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Exercise: Rottweilers are reasonably demanding with their exercise needs. They enjoy running freely in country and retrieving objects. These dogs tend to stick by their owners without running off when being taken for walks. Good activities for Rottweilers to burn energy include running alongside a cycle (once fully grown) and going swimming.
History: These dogs come from Asian Mastiff family and look like a heavier version of Dobermann. They were used by Roman armies for fighting, cattle droving, guarding and as draught animals to carry their goods. When invading soldiers moved on from town of Rottweil in southern Germany, some of their dogs were left behind with locals. The dogs were then used to drive stock to and from markets and farmers would tie their money to dog's collar for safety, as no bandit would take on one of these dogs. At one stage Rottweilers were called Metzgerhund (butcher dog) as their main job was to haul carts for butchers and cattle dealers.
Generally it is necessary to be firmer with dogs than bitches, as females tend to have a slightly gentler nature. Rottweiler's are ideal for security work and defence dog training and sports. They are used by police and army for defence purposes.
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