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When the Romans invaded Europe, they brought their flocks with them. The drovers dogs that accompanied the herds were the precursors of today’s Rottweiler.
Rottweilers have a fierce reputation, but they love their owners and are simply wary of strangers and protective of their territory. This self-assured breed is devoted to its family and can make a wonderful family companion to adults and children, provided it has been properly socialized. Large and strong, the Rottweiler can be stubborn and obedience training is a must with this breed. Daily exercise keeps mischief at bay, but the Rottweiler needs little grooming due to its short coat.
Although they need little grooming, Rottweilers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Rottweilers are prone to include joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia; heart conditions such as aortic stenosis; and eye conditions such as entropion and cataracts.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Rottie inherits more than just a love of his family, you’re covered.