I read a post claiming the rottweiler breed started in Germany. I knew this to be false. So I went Looking for the best history I could find. A K-9 officer explained all this to me a couple of years ago. This one sums them up the best.
The rottweiler is one of the oldest breeds of dog in the civilized world. Dating back to the Roman Empire, these mastiff-type dogs were used for droving, guarding, and herding. When the Roman Armies conquered the lands of Europe, they left behind some of these dogs in an area of present-day Germany known as Rottweil. Rottweil is so named because of it's red-tiled rooves. These dogs almost became extinct until Karl Knauf and Albert Graf consulted with the well-known breeder Boppel to use as an honorary president of a dogshow.Following the fall of the Roman Empire around 260 AD, and in turn the Roman Legions, the Rottweiler was in need of a new home. The breed found its home in a cattle-trading center along the Neckar River in what is today southern Germany, in a town now known as Rottweil. It proved indispensible to the butcher--it herded the cattle, pulled the meat cart, and held the butcher's money purse. Not many thieves were willing to steal from a Rottweiler, and they still aren't today! I have even heard that in some European countries teams of Rotts were used instead of horses to pull barges through the canals. When the railroad replaced dog carts, Rottweilers were out of a job and faced the same fate as many of the ancient breeds before them-extinction.Fortunately, peace officers discovered the usefulness of the breed as a police dog, and in 1910 Rotts were officially recognized as police dogs. Rotts also proved to be fine war dogs too, and they were used extensively by both the Allies and the Nazis during World War II. Today they aren't used as extensively for policework. However, they are used a lot by civilians for guardwork and as household pets
I also found this trait listing to be most accurate.
The rottweiler is descended from friendly and peaceful dogs and by nature loves children, is affectionate, obedient and trainable and enjoys working. The rough appearance is an indicator of their ancestry. The deameanor of the rottweiler is self-reliant, with strong nerves and fearless character. The rottweiler is keenly alert to, and aware of, it's surroundings. It is a dog of extreme self-assurance, and tends to pick friends on it's own terms. The rottweiler was bred to protect it's charges, many times doing so instinctively and without actual training. There has never been room in the breed for shy or vicious dog. While the rottweiler may be somewhat stubborn, it really amounts to the fact that it is not a submissive dog. It possesses an extremely high work level and desire to please. From it's ancestry it still carries the instinct to herd. Rottweilers are very special dogs. It is for that reason they are not suitable for every owner or for every type of house hold. If you have very little time to spend with a dog, it is unlikely that you would be able to own a rottwieler. First of all, rottweilers are a loyal devoted breed noted for strong attachments. This makes them natural protectors, but it also makes them demanding of your time and attention. They like being with their owners, some to the extent of following you from room to room as you go about your business in your home. Rottweilers are powerful and large dogs, and their muscular development a great deal stronger than one might tell from their size. A fully grown rottweiler can knock a person down in play, therefore they might be unsuitable for infirm or elderly.
I have had two now. Out of all the dogs I've ever owned they are the most gentle. How many people do you think know the real history behind their breed?