By Akinluyi Jerry
Last week, I spoke about German Shepard Dog (GSD) as one of the major breeds of dog in Nigeria. In this week episode I will talk about Rottweiler which is the second major breed in Nigeria.
On my recent statistics, Rottweiler is the most requested dog in Nigeria. Most of my clients request for Rottweiler than any other breeds.
Rottweiler breed originated in Germany, where it was used to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers but in recent years some breeds are traced to Serbia. That heritage is reflected in the Rottie’s broad chest and heavily muscled body. When they move, They displays strength and stamina, but when you look into their eyes you see warm, dark-brown pools reflecting a mellow, intelligent, alert, and fearless expression.
A well-bred Rottweiler is calm and confident. He’s typically aloof toward strangers, but never timid or fearful. Rottweilers exhibit a “wait-and-see” attitude when confronted with new people and situations. When these characteristics come together as they should, the Rottweiler is a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition who is successful not only in police, military, and customs work, but also as a family friend and protector.
Rottweiler have a natural instinct to protect their families and can be ferocious in their defense. It’s essential to channel their power and protectiveness by providing early socialization, firm, fair, consistent training and leadership, and a regular job to perform. When this doesn’t happen, Rottweilers can become dangerous bullies rather than the companionable guardians they’re meant to be. You must be able to provide your Rottweiler with leadership he can trust and respect without resorting to anger or physical force. Otherwise, he’ll take the role of top dog for himself. With a dog as powerful and intelligent as the Rottweiler, this is a recipe for disaster.
Another common factor for destructive behavior is boredom. Just like leaving a child alone without any constructive activities, a dog that does not get enough exercise will decide to entertain himself. This could mean finding out exactly what the inside of your sofa is made of or whether or not it really is possible to dig to England. Rottweiler live for about 10 years or more depending on the owner, the care and environment.
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About Akinluyi Jerry
Akinluyi Jerry is a young entrepreneur, Animal lover, Dog Consultant and expert, CEO of Jeak’s kennel and securities. A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile ife.