Considering that this blog would not be in existence if it weren’t for Zeus, my first natural post obviously has to be about the ROTTWEILER 💜
If you’re not interested in getting a Rottweiler then the rest of this will probably bore you.
However if you are capable & strong & wonderful & ready to dedicate the next 9-12 years to his training and wellbeing then please continue!
Unquestionably & Undoubtedly ZEUS has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
He is full of life, he is the soul of this universe and once there is a living being dependant on you – everything just kind of changes. It has not always been smooth sailing however.
A Rottweiler is one of the most beautiful, demanding breeds in this world – and they truly make you work for their respect. Zeus & I want to raise awareness to how powerful and transforming the process of raising one of these magnificent dogs can be – and how it should not be taken lightly.
As we all know, the Rottweiler is not particularly popular with the media or with the main stream audience. There are many people who will simply cross the street when they see Z & I coming – and don’t get me wrong – this is absolutely fine. We do not all need to love dogs, or want to interact with large dogs such as Zeus.
Those of us who decide to go down the route of owning and raising one of these dogs – we have a massive responsibility to the breed, to ourselves, and to society. We need to understand what that ownership entails. Having said this, this is true for every dog breed or animal species that a human decides to take responsibility for; their entire health, happiness & well-being is dependant on us and this is not something to take lightheartedly. Either you are in it for the long run, or you are not in it at all.
The Most Important Rottweiler Facts that you should know:
- Loyal, Intelligent/ Highly Trainable, Demanding, Powerful, and Awesome.
- Not suitable for insecure, wishy-washy owners who don’t know how, or don’t want to set clear rules or boundaries.
- Very challenging & long adolescence period (in particular for males) expect to spend 1 to 1.5 years in a constant dominance/power struggle.
- Strong Prey drive and Herding Instincts
- THESE ARE NOT OUTSIDE DOGS. One of their most stressful scenarios is when they are separated from their family.
- I would personally be cautious of having a male Rottweiler around small children during his adolescence – purely because of his size and rowdiness. Females are far more calm and patient with children.
- These dogs will devote their ENTIRE life to you – so you better be ready to reciprocate with a lot of TIME & MONEY. Owning, training, feeding, socialising and handling a Rottweiler is expensive and incredible time consuming business I tell ya.
- These dogs will be your protector, and your constant companion – do not expect to leave the room by yourself EVER.
- When properly socialised they will accept any dog or human if you as their ‘master’ accepts them.
- If you are in control, a Rottweiler will be the most fantastic companion to you and your family and friends. He will love you all endlessly and unconditionally.
- Their tooting (flatulence, farting) is out of this world. Be prepared for atomic bombs coming your way.
I am a complete sucker for these guys so if you have any Rottweiler questions – ever – I will always reply 💜
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Love, Z & A 💜
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