A LITTLE HISTORY:
The Rottweiler is a large Breed dog that originated in Germany as a Herding breed. The early Rottweiler's also worked as beasts of burden, pulling wood and other items to market. In addition, they were used as draft animals to pull carts and other items for their owners. As the breed further developed, they became well known as the "Rottweiler Metzerhund" which means Rottweil's Butcher Dog. They also served as protectors of their masters and valuables. In the late Nineteenth century, cattle driving became obsolete. The herding or drover dogs were replaced by trains, and cart pulling jobs were replaced by horses and donkeys. The Rottweiler of the day was in danger of extinction and in fact it's rumored that only one female remained in the area of Rottweil. We definitely owe many thanks to these early German breeders for working hard to preserve the Rottweiler simply for the love of the breed, and not just for work purposes. It wasn't until around 1905 when the Rottweiler began its comeback through its development of Rottweiler clubs and the German Police Dog Association recognizing them as one of the breeds to serve them. Their work on the German Police force, and of course through World War I, really helped make the Rottweiler world renowned. The first known Rottweiler’s in the United States arrived around 1928, brought over by German immigrants. In 1931 the Rottweiler was recognized by the AKC. Rottweiler’s began to gain in popularity in the 1980s, and by the mid-1990s, the Rottweiler was the second most popular breed registered with the AKC. Some of the qualities the modern Rottweiler possesses can easily be traced back to the days when Rottweiler’s were used as herding dogs. They are intelligent, dependable, confident, and self-assured, all traits that would have been very useful when herding and protecting the cattle. Their history and qualities are what have formed this great breed.
Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. Rottweiler’s love to spend time with their owners, and crave attention. They often act like they don't realize how big they are and love to cuddle up with their owner, no matter how small of a space is available.
Whether you live in the city or the country or somewhere in between, a Rottweiler can make a great pet anywhere. They are intelligent, loving, protective creatures that are good watchdogs, wonderful companions, and true friends.