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According to the different Rottweiler history collections, the breed of the Rottweiler actually came from the bloodline of the dogs that existed during the times of the Ancient Rome. During the time that the Roman Legions were moving to the different parts of Central Europe, most of them have a lot of cattle and sheep. It became very difficult for them to transport the food for the army so the armed forces have to bring their own supplies instead. But it is still important that each and everyone has to keep moving particularly the people who have skills in carpentry, butchering, blacksmithing, and alike.

The drover dogs, Rottweiler as we call it today, became the escorts of the traveling Romans. The Rottweiler also guarded the camps and tamed the herd as well during the move. One of the campsites was located at the Neckar River banks. Eventually, this area became popular as Rottweil. Romans camped at the Rottweil for quite a long time. The Rottweiler history even mentioned that the word Rottweil was actually derived from the red-colored tile roofs that were created by the Romans that time.

In order to create a memento of their stay in the Neckar River banks, the Roman Legions declared that this area shall be called Rottweil. Other than that, to left an impact of their stay, the Roman Legions also started the cattle and sheep industry in this particular region of the Central Europe. But the best thing that these Roman Legions left in the area is the drover dogs or the Rottweiler that were used to be the guards and companions of the left herds in the area.

During the middle times of the 1800’s, the trading of sheep and cattle became rampant here in Rottweil. Markets of these commodities flourished all over the region. These are also the days when the butcher dog or the Rottweiler Metzgerhund was used to guide the cattle going to the market. At the same time, it also guards its owner and protects him from robbers as well.

The need for the Rottweiler seemed unending until the development of the land started. The villages became cities and the dusty streets turned into railways. As a result, the need for the assistance of the Rottweiler also declined. This affected of course the popularity of the once-famous breed.

Fortunately, the popularity of the Rottweiler was revived again during the early part of the 1900’s. People soon realized that the Rottweiler has a lot more to offer than just being a family dog and a police dog.

It was only in 1931 when the Rottweiler became officially part of the American Kennel Club’s Stud book. And then four years after the Rottweiler became part of the said book, the American Kennel Club officially included the Rottweiler and considered it as a distinct breed.

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