Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
The Germans always field a strong team at the World Cup. Only Brazil and Italy have won more titles, and when the Germans do not win, they usually finish near the top. Sound anything like the Rottweiler?
Rotweillers descended from Roman cattle-herding dogs and are closely related to giant dog breeds that were used in war. They are now one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide. Rottweilers make excellent family watchdogs, and when they are working cattle, they keep the herd together during the day and guard them during the night.
It is no wonder that they are trained as police dogs, war dogs, and personal protection dogs. Rotties are big, and most of them weigh in at 50 to 60 kilos (about 110 to 130 pounds); they are also tall. If you like the names of the World Cup participants, continue reading!
East German Team
As soon as you have chosen a name for your new Rottie, be sure to buy a new name tag that also shows your cell phone number. I ordered one of these spike collars for my dog and it makes her look even more like a World Cup winner. It also does great things for her reputation on the beach!
If you already have your new puppy or will be picking him/her up soon, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
The best way to keep a large dog's teeth clean is by offering a diet of raw, meaty bones. There are many websites and forums that give more information on feeding whole, natural food or a raw dog food diet. If you are going to take a Rottie into your home, spend a few minutes learning about this diet.
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Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 18, 2014:
Cute names and ADORABLE pictures! I love rotties.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 17, 2014:
It could be worse. There is a player on the team by the name of Mario--how would you like to walk around with that name? Everyone would think of a small pot-bellied Italian man and his brother.
Bob Bamberg on June 17, 2014:
I don't know...around here, a rotty named Walter would get bullied at the dog park by a chihuahua named Sabre. Fun and interesting hub, though...voted up, interesting, and useful.
Both teams were strong throughout the tournament. Each won two and drew one of their three matches in the group stages. England did not concede a goal until their semi-final against Portugal.
England, managed by Alf Ramsey and captained by Bobby Moore, won the toss and elected to kick off. After 12 minutes, Sigfried Held sent a cross into the English penalty area which Ray Wilson misheaded to Helmut Haller, who got his shot on target. Jack Charlton and goalkeeper Gordon Banks failed to deal with the shot which went in, making it 1–0 to West Germany.
In the 18th minute, Wolfgang Overath conceded a free kick, which Moore took immediately, floating a cross into the West German area, where Geoff Hurst rose unchallenged and levelled the scores with a downward glancing header. The teams were level at half-time, and after 77 minutes England won a corner. Alan Ball delivered the ball to Geoff Hurst whose deflected shot from the edge of the area found Martin Peters. He produced the final shot, beating the West German keeper from eight yards to make the score 2–1 to England. 
Germany pressed for an equaliser in the closing moments, and in the 89th minute Jack Charlton conceded a free kick for climbing on Uwe Seeler as they both went up for a header.  The kick was taken by Lothar Emmerich, who struck it into George Cohen in the wall the rebound fell to Held, who shot across the face of goal and into the body of Karl-Heinz Schnellinger. The ball deflected across the England six-yard box, wrong-footing the England defence and allowing Wolfgang Weber to level the score at 2–2 and force the match into extra time. Banks protested that the ball had struck Schnellinger on the arm, and reiterated the claim in his 2002 autobiography,  but replays showed that it actually struck Schnellinger on the back.  
England pressed forward and created several chances. In particular, with five minutes gone, Bobby Charlton struck the post and sent another shot just wide. With 11 minutes of extra time gone, Alan Ball put in a cross and Geoff Hurst swivelled and shot from close range. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and was cleared. The referee Gottfried Dienst was uncertain if it had been a goal and consulted his linesman, Tofiq Bahramov from Azerbaijan in the USSR, who indicated that it was, and the Swiss referee awarded the goal to the home team. The crowd and the audience of 400 million television viewers were left arguing whether the goal should have been given or not. The crossbar is now on display in the Wembley Stadium. 
England's third goal has remained controversial ever since the match. According to the Laws of the Game the definition of a goal is when "the whole of the ball passes over the goal line".  English supporters cited the good position of the linesman and the statement of Roger Hunt, the nearest England player to the ball, who claimed it was a goal and that was why he wheeled away in celebration rather than attempting to tap the rebounding ball in. Modern studies using film analysis and computer simulation have shown that the whole ball never crossed the line – only 97% did. Both Duncan Gillies of the Visual Information Processing Group at Imperial College London and Ian Reid and Andrew Zisserman of the Department of Engineering Science at University of Oxford have stated that the ball would have needed to travel a further 2.5–6.0 cm to fully cross the line.  Some Germans cited possible bias of the Soviet linesman,  especially as the USSR had just been defeated in the semi-finals by West Germany. 
One minute before the end of play, the West Germans sent their defenders forward in a desperate attempt to score a last-minute equaliser. Winning the ball, Bobby Moore picked out the unmarked Geoff Hurst with a long pass, which Hurst carried forward while some spectators began streaming onto the field and Hurst scored moments later. Hurst later admitted that his blistering shot was as much intended to send the ball as far into the Wembley stands as possible should it miss, in order to kill time on the clock. 
The final goal gave rise to one of the most famous calls in English football history, when BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme described the situation as follows:
One of the balls from the final is on display in the National Football Museum in Manchester.
We list 12 dog breeds that could be banned in the UAE as per the proposed law debated in May
Most of these dogs are great family pets but aggressive behavior can be triggered easily in case of improper handling Image Credit: WikiCommons
The Federal National Council (FNC) proposed a draft law on stricter regulation on pets that can be raised in the UAE. It includes regulations on all kinds of mammals and birds. As per the draft law, offenders could get up to a year of imprisonment and/or up to Dh1 million in fines and penalties.
Here we list the 12 dog breeds that could be banned for import or dealing in the UAE as per the draft law debated in May. Please note that all hybrids or cross-bred dogs with one or more of these breeds may also be banned.
This guide is only meant to be informative. Any queries regarding your pets should be directed towards Dubai/Abu Dhabi Municipality or the Ministry of Climate Control and Environment.
Pit bulls were created through cross breeding of bulldogs and terriers and were used in dog-fighting sports. However, as dog-fights became illegal they were used to manage cattle and other livestock, and as family companions, guide dogs, police dogs and therapy dogs. They have a reputation for being aggressive and many countries exercise complete or partial bans on their import and sale.
Mastiff dogs descend from one of the most ancient dog breeds in the world and their ancestral breeds are believed to have been used as war dogs. The mastiff is the largest dog in terms of mass and is known for a gentle and loving nature as a companion. Due to their size and protective nature, mastiffs or mastiff crossbreeds are generally considered dangerous and have been completely or partially banned in various countries.
Originally of Japanese origin, Tosa dogs are still called ‘fighting dogs’ and are used as such illegally. They were cross bred to be used in dog fights by cross-breeding old English bulldog, mastiff, St. Bernard, German pointer, great Danes and bull terrier breeds.
United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Israel and Singapore are just few of the countries where ownership or import of Tosa dogs are restricted or banned completely.
Having been used as herding dogs for a long time, Rottweilers are known for their intelligence and protective instincts. However, they also are considered one of the most dangerous dogs as they can become aggressive due to improper training, abuse or lack of adequate socialisation. They are extremely unwelcoming to strangers. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in the U.S. about fatal dog attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998, Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs were responsible for more than half (67 per cent) of all deaths.
Used a working dog, this breed originated in Germany and is also known as Alsatian. Their obedience, trainability and strength make them great candidates for disability assistance, search-and-rescue missions, police and military roles. While well-trained German Shepherds are least likely to attack people or other animals, lack of socialisation can make them aggressive towards strangers and over-protective of their family.
Huskies are used as sled dogs in ice-covered northern parts of the world and are known for their speed. They usually have a thick double coat and are energetic athletic dogs. This in itself is a reason for the dog to be banned in countries like the UAE or India, where the climate can make the animals suffer and become sad or aggressive. Keeping them cooped up in air-conditioning is not a permanent solution.
Alaskan Malamutes are similar to huskies but are used for pulling heavier sleds as they are stronger. They also have a double coat of fur and can be aggressive if not trained properly or if living conditions are not suitable.
Originating around the 1890s, Doberman Pinscher is a crossbreed of majorly the Beauceron, German Pinscher, and Rottweiler. Intended for guard duty, they are known for their obedience, fearlessness and trainability. They are considered as likely breeds to show aggression towards strangers or other dogs.
This Chinese breed is considered one of the most ancient recognizable dog-breeds of the world. They were used as temple guards in China in ancient times. With a thick coat of fur all over, the Chow has a section of extra thick fur around their neck, giving it an appearance of having a mane. They require intense training and socialisation from when they are puppies to avoid aggressive behavior. Some insurance companies consider Chow Chows to be dangerous dogs and charge higher for cover. Aggression towards strangers and other animals is very likely.
Originally bred for livestock work, these dogs were extensively used for dog-fights in Spain. Aggression is common for these large-sized dogs. Australia and New Zealand are among the countries which have banned import and sale of this breed.
In the ‘working group’ of dogs, the Boxer is a medium-sized dog and has a thin coat. While very energetic, these dogs are known to be great with children if properly trained and socialized. Though not commonly known for aggressive behavior, lack of appropriate and early training can increase risk of attacks.
Dalmatians make for great family pets but they are large, energetic and like running. Without proper training and socialisation they can turn aggressive. They have been used as warrior dogs and hunting dogs in earlier days.
Pickles ( great name for a dog by the way) was born in 1962 and was a black and white Collie. The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in March 1966 only four months before the FIFA World Cup was due to kick off in England. Despite top security, the thieves ignored a priceless rare stamp collection called Sport with Stamps, and lifted the silver-gilt trophy which was valued at far less. A middle man was caught but had passed the cup on to another person who was never caught. On Sunday March 27th, just seven days after it was stolen, four year old Pickles was out with his owner and sniffed out the cup. Pickles became an instant celebrity and was invited to the celebration banquet to enjoy a few treats and lots of attention. David Corbett, his owner, was awarded 5000 British Pounds as a reward while Pickles was awarded the silver medal of the National Canine Defense League. Pickles' fame led to starring roles in the movie with Edward Sykes and June Whitfield in the 1966 film The Spy with a Cold Nose. He was also named Dog of the Year and awarded a year of free food by pet manufacturer Spillers. It was good to see a dog so well rewarded for his efforts and dedicated sporting fans applauded his contribution while allowed the FIFA World Cup to kick off as planned.
Another famous dog name that has two syllables is Buddy, the male chocolate colored Labrador Retriever who was one of the pets kept by the Clinton family while Bill Clinton was the President of the United States. Well trained and always looking his best, Buddy was a true friend to the family and probably a great deterrent for anyone wanting to try their luck and get close to the family.
Higgins was another canine star and is one of the best dog actors around. In the 1960-1970's people recognised him as the star of the original movie Benji, and the dog from Petticoat Junction - two of the most popular roles he played during his amazing 14 year career in the entertainment business. With eyes that could melt steel, this small dog won many hearts as he gave his all. He was awarded with the PATSY Award for Best Canine in 1967.
Cuba is a chocolate lab full of energy! Lucas is a male collie mix, super smart!
Balto is a toy poodle that likes to practice training.