I actually don't like to do this posting but I must warn every owner of a Rottweiler who intents to visit France for holidays!!!
Now the law here in France is getting so far: It is not possible to go anywhere in the public with your Rottweiler without muzzle. There is no precise definition of where public begins, in towns, villages, roads and even including unpaved field paths in the country side.
Have no illusion about this law: The fine is up to 15.000 Euro! If your dog is bitting someone else's dog or a person. Police must advise you that you put a muzzle. And my personal experience is very positive with police and gendarmerie; also some of them here know my two have the a German VPG & FH certification based on FCI standard. So simply if you are told to put a muzzle, just do it! Don’t start a silly argument like: you did not know and you were unaware of this law because you are a tourist. Law is law.
It is not the police which is obsessed enforcing a law. They usually first observe. All are going through trainings and workshops where they learn deescalation has priority. Your and your Rottie (or the other breeds mentioned below) problem starts with the “petite bourgeois”, this species of the “I know it all” fraction who see themselves as the moral pillars of a society which tend to insular thinking. If you are in a hotel, or live in a gite to go for walks in the country side during your holidays you find this species much more then you like…
Here now comes the real disadvantage: you know this little ones, these soooo sweeeeet doggies like e.g. Jack Russel (and they are really sweet and lively!), but they also are hyperactive and can be very "dangerous" if does not get a response from your dog, so the little one continues attacking. I have had a German shepherd going for my Rottie. That shepherd bit him really very, very bad. And you know, you can not go between bitting dogs. So, my little Rottie could only compensate the handicap of the muzzle hassle by using his sheer weight , jumped up to crash with his 60+ kg onto this shepherd. Imagine this then, it was taking me weeks of training each day to control that his experience did not lead into a suppressed aggression which can then break out at any time… And I needed to pay a huge sum for treatment out of my own pocket.
Of course, I not saying forget France (Swiss law is not any better). Sure,you can enjoy your holidays in France also under this discriminating law when you love it that your Rotti is wearing a muzzle and can be risk-free bitten by any other dog. But what do you do when your Rottie then is becoming aggressive towards other dogs, - just because of having the experience being totally defenceless?
I spoke to dog trainers and vets here in France and they confirmed that it is basically legal discrimination and deliberate ignorance. One of the vets we visit once a year is a renown Rottweiler specialist since 1984, her husband is working as a generalist in a hospital. Both are saying: “the fact that the statistics are telling a totally different story because most biting wounds treated in hospitals are caused by small dogs.”
It is clear that the biting force is also important, so a small dogs bite does not have the same effect. But a person who got bitten will be afraid all his life and of course when it sees a big one simply even more. But that this law is based on empirically derived & by knowledge acquired by means of observation or experimentation does not look plausible to me. But surly by media pundits who are making their living from writing about, what they consider a sensation. These are the same dull journalists who want to tell us everyday in one way or another that a European Grass Snake is saving a fish or frog from drowning….