The Rottweiler is unbribable. It does not bark much, usually dominant in behaviour, a brave dog that knows no fear. It tends to bond strongly with one person. Occasionally, it may demand its owner’s attention too much – especially when expected to share it with another dog. Inside the home its behaviour is normally calm, when outdoors, however, the Rottweiler is indefatigable. It loves to work with and for its owner, and has an excellent memory. This breed knows its own territory very well and stays within the boundaries thereof; it is not likely to take discovery trips independently.
In case of consistent teaching and training, the Rottweiler will be a loyal member of its family and a reliable playmate for the kids, provided that they do not treat it bad, either. If it feels that “its” kids are being hurt by other kids, it will protect them. This breed accepts cats, other pets, and even livestock without any problems, if it gains positive experiences about them at a young age. It has almost no hunting instinct at all. Adult males may sometimes display dominant behaviour towards people and they may even be aggressive towards other male dogs. Proper socialisation and training plays a very important role in mitigating this behaviour.
Caring for the coat of the Rottweiler is not a particularly difficult task. During the shedding season, loose hair can be removed easily with a hair remover rubber glove or a rubber brush. Their claws have to be trimmed and kept short.
Rottweilers need an owner with a balanced character who radiates calmness, has a strong self-confidence, and possesses natural authority over his or her dog(s). Teaching has to be performed in an honest and loving manner, with the owner being consistent and strict at the same time. A permissive or inexperienced owner can easily find himself or herself in a situation where the dog has taken over power from him or her. A properly trained Rottweiler can be taught a lot and it will be perfectly obedient. Socialisation among humans is indispensable. One does not need to worry that their Rottweiler may become a kind of “everybody’s dog” – this cannot happen. The character of males and females is very different; the latter are more gentle and a little less confident.
This breed has average exercise needs and it adapts to circumstances easily. We must keep in mind, however, that the Rottweiler is a working dog that likes being outdoors; that is why it should not be condemned to laze around all day. Rottweilers that have a lifestyle that lacks proper exercise generally become overweight. It should often be taken for long walks. This breed loves swimming, running next to its owner, and play with him or her. It adores playing with balls and fetching.