There are many dog breeds, but some of them are really well known and present in our country. One of these is the Rottweiler breed. Is character suitable for living with cats? How is the Rottweiler dog? And, above all, is it possible to have a peaceful coexistence with our house cat? Let's find out together!
Undoubtedly in character, the Rottweiler is an active, intelligent, and self-confident dog. Males tend to be dominant.
If well socialized, he gets along well with both people and other dogs. If left too alone, it tends to bark annoyingly or dig in the garden.
Since the Rottweiler tends to be aggressive, they must be subjected to continuous and constant socialization to be a good companion for a family.
He is not a dangerous dog, although the angry Rottweiler is scary and can really hurt.
This is why the right education from a puppy is necessary and fundamental. The Rottweiler, if neglected, left alone for many hours, kept in a chain, his tendency to dominate increases.
It is an excellent guard and defense dog that goes to protect its loved ones if it perceives danger.
The temperament of the Rottweiler changes between the male and the female. In fact, the male is much more dominant, while the female is milder, more tolerant, and suitable for family life.
The Rottweiler puppy adapts better to home life and immediately establishes a loving relationship with his loved ones, unlike the dog adopted as an adult who, even if well trained, will be more detached from the family unit. Because he doesn't always get along with other dogs, the Rottweiler can be aggressive.
Therefore, during walks, it is good to keep the dog on a leash at all times. It is advisable to opt for a female Rottweiler if we have children because it is much more affectionate and with a strong maternal instinct. If already used, he will have no difficulty relating with other children who must approach with caution and delicacy.
Strangers, on the other hand, may be perceived as a threat to their owner or home.
Like all other dogs, he needs to be loved and have someone to really care for him. It needs large spaces and the idea is to give it a large garden with sturdy fences but also that it can access the house and participate in family life.
He can also live in an apartment as long as he has the opportunity to go out for a walk several times a day and for longer. Therefore, it is not suitable for sedentary people but needs active owners who can also involve it in sports such as agility.
Rottweiler training and his education
The training of the Rottweiler must be a must and must start from when he is a puppy. Very inclined for tests of obedience, defense, and dog sports, he needs a determined, determined conductor, who makes himself respected and loved. Coercion is not necessary for this purpose.
The Rottweiler dog must broaden the knowledge to other dogs, people, children, seniors, and more. It is important to rely on qualified and accredited breeders to avoid problematic crossings. It needs constant physical and mental exercise and must be stimulated above all through play.
He tends to go into protection because of a possessive nature, therefore, be careful in the presence of strangers. It is definitely not recommended as a first dog and needs a secure, assertive, and above all calm base.
Rottweilers and cats: can coexistence be possible?
As already mentioned, if well socialized from a puppy, cats and Rottweilers can coexist. The Rottweiler, not being a hunting dog, does not see the house cat as prey. On the contrary, however, he can see him as a rival if his owner neglects him and tends to pay more attention to the cat rather than him.
For this reason, in addition to equipping the house in such a way as to create air routes for cats as escape routes, it is important not to pamper the house cat too much in the presence of our Rottweiler.
Birth of the Rottweiler breed
The name of the Rottweiler derives from the city of Rottweil, located in southern Germany, where the Rottweiler was used as a dog for herders and guards.
Born as working dogs, they were employed in the early 1900s in the German army for military purposes.
The Rottweiler dog-faced extinction when small dog breeds took hold because they were more easily manageable. Arrived for the first time in Italy in 1938, but only in 1950, his first breeding was born by two veterinarians from Como.
In the United States today it ranks third by diffusion. In various states, it is currently used by the police and the army and used in riot control units. It is also used as a personal defense and guard dog.
Being a powerful and strong dog, he was the protagonist of unpleasant aggressions due to mismanagement by the owners. Education and proper training are essential for dogs of this type and require the presence of a confident and determined owner. Like the Pit Bull, for example, the Rottweiler is a demanding dog and not suitable for all owners. If he knows how to grow, he can be an excellent companion.
Physical characteristics of the Rottweiler breed
The breed standard provides that it must be of:
- weight between 42 and 50 kg;
- height at the withers between 60 and 69 cm for males and between 55 and 63 cm for females;
- large head with moderately arched forehead;
- almond-shaped eyes, brown in color;
- hanging ears, small and triangular;
- hanging lips;
- thick, short, smooth, hard hair;
- black color;
- markings present on the cheeks, above the eyes, muzzle, neck, chest, limbs, and under the tail.