Rottweilers, part of the Working Group, are a large, athletic, and muscular breed. They are happiest when exercised regularly and loved to be challenged both physically and psychologically. Carting, a form of exercise bears this out. As dogs originally bred for pulling coyotes, it is not a naturally aggressive dog and does not require harsh training. Though it is a powerful breed, a lack of exercise and boredom can lead to a number of behavior issues the dog may have. Aggression in particular can lead to biting. If you have a family the dog is best with children. Keep in mind that this breed can be snappy and may nip at very young children. Rottweilers may not always be tolerant of younger children and jumping may be hard on young or elderly bones. This is a dog that requires firm and consistent dog training from an early age. Rottweilers are big dogs, Classes I and II should not be exercised under arrangements like kennels or chains. This is a dog that grows to a considerable height and needs space to move. As a working dog, these dogs need to lunge to create movement. They are best left on a leash in working environments. Rottweilers may look sturdily built, but in actuality they are not. They are a heavy breed and a large dog in a short space. They respond well to positive reinforcement but this does not rule out firm discipline. The lean physique of a rottweiler is the result of the dog having to pull its weight across the body in order to move. This is not a breed for a couch potato. While they may look impressive on musclecollars, or even training collars, they are not an exercise partner. Rottweiler Behavior Rottweilers normally have an amicable, mild temperament when in the household. This is not surprising since this is a breed that wants to please. There is a difference between a good dog and a bad dog. With early obedience training and proper rottweiler behavior, you will be able to enjoy your dog for many years. There is a disconnect between what a dog feels is his, and what his human friends perceive. If you are the owner of a rottweiler, and you are trying to establish yourself as the Alpha, you will have difficulty. Even when your rottie grows up and is able to answer to more Alpha tests, he still may not feel like an Alpha. Being the Alpha means that the rottweiler needs to be responsive to your commands. This means that you must not be afraid to give a command as such. Rather, he needs to know that you mean business. This is best displayed when taking a walk. If you let a rottweiler walk in front of you, and you do not challenge him, he will be confused as to what you expect of him. He will not know where he should be, and he will not be sure how to respond. A dog that is not prepared to answer to your commands may be dangerous, as he may be hesitant to react to a request to move out of the way. He may be skittish, or even aggressive. This is not a breed that should be stamping in the aggression. The rottweiler is far too intelligent to be that hostile. Likewise, if you ask him to stop barking, he won't because barking is a form of communication that is common in wild dogs. It is a way to save them from potential danger, and a form of communication that we share with our dogs. You canines that bark back at you in play are not being bad, but they are noting that you are playing with them, and this is a way that you can be dominant over them. Rottweilers are a confident breed, but they do not lunatic. This means that they are happiest when they know that you are the boss. They are extremely intelligent dogs that like to be told what to do, and want to know what is expected of them. Good luck training your new rottweiler puppy!