King Shaka rules the roost
Despite her original misgivings about rottweilers, big softie King Shaka has taught Sam Lombard you can’t judge a book by its cover
SOUTH African- born University of Tasmania education student Sam Lombard was initially a bit hesitant about getting her rottweiler King Shaka but after having him for four months she’s head over heels for him. King Shaka is a pretty unique name for a dog, how did you come up with it? Well, Charlie [ Sam’s partner] and I really wanted a strong African name for our dog. So when we got him from a breeder in Kingston we actually didn’t call him anything for the fi rst three days because we couldn’t settle on a name. Eventually, my parents suggested naming him King Shaka after the famous 19th century Zulu warrior, we liked it and it just stuck. And initially you weren’t completely sold on getting a rottweiler? ( Laughing) To be honest, I was hoping to get something a little more feminine. But when Charlie was a kid he used to go down to a farm and watch his sisters ride horses and there was a rottweiler at the farm that he used to play with, so from a young age he was set on getting one and I didn’t want to crush his dream. I was nervous because rottweilers have a certain stereotype [ as aggressive] but now that I own one, I know that this is misleading. So how has Shaka been for you as a puppy? Usually very calm there’s probably half an hour every day where he becomes an absolute handful but otherwise he loves sleeping. He loves the beach, loves the water. He loves water so much he runs to the bath tub every morning and cries until we fi ll it with water, so every four days or so we fi ll the bath with bubbles and he’ll just sit in there and eat all the bubbles. Suffice to say, we have a very clean rottweiler. He’s already 20kg and he’s only four months old, so obviously he loves food, which makes it very easy to train him.
What do you love about having King Shaka? He’s just a lovely, lovely dog. He’s the complete opposite to what I thought the stereotypical rottweiler would be like. It’s just nice either waking up or coming home and seeing him so excited to see you.