The Rottweiler – Your Guide To A Loyal Protective Breed
Rottweilers are a loyal breed that have been bred since ancient times. They were originally used as guard dogs but they have now become popular pets due to their loyalty and good temperment. There are many different breeds of rottweilers with each one having its own characteristics.
Some of them are:
American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
Australian Cattle Dog (ACD)
Beagle (Bichon Frise)
Border Collie (Toy Foxhound)
The American Staffordshire Terrier (also known as the Boston Terrier or simply Bostons), is a medium sized terrier from England. These dogs are generally friendly and affectionate, but not overly so. They tend to be very intelligent and obedient.
They make excellent family companions, though they do require a certain amount of discipline. They are often used as guard dogs because of their size and strength. They can be trained to fight and are extremely agile. They have a reputation for being one of the most tolerant breeds around children.
The Beagle is a small hound dog originally bred for hunting. They come in two types: The Show Type and the Hunting Type. Both types make good pets although they have very different appearances.
The Show Type is heavier with a more substantial build. The head is wider and shorter with a less pointy muzzle. Ears are bigger as well. The Show Type is often completely white with big eyes. The Hunting Type is long and lanky with a narrow head. The muzzle is longer and very pointy. The legs are long and thin and the feet are extremely large. The Hunting Type can be any color, but the most common is a tan color, similar to that of an Irish Setter.
The Border Collie is a very energetic herding dog bred in Great Britain. These dogs were bred to herd sheep, and they still have that instinctual behavior. Owners must make sure that their Border Collie has something to do, otherwise it will begin to herd absolutely everything, including children and other pets.
These dogs are very intelligent. They can easily learn how to obey commands in several different forms of languages. Owners must maintain a certain level of authority though or the dog will not listen. They are very energetic and require lots of physical activity because of this. They are excellent with children and other animals, but they must be put in their place. They can also be fairly intimidating, which makes them good guard dogs.
The Cattle Dog is a medium sized breed that originates in Australia. These dogs were bred to herd cattle, and they still have that instinctual behavior. Owners must make sure that their Cattle Dog has something to do, otherwise they will begin to herd absolutely everything, including children and other pets.
They can also become destructive if they are not given enough to do. They are intelligent and independent, so they do best with someone who has the patience to train them well and exercise them daily.
The Boston Terrier is a small breed of dog which was bred to Boston, Massachusetts in the United States in the 1800s. They were originally bred to be fighting dogs, but that practice was banned and they instead became popular as companion dogs. Families with children love this breed because they are so affectionate and playful.
They can sometimes have a stubborn streak, but they are usually smart enough to obey commands when called to do so. They can sometimes be slightly aloof with strangers, but if properly trained they can warm up to almost anyone.
The Old English Sheepdog is an old breed of herding dog from the county of Norfolk in England. They are loving and playful, but they need someone who is going to be their master. Someone who is not going to be firm with them will find that these dogs will begin to take advantage of them.
The Old English Sheepdog needs a lot of exercise and room to roam, but also enjoys relaxing on the couch next to his owner. These dogs are very energetic and like to keep busy, which means they are not good indoor pets. They do best in a rural environment with plenty of space to run around.
The Cairn Terrier is a small breed of dog which was originally bred to hunt and kill rodents and small mammals in Scotland. They were bred to be intrepid adventurers, and their desire to wander makes them excellent candidates for agility and other sports requiring a curious and independent spirit. The Cairn is an affectionate and playful dog that gets along well with everyone, especially children.
They are very intelligent, but sometimes their enthusiasm gets the better of them. They do best with a patient master who can help them hone their natural instincts.
The Dachshund is a short-legged breed of dog which was bred to hunt badgers and other underground animals in Germany. They come in three varieties: standard, miniature, and kaninchen. The standard breed can range from 55 pounds to upwards of 80 pounds.
They are loyal and intelligent dogs, but they need consistent training from an early age. The Dachshund is prone to back pain, so they do best with older owners who understand how to help them avoid straining their backs. Despite their small size, they are brave hunters and make for a reliable pet.
The English Bulldog is a medium sized breed that comes from England. They are muscular and stocky and were originally bred to be fighting dogs. Today they are incredibly popular pets, especially in homes with children.
The Bulldog is loyal and playful, but are prone to a number of health issues such as severe respiratory problems. These issues make them not suitable for apartment living. They do best in a climate with temperate winters and plenty of space to roam.
The Pug is a small breed of dog from China that has bulging eyes and a flat nose. The Pug’s coat is often black, but they can also be fawn or apricot in color. Pugs are relatively clean dogs that don’t shed much and are comfortable in an apartment as long as they get regular exercise.
They are very social and playful dogs that love the company of their owners and families. They also enjoy being the center of attention and do not react well to being left alone for long periods of time. Despite their small size and reputation for laziness, they are a very active breed that loves to run and play. They do best with someone around most of the time
The Scottish Terrier is a sturdy dog with a wiry coat. They were bred to hunt and kill vermin and other small animals in Scotland. Today they make excellent watchdogs and are known for their loud, booming bark.
The Scottish Terrier does best with someone around most of the time, as they tend to be shy and reserved when left alone. These dogs are not suited to living outside and need a warm, safe place to sleep.
They do best in a suburban or urban setting where they can get plenty of attention and human contact.
The Shiba Inu is a small breed from Japan. They were originally bred for hunting and killing small game, but are most famously known for their role as a hunter of deer and boar. The Shiba Inu is a popular pet due to its independent nature and compact size.
They are quiet dogs and rarely bark, but will warn their owners of strangers with a loud, low growl. The Shiba Inu does best with someone who can be consistently authoritative with it.
Shiba Inus need space, and do not do well in small apartments or homes. They need a large yard in which to run and play.
At 39 pounds the Bullmastiff is one of the larger breeds of dog. Originally bred to assist butchers by guarding their meat deliveries, they are exceptionally intelligent yet aloof dogs who make for reliable watchdogs. The Bullmastiff is a quiet breed that rarely barks without reason.
They are not prone to waking their owners at night and are good family dogs for this reason. Bullmastiffs do best in a home with kids, as they are patient and tolerant of them. The breed does suffer from health issues, so potential owners should ensure their veterinarian check-ups are up to date.
Bullmastiffs are calm, laid back dogs that do best in a suburban or rural environment. City life is too fast paced for them.
The Newfoundland is a very large working dog with a long coat that originated in Canada. They were bred to help fishermen by hauling nets and rescuing drowning sailors. Today they are popular pets due to their sweet, calm nature and the fact they tend to drool a lot.
Newfoundlands are not watchdogs, as they are extremely friendly and will attempt to welcome intruders. They do best living in a home with at least one other dog, and owner who is calm and able to keep the dog focused. The Newfoundland needs a lot of human affection, but is not a clingy dog.
Newfoundland are very hardy dogs that do well in most climates. They are not prone to any genetic health problems and live long lives. They are best suited to someone who has the time to give them plenty of exercise.
The Great Dane is a very large breed of dog that is popularly portrayed in movies as the pet of villains, and for its use in advertising for dog food. They are very friendly and playful, but require a lot of exercise and human contact. The Great Dane does not do well alone, and should be left outside as a guard dog as they do bark a lot.
The Great Dane makes for a poor watchdog due to its friendly nature and can be tricked by a cat burglar.
The Great Dane has a long, healthy life span and does well in most climates, but is prone to bloat, a serious illness that can kill them quickly if not treated, so look out for symptoms.
The Bull Terrier is a breed of dog that is most famous for its role in the sport of bull- and bear-baiting. Due to its popularity during this event, the Bull Terrier became a symbol of England’s lower class. The breed is still commonly used in illegal dog fighting rings today.
The Bull Terrier is a natural fighter, and will form extremely strong bonds with its owner, but not with everyone. The breed makes for a good guard dog thanks to its ferocious nature and ability to hold its own in a fight. It only responds to force and will ignore friendly gestures from strangers.
The Bull Terrier has a very short coat that requires little grooming. They are prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia and allergies. They shed a lot, and are best kept away from individuals with asthma or extreme sensitivity to dog dander.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is an adorable little bundle of pure fury. They are very feisty and determined little dogs that do not let anything get in their way, including their small size. They can be stubborn at times and some can be aggressive towards other dogs or people without proper socialization.
Miniature Bull Terriers require a lot of human contact and cannot be left alone for long periods of time, as they get lonely very easily. The breed is very active and will benefit from having a yard to run around in. They are very good dogs for people who live active lifestyles. The Miniature Bull Terrier has various health issues, but a healthy dog can live as long as a 15 years or more with proper care.
The Dachshund is a short-legged breed of dog that was bred to hunt badgers and other burrowing animals.
Sources & references used in this article:
Rottweilers for Dummies by RG Beauchamp – 2011 – books.google.com
Rottweilers by L Stone – 2004 – books.google.com
Our Best Friends: Rottweiler, The by M Welton – 2000 – Macmillan
Breeding Dogs for Dummies by M Goldish – 2011 – Bearport Publishing