… I asked myself as I read the article, horrified. How could the owner (or the maid, as the owner pushed the blame) be so careless as to release the rottweilers without first checking if the gates were indeed locked? What happened was that while another owner was walking his Jack Russell terrier, 5 – not 1, not 2, not just 3, but 5!, rottweiler dashed out of their compound and started attached the poor terrier. Needless to say, any caring pet owner will protect their pets from harm and resulted in him being treated at Changi Hospital. His terrier, unfortunately, was badly hurt and in pain, and sent to Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital.

So, I decided to find out more about the rottweiler and stumbled upon this from Wikipedia:

In the hands of a responsible owner, a well-trained and socialized Rottweiler can be a reliable, alert dog and a loving companion. However, any poorly trained dog can become a danger in the wrong circumstances. In general Rottweilers are fond of children, very devoted, quick to learn, and eager to please. They are typically very bright dogs. Rottweilers are playful animals who may frequently demand attention from their owners. However, if they are not receiving the mental stimulation they desire, they will find creative and sometimes destructive ways to elicit it. Such behavioral problems as chewing, barking for attention and eating less can be a result of lack of human interaction. The Rottweiler is a good working dog that is also good for protection of children, as well as guard duties.

The Rottweiler is a steady dog with a self-assured nature, but early socialization and exposure to as many new people, animals, and situations as possible are very important in developing these qualities. The Rottweiler also has a natural tendency to assert dominance if not properly trained. Rottweilers’ large size and strength make this an important point to consider: an untrained, poorly trained, or abused Rottweiler can learn to be extremely aggressive and destructive and, if allowed to run at large, may pose a significant physical threat to humans or other animals. They can be strong-willed (bull-headed) and should be trained in a firm, fair, and consistent manner – the owner must be perceived as the leader. If the owner fails to achieve this status the Rottweiler will readily take on the role. However, Rottweilers respond readily to a clear and benevolent leader. Aggression in Rottweilers is associated with poor breeding, poor handling, lack of socialization, natural guarding tendencies, and abuse.

The Rottweiler is not usually a barker. Male dogs are silent watchers who notice everything and are often quite stoic. Females may become problem barkers in order to protect their den. An attentive owner is usually able to recognize when a Rottweiler perceives a threat. Barking is usually a sign of annoyance with external factors (car alarms or other disturbances) rather than a response to actual threats.

So, it does seem like the behavoir of the breed is partly dependent on how well the owner had tamed or trained the dog. In fact, there were fears that the 5 Rottweilers would one day be a threat to the neighbourhood, and while a complaint was made, no further actions had been taken since there was no prior history of the dogs being hostile.

However, one resident did complain that the Rottweilers are aggressive in nature and should not have been allowed to be kept at all. While I am an animal lover myself, and while I do hope that no harm will come to the Rottweilers eventually, I do hope that the owner would be more responsible. Ultimately, the fate of the dogs lie in how well the owner trained them, although there may sometimes be exceptions.

I hope that the Jack Russell is doing well too. I can’t imagine the fear that the poor dog had went through. For an animal lover like myself, it’s always a dilemma to take sides because (i) the Jack Russell, in this case, was traumatised and quite badly wounded – so I can’t help it but feel that the assaulters should be taught or “punished”, and (ii) the Rottweilers may be put down if they are aggressive in nature and have a history of attacking people or their pets.

Sigh. Makes me miss my cats… they would have been 4+ months old by now.



Reader's Comments

  1. Zhanzhao | November 29th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Its not the first time this family’s rottweilers got into trouble… apparently the dog’s mother attacked another dog 2 years back (the mother has since died).

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