The Rottweiler breed has had its fair share of bad press and is among the few most misunderstood breeds so we'll try to clarify some facts about the breed.
Lufthansa has recently changed its regulations regarding the transportation of certain dog breeds. According to the new rules, a Rottweiler - and 11 other breeds - older than six months is now considered dangerous and therefore must be transported in a special shipping container.
Many people would think that the weather in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain or Qatar might be too hot for dogs so they are very rare in the region. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Even though the circumstances are not ideal for breeding, dogs are increasingly popular in the Middle East.
The two main reasons why people in the Middle East own pets are protection and pleasure.
The classic protection breeds like the German Shepherd and Rottweiler are very popular, but there seems to be more and more demand for less known breeds such as the Cane Corso and Caucasian Mountain Dog. These breeds have a natural inclination to guard the territory they live in and the people they regard as family.
There is an important distinction to make between protection or guard dogs and watchdogs. While smaller breeds can also act as watchdogs to alert the family in case of danger, guard dogs must be big and intimidating enough to threaten the possible intruder to the point of retreat.
A Rottweiler and a wolf have formed the oddest new relationship in the animal world. As newspapers have been reporting a 150lb Rottweiler called Ulrok has befriended a tiny wolf cub called Beldaran in he Kisma Preserve in Maine, USA . He is a fully grown Rottweiler. She is a tiny wolf pup. They sleep together, frolic in the sun and even howl at the moon in unison.
This is far from the strangest friendship we’ve come across, however. In China, for instance, a Chihuahua adopted an orphaned chick. The dog acted as the chick’s surrogate parent picking it up in its mouth and taking it safely home when it risked getting into trouble. In the US a dog and a giant black bear have been observed by scientists happily together in the captive bear’s cage.
Dogs have also been known to let the offspring of other species suckle from them. Again in China, a kitten and a pair of tiger cubs have been observed feeding off the breast of dogs.
Dogs can even behave well towards their supposed worst enemies - cats. A scientific study found that cats are more likely to be chased if they are running away from a dog. The sight of the fleeing cat triggers a dog’s deep-rooted instinct to carry out prey chasing. Cats avoid being hurt by a chasing dog by learning to freeze and to lie down, with their bodies and head flattened to the ground. Denied the thrill of the chase, the dog will often lose interest.
Military dogs are dogs that are used to complement the various tasks that are needed to carry out a military operations. To some, this may seem to be contrary to humanitarian principles. But I look at it like this - This is how dogs first evolved - as a companion in hunting, and in fact, gun dogs like the Hungarian Vizsla are in use by even non military personnel.
WE HAVE ROTTWEILERS NOW !
My feet are covered with sores and marks.
My nerves are shattered from sudden barks.
My wallet's empty from paying the Vet,
and those Rotties are eating me into debt.
I sit down to rest in my favorite chair
And quick as a flash, the Rotties are there.
They've hauled off my shoes and chewed up my pipe,
But act so damned hurt, if I venture to gripe.
I rise in the morning, the new day to greet,
To find a Rottweiler standing firm on my feet.
I trip over another as I'm combing my hair,
While the puppy pulls hard at my underwear.
My fresh cup of coffee is now on the rug,
'Cause the bitch gave my arm a sweet playful tug.
I'd pour me another, but sure as can be,
The Rotties would dump it all over me.
Please believe me people, it's darn hard to write,
While my hand still hurts from that last loving bite.
The puppy is sneaking up in my lap,
While the one on my feet is down for a nap.
So to Hell with home life as it used to be,
And to Hell with quiet evenings with my family,
And to Hell with the money I'd spend anyhow!
Who needs them all......We've got Rottweilers now!!
Every week Euro Puppy showcases a dog lamp. Is it tacky or wacky? We will leave it up to you to decide. While having our own beliefs, we would love your comments...Enjoy....
Dog Lamp: This Rottweiler Porcelain Lamp is made from finely decorated white porcelain and is a gold banded lamp. It could possibly be an attractive center piece to any dog lover's living room. The talented artist Vladimir Tzenov designed the breed image. 27" tall and 6" across the base. Vladimir Tzenov also designed the "Best of Show" line featuring 115 dog breeds and 10 varieties of cats. This line of dog artistry is exclusive to Porcelain by Rosalinde and shows off one's favorite dog or cat. It also comes in black and white, as can be seen with the Bernese Mountain Dog lamp.
I think there are very few dog lovers, who can deny that a purebred Rottweiler has an immensely noble bearing. With German perfection in the canine form, a Rottweiler is sure to turn (the right) heads. A person, who is truly a Rottweiler lover will know that this stunning – and often misunderstood - breed is one of the most valuable specimens of all the canine breeds – and working dogs as well.
It is not an easy task to find the perfect Rottweiler. Of course….there are tons of Rottweilers out there, that look great and will suffice for those Rottweiler fans that are keen on having (just) a representative of the breed. But aaaaahhhh…those that have perfect conformation; correct breeding; come from top champion-lines, and maybe even hold a few show titles and working titles as well…those are few and far between.
So, bearing this in mind; what is considered to be a top quality Rottweiler puppy? Quality depends on a number of factors. First of all, breeding is a very important factor here. If the Rottweiler comes from a great stock, chances are, he or she will also have the correct bearing, and no genetic anomalies will be found. Breeders that make it their passion to work with this awesome breed really go far to breed out the genetic anomalies that this breed might otherwise inherit. Health screening is important here. Temperament of course – to some extent - can also be traced back to breeding. As with all large dog breeds, socialization is a must. This ensures that the balanced and loving disposition comes to the fore, and not the aggressive “beast”, that the media has portrayed the Rottweiler to be. Of course as with human temperaments, there are those that are inherent and those that can be formed and sculpted from an early age. A Rottweiler that comes from a poor stock will have a temperament that is harder to work with.
Artist, Sarah Theophilus’ distinctive style as well as her passion for dogs take the contemporary approach to the tradition of pet portraits much further. Her dog paintings capture the candid, the intense, and the more quirky nature of our beloved companions. Her art can be seen at Pet Portraits in Pastel.
Rottweilers are one of the most misunderstood and noble of all dog breeds! Their dark looks and bad reputation caused by the media has made many fear them. Yet beneath the dark facade, they are highly devoted, loyal and lovable dogs that are very intelligent as well. Used by police forces worldwide for their high work-drive and intellignce, they have gained respect from all spheres. This is not a dog breed that sits back and lazes about. Assertive, clever- and at times domineering- it needs an equally assertive owner to be the alpha male. Otherwise a Rottweiler will take charge. They are good with children but need early socialisation and care as puppies. This beautiful dog achieves extremely well in Schutzhund and obedience training. Anyone who has ever had a Rottweiler can vouch for the fact that this is one of the best dog breeds around!