The Rottweiler Temperament
The Rottweiler is a very powerful, calm, trainable, courageous and devoted animal. It has supreme loyalty to its owner and family. Again it is very loyal and protective, it will defend its family fiercely if needed, seemingly immune to pain. Serious, but very even-tempered, brave, confident ,courageous and loving.
This breed needs an owner who is strong minded, calm, but firm and able to handle this dog’s massive size. The Rottie is a docile, natural guard dog with a laid-back, reliable temperament. It is highly intelligent and has proven its worth beyond question in police, military and customs work over many centuries and can be trained for competitive obedience.
Because of its size, training should begin when the dog is a small puppy. This breed needs a lot of leadership and socialization. It will not be happy confined to a kennel or backyard. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success.
When the Rottweiler receives consistent leadership and is trained, it will be a good playmate for the children. It will accept cats, other dogs and other household pets as long as the dog has been socialized well and has owners who assert their authority over the dog. Friends and relatives of the family are normally welcomed enthusiastically . Strangers from whom the dog senses bad intentions can get no further than the sidewalk!!