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The Rottweiler - Information About The Rottweiler Dog Breed.

Updated on August 11, 2008

Introducing our Rottweiler...Buddy

After finding out about Squidoo, it was only a matter of time before I was going to use this great new way to show the world our dog, a fantastic, sweet and beautiful Rottweiler, called Buddy. I'm sure that it wouldn't surprise you when I say that we think or 'Rotty' is just one of the best looking 'Rotts' ever!

Buddy was born in 2006, April the 2nd to be exact, so he's 2 years old and is therefor not a fully grown 'Rott', which is 65kg and counting... No matter where we take Buddy, most people stop and stare, some even turn their heads after passing by :-)  They often (íf they're not affraid) still want to know what 'kind' of Rottweiler he is (???) or where to get one. Believe it or not, but we 'found' our 'Rotty' by coïncidence. It happened when talking to a guy just outside our home, who knew my brother (kinda) and asked us if we knew anybody who was looking for a Rottweiler, as they didn't want to keep it anymore!

Can you imagine? The Rottweiler just happend to be our favorite dog breed ánd we were looking for reputable Rottweiler breeder at that time! I'll never forget. He was allready 12 weeks old when we got him, so unfortunatly we missed his first 5-6 weeks :-(  But I'm not complaining.

Our Rottweiler just loves other dogs (people also, especially visitors) and he only wants to play with them. Once he sees another dog or visitor, it can be difficult to get him to listen, but other then that he's doing great!

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Ever Have The Feeling Your Dog Could ...Do Better?

Let's talk about "Disobedience" for a minute...

There's a difference between disobedience and incomprehension. If your dog isn't obeying a command because he doesn't understand what it is you want him to do, that's not a behavioral problem at all; it simply means that you need to spend some more time together in training.

True disobedience occurs when your dog deliberately does not obey a request or command, although he has full knowledge of what it is that you're asking him to do (and you know this because he's performed it reliably on several occasions beforehand).

Although this may seem like a relatively minor inconvenience, it's actually a pretty serious thing - not only can it be dangerous for your dog (for example, if he's heading towards a busy road and ignores your 'come' command), but it's also detrimental to your relationship with your dog.

Disobedience is rooted in disrespect. When your dog deliberately does not obey you, he's saying, "I don't respect your authority enough to do what you want me to do".

If you allow him to get away with this, you are allowing him to form the habit of passive-aggression. This is not something that can just be left to "fix itself" - the problem will worsen, not get better, if you leave it.

It's very important that your dog recognizes that you outrank him in the social hierarchy of the household. The concept of alpha status is one that you need to be familiar with in order to maintain a healthy, functional relationship with your dog.

It may sound cruel from a human perspective, but your dog is happier when he knows that someone else is in charge of making all the decisions - including his day-to-day behavior and obedience levels.

It is not possible to have a good owner/dog relationship if he does not understand that you are the clear-cut authority figure: he must know that he's beneath you in the chain of command.

Your first step in dealing with generalized disobedience is to reestablish your dominance.

Here are some tips on doing so:

- When leaving the house and the car, you must always leave before your dog. This is unmistakable alpha behavior: to a dog, only the alpha leaves first. If you allow him to exit the house or the car ahead of you, you are saying to him, "You're stronger than me; you should go first because you're the decision-maker". Inside doors aren't so important, but every time you leave the house or the car to go outside, you must make him wait for you to go first, until you release him from the 'wait' with a release-word.

- Make him wait for his food. Your family and you must always eat before him - if it means he has to wait an extra half hour or so for his meal, it won't hurt him any. When you put his food down for him, make him sit and wait until you release him to eat. Keep his feeding schedule varied, so he's always aware that you're in charge of his food - don't allow him to form expectations of when he should be fed.

- Don't allow him free, uninhibited access to the whole house. The house is your den: you're allowing him to be inside. Remind him that you're allowing him into your den - it's a privilege for him to be there, not a right - by sometimes allowing him inside, and sometimes sending him outside for half an hour or so. Keep certain areas of the house strictly for your own, as well (such as your bed, certain pieces of furniture, or some rooms).

- Never allow your dog to initiate play. If he's nudging you for attention or to start a game, you may think that it's cute and affectionate; but what he's really saying is, "I'm the boss and I'm telling you to play with me right now." If he starts bothering you for attention, ignore him for a few moments: get up and do something else. Wait until he's given up before initiating the play yourself. Playtime is a fantastic way to bond with your dog, but it should be done on your terms, not his.

- When you arrive home, don't rush straight over to him and shower him in affection. That is not alpha behavior at all - an alpha dog, upon arriving home, doesn't go over to the other dogs and throw himself at them, saying, "Here I am! I missed you guys! Let's have a cuddle!" - he ignores everyone else, relaxes for a short while, maybe has something to eat, and only interacts with them when he's good and ready. Even though you're probably good and ready to interact with your dog as soon as you get home, it will make more sense to him - and underscore your authority - if you ignore him for just three to five minutes upon arriving home.

Another fantastic way of counteracting disobedience is to start - and maintain - a basic obedience training plan. You don't have to do anything fancy or super-demanding; just ten minutes a day of learning and enforcing commands. This can drop to five minutes a day once your dog is completely reliable with the commands.

Here are some tips for a good training program:

- Never give a command that you cannot reinforce immediately if he chooses to disobey you. Every time your dog takes the opportunity to ignore your command, he's learning that it's both easier and a lot more fun to ignore you. For example, if you call across the park for him to 'come' as he's playing with some other dogs, the choices are clear-cut to him: he could cut his play-time short and come to you, or he could ignore you - which is easy, since you're so far away - and continue to have fun. Until your dog is completely reliable with commands, he should be on a long line or retractable lead so that you can enforce them if necessary.

- Remember to use your voice to the best effect. Praise should be in a light, cheery, happy tone of voice; if possible, smile at the same time. It makes a difference to your tone of voice, and most dogs will study your face to make sense of your expressions, too. Corrections should be uttered in a stern, brook-no-nonsense tone: you don't need to shout, but your voice should be low and authoritative.

- When you're verbally interrupting your dog, it's more effective to shout, "OI!" or "Ah-ah-ah!" rather than saying, "No". The sounds are more clear-cut, and you'll get a better response.

- Do not repeat a command. Remember, you should be training on a leash or a long line: if he ignores you, he gets a short, sharp tug (some call it a 'flick') on the lead to remind him that you're present, and you're in charge. Repeating yourself teaches him to wait for the command to be repeated at least once before he obeys you.

- Five to fifteen minutes per day is an adequate amount of time for training. Any more than this in one sitting, and your dog's concentration will likely lapse: fifteen minutes of intense training, where your dog is concentrating hard on what you want, is enough to send even the most energetic dogs to their beds for a snooze afterwards.

- You can move on to more advanced training and 'tricks' if you feel like it, once your dog's got the basics completely sussed; but it's not something that you should feel like you have to do.

- Another great option is formal obedience training classes. They're a great way of socializing your dog (he gets to interact with other dogs, and those dogs' owners), and also teaches him to concentrate on what you want despite the manifold distractions taking place around him. It's also very helpful to have face-to-face contact with a trained professional: they can pick up on any mistakes you might be making, and give you advice for tightening up your training techniques.

For further information on typical doggie behavior, including a fantastic resource for training how-to's and loads of detailed information on preventing and dealing with problem behaviors, check out SitStayFetch.

Written by a professional dog-trainer, it's an absorbing guide that deals with all the subjects a responsible dog-owner could ever want to know about - well worth a look.

To visit the SitStayFetch website, just click here.

Favorite Rottweiler Goodies...

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Meet The Powerful Rottweiler Dog Breed

by Lee Dobbins

The Rottweiler is a powerful dog breed but devoted to its family. Descended from the Italian Mastiffs, this is a very old breed that was used as a herding dog during the middle ages. During the 1800s, these dogs were almost extinct but made a comeback in the early 20th century. These dogs are often used as a guard dogs, herding dogs or for tracking.

Part of the American Kennel Club working group, the Rottweiler was admitted to the AKC stud book in 1931. This breed weighs between 85 and 1 30 pounds and stands 22 - 27 inches tall.

This breed has a large body with a massive head and powerful jaws. Despite this, the dark eyes and face havean expression of loyalty and good will. Triangular ears are carried forward in the face is accented by a wide black nose. Typically, the tale is docked and rear dew claws removed. The Rottweiler has a very short thick coat and comes in black with brown markings on the legs, paws, muzzle and cheeks.

Despite its foreboding appearance, the Rottweiler is a very calm dog that is easy to train and devoted to his family. This is a reliable dog that will protect those he loves. But because the dog is so powerful, it is important that you give him firm training so that he does not become aggressive. With proper handling these are loyal and loving companions. The Rottweiler dog actually has a pretty mellow temperament but can also be a good guard dog and is very smart doing well in tracking competitions, obedience lessons and schutzhund.

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The Rottweiler dog breed can be prone to hip dysplasia as well as ACL damage and often snores. He can have a tendency to overeat and you need to be careful not to overfeed him. They can also suffer from a condition called entropion which is the narrowing of the slit between his eyelids.

Believe it or not, these big dogs can live in apartments as long as they get plenty of exercise. However, It's best that they have someplace to run and play even if it is a romp in the park. You must walk them daily.

The Rottweiler is one of the easiest dogs to groom and they do not shed much at all. They merely need to be bathed when necessary and brushed with a firm bristle brush.

About the Author: Lee Dobbins writes for where you can learn more about your favorite dog breeds and see photos of the powerful Rottweiler dog breed.

Rottweiler Puppy Care: The Important Things That You Should Know

When it comes to Rottweiler puppy care, you really have to make sure that you are as knowledgeable and informed as you possibly can be, because Rottweiler puppies are a particular type of puppy which is rather complex to take care of.

About Rottweiler Puppy Care

One of the first things that anyone would have to know about Rottweiler puppy care is the fact that they are very unique, and so Rottweiler puppy care is then very unique as well.

The first thing that you are going to want to do with Rottweiler dogs is get them vaccinated, and then you are going to want to make sure that you follow this up with yearly booster vaccinations in order to maintain the dog's immunity to diseases. You also need to have your dog wormed every three months and speak to your veterinarian about de-fleaing products.

You also want to make sure that you feed your Rottweiler only the most high-grade dog food, and make note of the fact that the first ingredient should be meat, if you are trying to get the best quality product that you possibly can.

Another incredibly important fact that you will need to take into consideration is that a Rottweiler has a very strong instinct to protect her home and family, and so therefore you want to avoid leaving her alone with unfamiliar people in your home, because if they perceive an unfamiliar visitor as an intruder, then they may attack.

Walking your Rottweiler is yet another incredibly important factor in regards to Rottweiler puppy care, and you want to walk them at least twice a day, for 20 minutes or more each time you do.

Make sure that you give them a lot of loving and playing, so that they can stay happy and healthy throughout their entire life.

You are sure to love having a Rottweiler, as they are beautiful, friendly, and loyal, however you just want to make sure that you take all of the previously discussed issues seriously into consideration, so that you can care for your Rottweiler properly, and so that you can ensure that they will have a long and healthy life.

If you are not ready to put this much effort into having a pet, then you most likely are going to want to choose a different kind of breed of dog, one that does not require as much effort on your part.

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      6 years ago

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      DutchBlogger LM 

      6 years ago

      @EpicFarms: Hi, thanks and you're welcome! :) Our Buddy is now 6 years. He really is our best buddy and we love him to death! As long as you raise them well they are amazing and sweet dogs. Also, if you're new to the dog breed, make sure you read plenty of information, books and of course watch Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer ;) He's a true Rottweiler expert since he used to have a huge pack of Rotts himself. Thanks again and take care - Robert

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      6 years ago

      I'm saving this to share with my daughter; she'll be getting a Rottie of her very own in about 6 months or so. Great information - thanks for sharing it!

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      7 years ago

      Good dog! How do you pay attention to it?

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this page. My friend and I volunteer at the local dog shelter together down in Mexico, and the rotties are always our fav. dogs to take care of and walk around outside the shelter! He write about puppy collars on his blog there, so check him out if you get a chance!

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens. I have two chihuahuas and run a little chihuahua clothes site, and I'm always looking for great dog articles to refer people to, so thank you for this!

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      7 years ago

      We have never had a full-blooded rottweiler, but someday we hope to. We have had a Rottweiler/Doberman mix and a Rottweiler/Labrador mix. Both we have enjoyed very much.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for a really well done lense. I especially enjoyed the portion about training and establishing dominance in daily living situations. So important with any dog but especially with a large breed. I give you 5 stars.

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      9 years ago

      I love Rotties! I was totally cracking up at the video of Buddy and EZ because my Rottie did the same thing when playing...she'd lay on her back while our other dogs would dance around her. Too funny. Great lens. Gave it 5*, a fav and lensroll to my Rottie lens and a couple other of my animal-related lenses. Nice job. They seem very happy!!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for top information about pets!

      I picked up  a lot of pet

      grooming tips from this site:

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      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

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      9 years ago

      Hi Robert, Very comprehensive lens. Thanks for sharing. Rotties are beautiful; I've had pit bulls growing up but Rotties are one of my faves.


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      Teddi14 LM 

      9 years ago

      Awesome lens. It actually makes me sad & brought tears to my eyes. We had a beautiful Rottweiler and she died unexpectedly when she was just a few years old. It was very sad and we miss her alot. We would love to get another someday. 5*'s

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Outstanding work! I wouldn't mind having one of these. Maybe someday!

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      10 years ago

      Angel Blessings for Buddy!

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      hearthealth lm 

      10 years ago

      Your Buddy looks like a simple laidback gentleman... can Rottweilers appreciate tropical temperatures? Hehehe, 5* and faved!

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      10 years ago

      savage looking dogs...i really want one

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, very informative, thanks


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      10 years ago

      This lens is great, very informative, thank you.


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      10 years ago

      Great job on your lens. I too am a big fan of this dog, so I am always pleased to see quality info about them. Well done!

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      10 years ago

      Nice lens. great info. These dogs are great.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens for a great dog Buddy

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      10 years ago

      Dog grooming for Rottweilers - lol

      Buddy's cool :)

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      Gatsby LM 

      11 years ago

      5* Rotties are among the breeds so many people misunderstand. Solve Dog Behavior Problems

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      11 years ago

      5* For you! It is about time someone gave these dogs the credit they deserve! Aggressive Dog

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      11 years ago

      Great lens. I love animals especially dogs. 5 Stars.I have just completed a Bird Rescue Lens ~~ here it is ~~

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      11 years ago

      A very well presented lens. I learned a lot of things about rottweilers! Buddy is lucky to have a human like you! All the best!

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      11 years ago

      Wow! Buddy is adorable. The dog grooming video was cool too. Might be worth having alook at the one i linked to, to see if there are any additional tips which might be useful.

      All the best to you and Buddy

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for this important info! 5 stars to you! Gayle, author of How to Stop a Dogs Barking.

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      11 years ago

      Well, isn't Buddy a Handsome dude!? His coat is sooo shiny. Thanks for the great info on this most excellent breed.


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      11 years ago

      Great lens about a misunderstood breed! I rated it 5 stars! Come visit my lens for more info about homemade dog food recipes.

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      11 years ago

      Excellent Rottweiler lens! 5 stars!

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      11 years ago from Detroit

      His Excellency Thor the Verdant of Mabe Burnthouse loves your Rott, and wants to welcome you to his Dogster Group!


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