The Rottweiler has existed since Roman times but the breed was only officially recognised in 1966. For a long time it accompanied the butchers who went to the region of Württemberg to protect their cattle against bandits. It was used for military purposes during the First World War, but has since been much appreciated as a pet dog.
A Rottweiler's training must be firm, without ever resorting to brutality, as this could lead to aggressive behaviour. Rottweilers must be socialised from an early age, even if dominant males do not much like the company of other dogs.