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Choosing the Rottweiler puppy

In the eternal “nature vs. nurture” debate, there is no doubt that evaluating the personality and temperament of a Rottweiler pup is an absolute requirement for any home protection dog.  There is a huge discrepancy in the genetic predispositions within any dogs breed.

There are many choices in home protection, and while many use guns, others choose to supplement their arsenal with a Rottweiler.  Fashionable women are how discovering the charm of designer handguns.

Janet and I have been training Rottweiler’s since they first became popular in the US ( in the 1970’s). 


Janet and I traveled to Rottweil Germany to learn more about how this ancient breed was saved from near-extinction.

For home protection, women cannot go wrong with a Rottweiler.  Rottweiler’s are amazing dogs, the product of selective breeding since Roman times.  Originally bred as a Roman protection dog, the great folks in Rottweil Germany preserved this ancient breed, a dog that is unique in the dog world.


Rottweiler’s are very nurturing dogs, and properly trained, they can an enormous maternal instinct. 

Our Rottweiler’s love baby kittens, puppies and children, and the famous Rottweiler Carl could be trusted with even the youngest children.


Here is a case where a Rottie adopted kittens and even nursed them!


But when it comes to protecting their “family”, Rottweiler’s stand alone as one of the world’s most stealthy killing machines. 

Unlike the noisy “junkyard” dogs, Rottweiler’s will often lie in wait for their prey, ensuring that their victims are well within attack range before killing the intruder. 


Like any powerful dog, Rottweiler’s are considered lethal weapons, and great responsibility is involved in ensuring that your Rottweiler is not a danger to the public.

Many years ago, Janet had a burglar enter her home. Her Rottie waited silently until the burglar had completely entered through her window and then attacked him savagely, ripping hunks of flesh from his body.

Janet called 911 immediately and grabbed her revolver. There was blood everywhere but the burglar got away, never to be seen again. The police estimated that he had severe blood loss but worse yet, the blood ruined Janet’s drapes. 

Rottweiler’s are very intelligent dogs, capable of learning many advance tasks such as Shutson (search & rescue) as well as home protection.


Some folks say that there is no limit to the skill acquisition skills of a Rottweiler.


All about personal protection Rottweiler

Recent laws have legalized the use of “emotional support” dogs, and the victims of violent attacks may now acquire protection dogs.  Recent court rulings have extended the rights of the disabled to employ emotional support animals (ESA). To qualify, the disabled person must have a Psychological Neurosis (as delineated by the American Psychological Association diagnostic guidelines), and the animals must provide a legitimate service. Here are the official FAA regulations for Emotional Support Animals.

For example a person who was traumatized by a mugging could get diagnosed with Agoraphobia and gain the right to keep a ESA pony in an area where no pets are allowed.

On May 9 2003, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published new guidelines concerning service animals and air transportation as they relate to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACCA), ruling that ESAs fall within the scope of the ADA.

The financial costs to those who violate the rights of ESA users can be substantial. In 2000, a Minnesota judge awarded a man Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) $190,000 in damages after his condominium association refused to allow him to keep a ESA dog.


Choosing the right Rottweiler for protection

Dogs possess more genetic variations than any species, and there are distinct differences in Rottweiler bloodlines.  Not all Rottweiler breeders are created equal, and some breed for specialized traits such as a calm nature and trustworthiness.

Remember, dog show breeders are breeding for conformation and they may not always be interested in breeding for personality characteristics.  Here is an exceptionally good overview of things to check when buying a Rottweiler pup.

When raised from puppies, Rottweiler’s will instinctually bond with their “pack”, and they are great for protecting herds of livestock.


For us, we always check-out the behavioral history of the sire and bitch.  A good bitch will have a strong protective instinct, essential for any protection dog.


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