The Rottweiler is a large, stocky, muscular dog that can appear very intimidating. In TV and film, the Rottweiler often is depicted as a vicious aggressor and an attack dog. With those negative images in mind, many people jump to the conclusion that a Rottweiler will not make a good family pet and that he will not be good with children. This simply is not the case.
Are Rottweilers good family dogs? The answer is yes, they can be.
A Rottweiler should not automatically be ruled out as a family pet. When correctly trained, socialized and cared for, the Rottweiler can make a wonderful family pet – loyal, loving and calm.
Are Rottweilers Good with Children?
The Rottweiler has a very strong bond with his family, and that includes the children. If you raise your Rottweiler pup around your children, he will be loyal and protective of your children.
A Rottweiler can be very happy living in an active household with children and other pets. They enjoy playing and interacting with the children in the family and consider them to be members of their pack. Rottweilers can be very protective of their children, seeing themselves as their protectors and guardians.
A Rottweiler lives for playtime and they love playing with children. But do not assume that just because your Rottweiler loves your children he will also love other children. Rottweilers can be wary of humans they don’t know. If a Rottweiler feels that his children are being “hurt” in any way he will rush in to protect them.
Until the Rottweiler is fully trained and socialized, you should supervise him around children. If Rottweilers are not exposed to children from the time they are puppies, it is likely they will not do well in a family setting. A Rottweiler that has never been exposed to children will likely be potentially dangerous if they feel threatened by a child.
Rottweilers and Other Pets
When a Rottweiler is introduced to other household pets from a young age, he is likely to accept them as part of his pack and he will enjoy their company. Rottweiler puppies are large and they grow rather quickly, so they can be very unaware of their own size and strength. That’s why it’s a good idea to supervise play sessions that involve multiple pets until you’re certain that they’ve all adapted to one another.
This is not a breed who will immediately initiate play or interaction with new dogs.
A Rottweiler can become aggressive with other dogs, particularly those of the same sex. If he is provoked or made to feel that his family or territory is threatened, a Rottweiler can easily become assertive and dominant. And while a Rottweiler can get along with the family cat that he has grown up with, he is otherwise disposed to see cats as prey.
Rottweilers have a wide range of temperaments. There are different breeding lines that are bred for different purposes, and each has a different temperament. With a Rottweiler, you must know what you want before visiting the breeder. You need to ask the right questions so that you don’t wind up with a pet that is simply too much dog to handle.
The Rottweiler Home Environment
Rottweilers are powerful dogs that require a lot of space to play and exercise, and plenty of things to do. A home with plenty of secure outdoor space is ideal for a Rottweiler. In smaller spaces and with too little human interaction and guidance, a bored Rottweiler can develop behavior problems.
These affectionate dogs prefer to be with their family members. They do not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time. They enjoy being in the same room as their family members. And despite their size, they love to cuddle in your lap and lean against your leg.
A wary breed, the Rottweiler is not immediately accepting of strangers. He must take his time to decide who is worthy of his affection. As part of his socialization, your Rottweiler should be introduced to friends and family members from an early age. It is important that you provide your Rottweiler with enough socialization so that his protectiveness doesn’t turn into aggression.
A Rottweiler is a strong-willed dog with a mind of his own. That’s why it takes a confident owner to take charge and show him who is the boss.
Although they are well respected as guard dogs, the Rottweiler loves the family life. The Rottweiler is a very sweet dog and his priority is always his family. With the right training and socialization, the Rottweiler can make a great addition to any family.