Is a Rottweiler the Right Dog for You?

Rottweilers are large, confident, courageous and a gentle companion. They were originally bred to drive cattle. Today, they are best known as a family pet. Some Rottweilers even work side-by-side with the military and police performing a variety of jobs. Rottweilers have a strong appearance and exude confidence. Many people fall in love with the breed at first sight and want to bring one home to join their family. Before you make your final decision you may want to get to know more about Rottweilers and if it is the right breed for you. Below are details about the breed that will help guide you on your journey to reaching the final decision to welcome a Rottweiler into your family.

·        Room Enough to Grow – Do you live in a home that has a big fenced in yard? Do you live on a ranch or farm? Big yards, farms and ranches are the ideal place to raise a Rottweiler. They need to room to run, jump and play on a daily basis and they need plenty of room as they grow larger.

·        Rottweilers and Children Rottweilers need to be socialized from a young age to behave around children. Rottweilers are large and without intent may bump into young children making them fall. While most Rottweiler’s are well behaved around children, you will always want to keep your eyes open and never leave your children unattended with your dog.

·        Friendly with Other Pets –You may have a variety of pets in your household. Rottweiler’s can co-exist peacefully with other pets if they are introduced and raised with the other animals from puppyhood. Rottweiler’s are highly trainable, intelligent and can be taught to behave properly.

·        Lack of Protection –Many people assume because the Rottweiler is a strong confident dog with a large appearance that they are natural guard dogs. Rottweilers will need to go through a lifetime of training to be a guard dog or protector. Rottweilers are actually slow to bark at strangers and they don’t even come into their full voice until about two to three years old. If you are looking for a guard dog you may want to consider another breed.

·        Attention Seekers – Rottweilers require human contact and companionship. They enjoy being involved in family life and activities. They are not the type of dog that should live alone in the backyard with barely any human contact. You will want to make sure you have time in your schedule to devote to your dog, as well as enjoy spending plenty of time with him or her by your side.

The Rottweiler breed may have stole your heart with just one soulful look, but it is wise to consider the requirements needed to raise a Rottweiler. Your lifestyle is important to you, if you don’t have enough time in your schedule or you are unable to make adjustments to your life to make room for a Rottweiler to live with you comfortably, you may want to consider another breed as a pet. However, if you are looking for a great jogging and hiking buddy, an excellent companion and loyal friend a Rottweiler may be right for you after all.

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