Rottweilers are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been used for hunting since ancient times. Rottweilers were first domesticated around 11,000 years ago in Europe and Asia. Their popularity increased after World War II when they became very useful as guard dogs during that time period. Today, there are many types of Rottweiler breeds such as the German Shepherd Dog (GSD), American Staffordshire Terrier (AST) and others. These different breeds vary greatly in size, shape, coloration and temperament. Some are large and muscular while some are small and slender. Most Rottweiler breeds have a strong working instinct which makes them good guards, watchdog or even pack animals.
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is considered to be the best all-around dog breed due to its ability to do almost anything well with little training. GSD’s work hard for their owners because they love being with them. However, they are not aggressive towards other dogs and will often protect their human family members from harm.
They are loyal to their humans and will always defend them if necessary. The GSD is known for its intelligence and obedience skills. A good example of how smart these dogs can be is when they helped police officers apprehend a man suspected of killing two children in a car accident. They tracked the suspect by following his scent for over 19 miles and detained him until the police caught up with them.
The American Staffordshire Terrier (AST) is a muscular dog that has a lot of endurance. They were originally bred in England and were used in illegal dog fights. The British government eventually put a stop to these activities and the dogs were brought to the US where they were bred with the old English Bulldog (which is now extinct) to produce a less extreme version.
They have lots of endurance and strength but are still fairly agile. They were originally bred to be very aggressive towards other dogs and other animals, however they have become more docile over the years. These days, they are still used frequently as guard dogs but they can also do well in competitions such as weight lifting.
The Rottweiler is actually a very ancient herding dog that was mostly used in the alps by butchers, herders and farmers. Rotties are very sturdy and strong dogs with great stamina. For this reason they were also used for cart pulling and Rottweilers were actually used for that purpose up until the 1930s.
The Rottweiler is a very protective dog that has been used as a guard dog for thousands of years. It is believed to have been the protector of butchers in German towns during the middle ages. A common misconception is that the Rottweiler is a descendant of the ferocious Pit Bull and it is often mistaken for one. In fact, these two dogs have very little in common and share only a few physical features such as colors, size and general appearance. The Rottweiler has never been bred for fighting and it would probably make a poor choice for such activities due to its strong guarding instinct and loyalty towards its owner. The Rottweiler is a super intelligent breed that can excel in many fields such as search and rescue, police work, drug detection, and even acting.
The Cane Corso was bred as a stock dog and to hunt wild boar. It was first bred in Italy and it is the oldest of the Italian breeds. The name “Cane” meaning Dog and “Corso” meaning Corsican in English, giving the name of the breed “Corsican Dog”.
It is a large muscular dog that was originally bred to defend livestock and property from large predators and human thieves. They are a powerful breed that are only suitable for experienced dog owners and those that can provide plenty of exercise and training.
The Great Dane is a huge dog with great stamina. It has long been a favorite as a guard dog, but is also a wonderful companion animal. They are very sweet with children and loving with their owners.
However, they need to be around people a lot and should not be left alone for too long periods of time. Their size makes them unsuited to most homes, but they are very intelligent and easy to train and are often used as seeing eye dogs.
The Fila Brasileiro is a working dog that originated in Brazil. They were bred for cattle herding and are extremely tenacious when it comes to tracking down their quarry or whatever their owners desire. They are powerful dogs with strong jaws.
They are suspicious of strangers and have a tendency towards aggression. While they can make excellent guard dogs, their tendency towards violence and aggression makes them less suitable as pets.
The Dogo Argentino is a large breed of dog that was bred to hunt big game such as wild boar, puma and bears. They have very powerful jaws with large teeth and were bred for their endurance and agility. They are still used for hunting in Argentina even today.
They are loving towards their owners but tend to be suspicious of strangers and their powerful stature and fearsome jaws mean that they can easily intimidate other people.
The Boxer is a medium sized breed of dog that is immediately recognizable by its short smooth coat, rectangular head, and square body shape. The Boxer was bred from a cross between a French Bulldog and the extinct Bullenbeisser, both of which contributed to its impressive strength. It has since become a very popular family pet and working dog thanks to its great stamina, docility, and love of play.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a breed that was originally bred in Louisiana for hunting boar and coyote. It is an intelligent animal that responds well to rewards based training. They learn commands relatively quickly, but ignore them if they see fit to do so.
They are wary of strangers, but extremely loyal to their owners. They have a tendency to be noisy but are extremely good watchdogs for their ability to hear things others can’t. They also have great stamina and love to spend time outdoors, but they require a lot of exercise.
The Mudi is a herding breed that has its origins in Hungary. It is an extremely energetic dog that was originally bred to work livestock. They love nothing more than to follow their owner on a walk or run and then accompany them wherever they go.
They love to be around people and will become destructive if they do not get enough attention. They are intelligent dogs that respond well to reward based training. As long as their energy is expended they are otherwise very well behaved and tend to get along with everyone.
Which breed do you think will be best suited for your needs?
The Cane Corso is a large breed of dog that was originally bred in Italy for hunting Wild Boar, a process which still takes place today. They are strong, imposing dogs that are surprisingly gentle, especially with children. Despite their fierce appearance and reputation, they are extremely loyal to their owners and make excellent guard dogs. They respond well to reward based training, but do not react well to harsh treatment.
The Brazilian Mastiff is a very large breed of dog that resembles an Old English Bulldog. They are heavy-set animals that were originally bred to guard cattle in Brazil, hence their name. They have a very aggressive temperament and will lash out at anything they perceive as a threat, short tempered owners should not consider owning this breed.
They are one of the more stubborn dog breeds and training them requires a lot of reward based techniques, firm handling and a good deal of time.
The Siberian Husky is a large breed of working dog that was originally bred in Siberia to pull loads long distances for explorers and hunters. They are a well proportioned dog with a dense coat that can be white, black or red. They respond well to reward based training and enjoy pulling carts once their exercise is done.
They are pack animals that want to be with people, so solitary confinement should be avoided. However they are active dogs that will happily go on all kinds of trips, whether its walking down to the park or taking a three day hike in the country.
The miniature American Shepherd is a small breed of dog that was created through years of inbreeding by people looking to create a smaller version of the American Shepherd. Miniature American Shepherds still retain all the traits of their larger counterparts. They are protective, intelligent and quick.
They require a great deal of socialization as puppies and a firm hand when training, but are loyal once they trust someone.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a medium sized breed of dog that is a cross between an American Indian Dog and a English Hound. They have been used for hunting and herding in Louisiana, USA for decades. They have a reputation for being lazy and aloof, but this belies their intense loyalty to their families.
They respond well to handler traits and are intelligent enough to learn tricks easily. They get on well with children, but can be stubborn when training.
The Entlebucher Sennenhund is a small sized breed of dog that comes from the canton of Entlebuch in Switzerland. They have been used for herding, farming and as watch dogs for centuries and are related to several other Nordic herding dogs. They are intelligent and respond well to reward based training, but can be stubborn and will try to dominate people they do not see as leaders.
They get on well with children who are respectful of them.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a medium sized breed of terrier that was originally bred to hunt rats in the rough terrain of the Glen of Imaal in Ireland. They are strong willed, but intelligent dogs that thrive off people interaction and will want to be involved in everything you do. Owners need to be thoughtful when interacting with them as they can easily become destructive if they are left alone for long periods or not given enough tasks.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a medium sized breed of dog that was originally bred in Belgium as a cattle drover. They have a shaggy red coat and adults stand at least 26 inches tall and weigh at least 90 pounds. They are independent thinkers that don’t always respond well to commands, but respond incredibly well to trust based training techniques.
Their size means they can easily knock children over and their intelligence means they can become bored and destructive when left alone for long periods.
The German Longhaired Pointer is a large sized breed of dog that was originally bred to hunt game birds. They have a long, thin body and long, thin legs. The have a distinct brown and black coat and respond well to reward based training.
They are intelligent dogs and have a playful nature, but can be stubborn and lazy if they don’t have regular exercise.
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a large sized breed of dog that is powerful but agile. They have an all black coat and were bred in the Swiss Alps as a multi-purpose dog, with the aim being to breed the perfect all round farm dog. Due to their breeding they are hardy dogs that enjoy working and have been known to take on bears and wolves when working in pairs.
They respond well to reward based training and are happy to please, but can be stubborn and will do things in their own time.
The Rottweiler is a large sized breed of dog that was originally bred in Germany to herd cattle and pull carts. They have a distinctive black and brown coat and respond well to reward based training. They are emotionally intelligent dogs that crave love, care and attention.
They are calm, brave and reliable, making them good protection dogs, but their size means they can easily knock children over. They also need space and to be kept busy or they become destructive.
The Weimaraner is a medium sized breed of dog that was originally bred in Germany to hunt birds. They have a distinctive silver coat and respond well to reward based training. They were originally bred for hunting, being fast, independent and determined.
They can be aloof with strangers and are more likely to obey orders out of respect rather than love, but are typically friendly with other dogs and family members.
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