Article by Pam Green You must be or you wouldn't be reading this. You've already heard how wonderful Rottweilers are. Well, I think you should also hear, before it's too late thatROTTWEILERS ARE NOT THE PERFECT BREED FOR EVERYONE. As a breed they have a few features that some people find charming, but that some people find mildly unpleasant and some people find downright intolerable. There are different breeds for different needs. There are over 200 purebred breeds of dogs in the world. Each breed was created with some specific purposes in mind. There are lap dogs, hound dogs, herding dogs, hunting dogs, and many varied combinations of these and other functions. Before you decide on one specific breed, investigate it's history, temperament, and uses to make sure that they mesh well with your own lifestyle. Just because a breed is currently popular does not mean it's the right one for you, and the choice of a dog should be made with the intention of caring for that dog throughout it's lifetime. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO THE BREED *CHIEFLY* BECAUSE OF IT'S REPUTATION AS A PROTECTIVE DOG. While a Rottweiler is a large, impressive breed, true protection is only obtained through a lifetime of training. A Rottweiler requires many hours of obedience training and socialization, and can be expected at some point in his/her life to challenge it's owner. Some Rottweilers are also slow to bark, coming into their voice at two to three years of age - do not expect your Rottweiler puppy to instinctively warn you of an approaching stranger. There are many other breeds whose "watch dog" capabilities far exceed that of the Rottweiler. If all you are seeking is a dog that will bark at strangers approaching your home, you may want to look at the Labrador, the Standard Poodle, or some terrier breeds. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO SHARE YOUR HOUSE AND YOUR LIFE WITH YOUR DOG. Rottweilers were bred to share in many aspects of a family's daily life, as protective guardians, willing workers, and happy playmates. They thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever you are. They are HAPPIEST LIVING WITH YOU IN YOUR HOUSE and going WITH YOU when you go out. They need human contact and socialization in order to remain well-rounded. A Rottweiler who does not receive adequate socialization and attention is likely to grow up to be unsociable (fearful and/or unprovoked aggressive), unruly, and unhappy. He may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking, that will displease you and/or your neighbors. An adult so exiled will be miserable too. If you don't strongly prefer to have your dog's companionship as much as possible, enjoy having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should choose a breed less oriented to human companionship. Likewise, if your job or other obligations prevent you from spending much time with your dog. No dog is really happy without companionship but the pack hounds are more tolerant of being kenneled or yarded so long as it is in groups of 2 or more. A better choice would be a cat, as they are solitary by nature. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU DON'T INTEND TO EDUCATE (TRAIN) YOUR DOG. Basic obedience and household rules training is NOT optional for the Rottweiler. As an absolute minimum, you must teach him to reliably respond to commands to come, to lie down, to stay, and to walk at your side, on or off leash and regardless of temptations. You must also teach him to respect your household rules: e.g. is he allowed to get on the furniture? is he allowed to beg at the table? What you allow or forbid is unimportant; but it is *critical* that you, not the dog, make these choices and that you enforce your rules consistently. You must commit yourself to attending an 8 to 10 week series of weekly lessons at a local obedience club or professional trainer and to doing one or two short (5 to 20 minutes) homework sessions per day. As commands are learned, they must be integrated into your daily life by being used whenever appropriate and enforced consistently. Young Rottweiler puppies are relatively easy to train: they are eager to please, intelligent, and calm-natured, with a relatively good attention span. Once a Rottweiler has learned something, he tends to retain it well. Your cute, sweet little Rottweiler puppy will grow up to be a large, powerful dog with a highly self-assertive personality, and the determination to finish whatever he starts. If he has grown up respecting you and your rules, then all his physical and mental strength will work for you. But if he has grown up without rules and guidance from you, surely he will make his own rules and his physical and mental powers will often act in opposition to your needs and desires. For example: he may tow you down the street as if competing in a sled-dog race; he may grab food off the table; he may forbid your guests entry to his home. This training cannot be delegated to someone else, e.g. by sending the dog away to "boarding school", because the relationship of respect and obedience is personal between the dog and the individual who does the training. This is true of all dogs to a greater or lesser degree, but definitely to a very great degree in Rottweilers. While you definitely may want the help of an experienced trainer to teach you how to train your dog, you yourself must actually train your Rottweiler. As each lesson is well learned, then the rest of the household (except very young children) must also work with the dog, insisting he obey them as well. Many of the Rottweilers that are rescued from Pounds and Shelters show clearly that they have received little or no basic training, neither in obedience nor in household deportment; yet these same dogs respond well to such training by the rescuer or the adopter. It seems likely that a FAILURE TO TRAIN the dog is a significant cause of ROTTWEILER ABANDONMENT.
If you don't intend to educate your dog, preferably during puppyhood, you would be better off with a breed that is both small and socially submissive, e.g. a Shetland Sheepdog. Such a dog does require training, but a little bit goes further than with a Rottie. In the opposite direction, if your goals in obedience training are oriented towards success at high level competition (HIT, OTCH, and Gaines), please realize that while some Rottweilers can and do accomplish these goals, they are few and far between. The Rottie is not among the half dozen breeds best suited to such highly polished performance. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU LACK LEADERSHIP (SELF-ASSERTIVE) PERSONALITY. Dogs do not believe in social equality. They live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader (Alpha). The alpha dog is generally benevolent, affectionate, and non-bullying towards his subordinates; but there is never any doubt in his mind or in theirs that the alpha is the boss and makes the rules. Whatever the breed, if you do not assume the leadership, the dog will do so sooner or later and with more or less unpleasant consequences for the abdicating owner. Like the untrained dog, the pack-leader dog makes his own rules and enforces them against other members of the household by means of a dominant physical posture and a hard-eyed stare, followed by a snarl, then a knockdown blow or a bite. Breeds differ in tendencies towards social dominance; and individuals within a breed differ considerably. Rottweilers as a breed tend to be of a socially dominant personality You cannot afford to let a Rottweiler become your boss. You do not have to have personality or mannerisms of a Marine boot camp Sergeant, but you do have to have the calm, quiet self-assurance and self-assertion of the successful parent ("Because I'm your mother, that's why.") or successful grade-school teacher. If you think you might have difficulty asserting yourself calmly and confidently to exercise leadership, then choose a breed known for its socially subordinate disposition, such as a Golden Retriever or a Shetland Sheepdog, and be sure to ask the breeder to select one of the more submissive pups in the litter for you. Leadership and training are inextricably intertwined: leadership personality enables you to train your dog, and being trained by you reinforces your dog's perception of you as the alpha. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU DON'T VALUE CONSTANT COMPANIONSHIP AND SOMETIMES PHYSICAL AFFECTION. A Rottweiler becomes deeply attached and devoted to his own family, and will show this affection in a variety of ways. Some Rottweilers are noticeably reserved, however most are more outgoing, and a few may be exuberantly demonstrative of their affections. They like to be near you, usually in the same room, an almost always with a head or paw in your lap. They will follow you from room to room, and if you are standing still, will lean against your leg. They have been known to upend morning coffee cups by deciding that it's time your hand touched their heads. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Rottie will immediately perceive it and may respond to your mood. As puppies, of course, they will be more dependent, clownish, and given to testing the limits of their surrounding. A number of breeds retain into adulthood a less puppyish and playful disposition, e.g. Sheepdogs, Mastiffs and others. Quite a few are far more dramatically demonstrative and/or more clingingly dependent, e.g. the Golden Retriever. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU DISLIKE DAILY PHYSICAL EXERCISE. Rottweilers need exercise to maintain the health of heart and lungs, and to maintain muscle tone. Because of his mellow, laid-back, often lazy, disposition, your Rottweiler will not give himself enough exercise unless you accompany him or play with him. An adult Rottweiler should have a morning outing of a mile or more, as you walk briskly, jog, or bicycle beside him, and a similar evening outing. For puppies, shorter and slower walks, several times a day are preferred for exercise and housebreaking. All dogs need daily exercise of greater or lesser length and vigor. If providing this exercise is beyond you, physically or temperamentally, then choose one of the many small and energetic breeds that can exercise itself within your fenced yard. Most of the Toys and Terriers fit this description, but don't be surprised if a Terrier is inclined to dig in the earth since digging out critters is the job that they were bred to do. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU BELIEVE THAT DOGS SHOULD RUN "FREE". Whether you live in town or country, no dog can safely be left to run "free" outside your fenced property and without your direct supervision and control. The price of such "freedom" is inevitably injury or death: from dogfights, from automobiles, from the pound or from justifiably irate neighbors. Even though Rotts are home-loving and less inclined to roam than most breeds, an unfenced Rott is destined for disaster. Like other breeds developed for livestock herding, most Rotts have inherited a substantial amount of "herding instinct", which is a strengthened and slightly modified instinct to chase and capture suitable large prey. The unfenced country-living Rott will sooner or later discover the neighbor's livestock (sheep, cattle, horses, poultry) and respond to his genetic urge to chase and harass such stock. State law almost always gives the livestock owner the legal right to kill any dog chasing or "worrying" his stock, and almost all livestock owners are quick to act on this! The unfenced city Rott is likely to exercise his inherited herding instinct on joggers, bicyclists, and automobiles. A thoroughly obedience-trained Rottweiler can enjoy the limited and supervised freedom of off-leash walks with you in appropriately chosen environments. If you don't want the responsibility of confining and supervising your pet, then no breed of dog is suitable for you. A neutered cat will survive such irresponsibly given "freedom" somewhat longer than a dog, but will eventually come to grief. READ THIS PARAGRAPH TWICE! DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY, FEED, AND PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR ONE. Rottweilers are NOT a cheap breed to buy or maintain, as running a careful breeding program with due regard for temperament, trainability, and physical soundness (hips especially) cannot be done cheaply. The time the breeder should put into each puppy's "pre-school" and socialization is also costly. The "bargain" puppy from a "back-yard breeder" who unselectively mates any two Rotts who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the occasional adult or older pup is available at modest price from a disenchanted owner or from a breeder, shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned; most of these Rottweilers, after evaluation by an experienced handler and vet check, are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide training, leadership, and understanding. Whatever the initial cost of your Rottweiler, the upkeep will not be cheap. Being large dogs, Rotts eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia and of most medications is proportional to body weight. Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an essential expense for all pet Rottweilers, as it "takes the worry out of being close", prevents serious health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion. Rottweilers are subject to quite a few genetically derived health disorders, however, two conditions in particular are extremely prevalent and can be costly to treat: hip dysplasia and parvovirus. *Also extremely prevalent Osteosarcoma/Bone cancer. Your best insurance against dysplasia is to buy only from a litter bred from OFA or foreign hip certified parents and [if possible], grandparents. Yes, this generally means paying more. While suceptibility to parvovirus may have a genetic predisposition, there are no predictive tests allowing selective breeding against it. Your best prevention is to follow the vaccination schedule recommended by your breeder in concordance with their veterinarian. As far as other genetically dreived health disorders, such as entropian, elbow dysplsia, cataracts, von Willebrand's disease (a bleeding disorder), and heart disorders, ALWAYS buy from a breeder who gives you a written contract guaranteeing against these disorders. Finally, the modest fee for participation in a series of basic obedience training classes is an essential investment in harmonious living with your dog; such fees are the same for all breeds, though conceivably you will need to travel a bit further from home to find a training class teacher who is competent with the more formidable breeds, such as Rottweiler. The modest annual outlays for immunizations and for local licensing are generally the same for all breeds, though some counties have a lower license fee for spayed/neutered dogs. All dogs, of whatever breed and however cheaply acquired, require significant upkeep costs, and all are subject to highly expensive veterinary emergencies. Likewise all cats. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU WANT THE "LATEST, GREATEST FEROCIOUS KILLER ATTACK DOG". Although the Rottweiler's capability as a personal protection dog and as a police dog have been justifiably well publicized, and occasionally dramatically over-stated, the Rottweiler is not any more capable in these respects than are half a dozen other protection breeds. Nor are all Rottweilers equally capable: some are highly so and some moderately so, but many have insufficient natural capacity for such work. Due to his laid-back disposition, the Rottweiler is, if anything, a bit slower to respond aggressively to a threat than are most other protection breeds. For the same reason, however, the Rottie is perhaps somewhat more amenable to control by the handler and somewhat more willing to follow commands to refrain from biting or to stop biting when told to do so. Whatever the breed, before the dog can be safely protection trained, he must have great respect for the leadership of his handler and must be solidly trained in basic obedience to that handler. Equally essential, he must have a rock-solidly stable temperament and he must also have been "socialized" out in the world enough to know that most people are friendly and harmless, so that he can later learn to distinguish the bad guys from the good guys. Even with such a dog, safe protection training demands several hundred hours of dedicated work by the handler, much of it under the direct supervision of a profoundly expert trainer. Please don't buy any dog for protection training unless you are absolutely committed to the extreme amount of work that will be required of you personally. Also talk to your lawyer and your insurance agent first. In contrast to the protection-trained dog, trained to bite on direct command or in reaction to direct physical assault on his master, the "deterrent dog" dissuades the vast majority of aspiring burglars, rapists, and assailants by his presence, his appearance, and his demeanor. Seeing such dog, the potential wrong-doer simply decides to look for a safer victim elsewhere. For this job, all that is needed is a dog that is large and that appears to be well-trained and unafraid. The Rottweiler can serve this role admirably, with the added assets of generally dark color and "bestial" appearance adding to the impression of formidability and fearsomeness. If the dog has been taught to bark a few times on command, eg "Fang, watch him!" rather than "Fifi, speak for a cookie", this skill can be useful to augment the deterrent effect. Other breeds of dog which are equally suitable for protection or for deterrence include the Doberman, German Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, and Belgian Malinois. Of these the first 2 are also recognized by the general public as "police dogs". The Malamute, though not suitable for protection, is quite effective for deterrence due to his highly wolf-like appearance. DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU WANT A TOTALLY UNAGGRESSIVE AND UNPROTECTIVE DOG. Most Rottweilers have an assertive and confident personality. When confronted with a threat, a proper Rottweiler will be somewhat more ready to fight than to flee. Thus he may respond aggressively in situations where many other breeds back down. Most Rottweilers have some inclination to act aggressively to repel intruders on their territory (i.e. your home) and to counter-act assaults upon their pack mates (you and your family). Without training and leadership from you to guide him, the dog cannot judge correctly whom to repel and whom to tolerate. Without training and leadership, sooner or later he may injure an innocent person who will successfully sue you for more than you own. With good training and leadership from you, he can be profoundly valuable as a defender of your home and family. (See also remarks on stability and socialization above.) If you feel no need of an assertive dog or if you have the slightest doubts of your ability and willingness to supply the essential socialization, training and leadership, then please choose one of the many breeds noted for thoroughly unaggressive temperament, such as a Sheltie or a Golden Retriever. READ THIS PARAGRAPH TWICE!! DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO COMMIT YOURSELF FOR THE DOG'S ENTIRE LIFETIME. No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment or because he is no longer a cute puppy or didn't grow up to be a beauty contest winner or because his owners through lack of leadership and training have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent, with a repertoire of undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a "used" dog are never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, poorly mannered dog. A Rottweiler dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival -- unless he has the great good fortune to be spotted by someone dedicated to Rottweiler Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, and well-groomed Rottweiler whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Rottweiler Club or Rescue group are fairly good; but an older Rott has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local Rottweiler club or Rescue group if you are diagnosed with a chronic illness or have other equally valid reason for seeking an adoptive home. Be sure to contact your local Rottweiler club if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your Rottweiler, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure continued care or adoptive home for your Rottweiler if you should pre-decease him. The life span of a Rottweiler is from 9 to 12 years. If that seems too long a time for you to give an unequivocal loyalty to your Rottweiler, then please do not get one! Indeed, as most dogs have a life expectancy that is as long or longer, please do not get any dog!
Conclusion by Life with Oz If you decide that the Rottweiler is the right match for you then your next step either adopting thru a local rescue or if you do want to go thru a breeder be very careful in who you choose. You want that both the rescue/breeder to ask everything about you, your home, your lifestyle, your experience, your plan, ect.. If they ask you a TON of questions and will not ship you a dog, that is a GOOD sign! A good breeder is one that wants to improve the breed, never to make money off the breed. Also they will only breed the best dogs (never sick, bad tempered, or dog with genetic disorders), raises them in the home, trains their dogs for work or therapy, certifies their dogs eyes, heart, hips, the list goes on & WILL ALWAYS take a dog back if something happens to insure he/she never ends up in a shelter or the wrong hands.... Also remember AKC means nothing it does not insure anything... You want a breeder that does limited litters and LOVES the breed!! They would never just sell you a dog unless they KNEW you were the right fit and the dog would be with you its ENTIRE LIFE! When I got Oz it was like I was adopting a child, it was a very intense process. Any breeder that tries to "sell" you the dog is out to make money and is a red flag! You buy from these people and you are only deteriorating the breed. Be responsible and make sure you are getting a Rottweiler for the right reasons and you ready for the committent. This is not any ol dog, it is like having a child in your home. Remember dogs are a reflection of you, you are responsible for their actions.
Article by Pam Green However, as an alternative to buying a Rottweiler puppy, you may want to give some serious consideration to adopting a rescued Rottweiler. Despite the responsibility of their previous owner, rescued Rottweilers who have been evaluated by experienced Rottweiler handlers/breeders and vet checked have proven to be readily rehabilitated so as to become superb family companions for responsible and affectionate adopters. Many rescuers are skilled trainers who evaluate temperament and provide remedial training before offering dogs for placement, and who offer continued advisory support afterwards. Contact local Rottweiler breeders, Rottweiler club members, the local humane society, or your local all breed kennel club to learn who is doing Rescue work. An Afterward:
This article was originally written by Pam Green, a caring and involved Bouvier des Flandres owner, and has been adapted in order to assist in Rottweiler education by Liz Bauer in 1994 with assistance from Lucy Newton of Cornell University. Pam first wrote this article nearly 14 years ago. Since then it has become a classic of Bouvier literature, reprinted many times. Pam has spent nearly 8 years in Bouvier Rescue, personally rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing 3 or 4 per year and assisting in the placement of others.
My name is Oz i'm 5. I just love being me! I am pretty predictable... you know walks on the beach, car rides, sleep, eat, but I am a really cool rottie... at least thats what everyone says.. My favorite toy - a motorcycle tire, i know pretty tough, right? I love to show everyone how I can throw it around like its a paper plate! I just love everything... birds, horses, dogs, even cats, whatever.... I'm easy... I'mOzzzzz the rottweiler. Oh and don't forget that I looooove the ladies!
Oh your wondering about how big I am... well, I'm a big guy, 130lbs but i am in great shape! No fat on me ladies, I am a rock solid. Now of course I love to eat but not a treat guy..... Noooo thank you... I just don't like em. Yeah, I know i know... big male rott doesn't like treats??? It just doesn't add up.... Ya know... I actually spit those buggers right out, once in awhile there is a good treat I might like.. like driiiiiied meat! mmmmmmmmm...mmmm or these really special ones my owner finds me!!! But ya know since I was little guy I was started off on the colorful foods, you know rocccollii (my favorite), watermelon, apples, cabbage, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, thats what I like! Oh yeah, I eat lots of fish, venison, rabbit, bison, chicken, rice, yogurt, cottage cheese, olive oil.... and don't forget my daily vitamins and liquid Glucosamineeee Chondroitinnn... however you say it....
I also love to do tricks and learn new things, after all I am a guy and I need to show off new moves to stay cool around town. I am a big part of my family and I get to go everywhere - the mall, the coffee shop, the hardware store, the beach, the nail salon, boutiques, you name it - I go! If they say "NO" well its off to the next place. I make new friends everyday and everyone knows my name! People always remember me.... I LOVE the attention, sometimes I get so tired of the attention I just lay there and say to myself "I know tell me how great I am and handsome I am...." oh sorry... that was not very polite but hey i am a dog not a person after all... People always tell me how good I am and how they thought that dogs like me were not nice??? WHAAAAAT!!!??!! We all know that I am a reflection of my owner. She spends a lot of time with me and therefore I am a very good dog. I am not afraid or startled by the things that surround me, it's just my world.
Life is so simple.
When your loved, trained, and taken care of it all falls into place....
My sweet little hula girl that butt of hers went a 100 miles an hour! The anticipation of someone greeting her with a pet was just too much for her to contain that wiggle of hers... and being a "verocious Rottweiler" some people would stop in their tracks thinking "Oh my... why is this rottweiler waiting for me!? Well, yes she was waiting for you because in her head she thought you were coming to see her... even though you were just passing by on the side walk and secondly the intense wiggling made her immobile. Now she wasn't always like this but she got so much love and attention from people her love and wiggle grew, and grew, and grew! The idea of a new person petting her was just over the top exciting!
Oh how I miss her, that black wet nose, her sweet kisses, that hula ulla wiggle, and that smile!
I lost Ulla to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) when she was only 10. A horrible cancer that runs rampid in the breed. I found a small lump on Ulla's ribs and knew instantly it was not good. Learning that Ulla had cancer/Osteosarcoma made my world stop. For me my dogs are family, it was devastating. I educated myself on Osteosarcomalike I was studying to be an oncologist. I would be up to 5 in the morning night after night after night. I would not fall victim to a vet that did not understand the cancer. I interviewed a lot of vets and oncologists until I found the best! Ulla had 4 vets total; 1 western oncologist, 1 western/holistic oncologist, 1 western vet, and 1 holistic vet. My priority to make sure Ulla had an excellent quality of life!! I wanted her to feel healthy, be happy, and live out the rest of her life fulfilled.
Ulla lived to be 10 and during that year I was able to take time away from work so I could give Ulla every bit of my attention. Her favorite place - dog beach! We went there constantly and she would swim and play for hours, I mean H O U R S! This was a dog dying from Osteosarcoma??? She never knew she was sick. That was so key! I cooked a completely fresh carbohydrate free holistic diet. Ulla was also on Chinese medicine, A LOT of vitamins, and I also did chemotherapy. Ulla's doses were spilt in half and done over a period of days rather giving her treatments in one day. This was much easier on her. Ulla never got sick from the Chemo, in fact after the treatment she would stand the whole way home looking out the window for the entire 2 hour drive home. Her chemo was done by Dr. Alice Villalobos, she is amazing! (She is the founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and also the author of Amazon top 1,000 list books "Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human Animal Bond" (Ulla and I are in her book). She is located in California and if you would like more information on her just ask me and I can get you in contact with her.
When Ulla did pass away it happened like a switch. Its strange... but they tell you... I asked Ulla that evening if she wanted to go to the beach one more time? Her eyes lite up and her lip got stuck on her tooth... it was like life reentered her body for a brief moment.... and it was a YES!! That night Ulla and I slept on the floor and in the morning when we arrived at dog beach she just SMILED and soaked in the sun. I knew it was her last day and so did she.... We sat there for hours. That evening Ulla died in my arms of a grand mall seizure.... Ulla passed over four years ago, but it seems like yesterday.... This is how powerful love and memories are!
With this blog I am here to share my life with Oz the Rottweiler.
I have spent nearly my whole life with Rottweilers and will always have the breed. Since I could walk I have poured my heart and soul into animals... Dogs have been my biggest weakness although all animals are my weakness...
This is a wonderful breed but it is not for everyone. They are an intelligent working breed that needs A LOT of ATTENTION, TRAINING, TIME, LOVE, EXERCISE, DEDICATION, and a very good understanding of the breed (let alone food and cost).
I am here to share stories, help you with any questions you may have, and expand our knowledge in health and nutrition. I am not an expert nor am I a nutritionist. I have put a lot time and dedication into dogs and learning about what is best for our animals. I lost my last Rottweiler to Ostersarcoma (bone cancer) and that started my thirst for knowledge on nutrition and health like CRAZY! I also studied dog behavior informally for my own personal education.
Today Oz met a new little green friend. Oz was curious and sweet... He meant him no harm. His new friend sat on his foot, then hoped off and sat next to him and then off with his day.... Ciao little green friend