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20 Most Expensive Breeds to Own

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6. Rottweiler

Rottweilers have gotten a bad rep over the years as being a vicious breed with an exceptionally strong, clamping jaw, but this is a myth that couldn’t be further from the truth.

When bred well and raised with lots of love and socialization, Rottweilers are wonderfully happy, loving pets. It’s when an animal is mistreated, tormented or improperly trained that it becomes aggressive.

Rottweilers are characterized by a large head, lots of muscles and a trademark black-and-tan coat. They can be relatively scary to someone who’s small, elderly or unsteady on their feet. Rottweilers tend to “bump” – a gesture left over from their herding days.

If you decide to take on a Rottweiler, you’ll find yourself with a devoted family friend. The most important things to keep in mind are that he needs obedience training and socialization, and according to the American Rottweiler Club, a large portion of this happens at the breeder before you ever take him home.

It’s always important to purchase animals from reputable breeders, but it’s even more important when you’re talking a Rottweiler. The early days of life from its birth to adoption have a profound impact on this breed. So do genetics. Buying a Rottweiler from a puppy mill or from someone with a less-than-stellar reputation is a disaster waiting to happen.

Rottweilers were initially bred as herd dogs for the early Romans, and they can reach a weight of 125 lbs. They’re big and powerful dogs whose nature it is to take charge. For these reasons, you should make sure that a Rottweiler is the dog for you before you ever bring one home.

Former “Cosby Show” star Malcolm Jamal Warner owns a Rottweiler. So do Will Smith and rocker, Craig Montoya.
If you do decide to take the Rottweiler plunge, expect to shell out about $1,500.

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