Rottweilers are big burly dogs which are good at a number of tasks. They are easy to train and eager to please, which makes them very good at performing tasks which require very specific training.
In the past, Rottweilers have been used by law enforcement agencies, armies, ambulance services, farmers and of course as guard dogs. A fully grown Rottweiler can weigh as much as 60 kilograms, which might explain why it never really became a gambling man’s dog. That was left for the grey hounds and whippets, with their very flexible skeletons and top speed of seventy kilometers per hour. The Rottweiler can manage speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour, but because it is a stocky breed with a focus on strength and hardiness, it can only keep it up for a short time. The breed tires very quickly when it runs.
The same cannot be said about the bite-force it can produce. Rottweilers, along with other breeds such as pit bulls, have one of the highest pressure bites in the canine world. They have supremely strong jaws. Rottweilers jaws do not lock into place when they bite down on something, however, this myth has been propagated so much that it is now a common belief that if a Rottweiler bites on something, then its jaws cannot be opened unless the dog ‘pops’ the jaw back into place.
The truth is that a Rottweiler’s jaws do not lock, but because the dog is so determined and independent, it would take very strong leadership from the owner to make it release whatever it has bitten. While it is hard to take a leadership role with a Rottweiler, it can be done if the owner or handler is experienced and confident. This can be seen in instances where Rottweiler Police dogs take down a suspect. All it takes is one command from the handler to set the dog into action and similarly, just one command is needed to make the dog release.