5 Reasons Why Rottweilers Make Great Pets

Rottweilers have somewhat of a bad reputation among those who've never met one, but more often than not, they make loving, friendly pets. As large, powerful dogs, they do have the potential to be dangerous, but you shouldn't let one bad apple spoil the bunch, and besides, when a dog is badly behaved, it's usually the fault of the owner, rather than the animal. If you're considering bringing a Rottweiler into your home, there are a number of reasons why they're a pleasure to own.

1. They're Highly Intelligent

Rottweilers are extremely smart dogs, which makes them fun and interesting to interact with. The added benefit of owning an intelligent dog is that they're generally easy to train and pick up new commands quickly. These dogs were originally bred as working animals and they've also been used by the police and the armed forces, which is a testament to their intelligence and trainability. The only problem is that if you don't train them and keep them mentally stimulated, they can use their intelligence to cause mischief.

2. They're Loving and Affectionate

Looks can be deceiving – many people are surprised to find out that Rottweilers are just big softies, who love nothing better than to snuggle up with their families and be fussed over. As long as you don't mind your fully-grown Rottweiler trying to curl himself up onto your lap, their affectionate natures mean they're wonderful dogs to bring into your home. They can also be extremely sweet and gentle with children, so long as both the dog and the child are taught how to interact with one another in an appropriate manner.

3. They're Fairly Low-Maintenance

While Rottweilers are large dogs who need a fairly large amount of exercise, they're quite low-maintenance in other respects. Their short, smooth coat doesn't need much grooming, so you'll just need to give your Rottweiler a quick once over with a soft bristled brush each week to avoid him getting a buildup of dead skin.

4. They're Natural Intruder Deterrents

A well-trained and socialized Rottweiler shouldn't be aggressive, but they still act as good deterrents for intruders simply by existing. They can be quite territorial, however, and will alert you (usually by barking) when someone approaches the house. You might know that your 100-pound Rottweiler wouldn't hurt a fly and is more likely to lick someone to death than attack them, but a potential burglar doesn't know this. If someone's looking to break into a house and they see a Rottweiler barking at the door, they're more than likely to look elsewhere.

5. They're Laid Back

Rottweilers might be energetic while out on their walks, and happy to run for miles, but when you get them home they're fairly calm and relaxed. As regular coach potatoes, they're happy to lounge around for much of the day. They often like to do their relaxing around their family, though, so it's not unusual to find your Rottweiler sleeping at (or more likely, on) your feet. This doesn't mean they require no stimulation in the home. Like most dogs, they thrive on the occasional play or trick training session.

All of these reasons add up to tell us Rottweilers can make excellent family pets, who are loving, smart and easy to live with. Of course, every type of dog has some downsides, too, so it's important to think carefully before you add a new canine member to your family. Unfortunately, there are many unwanted Rottweilers out there, so consider adopting one from a local shelter. 

Photo credit: Dr. Manfred Herrmann Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub/Wikimedia