Rottweilers: The Misunderstood Dog That's Actually Calm, Devoted, and Loving
November 21, 2014
Rottweilers often get a bad rap as unpredictable, vicious dogs. But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to a well-bred Rottie in the hands of a knowledgeable guardian. This is one of my most favorite breeds on the planet, but Rotties aren’t for everyone, as these dogs have unique health, behavioral, and training needs.
The massive chest and well-muscled body of Rottweilers came in handy in their former lives as cattle drivers and cart pullers for farmers and butchers. Today, you can find Rotties working as K9 officers, herding dogs, and service and therapy dogs.
Even with their love of work and physical activity, Rottweilers also like to be physically close to their humans. Yours might happily become a “lap dog” if you allow it, and he might also have a tendency to lean into you, which is how his herding ancestors learned to coax cattle to move in a certain direction.
Rotties are slow to mature, and the average lifespan of this breed is on the short side at 9 to 12 years.