This time, The Jaded Dog Trainer discusses the Rottweiler breed and how these hardcore dogs have (unfortunately) changed over the centuries.
What Is A Rottweiler?
Rottweilers are the descendants of Mastiffs bred by the Romans 2,000 years ago. According to the Jaded Dog Trainer, these working dogs were originally bred for war. The Roman legions would let loose a pack of badass Rottweilers during battle and these terrifying dogs could essentially destroy an entire town before the soldiers could come in and take care of anyone lucky enough to avoid the dogs. Too bad they didn’t have bite suits back then… we think. At least, not in any historical records we’ve seen.
When the Jaded Dog Trainer says a breed has been through a bazillion genetic cycles, he’s usually slightly over exaggerating. But it’s not a stretch to say that these beasts have been around for a long, long time.
Today, the story is a bit different. The American Kennel Club describes the Rottweiler breed as an “aloof observer of the outside world” and a “gentle playmate and protector within the family circle.” The description goes on to say Rottweilers are world-class guardians that are calm and confident but not overly aggressive.
While that may be true for modern Rottweilers, that certainly wasn’t the case when they were first bred. They were bred to be the perfect war dog, and even if they’re a bit more tame these days, we will never forget!
Just like their Mastiff ancestors, Rottweilers are a muscular breed with short hair, powerful hindquarters, and an impressive bite. Due to their muscular stature, Rottweilers should get plenty of exercise, and they love spending time outside with their owners.
Rottweilers make great walking companions, camping buddies, swimming partners, and anything else you’d like to do outside with your dog. Since you’ll need to be out and about with them, be sure to pick up your adventure dog gear from Ray Allen Manufacturing.
The Jaded Dog Trainer’s Opinion On Rottweilers
The Jaded Dog Trainer loves Rottweilers for their powerful muscles and jaws that can smash through nearly anything. What he doesn’t like, though, is how they’ve been bred over the past few decades.
Similar to Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers have gone from man-eating badasses to gentle family dogs over the past 30 to 40 years due to selective breeding by those who don’t understand what the dogs are meant to do.
The aggressive traits that made Rottweilers special are getting bred out in each genetic cycle. Soon enough, these former village destroyers might be nothing more than a toy dog.
Instead of wreaking havoc throughout the neighborhood, you’re much more likely to find a Rottweiler laying on the couch and having their belly rubbed by family members. While that’s fine for anyone looking for a family-friendly pup, it’s not the best breed if you need a guard dog (despite what you may read online).
If there is an intruder, today’s Rottweilers aren’t immediately going in for the kill like they would in Ancient Rome. They’re more likely to sit back and observe for a bit to determine who’s actually a threat. After all, the AKC says they’re aloof observers of the outside world.
The good news is that you can still find breeders who are committed to breeding Rottweilers as they’re meant to be bred. The bad news is that these breeders are few and far between. The Jaded Dog Trainer gives a sincere thank you to those who are dedicated to keeping these dogs true to their original purpose.
Our Advice On Owning a Rottweiler
If you’re looking for a badass dog, look no further than a Rottweiler. But keep these things in mind:
- Start by getting your Rottweiler from a reputable breeder who doesn’t breed them to be couch potatoes. Be sure to read breeder reviews and take a look at the sires and dames to ensure you’re getting a man-eater and not a loafer.
- Remember that Rottweilers are not meant to be gentle playmates. These are hardcore dogs through and through. If you’re looking for a family-friendly pet, consider a Golden Retriever.
- Be prepared for your new Rottweiler by purchasing your dog gear from Ray Allen Manufacturing. All of our products are designed explicitly for badass dogs and their dedicated handlers.
From durable Biothane Leashes and heavy-duty harnesses to Buddy Bowls for water on the go, Ray Allen has everything Rottweilers and their owners need to have some fun in the great outdoors. We even have ultra-tough dog toys that’ll stand up to your Rottweiler’s mighty jaws.