Some Fun Facts You May Not Know About Rottweilers
Black lips and coat, brown highlighting around the mouth, shoulders and paws. And don't forget the adorable circular brown eyebrows. Yup, you guessed it right! Talk about one of very few dogs that don't have any variations of colour, Rottweilers are one of the most popular dog breeds for pets, guarding and herding. Here are the 10 fun facts of Rotties that might fascinate you.
Fun Fact #1 : Their Origin
Rottweilers' existence dates as far back to the Roman Empire. They were used by the Romans to pull carts and drive cattle for farmers and butchers after settling in Germany. They are descendants of a Roman Mastiff-type dog called Molossus. Their name was derived from a town called " Rottweil ", a popular trade centre where the Rotties were used to drive and protect the cattle from robbers and wild animals. Apart from protecting the cattle, they were also used to protect money for the cattlemen by having it put in a purse and tied around their necks.
Fun Fact #2 : They Were Almost Extinct
After railroads were built, the demand for Rottweilers declined drastically, as did their numbers to near extinction in the mid 19th century. This was due to the fact that herding dogs were no longer needed for transporting cattle. Thus, the Rotties were put out of jobs and considered futile. They were severely diminished to the point in 1882, a show in Helibronn featured a poor representative of the breed. However, things started to change when a group of breeders fought hard to keep them around and in 1910, a few years prior to World War 1, saw great demand for the Rotties as police dogs that effectively put them back on the map.
Fun Fact #3 : They Are Both Friendly and Aggressive.. What?!
Ironic isn't it? They can be friendly and cute that children's books are written about them such as Good Dog, Carl, yet, they can also be aggressive and dangerous that caused them to be banned in certain states of America. Technically, this dog breed simply needs a lot of work. They are easily trainable due to their high intelligence, nevertheless, they are instinctively protective of their loved ones and would behave aggressively towards harmless strangers. Therefore, early and frequent training is vital to control their temperament, after all, they can't be aggressive for no reason.
Fun Fact #4 : They Are Tough, But They Need Leaders
Although the Rotties are tough and dominant dogs, notwithstanding, they need to have an established leader in their training, and that's you! This breed requires firm and consistent training, but not harsh discipline (unless if you want to trigger their aggression). They need someone who is assertive and shows strong devotion towards their training and supervision. They will only respect you once you have set the boundaries clear, otherwise, you will need more time and patience to earn that.
Fun Fact #5: Early Socialization Is Essential
Early socialization is essential for Rotties and it needs to be done while they are still puppies. Exposure to different people, sights, sounds and encounters will determine your Rottie grows up to be a well-rounded dog. One of the ways to exercise this is to attend puppy classes for your puppy to meet new people and other dogs. A Rottie needs to live in a home with its pet parents and not to be left alone in a backyard, otherwise, the boredom would develop destructive and aggressive behaviour within them.
Fun Fact #6 : Bad Rap.. Kind Of..
Rotties are often portrayed as bad guys in movies, especially cartoons as their notoriety became conspicuous in the 80's and 90's. Due to these misconceptions spread by Hollywood and some irresponsible pet owners, the Rotties even to this date need to fight their way out of the myth. Their high popularity elicited irresponsible breeders and puppy mills. They were bred for pure cash and once the bad publicity surrounding the dog's temperament began, the demand for them decreased. Thankfully, dedicated breeders are turning things around for Rotties to dispel their myth of being a naturally aggressive dog.
Fun Fact #7 : They Are Stronger than Pit bulls(No Joke)
Contrary to popular belief, Rottweilers possess bigger jaw power than pit bulls. Yes, just because pit bulls are more notorious in terms of dog-related deaths that don't make them stronger than the Rotties. With 328 pounds of pressure per inch, their herculean bite is devastating and its damage relatively depends on their skull size. That means, the bigger the size of their skull, the more power they possess in their bite. I bet right now you wouldn't want to pick a fight with a Rottie.
Fun Fact #8 : Again They Are Tough, But They Have Weak Bones
Due to overbreeding for the past ten years, Rottweilers are developing weak bones. They are commonly prone to Hip and Elbow Dysplasia. They are also susceptible to Osteosarcoma which is an aggressive bone cancer. Apart from bone problems, they are also known to suffer quite a number of health disorders such as Aortic Stenosis/Sub-aortic Stenosis (AS/SAS) which is a disorder that forces the heart to work harder to supply blood to the body and Gastric Dilation-volvulus (GDV) which is a life-threatening condition caused by rapid eating and drinking.
Fun Fact #9 : Any Climate Would Do
Apparently, the Rotties are adaptable to any climate. These rugged dogs that can literally live anywhere as long as they are given sufficient outdoor exercise. Their double coat feature allows them to withstand any temperature they live in. However, regular shedding is needed as they tend to shed a lot.
10. They Love To Please
What essentially makes them a good pet is their desire to impress their owners and loved ones. This makes them suitable to be in a family environment. However, remember this, every dog is different, therefore owning a Rottweiler needs an extra care and sensitizing them to children and strangers are important for their behavior development. With the right nurturing produces the right results.