by Jan Cooper
The Rottweiler, commonly referred to as a Rottie by those that have come to love
the breed, is a medium to large sized robust dog. He is black in color with carefully placed mahogany markings. He has a large
head with deep set, dark, expressive eyes.
He is loyal to his family and will protect them whenever the need arises, but
his finest attributes are his forthright intelligence, forgiving nature, and a sense of humor.
It is said that the ancestors of this breed originated in the Roman Empire and
that many of them accompanied the Roman army over the Alps as the loyal protector and drover of cattle that were used as the
army's food source. According to historians, the next appearance of this mastiff type dog was in the beautiful little town
of Rottweil nestled in the southern mountainous region of Germany, where the Roman armies had left them as they continued
their travels. The name Rottweil literally means das Rote Wil or the red tile.
The dogs became integral members of the community as their loyalty, natural ability
to work and desire to please were noticed and cultivated. Farmers used these dogs to pull carts to aid in their daily milk
deliveries, as well as to assist in management of the cattle; butchers used these dogs to guard their down-stairs shops during
times of rest and to carry pouches of money to the banks. Unlike in our society in which dogs are usually pets and companions,
every member of those old German towns, including the animals of a family, had to be productive and earn their keep. This
robust, loyal, yet friendly dog easily proved its worth. These working dogs became widely admired and some people began referring
to them as the butcher dogs or the dogs of Rottweil. Over time this magnificant working companion became officially known
Rottweilers today have changed in physical appearance, but they still have that
invisible aura of dignity that surrounds their intelligence, loyalty and humor. A well adjusted Rottweiler is quiet, generally
laid-back and will readily adapt to apartment living, provided of course he is given daily exercise. This breed's greatest
desire is be with his human family. Regardless of living arrangements, all Rottweilers should be socialized and have obedience
training. Because this is a breed of strong characteristics, the Rottweiler is NOT a breed for everyone as it requires a high
degree of responsibility from its family. As with any large dog, Rottweilers should never be left to their own vises or left
unattended with children. Both children and Rottweilers become bored quite easily and therefore both require adult supervision.
Today Rottweilers are excelling in such sports as herding, schutzhund, carting,
agility and flyball. They are also proving to be outstanding therapy dogs and recognized as excellent service dogs for the
physically challenged. Rottweilers are also in use by various law enforcement agencies. The exceptional characteristics and
versatility of the Rottweiler has made it a popular breed in America. Rottweilers love to learn new things and a working Rottweiler
is a happy Rottweiler.
Courtesy of Jan Cooper www.rott-n-chatter.com (the oldest Rottweiler website in the world!)