If you're looking for a great family dog, the Rottweiler would probably not be your first choice. They are often regarded as serious dogs, and at times even dangerous. This is because they have always been known as excellent guard dogs, and you can be sure that they will be protective of your home and your family. What not a lot of people realize is that they can also be funny, warmhearted dogs, but this is only if their owners are able to set the right expectations and be able to train them from the beginning.

Can the Rottweiler make a good family dog? Absolutely! If you're thinking about having a well-tempered Rottweiler, here are some tips that you need to remember before getting one.
The first thing that you need to consider is buying only from known and reputable breeders. It's best for you to adopt the Rottweiler while they're young, so you can easily form a bond at their early age. The concern with non-professional breeders is that they are not able to fully assess their breeding specimens. You don't want to take any chances, so it will be advisable for you to only consider those that have had experience in breeding these lovable pets.
Socializing your puppy is extremely critical when they are young. This is one of the most common problems that occur with owners who were not able to engage their Rottweiler in activities that allow them to socialize. You should be able to let them interact with children, family members, pets and other dogs. Ideally, this should happen between the ages of one to four months.

As the Rottweiler grows, obedience training becomes vital. Remember that this dog is a guard dog by nature, and not being able to train and teach them basic obedience commands will be troublesome for you in the future. You need to show your Rottweiler that you are the master, and that dominance will not be tolerated. This is not to say that you will punish them; just being able to stand firm in your commands will work.

Rottweilers are family companions and very loyal protectors. You can expect them to socialize well with your children, but you should still be able to keep an eye out for strangers in your home. The Rottweiler will not be too friendly with strangers, so do not assume that because they get along well with your kids mean that they will be as friendly with others.
Rottweilers are highly misunderstood because of their protective nature, but if you are able to teach them well, your family will surely enjoy this great pet. Exposing him to a calm and loving environment will feed into his gentle nature.

It has been said that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. The same is true for the Rottweiler. They can be as vicious and as dangerous as a strong, rigid watchdog, but they can also be the most loyal and lovable pet if you are able to provide them the right amount of training, attention and care.

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Camille Goldin tells about traits and chracteristics for a Rottweiler to be a good family dog. TrainPetDog.com provides information on many breeds of Dog.