It all started with a mastiff-type dog named the Molossus. Around 74 A.D., these giant dogs traveled to Germany with the Romans, and their main responsibility was to drive cattle. Along the way, the dogs mated with the native dogs in the area and the foundation was set for the pups who would grow up in the Roman colony of Das Rote Wil (which translates to “the red tile”), which was made up of buildings with red-tiled roofs. It became common to see these dogs accompanying butchers to the market with pouches of money tied around their necks, and locals started calling them Rottweilers after their town. However, the Rottweiler nearly became extinct when railroads started taking over cattle routes. Thankfully, they came over to the U.S. with a German emigrant in the late 1920s and have thrived ever since.