The Rottweiler!

A Rottweiler is a medium large dog breed that is said to have originated from Germany. The said breed is known for its muscular black body, marked with tan patches on the eyebrows, cheeks, muzzle, legs and even the underside of the tail. It has a broad head and a rounded forehead. While the inner cheeks of a Rottweiler may have black patches, the tongue should be pink. A pure bred Rottweiler can easily be distinguished by its warm, dark brown eyes and often projects an alert and fearless demeanor by wrinkling its forehead. Its coat is of medium length and consists of a rough top coat and a waterproof undercoat. A Rottweiler’s tail is docked at the first joint and it has become common practice to have this removed soon after birth for both practical and cosmetic reasons. The practice, however, triggered numerous debates, stating that it is cruel to let the dog experience such pain early on in his life.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
10-12 years

Energy Level:
Average

Living Conditions:
Apartments ok, but not ideal.

Barking:
Very high. Can be minimized with good training.

Exercise Needs:
Daily run or high-activity yard play.

Breed Group:
Working

Size:
Large

Height:
23-27 inches

Weight:
90 - 110 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black coats, with clearly defined tan markings.

National breed club:
United States Rottweiler Club

Rottweiler Skills

The Rottweiler is an old breed. History states that it was used to herd cattle during the days of the Roman Empire. During World War 1, however, Rottweilers were used as police dogs, thanks to their amazing strength and uncanny intelligence.

Rottweiler Personality

A Rottweiler’s personality depends on the experience of its owner in training such a breed. This type of dog is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. However, under the right circumstances, it can prove to be an active and loyal companion who is devoted to its owner and family. It thrives on constant attention and can grow up to be very intelligent and playful. While the male Rottweiler is more of a silent observer, the female Rottweiler uses its bark in order to protect her turf. It may go very still before it attacks, which usually happens without a warning growl. A Rottweiler can become very fierce and aggressive, especially in unfamiliar surroundings and situations. Constant socialization with people and other animals is advised early on in the dog’s life.

Exercise Needs

Being an active breed, a Rottweiler needs constant exercise in order to maximize its full physical capacity. Rottweilers love to run around open fields and retrieve balls. They also enjoy swimming and running alongside bicycles.

Living Conditions

While a Rottweiler can adapt to living in small spaces (e.g. apartment) the breed is more ideal for people who have a large garden or field, where the dog can freely develop its strength.

Grooming Requirements

Rottweilers have moderately coarse, glossy coat that is easy to groom. Brush twice weekly with a firm bristle brush or a grooming glove to maintain the healthy sheen of the coat. Bathe only when necessary.

Health Issues

While Rottweilers are generally healthy due to their active nature, Rottweilers can be prone to elbow and hip dysplasia because of their size. They can also be prone to eye entropion (narrowing of the slit between the eyelids).

If you liked this dog…

You may also enjoy having a German Shepherd around, which is similarly playful and intelligent.

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