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Beauty of the beast

by:
AMANDEEP KAUR MAUJ

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The Rottweiler is the current macho dog of the moment. Some people keep a Rottweiler just for the bad reputation it has. Just for the fact that you neighbor or best friend has one does not mean that you should also own one.

The Rottweiler is an outstanding companion and guard, but its ownership carries much greater than average responsibilities, due to traits possessed by this breed, their size and strength.

The Rottweiler is said to be descended from the drover dogs of ancient Rome. These mastiff-type dogs accompanied the Roman Legions across the Alps herding their cattle and guarding their camps. Through the mid-1800's, the cattle trade flourished in Rottweil, Germany as did the Rottweiler Metzgerhund also known as butcher dog, who drove the cattle to market and returned with the filled purses of their masters around their necks. By the early 1900's though, the Rottweiler gained popularity as a police dog.

Rottweiler is basically a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured reserve that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making him especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog.

A properly bred, socialized and trained Rottweiler is not inherently vicious. The rapid rise in popularity of the breed has attracted many irresponsible breeders who are only interested in making a profit, and don't care what damage is done to the breed in the process. Such Rottweilers have also been known to bully or bluff their owners or other people, a trait that is most disconcerting.

The consequences of anger are much more grievous are than the causes of it. This aggressiveness in this breed can easily be prevented through early obedience training. Rottweilers require extensive socialization from an early age. Expose him to the sights, sounds and people he will encounter as an adult.
A puppy begins to learn about its new home and the environment the minute you bring him home. It is essential that whatever method of training you choose it should use positive reinforcement techniques and allows time for your pup to socialize with people and other puppies.

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