A Rottweiler attack can happen for many different reasons
Rottweiler attacks, and any other dog attacks happen for a reason, and usually it's due to a combination of one or more listed below.
- Owners that actually train their dog to attack
- Owners that have no idea they need to train their Rottweiler
- Owners that simply don't care about training or socializing
- Breeders that haven't bred for the real Rottweiler temperament
- Backyard breeders and puppy mills that care only about money
- Owners that fail to teach children how to properly treat a dog
- Pack mentality that some dogs get when there are two or more (and they usually haven't been properly trained)
Many variables can contribute to a Rottweiler attack
I hope a couple of personal stories will help you to understand the different variables that might cause a Rottweiler attack. . . .
We purchased our first Rottweiler from what would be considered a "back yard breeder" although we knew both parents and they were from excellent breeding. Both were registered with the AKC, and we knew both owners quite well.
Savannah was an awesome dog, but early on I realized that I would need to train her extensively, knowing that she would likely outweigh me.
We not only took her to puppy pre-school, but continued her training throughout her entire life. We also socialized her with everything under the sun:
- Children of every age
- Lots of different people
- City environments
- Country environments
- Race cars (we live near a drag strip)
Although she had a very protective nature, which is one of the most distinctive Rottweiler traits, she was a very well balanced and well behaved dog.
Two of her sibling's by comparison were not! They were not neglected or abused in any way, but they also weren't properly trained and socialized either.
The two of them living together developed a very strong pack mentality, and quite frankly they were a little scary to be around.
Coming from someone who's in love with dogs and Rottweilers in particular the story above says that properly raising and training a Rottweiler (or any dog for that matter) is almost everything!
We rescued a Rottweiler named Chevy when he was 15 months old. He'd been abused, neglected, malnourished, and clearly never socialized to different things and situations. He didn't even know what the word "sit" meant.
Similar to Savannah, we ended up with him in an unorthodox way, which means that we didn't adopt him through an actual Rottweiler rescue group. We knew very little about what happened to him in the first 15 months of life
Although it was clear that he hadn't been trained in any way, shape or form, it was also clear that he didn't have a mean bone in his body.
Today he's 8 years old and mostly well behaved, which took a good year of consistent training. He does actually love children, but as a responsible Rottweiler owner, I would never leave him with a child unsupervised.
Chevy's story really helps illustrate how important Rottweiler training is, especially beginning from a young age.
Rottweiler attacks are serious
Please don't think that I take a Rottweiler attack lightly, because I don't.
Any dog attack is a serious matter, but especially with large breed dogs, the injury's are obviously worse than with smaller dogs.
What angers me the most is that Rottweilers by nature (their true temperament) are not vicious in any way. If a Rottweiler attack occurs, it is usually caused by one or more things:
- Usually trained to attack on purpose by people that I don't even have a name for (that can be used in public)
- Complete lack of training (Rottweiler attacks occur more often with 2 or more untrained dogs)
- Someone has done something to the dog, either maliciously or by accident, which causes them to react in the only way they know how
My bottom line is this - News media outlet's greatly distort facts to get the best ratings, for any story, but especially for a Rottweiler attack, or Pit bull attacks.
- Believing comments that refer to one specific dog breed as all bad, is no different than believing that "all blondes are dumb"
- If you are truly afraid of Rottweilers and believe they are all bad because of things you have heard, I strongly suggest that you get to know a real Rottweiler by contacting a reputable breeder in your area, where you can form an opinion based on personal experience and real facts instead of distorted facts and hearsay.
- If you are looking to get a Rottweiler, and you're not willing to put in the time to train, socialize, love and properly care for such a unique dog, I urge you to reconsider your breed choice.
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