The Rottweiler dog is an ancient breed, and the oldest known Rottweiler dog information dates back to the Roman Empire. The Roman Army had to bring their own food during conquest marches, and the easiest method was of course to bring live animals that could be slaughtered to provide a constant source of fresh meat. To keep the animals under control, they used herding dogs. The herding dogs used by the Roman Army are believed to have been a mix between the brave Roman war dog and local sheep dogs that the war dogs met during their travels, and these mixed war-sheep dogs became the ancestors of our modern Rottweilers.
The Rottweiler is not a very demanding dog when it comes to coat maintenance, and weekly care and grooming is normally enough. Rottweiler dog care does not only involve brushing out the coat of your dog, but also checking its eyes, ears, teeth, feet and nails. As soon as you bring your puppy home, you should get it used to frequent Rottweiler dog care, because otherwise it can become very hard to manage when it becomes a strong adult. Regular Rottweiler dog care will also give you a chance to bond with your dog.
Unfortunately, the Rottweiler dog puppy has tendency to end up with owners that should never been allowed to get a Rottweiler – or perhaps not even dog – in the first place. If you are an insecure person trying to boost your own low self-confidence by owning a fearsome dog that can scare other people, getting a Rottweiler dog puppy is definitely not a good idea. If you on the other hand are a stable and confident person, perhaps with previous experience in dog training, that wants to spend a lot of time training your Rottweiler and integrating it into your family, a Rottweiler dog puppy is an excellent purchase.
The Rottweiler Welfare Association offers several valuable guidelines for those interested in purchasing a Rottweiler dog puppy. To begin with, they advice you to refrain from getting a Rottweiler dog puppy unless you are absolutely sure that you know how to control an adult Rottweiler. You must also have enough time on your hands to train your dog and teach it good manners. It is extremely important to remember that Rottweilers are exceptionally protective of their family, and without proper training they can for instance attack the playmates of your children if they perceive the play as being violent.
If you are willing to devote your self to proper Rottweiler dog training, you will end up with a reliable, relaxed and highly affectionate dog that goes along well with both children and other pets, even though it will most likely always be suspicious of other dogs. Obedience training as well as extensive social training is very important. The Rottweiler is an intelligent dog that normally grasps new commands in no time, and it is very eager to please its pack leader. Make sure to give your Rottweiler mentally stimulating experiences throughout its entire life, otherwise this intelligent dog can become depressed and start engaging in destructive activities. Chewing on forbidden items and extensive barking are often brought on by lack of mental stimulation. Females are especially prone to this type of behaviour.
The Rottweiler dog price varies a lot between different breeders and different parts of the world, and it is therefore hard to provide any general guidelines. The most important thing is to investigate what you actually get for you money. Will you get a well-socialized puppy with healthy, vet-checked parents or will you get a puppy that has spent its first essential week with its exhausted mother at a puppy mill? Has the puppy been vaccinated, de-wormed and thoroughly examined by a vet before purchase? The expected life span for a Rottweiler dog is 8-11 years and trying to save a few bucks on the purchase price by getting a low-quality dog from an unskilled breeder is certainly not worth it.