11 Things only Rottweiler owners understand

Apr 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Rottweilers may look like scary killing beasts, but owners of these devoted dogs will tell you that the Rottie's bad rap is bunk. Here's why.

1. Rottweilers have a soft spot for other animals in their home territory

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2. Rotties are gentle giants

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3. You really can trust Rottweilers with babies and small children

Rottweiler and child

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4. Rottweilers are naturally intimidating — intruders know not to mess with them

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5. Rotties have a propensity to pass gas... often

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6. Despite their short coat, Rottweilers are notorious shed monsters, especially in the spring and fall

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7. Rottweilers can make it difficult to rent a home because of discrimination toward the breed

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8. Rotties gain weight easily, so daily exercise and a food limit are essential for their health

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9. Rottweilers are messy eaters and messier drinkers

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10. Rottweilers are happiest when they have work to do; when bored, they tend to chew furniture or dig big holes

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11. Rotties are devoted dogs that will win your heart, and you'll be just as devoted to them

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