Rottweiler

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Germany
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Guardian, companion, cattle drover
Life Span:9 to 11 years
Color:Black with tan or rust-colored markings.
Coat:Short, straight, coarse and dense.
Grooming:Groom as needed.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:22 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height

Dating back to the Roman Empire and considered one of the oldest herding breeds, early Rottweilers guarded and protected the cattle of the moving armies. Descended from powerful mastiff-type dogs, they were a strong and trustworthy companion. In the middle ages, they became known as the butcher's dog of Rottweil, traveling with butchers to protect their cattle and moneybags. With the invention of better roads and the invention of mechanized transportation, the courageous dogs were no longer needed and the breed nearly disappeared. During the World Wars, Rottweilers proved themselves multi-faceted working dogs, serving as a police, guard, and messenger-dogs.

Rottweilers today thrive on working, protecting, and keeping active—often all at the same time. Extremely loyal, a Rottie must be socialized and trained early, to keep his protective drive in check (keeping burglars out is great, but you may want him to let your new friends come in!)

Strong and athletic, a Rottweiler needs vigorous workouts, not a mere walk around the block. Along with exercise, a Rottie needs daily interaction with the family. A properly-trained Rottweiler will adore and protect his own children, but his sheer size may be an issue with very young children. While Rottweilers are typically good with animals in their family, they should be closely supervised with others. After all, a wary Rottie may resist following the “everyone’s my new best friend” philosophy at his local dog park.

The Rottweiler

Brave
A+ Guard dog
Self-confident

Are you and the Rottweiler a Match?

Terrific for a person who:

    Understands the responsibility of owning a loyal guard dog.
    Knows how to keep an athletic breed fit and happy.
    Enjoys the challenges of advanced obedience training.

Think twice if you’re a person who:

    Allows even the family gerbil to boss him around.
    Expects the dog to cheerfully greet new people and animals.
    Figures a dog can teach himself everything he needs to know.

Care and Maintenance of a Rottweiler:

The Rottweiler needs brushing a few times a week. Their short glossy coats can be wiped down as needed.

The Standard Look:

Males measure from 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females 2 inches less. The Rottweiler is a powerful dog and they should appear strong and fit. The harsh smooth-coat is black, with rich tan markings.

Possible Health Concerns:

Hip Dysplasia

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Breed Warz

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