have accompanied the Romans to the furthest corners of the Roman Empire. Having said that, it is important to note that the ancients didn’t have standardized breeds in the same way that we do, meaning that it would be an exaggeration to draw too direct a connection between these two kinds of dogs.
4. Might Be Capable of Tracing Its Roots to Southeastern Europe
Speaking of which, one can also make an argument that Roman Rottweilers can trace their roots to pre-Roman times. The argument goes something like this. Rottweilers are a kind of mastiff. It is sometimes speculated that either all or almost all mastiffs can claim descent from the Molossus, which was a kind of dog kept by the Molossians. The Molossians were one of the Greek peoples who lived in the region of Epirus that is now split between modern Greece and modern Albania. Epirus wasn’t particularly high-profile throughout most of Antiquity. However, Molossians were widespread throughout the Roman Empire, so much so that it was the stereotypical guard dog for those times.
5. Rottweiler Refers to Rottweil
By this point, some people might be confused by Rottweiler. After all, it doesn’t sound either Greek or Latin. If anything, it sounds Germanic, which can be explained by the fact that Rottweiler refers to the German town of Rottweil in Baden-Wurttemberg. Supposedly, Roman dogs bred with the local dogs to create the not so distant ancestors of modern Rottweilers, which were working dogs that performed in a number of roles. For example, they were both guard dogs and herding dogs. Similarly, the not so distant ancestors of modern Rottweilers were even sometimes used as draught dogs.
6. Bigger Dogs
Rottweilers aren’t exactly the smallest dogs that can be found out there. After all, they are around 24 to 27 inches for males and 22 to 25 inches for females, which is a fair amount of dog. However, Roman Rottweilers stand out by being bigger Rottweilers, which is something that interested individuals should keep in mind. Indeed, there are those who believe that Roman Rottweilers, Gladiator Rottweilers, and Colossal Rottweilers are nothing but marketing terms meant to sell bigger-than-normal Rottweilers.
7. Be Careful of Potential Issues
It is always a good idea to look up a breed’s potential issues before thinking about either adopting or buying a member of the breed. Simply put, forewarned is forearmed, though in a metaphorical rather than a literal sense. This sense of caution can be particularly important for people considering Roman Rottweilers. Basically, if someone is breeding bigger-than-normal Rottweilers, it is possible that they aren’t following other standard breeding practices for Rottweilers, which can include those that are meant to protect and promote the dogs’ health. As such, an extra measure of care and caution is just sensible for such situations.
8. Natural Guard Dogs
Roman Rottweilers are natural guard dogs. On the plus side, this means that they are inclined towards courage, loyalty, and protectiveness. On the other hand, this means that they can be suspicious towards strangers, which can be a huge problem because a lot of them don’t give much warning before proceeding to more aggressive actions. This kind of thing is a serious issue in any dog. However, it is magnified when one considers Roman Rottweilers’ great size.
9. Need a Lot of Exercise
Big dogs need big spaces. However, it is apparently possible for Roman Rottweilers to do well even in apartments, though this is assuming that they are actually getting the regular exercise that they need. These dogs aren’t the most energetic dogs that can be found out there. However, they still need either a daily walk or a daily job at the very least because they are very physical dogs that benefit from a good deal of stimulation. Without that, Roman Rottweilers can lash out because of boredom and frustration.
10. Not the Best Choice For a First-Time Dog Owner
Speaking of which, Roman Rottweilers don’t make the best choice of dog for a first-time dog owner. Essentially, the owners of such dogs must be prepared to establish themselves as the top dog. If they can do this, Roman Rottweilers can make for surprisingly loving companions. If they can’t do this, they are going to have a serious problem on their hands. Due to this, it is a good idea to start both training and socialization for Roman Rottweilers at a young age to make sure that everything goes smoothly while they are still small.