The joys of Long-haired Rotties
There comes a point in our lives that a beloved pet leaves paw prints on our hearts. This was the case with our beloved Long-Haired Rottie, Buddy. Buddy was a member of the family in every way. We called him our Army dog because he moved all over with us when Clay was serving active duty in the Army.
He was such a companion during our Army years, bringing comfort when we needed it most and taking the traveling life in stride. When Uncle Sam would call Clay to another country, Buddy would sleep with me. If I was sad, I’d cry into his long fur. He was the quintessential emotional support dog, but he was so big that he scared everyone away. His name matched perfectly with his character – Buddy.
Why Long Haired Rotties make amazing companion animals
Rottweilers are amazing family dogs.
Often looked at with fear, this breed is fiercely loyal and very protective. Long-haired Rottweilers do well with children and have a natural instinct to love and protect. For families that need extra support like ours, when my husband would be away for extended periods of time, having a loyal and protective family dog brings forth a feeling of safety.
The joys of Long-haired Rotties – Storytime
When Caleb was a baby, Buddy felt that he was HIS baby. As Caleb grew, he would let that boy use him to climb and get into things he shouldn’t. I was in the shower one day when we were living in the state of Washington. The doorbell rang and I thought it was a package, so I ignored it. It continued. Clay was TDY at the time. The doorbell ringing stopped and then they began banging on the door. I grabbed a robe and ran downstairs, flung open the door and low and behold, a cop. He says Ma’am, your kids called 911 and we still have to come to check it out. We knew it was kids, but this is just policy. I was flabbergasted. How did they get the phone that was on the counter that they couldn’t reach?! Buddy! My oldest got Caleb to use Buddy to climb up and get the phone!
Rottweilers are highly social animals. Buddy always wanted to be with us. Some Rotties do not do well singularly kenneled or crated. When you choose a Long-Haired Rottie, you are choosing a pet that will be the happiest sleeping in your bedroom or snuggling up on the sofa to cuddle with you at the end of the day. If you want a large companion dog, a Long-haired Rottie can be a great option.
The joys of Long-haired Rotties – Storytime
When we brought Buddy home, he wouldn’t sleep for the first few nights. We tried putting him in a crate. Then we tried putting him in the bathroom. Nothing worked. My husband grabbed an orange tote, padded it with a towel, and placed it next to my side of the bed. I slept on my stomach with my hand inside the tote just so Buddy knew he wasn’t alone. He finally slept. Eventually, we were able to move him to a crate, but the crate was in our bedroom, right by the bed. That is where he slept till he was just over 2 years old and we were sure he could be trusted all night. After that, he still slept in our room, often in the bathroom or next to my husband’s side of the bed. All we had to say was, “Buddy, go night-night,” and he would run up to our bedroom.
Long-haired Rotties are not up to the Rottweiler breed standard for their appearance, but the truth is all that soft fur makes for more cuddles than a standard Rottweiler with all of the breed’s natural protective traits. Many breeders will not sell long-haired Rotties due to their appearance not being to the Kennel Club’s standard, but the demand is high due to their soft and snuggly appearance and nature. They make for a wonderful cuddly emotional support animal.
The joys of Long-haired Rotties – Storytime
Buddy wasn’t sold to us. We got Buddy from one of Clay’s old Army Soldiers. Buddy wasn’t a full-blooded Rottie, he was more of a full-blooded mutt, but he looked Rottie and was 1/4 Rottie. Clay’s Army friend didn’t sell him to us, he gave him to us and he was the best dog you ever could find.
Long-haired Rotties are usually highly energetic and love to play. Getting in plenty of play and exercise is important. This is another reason they are such a great fit for families. When you have a long-haired Rottie, they get as much exercise as your kids and soon they both get tired and rest peacefully at night.
Buddy loved to go on walks and runs with Clay. Back in the day, Clay ran a lot and would often take Buddy with him. After Clay retired, he continued to take Buddy on walks. He loved hiking and spending time in the creek, too. He loved playing ball but was the worst ball player EVER!! We would throw the ball, he’d chase the ball and bring it back near us. We’d wrestle the ball away from him, throw it, and he would get the ball and then lay down. Playing ball was over. Game over.
If you or a loved one in your home needs therapy or a companion dog for mental health reasons such as battling PTSD, a Long-haired Rottie is a great choice. Rottweilers make amazing companion service dogs that have a natural drive to comfort and protect. They can easily sense when you are having a hard time and, in turn, come to give you comfort.
Clay suffers from PTSD and combat-induced anxiety, and our Buddy boy was a huge support for Clay. Buddy even saved my Mom once when her diabetes was causing her to almost code. He licked her till he brought her around and we got her medical help.
Rottweilers are a wonderful breed
Like short-haired Rottweilers, Long-Haired Rotties are not prone to many health conditions. Their breeding builds a strong body with no deformities common in other breeds making them a great companion for those that are not in the position to handle a dog that needs extensive health care. The majority of health issues seen by Rottweilers include joint dysplasia and cataracts.
Like others in their breed, Long-haired Rotties are easy to train. They are highly intelligent and quickly learn to follow commands making them a great option for dog owners that need an intelligent dog that can follow directions and learn to stay in a designated area. Rottweilers are some of the best dogs for training to guard a home giving them their reputation as a dangerous dog when in truth they are gentle loving animals.
Why long-Haired Rotties are great for the homestead
While I can not say enough about why long-haired Rotties, like my Buddy, are great family dogs, the truth is they are also great working animals and are wonderful dogs to have on a homestead. Rottweilers are natural herding dogs making them perfect for employing on the homestead to help herd small livestock around the property. When well trained to not snack on your chickens, they can be a great asset to getting free-range chickens back into their home at night to protect them from wild animals.
Your Long-haired Rottie may look like a great snuggle buddy, but he will naturally be protective of your livestock making him a great addition to your homestead if you tend to have possums and other pets sneak onto your property for a late-night snack.
They are naturally high energy and they can manage to help you check your property lines and work around the homestead for hours on end without ever getting tired. Having a high-energy dog breed can be an asset when you need an extra push to pick up the pace or keep going. If you happen to be high energy yourself, they can match your energy for as long as you can.
Buddy loved walking the property line with Clay and never seemed to tire of being with him doing this task! He was a great help and loyal companion.
When it comes to choosing a dog for your homestead that will be both a working dog and a companion pet, a Long-haired Rottie is a joy to have and can easily fill both roles in your home. We will forever love and remember our Buddy and the joys he brought to our family.
You may have noticed I refer to Buddy in past tense throughout this post. Unfortunately, our Buddy boy recently passed over The Rainbow Bridge and is no longer with us. Buddy had been such a part of our lives for so long, it truly has been gut-wrenching for us all.
Not a day goes by that we don’t miss him. They say time heals all wounds. Buddy was family. I don’t think we will ever get over our Buddy boy not being here.
When we were living in Washington, we had a running trail near our home. Clay would take Buddy with him on the trail. Buddy loved that trail. One day, as Clay and Buddy were running, another guy was walking his dog in the opposite direction toward Clay and Buddy. Buddy loved making new friends and Clay knew this. Clay would tighten up on Buddy’s leash expecting Buddy to make a V-line straight to his new friend. That’s exactly what happened. Buddy lunged in the air, full of excitement at the sight of a new canine, and Clay pulled back on Buddy’s leash whilst Buddy was in midair. The gentleman walking his dog screamed at Clay, “Train your dog!” Clay yelled back, “He’s a free spirit!” That was Buddy. He was a free spirit that marched at the beat of his own drum, but longed for companionship and to please his owners. I’m not sure if Clay loved Buddy more, or if Buddy loved Clay more. Those two were inseparable.
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