Are Rottweilers dangerous?
Rottweiler temperament is inherited, but temperament and behavior are also shaped through training and socialization. A Rottweiler must be thoroughly trained and socialized at a young age to control his territorial instincts.
The AKC Standard describes the Rottweiler as a “calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.” A Rottweiler is incredibly loyal to his family and very protective.
Rottweiler temperament can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. And while some Rottweilers have found a path to peaceful co-existence with the family cat, others are predatory toward cats.
With their families, Rottweilers are playful and affectionate. This large dog likes to cuddle on the couch or the bed, regardless of its size. But Rottweilers are also good guardians. They are leery with newcomers. So they must take their time to decide who is worthy of their affection.
How to Avoid Rottweiler Behavior Problems
The Rottweiler has a reputation for being a dangerous attack dog, but that is not their true nature. To be dangerous, they must be trained that way. With the proper training and socialization from puppyhood, a Rottweiler is an even-tempered, incredibly loyal and loving dog that will protect his family fearlessly. That makes the Rottweiler a wonderful watchdog.
Rottweiler behavior problems happen when they are not properly trained and socialized. Your dog must be taught that the human is the alpha in the relationship. With the right training, a Rottweiler can be a good playmate for children. But this breed may not be suited for a family with small children due to the pet’s strength and the potential intolerance of children’s antics. If he is socialized from an early age, a Rottweiler will welcome friends and family with affection and be tolerant of other dogs and cats.
Any Rottweiler will do what they are trained to do. If you teach them that aggression is good behavior (even without realizing you are doing so), the dog will likely show aggressive tendencies. Without guidance and positive training, your Rottweiler could turn into a challenging pet.
You may be hesitant to help an adopted or rescued Rottweiler since the dog’s personality traits have already been set. You might think that adopting a Rottweiler puppy is safer, but that is not the case. Adult dogs are calmer than puppies and their personalities are already fully established. With an adult Rottweiler, what you see is what you get. It takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out. As an adult, any Rottweiler behavior problems would be on full display. When you meet an adult Rottweiler, you will be able to see how they behave with people and other pets.
Rottweilers who wind up in an animal shelter don’t necessarily get there because they’re bad dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy, well-behaved dogs who are trained and housebroken. Adopting from a shelter or rescue organization is probably the safest way for families with children to add a Rottweiler to the family.
Interested in Owning a Rottweiler? Here’s What You Should Know
If you are interested in owning a Rottweiler, you’ll be glad to know that with the right training, the Rottweiler is a wonderful companion. But without continued socialization, companionship, supervision and obedience training a Rottweiler can be too much dog for many households.
When looking for the right Rottweiler, do a careful search to avoid over-aggressive or unstable lines. Observe the dog’s behavior. Ask the right questions.
Most Rottweilers are inclined to be dominant but they will respect an assertive owner who knows how to lead a strong-minded dog. Your dog has to know that you are in charge, even if he is twice your size.
You’ll need to invest the time to train your Rottweiler. Some dogs are dominant – they want to be the boss. You must show them that you mean what you say with absolute consistency. You’ll need to teach him social skills and harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way. In the right hands, a Rottweiler is a loyal companion and a loving best friend.
If you are interested in owning a Rottweiler, there are some legal liabilities you should understand. Do your homework before you buy. Rottweilers may be banned in certain communities, or you may be denied a homeowners insurance policy if you own a Rottweiler. Because the breed looks intimidating and has a history as a guard dog, people may be quicker to sue if the dog’s behavior is in any way questionable.