1. are rottweilers good with people/ and children: As every one mentioned, it depends on how well they are socialized. Rottweilers do have a high prey drive, and I have one that goes into predatory drift over children if they start running and playing. I rescued my Rottweiler when she was about 1 year old...she was not socialized before I got her...I have never been able to have her around children as she stalks them like prey objects. She would have been euthanized if I hadn't taken her. I also have a few clients who had to give their Rotties up to the rescue centre due to problems with children. Some people thought that the games of chase between children and Rottie were fun and safe...until the dog matured and the game became hunting. You need to have rules in the house depending on the individual dog...there are many extremes. 2.are they easy to train: Yes, they are very easy to train. They are a quick dog that catches on very easiley to commands. I throughly enjoyed training my Rottweiler as she enjoyed training and it was a joy to watch her go through the paces. 3. i was told that they never will turn on there on family unless they are constantly hit and abused is this true? If you have no rules in the household and are the most easy going person in the world you could create a monster. Most dogs will act defensively when abused, but, they can also be dangerous if they have no rules. We had one family at the Vet clinic thinking of putting their Rottweiler down as it wouldn't let anyone move in the house. If the Rottie was on the couch no one could get on the couch. It guarded it's food, the doorways and had attacked the husband a few times and the final straw was when it attacked one of their children. This family was mild mannered, sweet never talked loudly to the dog...and certainly never abused the dog...they let the dog away with every thing,they created an unpredictable dog for being too easy going. The Vet found someone (a single man) to take the dog (it was a lovely dog)...the dog under this mans care is now the sweetest dog...he has rules in the household and the dog knows it's boundries. You need rules for all dogs. 4. on a scale of 1 to 10 where would you rank there stength 1 being the lowest and ten being the highest. 10. Easy to train 9. Loveable 8. Great companions 7. Easy to care for coat 6. compact enough that you can take them any where with you I would say their worst trait is thier high prey drive...and the fact that they have the full series of motor patterns which can make them dangerous in the wrong hands. There are of course many Rottweilers that do not have the full series of motor patterns they were orginally bred for. One breeder I know has been trying to breed against some of the predatory sequences.