Showing posts with label Rottweiler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rottweiler. Show all posts

Monday, November 20, 2017

GERMAN Vs All Other ROTTWEILERS

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If you don't own a Rottweiler or aren't involved with the breed, then it might come as a big surprise that the typical Rottweiler (American Rottweiler) you see here and again, getting walked in your neighborhood or being often portrayed in a negative light in most media, is actually world's apart from the original Rottweiler from Germany, the German Rottweiler.

The German Rottweiler can trace its roots as far as back as the Roman Empire and is considered by many to be one of the oldest herding dogs. The Rottweiler was used for various activities in different periods of history. In ancient times. the Rottweiler was used to herd and protect livestock, while in modern times was used primarily as a guard dog by militaries and police. Thus, the Rottweiler is a multi-faceted breed capable of performing various tasks and is very smart, loyal, eager to work, and is very confident.

Now, there are two basic differences between the kennel organizations like the AKC and ADRK. In the early 20th century, Germany had a few existing Rottweiler clubs covering the span of Germany, and it was in the 20's when they all came together to form the Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub (ADRK), i.e. General German Rottweiler Klub. Now, this organization has for almost 100 years now maintained a strict standard and guidelines to what the Rottweiler should be, as after all the Rottweiler is German and they wanted to preserve the Rottweiler for what it is (a working dog), and thus to this day have the best Rottweilers. In Germany, one cannot simply just breed any Rottweiler they like, be it a Rottweiler with papers and a Rottweiler without papers, like you can in America, but instead there is a procedure to it.

If you have ever looked at an import German (Pink Paper) pedigree, you will notice that there is a detailed paragraph for every Rottweiler in that dog's pedigree. These paragraphs are official "critiques" of the Rottweiler given by certified ADRK judges, These critiques are given when you take your Rottweiler to Zuchttauglichkeitsprufung (called the ZTP or BST) which translates to "breeding suitability test," and it officially certifies that a Rottweiler is acceptable as breeding stock. In Germany, a Rottweiler must meet this degree before being bred and hence, is the affirmation that this particular Rottweiler is within the standard and is an ambassador for the breed. This sort of "screening", if you will, helps weed out weak genetics and assures that the breed of Rottweilers will only continue to get better. The ZTP also tests the dogs working ability, because a Rottweiler not capable of working is not a Rottweiler. He just falls into the group of all other Molossoid breeds and isn't distinguishable.

If I can put it into an analogy, it would be like if you saw a really sporty looking car on the street being passed by a Geo. The car may look like it's fast, but in reality, it isn't. The Rottweiler is the same, you might see one that may look really nice, but if he can't do what he is naturally intended to do, which is to work, then he isn't a true Rottweiler. Germans test the dogs working ability with Schutzhund. Schutzhund is like the police dog training that most people have seen, consisting of the dog biting a man wearing a padded suit with a bite sleeve. But, it is a little more thorough than just biting. Schutzhund consists of 3 parts: Obedience, Protection, and Tracking.

Now, I can go on speaking about Schutzhund for the next hour, but the gist of it is that it makes the Rottweiler completely controllable, confident, and ready to do any command that is asked by his owner. The obedience part does just this, the Rottweiler is tested in various ways on his ability to listen and perform tasks that are commanded by his owner. The Protection part, falls in line with obedience, as the Rottweiler is commanded to find the perpetrator (in Schutzhund he is hiding behind Teepee-like blinds), get up as close as possible to the perp and consistently bark to acknowledge to his owner that he has found him and to await the owners commands. Lastly, the tracking not only tests the Rottweiler's scenting ability but his overall mental soundness and ability to find items precisely. This is just the very basic explanation of it, I'll write a very thorough article on Rottweilers and Schutzhund shortly.

So, the ZTP critiques the dog's look or confirmation, and also these 3 phases of Schutzhund. Point being, this sort of testing is paramount if you want to preserve the integrity of a breed like the Rottweiler.

In America on the other hand, there is none of this. There was a large influx of Rottweilers being imported from throughout Germany and Europe and being registered in the 70s and 80s, that at one point the Rottweiler was one of the most registered dogs in the AKC in the 80's. AKC almost has zero Rottweiler-specific regulations when it comes to breeding like the ADRK has, so for the last 30-40 years, anyone with a Rottweiler was able to breed to any other Rottweiler, not taking into consideration the German standard, and thus resulted in the American Rottweiler.

Now, one of the first things you will see when placing a German Rottweiler side by side an American Rottweiler is that the German Rottweiler has a tail. Docking tails have become part of the German standard in the early 2000's and are outlawed in most of Europe. In America, the vast majority of breeders still do it as it is still legal. The separate point also being, that if you encounter Rottweiler breeders saying that they breed German Rottweilers, but you see the tails cropped, they are obviously not following the ADRK standard and are not breeding German Rottweilers.



Another difference you will immediately see is the sheer size difference between the two. German Rottweilers tend to be a lot larger and more compact than typical Rottweilers. German Rottweilers have heavier bones, thicker necks, wider chests, bigger headpieces, more pronounced stops (arched foreheads), shorter muzzles, deeper chests, and won't have as long legs like American Rottweilers.
The German Rottweiler also tends to learn a lot quicker than American Rottweilers and has inherent guard instincts that are more pronounced than typical Rottweilers. The German Rottweiler as well will have more pronounced and a lot darker eye and mouth pigmentation.

This was just a general introduction to the differences between the real German Rottweiler, and the rest. If you encounter someone proposing that his Rottweiler is a German Rottweiler, first ask who his parents or grandparents are and Google their names to see if they are real ADRK registered German Rottweilers. And of course, don't ask them this if you see that he has a cropped tail, as more likely than not, he will not be a German Rottweiler.

    By Slobodan Petrovic
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stop Your ROTTWEILER 's Barking Now!

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Rottweiler - Photo  by mister b 1138 
Do not forget he simply wishes to remember to you, and in instances exactly where he is not really getting it, then you genuinely need to have to review your latest teaching software or probably seek out a specialized coach.

The instant you discover about and actually enjoy your new Rottweiler you could very properly by no means look again. Supply for him and he definitely will, invariably, conclude up getting at your facet. Rottweiler training executed accurately will most probably supply an efficiently balanced and steady dog that would undoubtedly be there for you for many many years to come. Consider the time to get pleasure from this kind of puppy and you will, no doubt, question oneself the reasons why it took you so considerably time to encounter his friendship with yourself.

Rottweilers have received a poor rap more than a long time, to the extent that some metropolitan areas make it illegal to individual this breed of dog. The reality is that Rottweilers are typically not the dilemma at all. As an alternative, it is the owner who does not know how to physical exercise proper Rottweiler training and socialization. Although this breed can have an instinct towards aggression in some conditions, with proper training, a Rottweiler can make an excellent pet for many families right now, such as people with kids. In addition to turning out to be a pleasant and light pet, the Rottweiler can make a good watch puppy simply because he will normally only bark for a purpose, and his look can be intimidating to likely intruders.

If you have made the decision a Rottweiler is the right choice for your subsequent family members pet, you need to be prepared to get started Rottweiler teaching the second your pup sets foot on your property. This breed is intelligent and eager to remember too, but can also be willful if you do not establish your dominance and property policies correct from the beginning.

Avoiding Rottweiler troubles in terms of behavior is usually as easy as developing oneself as the leader of his new pack. Given that puppies are pack animals, they are accustomed to possessing a single canine as the pack leader. This animal decides in which the pack will go and when the pack will take in. The pack leader is respected and obeyed all the way through the pack without issue. See the advantage of developing by yourself as your dog's pack leader?

You can obtain this part by never permitting your canine to go via a doorway prior to you or allowing him to lead when you are out walking. Another very good method for building dominance more than your canine is to consume your personal meal very first before feeding your puppy. You can also devote some of your playtime rolling your puppy more than to his again, which is a submissive pose for dogs. Rub his belly and give him praise so that he learns to have confidence in you as his new leader.


If you are searching for a Rottweiler puppy, you might have heard plenty of horror tales about Rottweiler issues from proprietors who have not productively educated their dogs. A nicely-behaved Rottweiler begins with a responsible operator who will take the time to set up himself as the leader of the pack whilst committing to standard teaching sessions with his canine.




Sunday, October 22, 2017

ROTTWEILER - Dogs of the World


ROTTWEILER - Dogs of the World - Photo: Pixabay



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ROTTWEILERS As Gentle Giants And Family Watchdogs

It is hard to find a dog breed that has a more conflicting temperament description than the Rottweiler. Known as a gentle giant and loving family companion on one hand and as an attack dog on the other, it is hard to decipher the true nature of the Rottweiler. The truth is, much of what a Rottweiler will become is due to ancestry and how they are raised.

This large breed weighs between 85-125 lbs and reaches a height 22" to 27". Their name is pronounced ROTT-why-ler. They are a powerful dog with protective instincts that will come out if they feel that their family, home or territory is being threatened, making them an excellent guard and watchdog.

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Rottweiler - Photo  by   arne.lis (cc)

Their AKC acceptable coat coloring is black with mahogany with rust markings. They markings typically include dots above their eyes and markings on their legs, paws, and muzzle. Their short, straight, hard, dense and coarse coat is easy to groom. They require an occasional brushing and only need a bath when necessary.

Extremely loyal and protective of its family and property, the Rottweiler is considered one of the best watchdogs. Early socialization is not just recommended, but is necessary for children, other dogs and pets. If any of these are introduced when a Rottweiler is older, they can become aggressive and territorial. They need to be trained from when they are a puppy to help curb dominance issues. This is important for them to recognize you as the master instead of the other way around. They need regular exercise and play and need plenty of outside time. They should not be locked inside all day. 

When outside they need to be in a well-secured yard and they should always be walked on a leash. This is imperative due to their territorial instincts. They are extremely wary of strangers. Rottweilers need firm, consistent training but should never be treated in a harsh or abusive nature. Extreme rough housing feeds into their aggressive tendencies where as a home that is calm, loving and gentle with their Rottweiler will feed into their gentle side.



The Rottweiler originated in Germany. They get their name from Rottweil in Wurttemberg which is where they were originally bred. They are descendants of the Italian Mastiffs. The Rottweiler was mainly used as a watchdog, guard dog, and police dog. They faced extinction towards the end of the 19th century but were brought back due to the efforts of extensive breeding programs.

Large, powerful and protective, the Rottweiler was born to be a guard dog. Research needs to be done on their ancestry before bringing them into your home to ensure that there is not a history of aggression. This research is especially important if you are bringing them into a home with other pets or small children to make sure that your home is right for this particular breed.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tips on How To Train Your ROTTWEILER

A Rottweiler is a dog that has suffered a lot of stigma because of its physical nature. This dog can be as timid or scary as you want it to be depending on its training.

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Rottweiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first step in Rottweiler training tips is letting your dog know that you are in charge. This you should do calmly but firmly. These are intelligent dogs that are aware of their physical strength so it is only proper that you be in the driver's seat. The Rottweiler has very strong jaws and thus it is important that you train your dog on when to hold or release something. Training your dog on when and how to release something will help you prevent many accidents of them biting people or animals. You can make this sort of training effective by using a toy.

Rottweiler's are energetic dogs and in order to put all that energy into good use is by exercising the dogs. The best exercise for these kinds of dogs is running. Just ensure that the area that they are running in is fenced. Taking the dog for walks once in a while is also good.

One of the Rottweiler training tips is that of offering rewards. When your dog does something good then reward it to show that what is it has done is recommendable. If the dog has done something bad then deny it some of the goodies that it is used to. It is advisable to use a clicker if you want to train your Rottweiler to stop a negative habit.

It is only proper that you know that this dog knows that with its intelligence it can play around with you and get its way. This can only be prevented by you maintaining your position of authority. Always let your dog know that you are the one with the final say.

Another thing when it comes to training a Rottweiler is teaching the dog some toilet manners. Train the dog to be going outside to do its peeing and defecation. If it does the right thing, reward it. Get to know when your dog likes to go on a call of nature then lead it outside telling it familiar words like it is time to go to the toilet.



A Rottweiler is a wonderful dog and it can also become a wonderful pet. You simply need to understand its nature of loyalty to what it assumes to be its own. Knowledge is power so get to know all you can about a Rottweiler and then give your dog some good training. Finally it is also good to feed your dog well. Give it all the nutrients that it needs and also do visit the vet regularly so that your dog does not succumb to any illness. Following the Rottweiler training tips will guarantee you an easy time with your Rottweiler pet.




Saturday, June 17, 2017

How to Stop Your ROTTWEILER From Biting and the Importance Behind It

What’s the best way to Stop your rottweiler from biting?

Some rottweiler owners may need to find out how to stop their rottweiler from biting at some point in their dog’s lifetime and it can be very stressful trying to decide what it takes to avoid having a rottweiler that may be aggressive. A dog that bites is objectionable at first, but as they mature, they become dangerous, not only to strangers but your own family too. If your rottweiler bites at any stage of its life, it is imperative that you act immediately to stop this behaviour. It’s so important from day one of ownership that you don’t allow your rottweiler to become a dangerous dog in any way.

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Rottweiler - Photo by El Coleccionista de Instantes 

How to Stop Your rottweiler from Biting as a Puppy

If you buy your rottweiler as a puppy then this is the best time to observe his behaviour so you can quickly pick up on any potential issues. A puppy under six months of age is especially easy to retrain because it is still in the formative years of its life, when dogs typically learn how to bite in the wild.

A common mistake that many rottweiler owns make is they believe that their puppy is simply playing or teething and not actually trying to hurt them. Unfortunately, what is really happening is that your rottweiler puppy is learning how to assert its position in the pack, using its teeth to demonstrate who is boss. You have to begin from day one, whilst your puppy is very open to learning to be able to stop your rottweiler from biting.

There are a lot of methods to stop your rottweiler puppy from becoming a dog that bites. Nearly all of them will mimic how the puppy would be treated with its litter mates and mother. A light nip on the neck, a whining sound when you are bitten, and replacement therapy where you hand your rottweiler a toy instead of your hand are all beneficial ways to demonstrate the dog that biting other people is not satisfactory. If you have problem teaching your rottweiler puppy to stop nipping, you should go to an obedience school or hire a trainer.

How to stop your rottweiler biting at 12 months of age.

At approximately 12 months of age your rottweiler if he has been allowed to continue nipping as a puppy, will then move on to play biting as a teenager. A lot of different things can contribute to this behaviour. You should stop playing physical games with you rottweiler dog right away. No wrestling, tug of war or other authority related games.

It’s also important to not let your rottweiler have the run of the entire house. Crate training can be a great method to restrict their range within the home giving them well needed boundaries. A good obedience training program can be hugely helpful with a teenage dog that bites.

How do we stop your rottweiler biting as they get older.

If your rottweiler continues to get away with their biting behaviour, in time it will turn into a huge problem as an adult. Your rottweiler may “turn on” you their owner, but in reality, the dog always stays himself as the leader of the pack.

If your rottweiler bites or nips at anyone after twelve months of age, you need to find a professional quickly because there is serious danger here and the rottweiler might choose to maintain its dominance at any time with an attack.

When learning how to stop your rottweiler from biting, you need to start at as early an age as possible. I can confidently say that most if not all rottweilers that have biting issues as adults will have had concerns as a puppy. Whilst there are a couple of exceptions ie mental disorders or disease, most of these issues are resolvable with proper training.



By Dory Harvey

I have been a dog owner for many years and am truly passionate about responsible pet ownership. I’m biased when it comes to breeds as I cant go past Rottweilers. This breed of dog has such an abundants of qualities and through my own experiences I would highly recommend them to anyone looking at getting a four legged friend.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hiring a Dog Trainer For Your ROTTWEILER

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Thor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you get a new dog, you are going to want to do some dog training to teach the dog how to behave in your home. If you are having a tough time, or are not sure what you should do, you can hire someone to help you with your dog training. You may find getting an in-home trainer is a good option for both, you and the dog due to experience and knowledge.

Having an in home trainer can be beneficial for many reasons:

Anxiety - Your dog would not be anxious as you do not have to leave the house. He is comfortable in the surroundings, and is more likely to behave for you and the trainer.

Relaxing - Due to being in your own home, your dog will be relaxed and more likely to listen and behave as this is his territory. You want your dog to feel relaxed, as he is more to pay attention and learn what you want him to learn in a smaller time field.

Distractions - Your dog would not be distracted by other dogs and will listen better. As a result, it should not take too long to learn the behaviours and the training you want done. Another benefit to being in his own territory is that he can be trained with the items that will be a part of his world most of the time.

Customized - The training that you and your dog receive will be customized for you and adapted for how things are going. If he catches on quickly to behaviour, you can move onto the next one without having to wait for the rest of the class.

Multiple People - If there are several people in your home who may be involved with the dog and the dog training, they can all attend the session as you can schedule it for a time that works best for everyone.

One of the best things about bringing in a professional trainer is that they know the tricks and will be able to focus fully on the dog training of both you and the dog for the best results.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Get a Loyal Loving Friend Through ROTTWEILER Rescue

Rottweiler rescue organizations provide a valuable service by serving as an alternative to the dog pound for owners of purebred Rottweiler dogs that, for a variety of reasons, must give up their dog. The owner may have gotten the Rottweilers with good intentions, planning to keep the dog for its entire life. Then something happens. Many purebred Rottweiler dogs end up homeless because of death, marriage, eviction or new children.

The Rottweiler is an excellent watchdog, and some owners get their Rottweilers for the purpose of guarding property. When the property changes hands, the watchdog may not be needed any longer needed. Instead of easing the Rottweiler into retirement as a house pet, some owners prefer to give their dogs away.

An undocked Rottweiler in profile
An undocked Rottweiler in profile
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)

A Rottweiler dog owner who can no longer keep his or her Rottweiler can surrender the dog to a Rottweiler rescue organization. However, owners should be absolutely certain they are being forced to give up their dog before they turn the Rottweiler over to a Rottweiler rescue organization. Luckily for the dogs, Rottweiler rescue organizations are eventually able to find homes for most Rottweilers. Remember, no one should get any dog thinking that they can turn it over to a rescue group if things don't work out.

Anyone who wants to adopt a Rottweiler rescue dog should carefully consider the decision and be absolutely sure before they make a move to adopt a dog. A commitment to a dog should last the dog's entire lifetime.

Rottweilers are big dogs, weighing eighty to one hundred thirty-five pounds, and they have great strength. It is essential that such a strong, confident dog be properly trained, for the safety of the dog and the people around it. Obedience training for Rottweiler puppies should begin at an early age, preferably eight to ten weeks. With a rescue Rottweiler, though, you can't be sure what kind of training the dog has already had. Owners of rescue dogs should be prepared to go through obedience training with their dogs, to correct any problems with the dog's behavior and to introduce the dog to the structure and authority Rottweilers crave.

Confidence is a trait of most Rottweilers' personalities, but the Rottweiler longs for a pack leader. A rescue dog owner should provide the Rottweiler with enough exercise to fulfill the dog's need for vigorous recreation and with enough discipline to establish the owner as the leader of the pack.
Rottweiler rescue groups will only accept Rottweiler dogs that are in good health, with current vaccinations. Each dog that is accepted as a rescue dog undergoes a health and temperament evaluation by a veterinarian, and the owner who turns the dog over is required to pay a nominal fee to cover intake expenses. The fee is also meant to discourage owners from dumping dogs on the rescue groups, and encourages owners to think long and hard before surrendering their dog.

If you are interested in adopting a rescue dog, contact a Rottweiler rescue organization near you. Most organizations will require that you be at least 21 years old and that you have the permission and consent of all adults in your household. If you don't own your own home, you will be required to provide written permission from the owner for you to adopt a Rottweiler. If you are discouraged by these requirements, please remember that they are designed to reduce the possibility of an irresponsible owner having to return a rescue dog and to make sure prospective owners understand the commitment required to adopt a Rottweiler.

If your application is approved, you will be paired up with a rescue dog and asked to foster the dog for a temporary trial period. The result is worth the wait because your Rottweiler rescue dog will be a faithful companion for the rest of its life.

    By Sharon Davies
    Sharon Davies hopes that by explaining some of the history behind the Rottweiler that more and more people will come to feel connected to the dog instead of fearing it. When thinking of getting a Rottweiler as a guard dog, remember that there is much more to them then just a scary looking dog. A lot of Rottweiler information can be found in different books or just by talking with your vet.
    Article Source: EzineArticles



Friday, March 10, 2017

Which Facts Do You Need Know About The ROTTWEILER?

The Rottweiler, also called the "Rottie", is a working breed of dog. They feature a muscular body with a black coat and tan face mask. The breed is assumed to have first appeared in the Middle Ages and guarding cattle and protecting butchers' money is the reason they were originally used for. They are now a popular choice as a guard dog, police dog or family pet. They are recognizable for their reputation as a dangerous dog as well as their strength. They are a descendant of the Italian Mastiff and are known to have originated from the town of Rottweil in Germany.

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Photo by rodolfoaraiza.com 
They're recognized as a large sized breed of dog. The recommended male guidelines are 95-135 pounds with a height of 24-27 inches, while the female measurements are 80-100 pounds and a height of 22-25 inches. They are famous for their alert and imposing character. They are highly suitable as a guard dog, as they are mostly suspicious towards strangers. The breed ranks 9th compared with all other breeds when being trained to understand new things, and are known to be highly intelligent.

They are protective and playful (when trained correctly) around kids, and that means they are fairly suitable as a family pet. They do mix well with other pets like dogs and cats they're raised with. One simple job is grooming them. They require small brushing of their coat once every week or two, and a proper groom once every 8 to 10 weeks. They love to have at least a small backyard to run around in, but can be suitable for living in an apartment.

They're by and large short-lived, as with many large sized breeds, with a life expectancy of 8-13 years. Their primary health risk is hip dysplasia, and they are also vulnerable to cancer, obesity or parvo as a puppy. Hobbies like having a job, exploring, swimming or fetching balls will give them a lot of enjoyment. They require long walks each day to reduce the risk of destructive behavior due to their medium amount of energy.

If you choose to buy the Rottweiler you must be able to provide consistent discipline and obedience training. They are a perfect option for responsible owners who will be a strong pack leader, but not an ideal option for less confident owners. This breed can be appealing for a lot of dog owners, and one of the main reasons why is it has an imposing reputation and obedient nature that make it a good choice to protect your home and family.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

An Expert Guide To The ROTTWEILER: The Loving Guardian

The Rottweiler is a member of the Working Group and America's tenth most popular dog breed. They originated from Germany, where their huge build was used to pull butcher's carts and to herd cattle. They are often used as guard dogs due to their fearless and protective nature.

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Thor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History
The Rottweiler's history could date back to Roman times, where it is believed that their ancestors were used to pull carts and accompany Romans armies to herd their cattle. After marching into Southern Germany around 73 A.D., armies would settle near the bank of the River Neckar in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The Romans built a city in this area and named it Rottweil. It is in this city that the Rottweiler we know today would arise.

In the Middle Ages, the Rottweiler was not only used for cattle, but also for bear hunting. In the 19th century, its popularity in cattle herding would sharply decline when cattle herding was made illegal. The Rottweiler continued to assist butchers, earning it the name 'Rottweiler Butcher's Dog'. This would later be shortened to the Rottweiler. In 1907, breeding groups strived to preserve the breed and it slowly made a comeback in popularity. They were used in both the first and second World Wars for their guarding skills and continue to be used as family protectors and in police work.

The Kennel Club in London recognized the breed in 1966 and the American Kennel Club recognized them in 1935.

Description


The following is derived from the AKC standard:

  • Coat: Rottweiler's coats are medium length and are a tan/black color. They have tan markings above each eye, on the side of the snout, and on the cheeks.
  • Head: The head is medium-sized, broad, and has a well-defined stop. Its nose is also broad and is always black. The eyes are dark. The lips are black and close fitting. The jaws are powerful and are strong and broad. Their ears are pendant and triangular.
  • Body: They are a large-sized breed, weighing 85-130 lbs. The body is large and powerful, with a confident stance. The neck is muscular and medium length. The tail may or may not be docked. It has straight forelegs that are set in a wide stance.
Defects:
  • A coat other than black/tan.
  • Eye color other than brown.
  • Cheek markings that cross over the bridge of the nose.
  • Shy or timid behavior.
  • Flanks that are tucked up.

Temperament


Rottweilers have received a large amount of bad press for their protective and fearless nature. However, the breed is known to be very mellow with its family and does well with children. This dog does require firm training and early socialization to channel its protective disposition and given a regular job so that it does not become aggressive. This dog is intelligent, courageous, and loving to its family. It does not do well with strange people or other animals, but friends of the family are usually welcomed.




Care
  • Grooming: Rottweilers only need occasional brushing and bathed only when necessary.
  • Living Situation: They can do well in an apartment if they are given daily exercise.
  • Exercise: This breed requires at least 60 minutes of daily exercise, but they are mostly inactive indoors.
  • Approximate Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Common Health Problems: Rottweilers can be prone to hip dysplasia, ACL damage, and are sensitive to heat.

The Rundown:
Those looking for a fierce protector and loving companion will find the perfect fit in a Rottweiler. This breed doesn't require much grooming and is relatively healthy, but they need to be trained early so that their protective nature does not turn into unnecessary aggression.



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Getting To Know The ROTTWEILER



An undocked Rottweiler in profile
An undocked Rottweiler in profile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rottweiler dog, often referred to as a “Rottie,” is an amazing creature that has been given a bad name over the years due to it getting into the wrong hands. This large dog is indeed powerful and robust but also sweet and eager to please. The Rottweiler originated from Germany although it has also been linked to Roman Empire days as well. With people traveling long distances with cattle, this breed of dog was helpful with herding duties, along with protection from prey or robbers.

Sometime around the end of the 19th century, the Rottweiler’s popularity had dramatically declined. However, with the start of WWII, this breed’s popularity level again began to climb, as the need for a strong, obedient, and intelligent dog was needed for police work. The Rottweiler fit the need perfectly. But something else happened. People also discovered that this breed of dog had an extremely loving and loyal side, which now made them a popular choice for families. By 1935, the American Kennel Club had official recognized the breed for show.

Sadly, we still see bad publicity associated with this breed of dog – not because the breed is ferocious or evil but because irresponsible owners get their hands on the breed, sometimes teaching them to fight. All of this has caused a serious misunderstanding about the Rottweiler, which is a real shame. The truth is that while this breed does tend to be protective, if the dog is socialized young, handled with a firm hand, and introduced to various situations it will make a wonderful, devoted pet that is great with children and other animals.

Physical Appearance

This breed of dog looks strong, proud, and almost like royalty. The Rottweiler is black with beautiful tan markings on the muzzle, cheeks, chest, eyebrows, and legs. When you look closely at the chest markings, you would notice upside-down triangles. Sometimes, a Rottweiler will also have a small patch of white in between these triangles. For a family pet, this marking is fine but for showing, it is not. Then, the breed’s muzzle would be tan, with the color going down the throat. Over each eye, there would be a brown dot, which serves as the eyebrows. Other markings include any color on the leg not going up more than one-third, each toe should have a small black mark, and the area under the tail would be tan.

The Rottweiler also has black nails and there are even black splotches on the inside of the mouth. The one most prominent feature of this breed is the head, which appears to be a little over-sized. Giving the dog its look of being alert, the forehead is wrinkly. This dog also has teddy bear eyes, often with a calm but alert expression. In comparison to the head, the Rottweiler has small ears, laid close to the head. Even the coat of this breed is special, being of medium length with an undercoat that is waterproof.



Although a Rottweiler is born with a tail, these are generally docked extremely short. The reason is that Rottweilers used for working can have problems with the tail breaking and then getting infected from being in the field. In most cases, a reputable veterinarian will perform the minor surgery while the dog is still in the puppy stage, which allows less pain and a quicker healing.

Finally, this particular breed has a broad, strong chest. Because of the extra room, the lungs have much more capacity than that of other dog breeds. According to the American Kennel Club, the dog’s back needs to be straight (no sloping) and for males, a height of 24 to 27 inches with the female hitting about 22 to 25 inches. Weight also varies, males averaging around 110 pounds with females around 95.

Temperament and Personality

If a Rottweiler is socialized when young, introduced to various situations, loved, played with, fed properly, exercised, and trained, it would make an outstanding addition to just about any home. However, because there are strong personality traits, people have taken an innocent dog, teaching them to guard drug houses, and even attack people.

Yes, the Rottweiler can be a little stubborn sometimes, even those carefully raised but overall, this dog is calm and they live off the attention of owners. The size and strength of the breed makes them a great watchdog. Even though this dog does not bark often, when feeling threatened or afraid, the powerful voice is heard. Keep in mind that this is a strong breed so you want the Rottweiler to be handled by an experienced dog owner.

Health

Fortunately, the Rottweiler does not have too many health problems. The things you want to keep your eyes open for or even have the puppy of interest tested for would include Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, various forms of cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disorder, Von Willebrand’s Disease, thyroid problems such as Hypothyroidism, and eye problems. Also keep an eye on their weight.



Friday, June 17, 2016

ROTTWEILER - Historical Facts

Driving cattle was Rottweilers main historic function.. Rottweilers had another historic job besides driving cattle to the butcher. It is the same job that the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Bernese Mountain Dogs, also in the Working group, are best known for. You see, like their Swiss cousins, Rottweilers are drovers that were also used as draft dogs for centuries.

Rottweiler
While the main job of the breed was herding large livestock, they were also often used to pull small carts, carrying such things as milk to market.

So, why were dogs, such as Rotties, commonly used as draft animals instead of a horse, which could certainly handle a greater burden? There are several reasons. And most of those reasons lead straight back to the fact that a dog was the more economical choice under the circumstances.

For the most part, draft dogs were employed by small farmers. Perhaps it was a family with a handful of dairy cattle or a few chicken houses. Or perhaps they were subsistence farmers, who used most of their crops for themselves and could only spare a small amount to sell. Either way, in most cases, these were not big landowners. They did not have a huge amount of product to take to market and they did not have a lot of money to invest in a beast of burden. No matter what point in history we are talking about, it has always cost less to purchase a good dog than a good horse.

Let's look at the plight of a small dairy farmer. A horse would be using the same pasture as his cows, eating the same grass and grain. His choice might come down to the question of does he want a horse, or does he want to add another cow to his herd and increase the amount of milk his farm produces.

A dog, on the other hand, is not going to consume anywhere near the amount of food that a horse would. Also, the dog wouldn't be intruding on the cattle's food supply. While they are usually considered carnivores, dogs actually have some omnivore tendencies. The farmer could simply give them a serving of whatever his family was eating that evening. Plus, a dog could supplement its meals by hunting vermin or pests. 

Also, in the case of Rottweilers, the dog could serve multiple purposes. He could be used to herd cattle from the pasture to the barn, in addition to pulling the milk to market. His protective nature made him an excellent farm guardian, as well.

In addition to those reasons of why to use a dog, there were also health issues. As anyone who knows much about horses can tell you, the term "healthy as a horse" is a bit deceptive. Horses are actually very sensitive animals. Too much green grass in the spring and they can founder and go lame. A sudden change in the type or amount of grain and they can get colic, and possibly die. On the other hand, a farm dog would be much hardier (the term "sick as a dog" is also deceptive). And let's not forget the fact that you don't normally have to shoe a dog.


In the late 19th century, railroads nearly put the nail in the coffin of the drover dogs of southern Germany. It became illegal to drive cattle for long distances along roadways. However, Rottweilers still had their secondary occupation of draft dog available to them for several years afterward.

Unfortunately, though, they also soon lost that job as well. Donkeys became much more commonly used than dogs as beasts of burden. While a donkey eats the same food a horse would, because if its size, it doesn't need near as much. In addition, they are much hardier than horses.

When compared to dogs, a donkey could pull more weight. It could also be ridden, something that even the biggest Rottie is not capable of. Like llamas, donkeys can make good livestock guardians, too, mercilessly chasing away anything that looks like a predator.

As with herding, the modern Rottweiler can still be used for carting. Only now, instead of an occupation, carting is now considered a fun hobby for both dog and owner.



Sunday, March 6, 2016

ROTTWEILER FAQs

Is the Rottweiler the right dog for me?

The Rottweiler is the current "fad" guard/macho dog of the moment. For four years running, it has been the second most-popular AKC registered breed. Don't be swept up by the hype, or the fact that you neighbor, aunt, sister, or best friend has one. The Rottweiler is a large, powerful dog and along with ownership comes much responsibility. Rottweilers require extensive socialization from an early age. Are you willing to carry your puppy for several months, (he shouldn't be walking in public places until he is fully immunized at around 16-20 weeks), exposing him to the sights, sounds and people he will encounter as an adult? Because of their size and strength, obedience training for your Rottweiler is a must. Weekly group classes for 6 to 12 months is generally considered a minimum. Rottweilers are "people" dogs.

My Rottweiler
Photo  by Kusadasi-Guy 

They want to be with their masters. As a working breed, the Rottweiler requires daily exercise, a good romp twice a day at least. Left alone or with inadequate exercise for long periods they may become unruly and destructive.

How are they with children?

A properly bred Rottweiler who receives adequate socialization and training will generally get along fine with children, but tolerance will vary from dog to dog. He must be taught early on what is acceptable behavior and what is not, as should the child. Because of their large size and inherent desire to "herd", Rottweilers should always be supervised around children. A minor "bump" can cause serious injury to a small child. Also, some Rottweilers have a high degree of "prey" drive (the instinct to chase moving objects), therefore should never be left alone with children, who naturally will want to run and play. Some breeders recommend waiting until the children are at least school age before introducing a Rottweiler into the home. The amount of space in your home, the age of your children and the amount of time the dog will be in contact with the children should be part of your decision.

Are they vicious?

A properly bred, socialized and trained Rottweiler is not inherently vicious. The rapid rise in popularity of the breed has attracted many irresponsible breeders who are only interested in making a profit, and don't care what damage is done to the breed in the process.

Are they good with other pets?

Problems should be minimal when a Rottweiler is raised from puppyhood with other pets. Introducing a new pet when there is an adult Rottweiler in the household should be done slowly and with care. Dog to dog aggression is influenced by the early socialization of puppies, their bloodlines and sex; males are less tolerant of other males than they are of females. Bitches may also be intolerant of other dogs. The Rottweiler is highly intelligent and trainable, and with perserverence, should be able to learn to co-exist peacefully with any pet you wish to introduce.

What kind of training do they require?

The Rottweiler has been developed for its working ability and often blooms when given a chance to work with its master, although there are occasional exceptions. It is very necessary to establish your control of the animal and obedience training is often the easiest and most rewarding way to do so. Your breeder should be able to provide you with guidance in the selection of a training class, however, avoid the very rough trainer, no matter how highly recommended. Rottweilers can often be controlled using verbal reprimands alone, and while they occasionally require strong physical corrections, some trainers tend to be much rougher on Rottweilers than is necessary. Women have been very successful with the dogs in obedience training. Physical mastery of the dog is generally less important than sensitive, patient and positive training methods. Patience is an important factor in training a Rottweiler.

What about discipline?

The Rottweiler is a sensitive, intelligent and loyal animal and usually wants to please its owner. Occasionally, it can be quite stubborn though, and requires more attention. It is imperative that discipline is consistent and firm without being overly rough. A harsh word will often suffice, although sharper corrections are sometimes necessary. Ownership isn't for the timid or very busy person who cannot or is not inclined towards careful supervision of his/her pet.

Do they require much exercise?

The Rottweiler is a working breed. He is generally not happy sitting around doing nothing all day. A large yard with a six-foot high fence is ideal, but adult Rottweilers have been kept successfully in large apartments. The yard is essential if a puppy or young dog is being acquired; it will help to keep the dog exercised and reduce boredom which in turn may prevent destructive behavior. If you don't have the space, consider a smaller or less active breed. Personal commitment on the part of the owner is the most important thing. People willing to walk their dog on a regular basis will find a more personal and bonding relationship developing than just letting them run by themselves in the yard. Your Rottweiler will require a minimum of two good walks each day (10 to 20 minutes each). Adequate exercise is necessary to maintain the good health of your Rottweiler, as they have a tendency to gain weight without proper exercise.

Do they shed?

The Rottweiler is a double-coated breed, with a medium length outer coat and a soft downy undercoat. They do shed, more than one would think by looking at their appearance. The amount of shedding will vary with climatic conditions. They generally tend to "blow out" their undercoats twice a year, in spring and fall.

Are they noisy?

Rottweilers will bark to announce the arrival of people on the property, and at animals and birds in the yard, but they generally don't bark without reason.

Which sex makes the best pet?

Opinions vary on this topic. Most breeders would generally recommend a female, especially for first-time owners. Females are smaller and easier to control, somewhat less dominant and usually more affectionate. Males are stronger, more powerful and dominant, and therefore somewhat harder to train and control.

Where should I buy my Rottweiler puppy?

There are various places where you may acquire a Rottweiler puppy, but only ONE place where you should - from a responsible breeder. Pet shops acquire their puppies from puppy mills, brokers and back-yard breeders. Their puppies are separated from their dams and litters at too early and age, they are not properly socialized and may well develop serious health problems.

Puppy mills, brokers and back-yard breeders have only one priority - to make a profit. They are not interested in the welfare of the puppies they breed. Beware of petshops that advertise "we get our puppies from private breeders." No responsible breeder would ever broker puppies to a pet shop. Don't perpetuate the puppy mill problem - steer clear of pet shops.

What is a "Responsible" breeder?

This is a difficult category to define, but there are certain minimum standards that are accepted as "responsible" by most who are active in the dog fancy. Following are some of the things a responsible breeder will be doing:

   1. All breeding stock will be certified free of Hip Dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Elbows may also be certified as free of Elbow Dysplasia; this is a relatively new trend and some older dogs/bitches may not be certified. The breeder will be willing to supply you with copies of the OFA certificates. No bitch or dog will be bred before the age of two, (the minimum age for OFA certification). OFA does issue preliminary evaluations of hips and elbows, but actual certification will not be done before two years.
   2. Breeding stock will be certified free of inherited eye disease annually by a Board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist; the certificate is issued by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF).
   3. Bitches and dogs used for breeding will have achieved certain competitive titles such as AKC Champion or an advanced obedience title (CDX, UD). Responsible breeders will usually not breed dogs and bitches whose quality has not been proven in competition, although under certain circumstances (injuries which prevent competition) they may.
   4. The Breeder will belong to one or more Rottweiler Clubs which require adherence to a "Code of Ethics" from all members (adherence to a certain level of responsibility in ownership and breeding). The largest of these clubs include the American Rottweiler Club, The Colonial Rottweiler Club, The Medallion Rottweiler Club and the Gold Coast Rottweiler Club. There are numerous local Rottweiler clubs, some are "Code" clubs and some are not - ask. Code of Ethics clubs do not permit members to advertise puppy prices.
   5. The Breeder will be active in the sport of dogs, competing in conformation, obedience, tracking or herding events.
   6. A responsible breeder will not give you a "hard-sell" routine when you call to inquire about his/her dogs. Usually he/she will be trying everything they can to discourage you from buying a Rottweiler. A reputable breeder's number one concern is that his/her puppies are placed in responsible homes where they will receive the same kind of care and training he/she gives his/her own dogs. Expect to be interviewed at length as to why you want to own a Rottweiler, and what your family and lifestyle is like. The reputable breeder will ask more questions of you than you will of him/her.
   7. A responsible breeder will try to steer you clear of rushing to buy a puppy this week or this month, but he/she will also not expect you to wait an unreasonable amount of time to buy one of his/her puppies. If he has no puppies available and has no breeding planned in the near future, he will recommend other breeders whose standards are as high as his own.
   8. A responsible breeder will be happy to have you meet the parents of the litter (at least the dam; frequently the sire will not belong to the breeder), as well as his/her other dogs. The dogs and puppies will be kept in a clean and healthy environment.
   9. A responsible breeder will only sell puppies with a signed, written contract. He/she will pass on accurate health, breeding and registration records and pedigree records of at least three generations. They will require that any puppy not purchased as show and breeding stock be made incapable of reproducing, and require that limited registration "blue slips" be provided, or that registration papers be withheld until a veterinarians certificate is received as proof of sterilization.

What is the difference between pet and show quality?

"Show Quality" is a term that is often misunderstood and misused. It can mean something as simple as a puppy with no disqualifying faults (as listed in the breed standard) at the time of sale. The serious buyer looking for a potential winner or breeding stock had best spend time going to dog shows and talking to exhibitors as well as studying the standard for the breed. Serious and disqualifying faults to avoid include overshot or undershot bites, missing teeth, long or curly coats, light eyes, hip dysplasia and unstable temperaments. All lines carry one or more of these traits, and a responsible breeder will be able to give you a candid description of what is in your animal's genetic background. Be aware that the nicest puppy in the litter can mature into a very mediocre adult. Be prepared to critically evaluate your dog, because even if you paid a good price you may still end up with a pet.



"Pet Quality": many time breeders will offer puppies with serious faults for lower prices than show quality. These faults are generally cosmetic (bad bites, white spots on the chest or belly, missing teeth, etc.) and will not affect the health or temperament of the dog. These animals are not for breeding because these are serious genetic faults. A responsible breeder will require that the animal be spayed, neutered or vasectomized before releasing the AKC registration papers. Breeders may now sell their puppies on the new AKC Limited Registration Certificate, which allows the dog AKC privileges of obedience activities but will not allow showing in the conformation ring or use for breeding purposes. These dogs make good companions and often their faults are not detectable to any but the most experienced eyes.

How much can I expect to pay for a Rottweiler puppy?

Show quality puppies will generally sell for $1,000 to $2,000, with pet prices approximately half the show price.