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How I Got Over My Fear of Rottweilers

By Michele C. Hollow of  Pet News and Views

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I was afraid of Rottweilers. When I lived in an apartment in New York City right across the hall from my apartment was a couple with a Rottweiler. This dog wasn’t friendly. Some days she was pleasant, and other days she would growl and show her pearly whites.

I was afraid.

As a kid, I went up to every dog without asking if I could pet him or her. I know that isn’t smart, but I never got bit or even snarled at. This dog, however, didn’t like me. I really felt bad about it too, and tried to pet her. That is when she went for me.   Fortunately, I pulled my hand back in time.

Still, I was determined to get over this fear.

See the smile?


A few months ago, I accompanied a friend on a rescue. When I heard he was rescuing a large Rottweiler, I almost had a change of heart. Then I saw Buddy, and he happened to be one of the sweetest and goofiest dogs I’ve ever met.  Buddy was a bit skittish.  He was lost and wound up at the city pound, which was not a good place for anyone.  He seemed happy to see us.

We had to put him in the car to take him to a foster home.  He let me push him up into the car.  As we drove, he sat in the back. As I turned to look at him, I saw this gigantic grin on his face.  Now, whenever I see a Rottweiler, I see that goofy grin.

The other day, a Rottweiler and a couple were walking by my house. This time I asked if I could pet the dog. They both said yes, and that they wanted to socialize their dog, but because of his large size a lot of people would cross the street when they saw him coming.

While I was petting him, his stubby tail wagged, actually his whole butt jiggled.

If you want to learn more about Rottweilers, check out this site that I found. It is filled with helpful information about Rottweilers and other breeds.

9 comments to How I Got Over My Fear of Rottweilers

  • Robin

    Glad you came around.

  • Nana

    I get so annoyed at people who cross the street when they see me and my Pitt Bull. Pitts, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and other big dogs can be so sweet. I wish more people would take the time to see this!

  • Mary

    I grew up with these dogs. So, I’m not afraid of them.

  • Mark

    We had a lovely Rottweiler that watched over our kid and loved our cat!

  • Ken

    It’s all what you know and are used to. I can see why some people would be afrraid. Those who take the time to get to know an individual dog, wins!

  • Brian

    Glad to hear this too. I know you really love animals. It shows in your writings. And I will check out the site you recommend.

  • Years ago I had a doberman. The kids at the playground used to chase him around in a circle and he loved it.

    I think the fact that I adopted him before anyone got a chance to crop his ears made a big difference in him appearing approachable. Floppy eared dogs appear more friendly.

    He was raised as a regular dog…not roughed up because oooh he’s a doberman we better teach him to fight, so he was powerful but friendly.

    Sweet dog, still missed.

  • Lori

    Just look at that smiling face. I see what you mean!

  • Kim

    As you said, each dog should be approached differently. It is not an entire breed to judge. We should evaluate the individual dog.