The Greater Swiss Rottweiler is a beautiful hybrid dog; the parents of this strong and capable canine are the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Rottweiler. With a storied history, the lineage of both dogs goes back thousands of years and in this lineage is a propensity toward tasks like guarding and carting. If you have adopted a Greater Swiss Rottweiler, be prepared to work! If you leave this dog to their own devices, you may have a destructive tyrant on your hands. Very lovable, but nonetheless, rather rambunctious!
Being a large dog, the Greater Swiss Rottweiler was born to cart. Both parent breeds excelled at the activity in days of old. Your dog may never have experienced this type of work before but we are pretty sure they will love it when given the chance! Your dog should be at least 18 months of age before they attempt this sport; growing bones can be injured if carting is started too early in life. Puppies can start in an orientation class at a younger age but will not learn to pull the cart until they are grown. Getting involved in carting does mean spending money on training but because classes are typically held in just about any weather, your dog will have an outlet for their energy just about any day of the year!
In order for your Greater Swiss Rottweiler to succeed at any activity or to just be a great all-around dog for you to own, they must be socialized. Remember, the Rottweiler parent was once a guardian and the instinct to take care of you will still be there. In reality, socialization can start at a very young age and should be continued throughout your dog’s lifetime. Socialization can take place at many venues with no cost to you - the benefits are enormous because you will have a dog that is comfortable and well behaved in all situations. Choose a sunny day to head to the park, or a cold day to play in the snow. Whatever your weather preference, socialization fits!
Both the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Rottweiler were bred for stamina. They also love to explore. These traits make them the perfect hiking partner, eager to go whenever the opportunity arises.
Your Greater Swiss Rottweiler will typically love balls and toys. Use this to your advantage by engaging them in a long game of fetch. Tire them out as they run and retrieve the ball and they will be more than content to take a rest after your arm wears out!