Prey Drive In Rottweilers

12 Mar 2024, 6:05 a.m. by Tracey McLennan


The breed originated as a general purpose farm and droving dog. It is likely that they would have assisted in hunting at times but they are better known as cattle dogs. The breed guarded cattle and the farmers from thieves, prevented the cattle from straying and helped in driving the cattle, sometimes over long distances. To perform their roles, the dogs were bred to be large and strong.


Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Rottweilers. The graph shows the percentage of Rottweilers in my research study that had no interest at all in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Rottweilers with no interest in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 0%

Orient: 8%

Eye: 23%

Stalk: 23%

Chase: 0%

Grab-bite: 8%

Possess: 0%

Kill-bite: 38%

Dissect: 23%

Consume: 38%

There were 13 dogs of this breed in my research. As you can see, although the numbers show that they were number five on the list of dogs with no interest in some parts of the predatory motor sequence , that does not mean that the breed has no interest in prey animals. All 13 of the dogs had some level of interest in hunt, chase and possess. When it came to hunt, 38% of the Rottweilers were described as living to do it and 23% were described as living to chase with 15% living to possess.

If you have a Rottweiler and would describe them as having a high prey drive, you are not alone. The fact is that they are all individuals and many of them have a strong interest in prey. Find out more about your own dog’s preferences by filling in my quiz and letting me give you detailed information about what your dog loves the most when it comes to prey drive.

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