Last Updated on February 4, 2022 by Marco C.
Rottweilers are some of the most popular dogs on the planet, but many people wonder about German Rottweiler temperament before they buy a pup. After all, they’re large, powerful dogs, and if you can’t control them – they could be dangerous. In today’s article, we’ll be discussing the temperament of the German Rottweiler, how safe they are, and whether they’re a good fit for a family.
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Are German Rottweiler More Aggressive Than Other Dogs?
It's common knowledge now that the original purpose of the Rottweiler was to be the protector of herd animals and their owners. Many, many owners still utilize them for this purpose, and that's not without reason.
Rottweilers are some of the most vigilant dogs in the world. They're constantly looking around, trying to spot something dangerous to protect you from. However, this doesn't make them aggressive. If anything, German Rottweiler temperament is an overblown myth!
Rottweilers are some of the most composed dogs on the planet. It's extremely rare for a regularly trained Rottweiler to attack someone without good reason. They're definitely going to bark and try to scare off anyone who tries to approach their territory (i.e. your back yard). But these smart dogs will understand that if you, the owner, let someone in the yard - that person is not a threat.
However, if some poor soul was to try to sneak into your home and jumped over the fence - the Rottweiler would be all over them! These dogs never back out of a fight and they'll die protecting you and their home if necessary.
So, Rottweilers aren't aggressive - they're actually very composed and won't try attacking people or other dogs for no good reason. However, if they're confronted, they won't back down from a fight.
Is a German Rottweiler a Good Family Dog?
This is a very common question and that's with good reason. After all, these dogs are massive - they can weigh up to 135 pounds and most of that weight is in muscle! Given that they're essentially the dog equivalent of a professional martial artist, people wonder whether they're safe for children.
The truth is, they're quite fond of children and are very vigilant around them. A German Rottweiler's temperament doesn't stop it from seeing the child as a member of its pack, the same way that it sees you, and they won't attack children.
The danger with children is, however, usually accidental. These dogs can easily push a child, typically by accident. Keep in mind how heavy and strong they are. Because of this, it's very easy for a dog to accidentally push a child over when they're playing.
Additionally, children are known to be a little provocatively playful with dogs, poking, sticking and pulling. Dogs will put up with this...to a certain point. Even if your Rottweiler sees your child as one of their own, they're not going to put up with this bullying forever, and they'll likely bark at the child at some point just to tell them to back off. It's very unlikely for a Rottweiler to bite a child, though! They're aware that the child isn't an enemy, only that they need a warning.
Either way, parental precaution is advised in these situations!
Are Rottweilers Easy to Train?
Yes, Rottweilers are some of the most intelligent dogs in the world and training them is not only easy, it's essential. More intelligent dog breeds actually require constant training in the form of cognitive stimulation. To them, it's like an itch no one can scratch but their owner.
They literally need you to train them on a regular basis, otherwise they'll become very irritable and grumpy. This often leads to a Rottweiler acting out - biting furniture and destroying things around the home.
You should start training your Rottie while it's still a puppy and only take it down a notch once they get older. You won't have much trouble with dog training though! The Rottweiler is an incredibly smart animal and they're easily going to learn all commands you have for them!
How Much Exercise Do Rottweilers Need?
Similarly to command training, Rottweilers also need physical training! These dogs are very active and they need you to run them or walk them at least once a day. There are many breeds that like to just chill around the house - the Rottweiler isn't one of them.
This is why it's best to keep a Rottweiler in a large yard where they can run around all day. It's also best to combine cognitive stimulation and physical training by playing fetch with a ball thrower or something similar to that! Because of this, Rottweilers are a great choice for you if you're an athlete!
Is the German Rottweiler Better Than the American Rottweiler?
The American Rottweiler is a sub-breed of the Rottweiler (with the German being the original). The main difference between these two breeds is that the German Rottweiler is larger with a broader head and wider shoulders. They're also noticeably stronger than American Rottweilers.
American Rottweilers also have docked tails and their legs are usually longer than the legs of a German Rottweiler. However, to answer the question which breed is better is a tough one. Firstly, the American Rottweiler isn't recognized as an official breed by the AKC.
It's also important to note that the American Rottweiler is a much weaker dog than its German big brother, with less bone density and generally less muscle.
To sum up, Rottweilers aren’t aggressive dogs. They’re definitely vigilant, always looking out for their family and the people around them. A Rottweiler won’t start a fight for no reason, but they also never back out of a fight. Contrary to the popular myth, they’re actually great with kids and won’t pose a problem. You should still practice caution with children, though, as they often provoke the dog!
Rottweilers are also in need of daily exercise and training. These pups are very active and very smart, meaning that they need you to run them or walk them every day, as well as give them some mental stimulation every day!