I grabbed the following off the internet a few years ago. I like it because it echos my own thoughts. While in every breed description there's a degree of idealism and wishful thinking, these words ring true to me because I've known one such dog. My own dog which is the second best rott I've ever known comes close too. His problem is too much unchecked drive due to having been raised to 4 years of age by someone who didn't give him direction. My experience has been that the caveat to the following description is that dogs do not become that way on their own, they need to be guided and controlled. That however is a reality of living in a culture where too many things are taboo for a dog. I believe it's possible that when living in an environment where it's more free to express its instincts and personality and consequently have more opportunities to learn from mistakes, the dog will appear to have acquired a balance naturally/due to it's inherent nature. Maybe the dogs of the past were such dogs.
To appreciate the breed you need to know something of it´s orgin. It is useful to have some idea of how the dog developed and how its instincts and capacities were modified and adapted to carry out its working role. Below is the very first dog that impressed me in the history and some comments that old breeders have told.
I remember my very first rottweiler book of my own and the picture of Hackel v Köhlerwald. Hackel was bred by Weber and owned by Jakob Köpf, Head breeding supervisor of the ADRK, being also one of the most successful and knowledgeable breeders of all time. His comments about Hackel are very revealing:
"I must mention one dog in particular, Hackel. he was the best rottweiler that I have ever known. Unfortunately I was not his breeder, but i did have the luck to own him for ten years. He was smarter than any dog that I ever had. he´s nerves was steel, he had his total freedom, did everything right, was frightened by nothing and yet was very goodnatured so that everyone could touch him. If nessessary he attacked immediately, but never seriosly hurt anyone. he sired the greatest number of Rottweilers and did so the breed great benefit. My wish: another Hackel to my life. He does not have to be handsome as as the Köhlerwald dogs, but he would have to bring a rottweiler`s character like Hackel`s. It is possible that other work breeds are better in this or that characterictic, but in stediness, courage and aggressiveness, none is superior to the ROTTWEILER!." ( In June 1957 )
The great triple Sieger SchH2 Hackel v Köhlerwald passed on both looks and Character to his progeny, making him, possibly the breeds greatest sire. ( courtesy M Bruns.from he book of rottweilers ) Hackel sired eighty-two litters with 375 puppies being registered. He produced over 100 champions and the greatest of dog graded "excellent" both in work and show.