Rottweiler Temperament and Personality Traits

Rottweilers have been companion animals for centuries. Their tough exteriors and soft souls make them loyal protectors and loving best friends.

Before adopting a Rottweiler, it’s important to understand what to expect from your dog breed’s temperament and personality. Giving your dog the attention, socialization, and care they need will set you up for a lifespan of adventure and companionship.

A History of the Rottweiler Breed

Rottweilers have historically significant descendants. This breed stemmed from the mastiff dogs that the Roman legions used in their quests to conquer Europe. Eventually, many of these large breed mastiffs made their way to Rottweil, Germany.

In the town of Rottweil, the mastiffs were used as work dogs to herd other animals and protect farms. Butchers often kept them to protect their cattle, eventually giving the breed the moniker “The Butcher’s Dog.” The local population continued to breed them, and the dogs came to be known as purebred Rottweiler dogs.

Rottweilers developed a strong reputation for their excellent work ethic. As international travel became more common, Rottweilers made their way to every corner of the world. Rottweilers work with farmers, as police dogs, and with emergency search and rescue as dependable right-hand men (or, in this case, right-hand dogs).

What Is a Rottweiler’s Temperament?

Many people perceive Rottweilers as aggressive dogs. This isn’t quite the truth.

If you’ve ever encountered a Rottweiler that seemed aggressive or territorial, it’s because you were a stranger in their territory. Most Rottweilers are more bark than bite until they get to know you. Once you’ve made friends, they’re interested in cuddling and playing (and drooling).



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