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The Rottweiler breed is a popular family guardian and friend. Pet parents with an active lifestyle will find a faithful, loving, and intelligent friend for life with a Rottweiler. Novice pet parents should beware, however, as these purebreds are strong and intense and require focused care and obedience training while young.
The Rottweiler is a German breed that was originally created to drive cattle. Due to their muscular stature, they were later used to help pull butcher carts around town. Modern-day Rottweilers are often just good family companions, though they're still used regularly on the police force and in the U.S. Military.
Most male Rottweilers stand between 24-27 inches at the shoulder, while the females are typically a little smaller. Their muscular frame can make them intimidating, but with proper socialization and obedience training, these dogs make fantastic family friends and great watchdogs. Providing your Rottweiler with leadership that he can respect without using physical force is important; otherwise, he may take the role as alpha, and your ability to control them will be diminished.
Rottweilers are fantastic pets and companions, but they aren't for everyone. This breed has gained an unnecessarily bad reputation, which means you will likely deal with people who don't understand how friendly and social Rottweilers can be. There are even cities that have banned the breed altogether. If you choose to raise a Rottweiler, do your best to redeem the reputation of the breed by training your dog to be obedient and respect people.
How dog-friendly is Raleigh?
A recent WalletHub study reviewed the 100 largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Raleigh is ranked the 29th most pet-friendly. The city is one of the most affordable places for owning a pet, ranking 21st in the country for pet budget.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Raleigh
Raleigh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get his daily dose of exercise. According to a study from Trust For Public Land, there are 1.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Oakwood Dog Park, Dix Park, Buffaloe Road Dog Park, and Carolina Pines Community Dog Park.
Raleigh also has eight hiking trails for when you want to take a scenic walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend include Sal’s Branch Trail, Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, Sal’s Branch Trail, and Inspiration Trail.
Life in Raleigh with a dog
There are over 200 pet-friendly restaurants in Raleigh, meaning there’s always somewhere to grab a meal with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Whiskey Kitchen, The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Trophy Brewing and Pizza, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Neuse River Brewing Company.
Raleigh has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet shops, daycares, groomers, and spas. The city is also one of the best in the country for renters looking for a place to live with their pets. A Zumper study found Raleigh to have the 14th most pet-friendly rental listings.
If you have friends or family visiting Raleigh, there are numerous pet-friendly hotels for them to stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Aloft Raleigh, MainStay Suites, and Hyatt House.
Popular dog breeds in Raleigh
Raleigh is home to many different kinds of dogs. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Poodles. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many other canine companions across the city.
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