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The Rottweiler was used as a herding dog until the mid-1800s, but its herding days ended with the dawn of the railroad age, which resulted in a different type of cattle transportation. The first known Rottweilers in the United States arrived in 1928, brought over by German immigrants. Rotties began to gain in popularity in the 1980s, and by the mid 1990s, the Rottweiler was the second most popular breed registered with the AKC.
The average Rottweiler weighs 100 pounds and they are strong, sturdy dogs. Some of the qualities the modern Rottweiler possesses can easily be traced back to the days when Rottweilers were used as herding dogs. They are intelligent, dependable, confident, and self-assured, all traits that would have been very useful when herding and protecting the cattle.
Rottweilers love to spend time with their owners and crave attention. They often act like they don't realize how big they are and love to cuddle up with their owner, no matter how small of a space is available. Rottweilers can be also be dominant and stubborn, so they need to be trained as early as possible. Socialization is also extremely important for Rotties, as it can help them to overcome their tendency toward aggression. They can make a great addition to a family, but they need to learn right away what their place is in the family hierarchy.
Whether you live in the city or the country or somewhere in between, a Rottweiler can make a great pet anywhere, as long as they are given enough exercise. They are intelligent, loving, protective creatures that are good watchdogs, wonderful companions, and true friends.
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