Rottweiler attacks, and any other dog attacks happen for a reason, and usually it's due to a combination of one or more listed below.
I hope a couple of personal stories will help you to understand the
different variables that might cause a Rottweiler attack. . . .
We purchased our first Rottweiler from what would be considered a "back yard breeder" although we knew both parents and they were from excellent breeding. Both were registered with the AKC, and we knew both owners quite well.
Savannah was an awesome dog, but early on I realized that I would need to train her extensively, knowing that she would likely outweigh me.
We not only took her to puppy pre-school, but continued her training throughout her entire life. We also socialized her with everything under the sun:
Although she had a very protective nature, which is one of the most distinctive Rottweiler traits, she was a very well balanced and well behaved dog.
Two of her sibling's by comparison were not! They were not neglected or abused in any way, but they also weren't properly trained and socialized either.
The two of them living together developed a very strong pack mentality, and quite frankly they were a little scary to be around.
Coming from someone who's in love with dogs and Rottweilers in particular the story above says that properly raising and training a Rottweiler (or any dog for that matter) is almost everything!
We rescued a Rottweiler named Chevy when he was 15 months old. He'd been abused, neglected, malnourished, and clearly never socialized to different things and situations. He didn't even know what the word "sit" meant.
Similar to Savannah, we ended up with him in an unorthodox way, which means that we didn't adopt him through an actual Rottweiler rescue group. We knew very little about what happened to him in the first 15 months of life
Although it was clear that he hadn't been trained in any way, shape or form, it was also clear that he didn't have a mean bone in his body.
Today he's 8 years old and mostly well behaved, which took a good year of consistent training. He does actually love children, but as a responsible Rottweiler owner, I would never leave him with a child unsupervised.
Chevy's story really helps illustrate how important Rottweiler training is, especially beginning from a young age.
Please don't think that I take a Rottweiler attack lightly, because I don't.
Any dog attack is a serious matter, but especially with large breed dogs, the injury's are obviously worse than with smaller dogs.
What angers me the most is that Rottweilers by nature (their true temperament) are not vicious in any way. If a Rottweiler attack occurs, it is usually caused by one or more things:
My bottom line is this - News media outlet's greatly distort facts to get the best ratings, for any story, but especially for a Rottweiler attack, or Pit bull attacks.