"Prince was extremely loyal. My yard was not fenced, yet he would not roam away from me. Infrequently he would wander over to the neighbor's yard following a scent, but would abruptly return on command. He was a 90-100 lb. dog. When going for walks, a ten-year-old child could hold his leash as he would not pull or go chasing. His bark had the sound of indistinct voicings. Once, a friend heard him and thought a man was shouting in the backyard."
Hercules, Harley, Hannah and Angel the Rottweilers—"I took this photo with the help of some grilled chicken. Hercules (almost 2) is the clown of the bunch. Harley (2 years old) is the enforcer. Angel (about 8) is the mom figure and a rescue. Hannah (about 2) is another rescue that has all the energy. They go for walks almost every night and to a huge cornfield to run about twice a week. They sleep inside at night and don't really disturb anything. Cesar Millan has been a great contributor to the training of these dogs. Herc and Harley went to obedience school and with the help of watching The Dog Whisperer, they have turned out very well. This breed is one that wants to please it's pack leaders. You should be in good physical shape to own these dogs as their strength is sometimes overwhelming."
Dack the Rottweiler as a 3-month-old puppy
Dack the Rottweiler at 8 months old—they do not stay little for long!
Dack the Rottweiler at 21 months old—"He knows he should not be on the sofa...but I had to snap this shot before chasing him off."
"Tyson was saved right before being sent to the pound in Feb. of 2008. He was kept in a cage in the back of a house and was a little wild when we got him (9 months / 80 lbs). Being my first dog, I was very excited. He caused trouble around the house, chewing things up until I realized that he had an extreme amount of nervous energy (thanks, Cesar) and needed more exercise. Now we go for long walks, he runs next to my bike, pulls my skateboard, plays at the dog park and even tries to herd cattle at my fiancé’s family farm. He is now 1 year and 8 months old. He went from no discipline to following almost 20 different commands. It’s amazing and he is incredibly smart. He’s also so in tuned with me and responsive that I never need a leash. He won’t go very far without watching to make sure he knows where I am. Walking up a steep hill once, I fell and he came sprinting to make sure I was okay. Through a lot of dedication and research, he has become a very well-balanced dog. He doesn't get too excited, is never aggressive and hardly barks unless commanded to or if he is startled by something. I have applied numerous Dog Whisperer techniques and all have proved successful. Sit, stay, come, down, downstairs, no, up, outside, inside, lay, ok, go get it, get your ball, go see, too far, heel, speak…. These are some of the things I was amazingly able to teach this dog. Have you ever seen a Rott walk backwards? Mine will. He makes us laugh every day and provides us with a great sense of security. This may be a biased statement, but he’s the best dog that has ever lived."
"This is my recently departed male Rottweiler named Hank (11?). He was adopted through the local shelter when he was about two. The previous owner beat him and accused him of not being "mean enough."
"I have read Cesar Milan's books and apparently Hank had already read them, because I could not pinpoint any bad habits to correct. We would take frequent walks and although he spent way too much time smelling things I was good with that as I have to slow down, too. He almost always stayed close to me and didn't like to let me out of his sight when we were gardening. He would survey the neighborhood and make sure the kids were having fun. Just in case there was someone with a free hand or a tennis ball he was ready. Hank very rarely barked, but did talk to me if he needed to go out. He was calm and knew that Mama had it under control. Strangers were amazed that on command he would stop what he was doing and sit and stay, even if another dog or cat caught his eye. If I needed help he was there.
"He slept in the sunroom on his own bed with plenty of ventilation and sunlight and heat in the winter. He jumped on my bed only once and figured out quickly that he wasn't invited. While I worked on the computer or watched television he would lie at my feet and relax. I think I have been truly blessed to have had a great companion such as Hank."
DBI Side Note: For a dog, it's all about the moment and the moment Hank moved in with his new owner, he had a pack leader and he was truly one well-balanced, happy dog. If only all dogs were as lucky as Hank. He had an owner who gave him what HE needed, instead of only taking what the human needed. RIP Hank
Ella the Rottweiler from Indonesia
"This is Ellie May at 8 months old and we have had her since she was 7 weeks. She is a great dog. I love the breed; I think with the right owners they make a great family dog. Ellie is in training and I hope to have her get her CGC so I can start taking her to hospitals to make other people’s days a little better. Also, I want to get her out in public and show others Rottweilers are not a bad breed and they really have a lot of love to share."
Ellie May the Rottweiler as a puppy at about 7 weeks old
Ruckus the Rottweiler at 3 years old—"He is friendly and clownish and loves to cause a ruckus and that is how he got his name."
Leeroy the Rottweiler at 9 months old
Tyson is a 5-year-old Rottweiler. He is a very gentle dog and has been brought up with a great range of animals, including kangaroos.
Tyson loved the muesli that the roos are fed and is always first in line at dinnertime.
Curiosity…killed the…what? Gomer and his friend Zephyr the cat.
That loyal Rottie face—how could you resist?
What’s better for a big ol' guy like Gomer than lying in his favorite place—guarding the front door?!
Maggie in her favorite sleeping spot, owned by Emily Tiscarenio
Tyson the Rottweiler
Elway at 8 months old, photo courtesy of Colossal Rottweilers