I've met and known that I can remember are about a half dozen.......they were all sweet hearts. Nary an aggressive bone in their body. And they all carried themselves with an aplomb that spoke outwardly of an inner calm and strength.
Never had the pleasure of having one with me full time though.
i really know nothing about dogs so i can't speak.
Only 6 @ogoun ... ?? ... well, I can't say I know 6 people that own / have owned a Rottweiler.
@jamesfrmphilly ... and everyone ... over the years, raising my children, they've had a few dogs. I always counted the dogs belonging to the children. I suppose because we did not get our first one until my son was old enough to take care of it. I paid the bills, bought the food, etc., but I did not really take care of the dogs.
Black is the first dog that I've owned, considered my own. He does not belong to my children, he belongs to me. In fact, he was my Christmas present from my children in 2016 (his birthday is November 4, 2016). I picked the dog I wanted, the breeder, everything. They paid for it. I got him when he was a few weeks old. You can see some baby pictures here ... ... He will be 6 years old in November. He's AKC registered. I met his mother, father and siblings. He was more rambunctious when he was younger, but he's mellow now.
Black is actually my 2nd Rottweiler, sort of.
My son had a Rottweiler previously. His name was Pimp. It was my experience with Pimp, that made me want a Rottweiler. Pimp useta lay outside my bedroom window (he was older too) and I could hear / feel him growl. Some things did not warrant a full throated bark, so Pimp would just growl deep from within himself. It was like the subdued roar of a lion, a throaty warning. I could feel it in the house. It was comforting to me, that he was alert and ready to get up should the need arise.
Black is at that stage now, where I can feel his growl, as he lays not moving under my window. It seems it is a stage that dogs must grow into, because Black did not start out doing it. Yeah, I'm sure they have to grow into that deep chested growl that shakes the surroundings, as the rest of their body lays still. I can hear the growl grow. It starts as a low deep rumble, and gradually rises up out of him, if need be. I don't think smaller (other) dogs do this.
@jamesfrmphilly and everyone ... you're right ... Black is a Rottweiler. He is a big dog, with big teeth, and lots of strength in his body and jaws. He could easily hurt a grown man, let alone a child. Some places have banned them. As the owner of a Rottweiler, I know I have to be extra careful to protect him, secure him. Make sure he can't hurt anyone. He's really good at staying in his own yard. He does not jump the fence, break out, chase people / cars down the street, or ever come in contact with others unintentionally. That is how it is has been. Fortunately, no one has come into his space. I don't actually know how he'd react if it happened. I've not tested him (I am looking for volunteers). If the cat, chicken, and hedgehog are any indication, it's probably best to stay out. But a human, I just don't know, it's never happened. There are videos showing dog owners attesting to their dog's ability to protect, and when tested, the dog wimps out.
Black is so loving and gentle, to me. I don't think he'd be so loving and gentle to others. For example, he'll lay on his back and wait for me to rub his belly. He's not going to do that for anyone else. He's had the same veterinarian all of his life. He loves going to the vet, he gets so excited, and they love him. They keep him if I need boarding, bathe him, clip his nails, everything. But if the doctor has to actually check him, do medical tests, she's got to anesthetize him. She says he won't let her do anything. I believe her and pay the extra money for anesthesia ... ... I'm inclined to ask if I can come back there while she's doing what she does, to see if I can calm him and save money, but I haven't done it. His visits are usually drop off in the morning and pick up in the evening. When I see him again, everything has been completed. Every time I take him, I'm hoping, this is the time he'll be submissive and I won't have to pay extra to knock his out. Has not happened yet.
Speaking of vets, and cost! Do you know the bigger the dog, the more it costs! That's everything! Every single thing! Everything is based on the dog's weight, and Black almost breaks the scale. Last vet visit, he was put on a diet. Owning a Rottweiler is expensive, on so many different levels. Making sure he is secure in his fence, keeping it repaired, everything. Some other kind of dog might be okay to get free every now and again, but not Black. It is a big responsibility that I take seriously. I don't want anything ugly to happen to him or anyone else because of him. While I did not take all the children of the world into consideration before choosing my pet, I do all I can to make sure he is not doing anything, to bother anyone.
I wanna share Black with the community, as I've shared everything else all of these years.
I'm open to the discussion regarding him.