The Rottweiler breed: An short overview

A short explaination of the Rottweiler breed

The Rottweiler is a medium to large size breed of domestic dogs that are originally from Rottweil, Germany. The dogs were actually known as “Rottweil butchers’ dogs” (German: Rottweiler Metzgerhund) because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to the market area. Some records indicate that earlier Rottweilers may have also been used for hunting; there attacks were fatal, although the modern Rottweiler has a relatively low hunting instinct.

Typically, rottweiler puppies and adults were usually employed in their traditional roles until the mid-19th century when the railroads replaced droving for getting livestock to market.  Although it is a versatile breed of dog used in recent times for a variety of purposes, the Rottweiler is primarily known as one of the oldest herding breeds among dogs.

Modern uses for the Rottweiler Breed

A multi-faceted and intelligent herding and stock protection dog, rottweiler puppies remain capable of working all kinds of livestock under a variety of conditions.  While they are still used in herding to this day, Rottweilers are now also used in search and rescue work, as guide dogs for the blind, as guard or police dogs, and in other roles useful to human beings.

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