Infamy dogs the Rottweiler. Ever since he was marked as the grim hunter in Nazi history, bred and trained to mangle Jews. But many in Mumbai are willing to overlook its shadowy past and rubbish its tags of killer-machine or four-legged bullet.
The most recent to tail it is a trial. Pamela Baywatch Lee has been sued, along with her husband, by a woman claiming she was bitten by the couples Rottweiler at Malibu. The suit said: "This dog had a vicious nature, disposition and propensity, which was known or should have been known to the defendants." Its Mumbai admirers retort that its only its unfortunate reputation that outstrips its not-for-everyone guard dog image. Its only fault, for them, is in its genetically ingrained, single-minded proclivity to protect its owner. Its detractors point to this as its greatest flaw.