This article is from the Rottweilers Breed FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Denise Gross).
The Rottweiler is the current "fad" guard/macho dog of the moment. For
four years running, it has been the second most-popular AKC registered
breed. Don't be swept up by the hype, or the fact that you neighbor,
aunt, sister, or best friend has one. The Rottweiler is a large,
powerful dog and along with ownership comes much responsibility.
Rottweilers require extensive socialization from an early age. Are you
willing to carry your puppy for several months, (he shouldn't be
walking in public places until he is fully immunized at around 16-20
weeks), exposing him to the sights, sounds and people he will
encounter as an adult? Because of their size and strength, obedience
training for your Rottweiler is a must. Weekly group classes for 6 to
12 months is generally considered a minimum. Rottweilers are "people"
They want to be with their masters. As a working breed, the Rottweiler
requires daily exercise, a good romp twice a day at least. Left alone
or with inadequate exercise for long periods they may become unruly