Rottweiler Bulldog Mix – Two Tough Breeds Collide
The Rottweiler breed originated from the American bull dog, which was originally bred to fight with other dogs. After being domesticated, it became a reliable companion animal and even a working dog.
Today there are several breeds of Rottweilers. Some of them include:
American Pitbull Terrier (APBT)
German Shepherd Dog (GSD)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT)
The Rottweiler breed is one of the most popular breeds in the world. There are two main types of Rottweilers; those that have been bred for fighting and those that were not.
The former type includes the American pitbull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, German shepherd, mastiff and GSD. These are known as “fighting” or “show” dogs. They are usually very large and strong looking. Their appearance makes them look intimidating but they do not necessarily mean to intimidate anyone. On the contrary these dogs are highly intelligent and loyal companions that will protect their owners when needed. The GSD, for example, was bred for working as a herder, retriever, hunter and guard dog. The American pitbull terrier was bred to bait bulls in the early 19th century. Today it is a popular family dog. It has a strong love of people and is extroverted. It is also an intelligent dog. It gets on well with children and other dogs. As well as being a loyal companion it is also a protective and loving pet. The Staffordshire bull terrier is another popular breed. It was used for ratting and dog fighting but has now become a highly intelligent, loyal and loving family pet. It is also protective of its family and makes a good watchdog. The last of these breeds, the mastiff, is known as the “gentle giant”. It is slow to anger but makes for an excellent guard dog due to its size and strength. The mastiff can weigh up to 180kgs.
These dogs were bred for fighting and some of them still have strong predatory instincts. It is important when socializing and training these types that owners always show who is boss or the dog may take charge itself.
These dogs will not listen to just anyone and will be selective about their friends, sometimes being friendly and sociable and at other times being very stand offish or even hostile towards strangers. Owners need to make sure these dogs are trained and socialized correctly when they are puppies.
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