Where children are concerned, there is one word of
caution and common sense. Although these dogs generally adore youngsters and act as
their devoted protectors and guardians, parents should bear in mind that the strength and
power of these animals enable them to inflict very serious damage should an accident
occur. For this reason, your Rottweiler should join the family as a young puppy and
grow up with your child or children, who should at the same time be taught gentle, proper
consideration and care for their dog. Some children can be exceedingly rough and
even cruel in their handling of dogs if not educated on the subject by their parents.
As a dog lover yourself, you are anxious for your son or daughter to enjoy the same
happy companionship, which can be one of life's most satisfying and heartwarming
experiences. But do not just trust to luck that the child will instinctively be kind
to the dog, and be sure that the child understands that a dog if really hurt is justified
in retaliating. A bit of care on the part of the parents and thoughtful explanation
ahead of any problems should avoid their occurring.
Then there is a matter of the neighbors' children and
your children's friends. Keep a wary eye at all times for signs of trouble if they
are with the dog, as some kids think it's great fun to tease or torment (or even really
hurt an animal), although more usually it is just plain thoughtlessness that causes such
things to happen.
Reference: Rottweilers by Anna Katherine
Nicholas #1 Best Selling Rottweiler Book