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Is a Rottweiler the Best Dog for Me?
When choosing a dog, one must carefully examine the advantages and disadvantages of the breed. This article looks at the Rottweiler’s characteristics and explains the type of person that is best suited to own a Rottweiler. We also examine the needs of this breed to help you determine if a Rottweiler is the right dog for you. Dog ownership should never be entered into without giving it some serious consideration. Too many dogs end up being put down because their owners no longer want them.
A Rottweiler needs exercise, both mental and physical exercise. If you live in an apartment, you must take your Rottweiler for a walk every day. Not just a walk to the curb, the walk should be at least 10 blocks or more. If you live in a house with a fenced in back yard your Rottweiler still needs to go for a walk every day. Letting the dog out into the back yard is good, but does not provide the necessary exercise and does not present the dog with sufficient mental engagement. If Rottweiler’s do not have the proper mental exercise they can be very destructive when they are bored. I once knew someone who had a Rottweiler in their home while they were at work all day. One day he came home to find his couch completely destroyed. The dog had eaten about half of the couch cushions and then got sick. Make sure you can provide a Rottweiler with the exercise they require.
Rottweilers require training. They are large, powerful dogs that can be very aggressive if they are not properly trained and socialized. With the proper training they will be loyal companions that will protect you and your family from intruders and provide excellent companionship. Rottweilers are generally good with children in the home. Every dog is different though. Their tolerance level may vary from dog to dog. Proper training and socialization will help in this area.
The Type of Owner a Rottweiler Needs
Rottweilers require an owner that will be involved in their daily lives. The owner must be willing to spend time training and socializing their dog, especially if they have a male since they tend to be more aggressive if not trained properly. A Rottweiler wants to be part of your family. They are known for following their owners from room to room in their house. Most Rottweilers love children in the home, especially if they are raised with children. A Rottweiler owner must be confident and show their dog that they are the alpha.
Is a Male or Female Better Suited for Me?
Males tend to be more affectionate and they are more outgoing. They also larger than females and usually are less picky about the food they eat. Males are more likely to test your authority, so they require a firm hand. They also should be neutered to prevent behaviors like marking their territory, which means spraying your house with urine.
Females tend to be less affectionate and more moody. They are less likely to test your authority and are more easily trained. They are best for people who have never owned a large dog before. They are also more finicky about food. You should also get them spayed. When the females go into heat they will leave blood stains around the house.
I have owned several Rottweilers and would never consider any other breed. They are wonderful companions that are a part of the family. They are loyal, loving and protective. Most Rotties think they are lap dogs and can have quite a sense of humor. Be sure you can give the Rottweiler the proper training and socialization they require and you will have a lifelong companion that will never leave your side.