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Ever since the movie the Omen came out the Rottweiler dog breed has gotten a bad rap. To many people a general sense of anxiety accompanies the introduction to one of these beautiful canines. Truth is that they were originally bred and used to herd livestock and pull carts. I’ve watched in utter delight as one of our neighbor’s rotties herds children in their back yard as the kiddos squeal with glee. Mr. Wiggle pants is no menace, however, he does bark when strangers come around. This is normal dog behavior and you can expect this from any breed. What a lot of people fail to realize is that these animals are not specifically more aggressive than some other breeds unless they are trained to be so. You might be surprised to find Dalmatians in the top 10 of most dangerous dog breeds. How can that be? Disney made them seem so adorable. The fact is the only dog bite I have ever received was from a chihuahua. And all chihuahuas are not bad as I’ve met plenty that were sweet little creatures.
There are many things you can do to keep any dog balanced and an upstanding citizen of your community. I have years of experience with dogs, and am not an expert, but there are two mistakes that I have seen many people make with their companions. One is lack of proper socialization with people and other dogs. This should start at a very early age. Dogs should be exposed to lots of neighbors and friends of all ages/genders as a puppy and beyond (supervised of course). And there are far too many dog owners who do not spay/neuter their animals. This last key point is critical to keep aggressive behaviors away. Surges in hormones and lack of sexual release creates aggression in humans too. Lastly, no matter what type of buddy you want from a docile Golden Retriever to a Cane Corso you should always educate yourself about the specifics before ever bringing one into your home. You should be a leader that has an understanding of the best way to train your breed of choice. And you should actively train them. If you need help, hire a dog behaviorist to assist.
I’ve never met a Rottweiler that I didn’t like. I have found them to be loving and playful acquaintances. My latest piece titled “Rottie Love” shows how majestic and noble this breed can look. But they can also look like this. 😉
Image courtesy of upside down dogs.
Badass? Not really….
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I totally agree with this blog. Socialization is key to any puppy. I take my 8 month old Rottie Carolina everywhere I can, and did so since the day I got her at 8 weeks. Dogs only know what they are taught. Also, I love the painting. Do you do custom canvas paintings. I would love one of Carolina.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! We have great danes and the sames rules apply. When I paint with acrylics on canvas I am more of an abstract painter so Carolina might look like something more cubist that way. However, I do accept custom work like the piece you see here. It is based on a photograph and I would need you to send me a very clear photo of the pose you would like of her. I then work my magic and you can get the end result on canvas, metal, paper or acrylic resin. The metal is uber COOL! But I can get discounts on certain sized streteched canvas (something to consider). I just need good photos to work with and your input. Once I am done, I list it on Fine Art America and you would be under no obligation to buy. I can add some colors to make it more “pop art” like this one too! http://fineartamerica.com/featured/rottie-puppy-by-sharon-cummings-sharon-cummings.html
Love you informative post, Old Dog has never caused Beloved & I any concerns, he’s well trained, obedient, and never shown any aggression, mind you if folks want to cross the street as we walk pass so be it, what should concern them more is the snappy little mutt that would nip you as soon as look at you 🙂
I couldn’t agree more! The dogs that might bite in our hood are all little dogs…..one neighbor has a silky terrier that no one but her can get close to….what a shame.
I 100% agree! My 10 year old mutt is part Rottie and THE best dog I have ever known. A couple of my friends have Rottweilers, and they too are very great dogs. It’s so unfortunate that a movie or the media can so quickly change how a breed is perceived.
Same goes for pitbulls….our home owners would null and void our policy if we had that breed…so sad.
Yes! Where I live (Denver) has an all out ban on pit bulls. It’s terribly sad what’s happened with the breed.
My pit bull Stone Rock’d piece is my BEST selling dog art…so people do LOVE them. 🙂 http://fineartamerica.com/featured/stone-rockd-dog-by-sharon-cummings-sharon-cummings.html
That is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Thank you Miranda! I’ve been selling online for over 10 years but recently did my first art show and he went immediately. 🙂
This was a wonderfully helpful and informative post for dog owners new and old. And of course the art…is wonderful. Shared.
Thanks for stopping by Lianne! And thank you for the compliments on my work. 🙂
Robyn LaRue said:
Having worked in the pet industry for a while, I just shake my head over reactions to pits and rotties. Such sweet pooches, most of them. Socialization is key. So is enough exercise and stimulation to prevent boredom. 🙂
I couldn’t agree more Robyn! Our lab is as sweet as can be but if he doesn’t get enough exercise he can be destructive and overzealous!
Love this work!! woof!
Thank you Douglas!