The Rottweiler, or “Rottie,” is a large, muscular and rugged dog with a hard-working and confident demeanor. The breed is intelligent and very loyal to its family. The Rottie can be an excellent working dog, watchdog or guard dog. Though it has a bit of a reputation as a “dangerous breed,” this is an unfair generalization – most Rotties are calm and affectionate.
The Rottie has a short, somewhat coarse, but shiny hair coat. This breed has a moderate shedding rate, and and requires little more than basic grooming care.
The Rottie has a drive to work, high endurance, a commanding presence and a potential for territorial behavior. Ideally, a Rottie should get vigorous exercise on a daily basis. Many Rotties will benefit from some type of “job,” such as guarding the home, obedience competition, or tracking. Few Rotties have an aggressive nature, despite what some people think. They are usually very calm, loyal and loving companions. However, all Rotties should be put on a strict training program to best utilize their intelligence and energy, thus keeping them happy, healthy and safe.
Though the exact origins of the Rottweiler are not known, it is believed that the breed derived from the Mastiff and that its ancestors can be traced back to ancient Rome. Later development of the breed occurred in the German town of Rottweil, where it worked as a cattle dog and sometimes a police dog before its popularity diminished. At one time, the breed was referred to as the Rottweil Metzgerhund (butcher dog).In the early 20th century, the breed was once again used as a police dog and began gaining popularity in the U.S. The hard-working nature of the Rottweiler has made its popularity grow over the years.
Males: 95-130 pounds
Females: 80-115 pounds
Black with Tan, Rust or Mahogany
Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of: