The Rottweiler is a medium to large size breed of domestic dog. Rottweilers were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market. The Rottweiler is primarily one of the oldest, if not the oldest of herding breeds. Some reports state that they were used for hunting, however, the modern Rottweiler has a relatively low hunting instinct.
Rottweilers are a powerful breeds with well-developed genetic herding and guarding instincts. Rottweilers have exceptional strength which can make them a dangerous risk if they are neglected, abused, or not trained. The AKC reports that Rottweilers love their owners, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialisation are required.
Unfortunately, many people try to use Rottweilers as family pets without regards to their natures or habits. Because Rottweilers see smaller, weaker animals as prey, they often confuse children or pets of their owners as potential meals, and when their instinct takes over it can be devastating for the victim.
Rottweiler attacks happen for a reason and usually it’s due to a combination of one or more of the reasons listed below:
- Owners that actually train their dog to attack
- Owners that have no idea they need to train their Rottweiler
- Backyard breeders and puppy mills
- Owners that fail to teach children how to properly treat a dog
- Pack mentality
A report done in 2000 found:
- Pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human dog bite related fatalities reported from 1981 through 1992
- Rottweilers were responsible for about half of human dog bite related fatalities reported during the 4 years from 1993 through 1996.
- Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human dog bite related fatalities in the United States between 1997 and 1998.
What to do during a dog attack
- Do not run. This provokes an angry dog and you will not be able to outrun him.
- Don’t look an aggressive dog in the eye. That’s interpreted as a challenge.
- Use a quiet, soothing voice. Screaming or yelling will provoke the dog.
- Keep your arms pulled close to your side and your hands in a fist so the dog can’t bite your fingers.
- Do not pull away if the dog bites you. This invites a struggle. Try to grab a stick to ram down the dog’s throat so he will gag and let go.
- Roll yourself into a fetal position on the ground, covering your head and neck. If you remain still, the dog will usually retreat.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a rottweiler dog bite or attack you should call the Liljegren Law Group at 866-613-9906. Our attorneys have the knowledge needed to make sure all necessary evidence has been gathered and to determine what legal action should be taken to protect your loved one’s interests.
Dog bite injuries can often cause many frustrations. Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses pile up quickly. Statutes of limitation limit the length of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within that time period you may forever be denied the justice you are due. It is important to contact the Liljegren Law Group today quickly before it is too late. Our experienced California dog bite attorneys will ensure that your legal rights are protected. Call us today for a free legal consultation. We serve all of California and have offices conveniently located in Escondido, Oceanside, Temecula, San Marcos, La Mesa, Huntington Beach, Palm Desert, and Big Bear.