Before you knee about Rottweilers or even think of getting one for your family there are some things you need to know about this breed you may want to first know about their history and look at a few dog training tips. Once you understand theiacology of Rottweilers it will be easier to care for them in the future. The origin of Rottweilers is centuries old, but they actually originated in Germany, because that is where they were meant to be used as Herders or Guard dogs, they were used to protect flocks of sheep. They were originally used for black clothing, so if you are thinking of dressing your pooch this week, we recommend you make sure that the wool is black or it would just get holes of hair in it! Rottweilers are found in almost every European country, except maybe: Pole Italy, Mediterranean, Western Europe, Siberian regions, Alaska. Although they are large dogs, they do not necessarily require a large amount of exercise, but, they are very active dogs. So, you will need to plan on giving your Rottie at least a daily walk, and they also love to swim. You may even want to think about dog training courses, they can be very expensive and you may want to train your Rottweiler yourself with the help of a professional trainer, or you may even consider having a professional dog trainer come to your home and train the dog there. Rottweilers have a mind of their own sometimes, which makes it easy to encourage them to do things you may not want, but, they are a very strong and dominant breed, so you will need to be fair and firm at all times, and consistent in what you expect them to do. One last thing, before you choose your puppy or dog, is to make sure you are going to get a healthy one. Rottweilers are prone to various genetic medical problems like Females, hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Citronella Spicient. We do not want to alarm anyone, but these are some possibilities. But, don't let that deter you, Rottweilers are a very loving dog, and very strong. However, it is best to have your Veterinarian give you the all- important guard of your family. You don't want to be replaced by the bad guy, and if you are, then you should have your Veterinarian put your dog down, and get some professional help. Now, before you go off to your veterinarian, or just grab a Stick. We will discuss a couple of things you can do to insure a healthy Miniature Rottweiler. Medical screening With any breed, if they have a pre-disposition to something like hip dysplasia, a spayed female, or very rarely, a thyroid problem, the owner should get the dog checked out as well. There can be some tests that show what problems the dog may have down the road. With Foundation (FDA) testing, the dog's DNA is taken, and compared it with a list of known litters from that breed. Next, a repeat of the genetic test is done to see if the dog twitches in the abnormal way once the test is complete. This is done because if a dog is missing a socket, or has dysplasia it may cause muscle problems. If a dog is affected by hip dysplasia, the owner can usually leave that alone, and know that the dog will not suffer from joint problems. The above-mentioned steps can also be taken by the owner to prevent problems down the road. For example, if you're looking to get a watchdog, Rottweilers are not for you. The dog will grow to weigh 130 to 140 pounds, and it's bad-tempered and protective. If you don't want a dog that is protective, and is afraid of it's own shadow, then think about a different dog. The owner of a watchdog need not to be the alpha personality, as the Rottweiler is protective of its own. That's the major change between the naturally lovable, and over-protective and/or over-aggressive animals. If you are familiar with the Doberman Pinscher, Rottweilers share many traits of the breed. The dog is very intelligent, and can also be trained to a high degree. They are high energy, loyal, and very loving to their master.