Rottweiler Breed Information

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Rottweiler

Band muscular, imposing yet calm; the Rottweiler was originally bred to drive cattle, pull carts, and guard property. To this day they make excellent guard dogs, but are intelligent and athletic enough for sports such as canine agility and obedience. They are very cuddly and affectionate with their family, but need a firm and confident owner.

Rottweiler breed attributes

Groups

Groups

Mastiff, AKC Working

Recognition

Recognition

ACA, ACR, AKC, ANKC, APRI, CKC, CRC, CKC, DRA, DRK, FCI, IRK, KCGB, NAPR, NKC, NZKC, UKC

Height

Height

Males 24 – 27 inches (61 – 69 cm),
Females 22 – 25 inches (56 – 63 cm)

Weight

Weight

Males 95 – 130 pounds (43 – 59 kg),
Females 85 – 115 pounds (38 – 52 kg)

Life expectancy

Life expectancy

About 10-12 years

Size

Size

Large

About Rottweiler breed

Description

A Rottweiler is a robust and powerful dog that is medium to large in size. They are extremely loyal and eager to work and please their owners. The Rottweiler is easily recognized by their black coat and rustic spots. Its head should be medium in size while its eyes are almond shaped and dark brown in colour. The ears should be medium in size, triangular and set wide apart on the skull. The jaws on a Rottweiler should be strong in appearance and the mouth will contain 42 teeth as an adult and consist of a scissor bite. The tail should be medium in length.

The average litter size for Rottweilers ranges from 9-12 puppies but the litter can be larger than this as well.

Origin

The Rottweiler originates from Germany and it is traced all the way back to Roman times. It is considered to be one of the oldest known breeds. Originally they were used as herding dogs and then they were used as guarding dogs for the herds as well as their owners. At the beginning of the 20th century, Rottweilers were used as police dogs.

Look

Colours: Rottweilers should be black in colour with defined markings of rich tan on the cheeks, muzzle, throat, legs and chest.

Coat: A Rottweiler will have a top coat and an undercoat. The top coat should be of medium length, dense and coarse.

Health

There are few health problems that may arise with Rottweilers. Before you decide to buy a Rottie, you should consider the followning risk factors that may arise with your New Doggy and remember that this specific breed may require more health monitoring:

  • Hip and elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye disorders
  • Heart defects

With all this in mind, if you are truly adamant about owning a Rottweiler, we fully believe that you will be extremely satisfied with your New Doggy.

Learning

Your new Rottweiler puppy will be eager to learn so it is important to start training your puppy as soon as possible. Rottweilers are intelligent dogs as they are used by police and can be trained quickly if trained properly.

Temperament

Rottweilers are a calm and confident dog with a self-assured aloofness. He or she will have an inherent desire to protect its home and family. The Rottweiler’s hardness and eagerness to work makes this dog an excellent guardian and companion.

Living with

A Rottweiler is a quite a large dog and is more suited to live in a house with the ability to go outside. If you live in a flat, that is fine as well, just ensure that he or she has the opportunity to go outside daily to get some much needed fresh air and exercise. Companionship is essential for this breed. They will form an attachment with their owners as they grow up and that attachment helps shape them into the loyal companions they are meant to be.

As with any dogs, Rotties need to be taken on daily walks. These walks help with anxiety of the animal, while allowning Rotties to get the necessary exercise they need. They are a quite active dog so Rottweilers would love some time outside playing with the family! Just make sure to always have fresh water available on those hot days.