Most Rottweiler traits are unique to the breed, and truly make them unlike any other dog. Just like people, every dog is different and has their own personality and quirks.
However, most Rotties share the same common traits. Keep reading to find some of the more unique ones, along with real-life examples of what they really mean.
If you already have a Rottie, I'm sure you
already see most of these traits in your dog. . .and have
plenty of crazy stories too.
If your thinking about getting a Rottie, this list, along with the stories from my two dogs, should help you decide if the Rottweiler is really for you.
Rotties are not afraid of hard work, in fact they love it. This trait
definitely stems from their early history when they herded cattle,
pulled carts and protected money for their masters.
This is one Rottweiler trait that can be fun to develop and exploit ;) If you’re looking for a great activity to do with your dog, check back soon for my Rottie’s and Cart-pulling page. You and your dog will have a blast!
I’ll give you a great example of a Rottweiler wanting to work.
My folks have a lot of cottonwood and maple trees on their property. Chevy and I went over in the early spring after a winter of bad wind storms, to help clean up all the branches and such.
I filled one hand with smaller branches, and started dragging a 30 or 40 foot limb with the other hand to the burn pile. Chevy ran up to the other side of this huge limb, grabbed it out of my hand and started dragging it along side me.
Through my laughter, I encouraged him to drag it all the way down to the burn pile, and he did. Of course then he wanted to lay down and chew it up. Sure wish I had a video camera that day!
There’s no getting around it, Rotties are not for the physically or
mentally weak. Especially when their young, they have no idea how
strong they are. The average Rottie can easily outweigh some people (my
girl Savannah had 20 pounds on me).
To best illustrate this rottweiler trait, the following story comes to mind.
When my female Rottweiler Savannah was about 15 months old, we were playing outside and she got pretty wound up. She was wrestling with my husband, and then started running straight for me.
I couldn’t get out of the way fast enough – She ran straight into my legs, I flipped up in the air, and landed smack on my dairy air! That hurt. Of course my husband was asking me if I was ok, through hysterical laughter.
The mere size and build of a Rottweiler makes them physically tough, but they’re not cry babies either.
When Savannah was about two years old, we moved into a new house. The previous owner didn’t have a gate across the driveway into the back yard, so the dog behind us would dig under the fence and escape through our yard.
One evening my husband noticed the dog in our back yard. He couldn’t get out the front anymore because we built a gate.
My husband opened the sliding glass door just wide enough to get his head out and yelled at the dog to "Get Outa Here!" (you can read some funny stuff at stories about Rottweiler Dogs)
As soon as he said those words, Savannah bolted towards the door.
Her right shoulder hit the wall, her left shoulder hit the door, and she blasted the door right off the tracks!
If you’ve ever seen a sliding glass door, you know they’re neither small, nor light.
. . .Thankfully, my husband was able to catch the door before it shattered into a million pieces (he’s a really big man).
Savannah never missed a beat, and darn near caught that dog before he shimmied back under the fence. She never made a sound or complaint – that had to have hurt.
This particular Rottweiler trait can actually be detrimental if you don’t pay good attention to your dog – sometimes their a little too tough for their own good.
Savannah was bitten on her lower back once, by a dog that came into our front yard and cheap-shot’d her from behind.
She was chasing him out of the yard when I looked up and called her back. About 20 minutes later I noticed blood on her back as she was walking past me. It took minor surgery to repair it, but she never made a peep – she was one tough girl!
The neighbor who owned the dog paid the vet bill :)
To put it simply, a Rottie is not a wuss. They tend to be very
self-assured, and really not afraid of anything. Again, the way they
you raise and train your dog will bring this trait out in the most positive light.
While boldness is a common Rottweiler trait, they are also highly sensitive to their 'people's' emotions. This is one of the reasons why training your Rottweiler is much easier using methods other than bruit force. A stern look on your face, and hands on your hips is 10 times more effective than spanking them on the butt.
To best illustrate this trait, I’m actually watching my dog as I’m writing this. He lay’s at the very top of our driveway (he knows his toenail’s aren’t allowed to leave the concrete) and just watches the cars go by, people walking, the cat across the street, etc.
He gets this superior look on his face that really says “go ahead, make my day – I double dog dare ya to set foot on my property.”
Lately, I have had to remind him that he doesn’t actually own the entire street, and he doesn’t have to bark at cars just because they slowed down too much in front of our house. . . . .
. . . . His mere presence is enough.
Most Rottweilers are pretty laid back and easy going. A lot of
people describe them as aloof and a little stand-offish, or not quick to
make friends, but I’ve found that it really depends on the situation.
On most summer day’s you can find my male Rottie Chevy, chill’n in the front yard, just watching the goings on in the neighborhood. I would describe them more as quiet observers.
My female Savannah used to do the same thing. In fact, she was
considerably more laid back than my male. Although they had completely
different upbringing, whereas Savannah was trained and socialized from
the time she was 9 weeks old.
Chevy on the other hand was abused, neglected and abandoned the first 15 months of his life - but, he started displaying more of the laid back Rottweiler trait once he found the good life with us (see the picture to the right)
When we are relaxing in the house, Chevy just relaxes with us. For the most part, a Rottweiler is not a dog that will constantly fidget or pace, or bug you for attention all the time.
But, if I stand up and he thinks I’m going to go outside, well then he gets a little excited – but, not the same kind of excited as you would picture a jack Russell terrier :) Thank God, because if he jumped around like one of those dogs, my house would be destroyed.
I have also found that both of my Rottie’s are very laid back when we are out in a public place. When Chevy is off of his own property, he is actually quick to make friends, and greets just about everyone with a friendly swipe across their hand with his tongue.
Savannah wasn’t quite as outgoing with strangers off of our property, but she was always friendly and respectful. She was very in tune with my emotions, and easily determined if someone was friend or foe.
Rottweilers are thinkers – I would describe them as quiet observers.
tend to analyze a situation or a person before they react. Quite often
too, they’ll go off of your vibes. If a stranger is walking towards
you, and you stiffen and act a little afraid, you’re dog’s going to pick
up on it, and start analyzing that person’s intentions.
Compare that with a friend coming over to visit. Your demeanor and voice is going to be completely different, and you’re dog is likely to greet the person in a friendly manner and then observe them before making a final decision as to how well they like them.
I’ve watched several other Rottie’s display this same behavior, so I would have to say that while training your Rottweiler is mandatory, they’re going to display this trait to one degree or another regardless of how their raised.
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