The Rottweiler, what makes this dog so popular?

                   The Rottweiler ranks # 8 in the U.S. for the first time, in almost 20 years.

 

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding breeds. With a history possibly dating back to the Roman Empire, the Rottweiler may be a descendant of ancient Roman drover dogs; a mastiff-type dog that was a dependable, rugged dog with great intelligence and guarding instincts.

During their request to conquer Europe, the Roman legions travelled in large numbers across the continent. The lack of refrigeration meant soldiers brought herds of cattle for food. Drover dogs kept the herd together and guarded it at night.

Around A.D 74 the Roman army travelled across the alps and into what is now southern Germany. For the next two centuries the Roman drover dogs were continually used in herding and driving cattle for trade even after the Romans were driven out of the area by the Swabians. A town in this region was eventually given the name Rottweil. It became an important trade center and the descendants of the Roman cattle dogs proved their worth by driving the cattle to market and protecting the cattle from robbers and wild animals. The dogs are said to have been used by travelling butchers at markets during the middle ages to guard money pouches tied around their neck.

The dogs were eventually know as Rottweiler Metzgerhunds, or “butcher dogs”. As railroads became the primary method for moving stock to market, the demand for the Rottweiler breed declined, and so did their numbers, so severely diminished by 1882 that a show in Heilbronn, featured only one very poor representative of the breed.

The buildup to World War 1 saw a great demand for police dogs, which led to a revival of interest in the Rottweiler. During the first and second World Wars, Rottweilers saw service in various roles, including as messenger, ambulance, draught, and guard dogs.

The buildup to World War 1 saw a great demand for police dogs, which led to a revival of interest in the Rottweiler. During the first and second World Wars, Rottweilers saw service in various roles, including as messenger, ambulance, draught, and guard dogs.

The Rottweiler is good natured with a calm temperment but also has the ability to guard and protect like the German Shepherd. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work is what makes him suitable as a police dog, service dog, herder and obedience competitor. They do very well in flyball, cart pulling & agility trials. They also excel in Schutzhund, search & rescue and as therapy dogs. Like the German Shepherd Dog they also make a faithful & devoted family companion.