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Rottweilers are the Best Guard Dogs

Updated on August 2, 2017

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Male Rotts weigh between 140-200 pounds.  I can't wait until we are able to get a male rott. They are very loyal and will protect your home from intruders.
Male Rotts weigh between 140-200 pounds. I can't wait until we are able to get a male rott. They are very loyal and will protect your home from intruders. | Source
Rotts are very alert and will protect your home if trained properly. They should also be socialized around people and other animals to get them used to that type of environment as a puppy.
Rotts are very alert and will protect your home if trained properly. They should also be socialized around people and other animals to get them used to that type of environment as a puppy. | Source
This is a picture of my dog Laila.  This is a large bone we got for her for Christmas. She is a sweet heart and sleeps all over the house.
This is a picture of my dog Laila. This is a large bone we got for her for Christmas. She is a sweet heart and sleeps all over the house. | Source
This is another picture of Laila being the guard dog.  She lays at the window to look for any activity going on outside.
This is another picture of Laila being the guard dog. She lays at the window to look for any activity going on outside. | Source
Laila loves attention.  To someone she doesn't know she will try to bite them. After she is properly introduced however she will be your friend for life.
Laila loves attention. To someone she doesn't know she will try to bite them. After she is properly introduced however she will be your friend for life. | Source

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Are you afraid?

I really do not know how you feel about Rottweilers but, I know that before I was around one that much, I was afraid of them. They have a reputation that precedes them and the general public has this bad picture in their minds of violent dogs with rabies and foaming at the mouth. This is not the case at all! Rottweilers can be great guard dogs, great companions and your best friend. On the other hand, these dogs smell fear so never show fear or they may go into combat or protection mode. I have had Rottweilers my entire life and if they are properly loved and trained to be nonviolent then, no attacks will occur. They are bred to protect not attack.

If a canine, any breed, is trained, properly socialized and loved they will never harm you. Make them and treat them like family because in a way they are family members and they protect and love the family so love them back. Do not stare them down because, to a dog this is a sign to fight and you do not want to go toe to toe with a Rottweiler, male or female.

History Lesson

Rottweilers originated in Rottweil, Germany. they were used to handle livestock and to pull carts. These dogs are just naturally strong. Rottweilers are commonly used as seeing eye dogs, police dogs and they are used in search and rescue missions. The American Kennel Club recognized this beautiful dog over fifty years ago. The American Kennel Club says that Rottweilers are calm, confident and dogs and are known for their self assured demeanor and yet they are quite flexible. The rottweiler that we own is very agile. She will get into little spots to lie down and sometimes I wonder how she is going to squeeze out but, she always does. Rottweilers can be very quiet with a wait and see attitude. they have an inherited desire to protect their family and their home. they are intelligent dogs with a burning desire to work. Rottweilers are now bred primarily to be guard dogs.

Hip dysplasia is a common problem in these and most larger breeds. A female rottweiler grows to be between 80-120lbs and the grown males can weigh from 110-160lbs and their height is between 23-28 inches tall. The litters of puppies are anywhere between 8 and 13. The average life span of these loving pets is between eight and fifteen years. It is important to keep these dogs around people to socialize them. This particular dog's intelligence, strength, work ethic and overall endurance, make them ideal service dogs, guard and police dogs or just a great companion. Our rottweiler is truly a member of the family. She does protect us when someone that we do not know is at our home.

Rottweilers are also great with tracking, herding, guarding and protecting people and property. When buying one of these large breed dogs remember that a Rottweiler eats an average of 20lbs of dry food per week. One other thing to consider is, that the dog will need to be taken to the vet twice a year because they are prone to catching viruses. Then, if they stay inside, they must be taken outside to use the restroom unless, the dog can be trained to use puppy pads.

The Rottweiler is a double coated breed with a medium length coat and a soft undercoat. They shed slightly twice a year in the spring and in the fall. These pets range in price between 500-2000 each. It is important to watch this breed's diet because they tend to overeat if they are not monitored. They also tend to snore loudly in their sleep. Keep them moving and exercising which isn't hard because Rottweiler's love working or having a goal to accomplish.,

Rottweiler puppies really like to bite so, make sure to have plenty of good toys around for this dog as it grows up. Rotttweilers like any other dog will get destructive if they stay bored and under excercised. As long as you remember to give them plenty of exercise and lots of attention. Rottweiler's are strong, very protective somewhat reluctant to show their feelings. Rotts are great with kids, adults and other animals as long as they are raised not to be violent but, it's all in the way that they are brought up as puppies.

Original Birthplace of Rottweilers

They Can Be Lazy

Rottweiler's can be very lazy and sleep all day if they have nothing to do. Either walk the dog or leave items for the dog to play with especially in the yard. Male Rottweilers tend to like chewing on and playing with old car tires. Also, let a dog run free if your able to or let it swim because dogs love to swim by nature.

Rotts are known to get hip problems so keep them in shape so that you can help your pet avoid These health issues.

Rottweiler Training

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      emerald1 2 years ago

      I have a Rotty, and a4 mnths he is a great guard dog. We don't train him to be, it's just in him. We socialize him with as many people and dogs as possible, as well as train him every day. He does feel a need to protect his domain. He is not overly protective though. He definitely has a"wait and see attitude". I had a doberman years ago and she was very hyperactive and would not listen. Could of just been a bad apple. Ended up giving her to a friend.

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Matter of opinion but in a fight they would destroy Dobermans. As far as stretching it goes there are 14 Doberman breeds and Rottweilers have 19 breeds, two of which rank higher than any Doberman on a dog I.Q. Test, partna.

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      ACS 4 years ago

      Rottweilers are sureley among the best Guard Dogs in the World but I´d NEVER put them in front of the Dobermann on such a list, neither would most experts out there. The Dobermann almost always ranks higher in list like these. We are, of course, talking about German, European Dobermanns and not the small, useless ones often seen in the States that are bread only for looking good at a show..

      The Dobermann is faster, more agile, more intelligent and more aware of what´s going on AND they are DESIGNED for this from the beginning. Sure, they´re a hell of a lot more work while growing up then a Rottweiler but the result is worth it..

      In Europe, Rottweilers are often(as a joke) called "Dobermanns Downs Syndrome Cousine" as they look almost the same but the Rott is slower, rounder and much more tranquil ;-)

      I have big respect for Rottweilers but calling them THE best Guard Dog is stretching it..

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Leslie. Liked this hub. It´s a shame that so many so called " tough dog " breeds are bought by morons who have no idea how to train their puppies to know the rules, and only buy them to enhance their macho image..or for protection in their shady dealings. I think it only fair to point out that no one should attempt to turn their dog, whatever breed, into an attack or personnel protection dog unless they really know what they are doing. And if possible dogs should be rescued from pounds, or bought from reputable breeders, where the kennels and parent dogs can be viewed. Instead of bought from unknown sources ( meeting in car parks to buy your puppy etc) because this only profits puppy mills and the like, where dogs are kept in appalling conditions, just to make the owners rich.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      It is bread into them. My friends Rotty is a baby. But, Not at night. LOL

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I have a beautiful female Rottweiler that I got from the pound. She was on death row, and had only about a day left. If these fabulous dogs end up in the pound they are at high risk because of people's fears. Some animal shelters are even reluctant to adopt them out because of their "bad dog" reputation. Your description is right on target. She is the sweetest, most patient dog. However, she is very protective of the property, and if a stranger approaches, she can be very intimidating.

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      I know a guy who has a Rotty who is a baby when he is around. But, He leaves him in his business at night and he becomes a totally different dog. He would definitely do so damage to someone foolish enough to break in. Great Hub.