Rottweiler Breed Information

Typical Rottweiler

At a Glance

Male Height24 - 27 inches
Female Height22 - 25 inches
Male Weight110 - 132 pounds
Female Weight77 - 106 pounds
SizeLarge
Colorsblack with rust or mahogany markings
HypoallergenicNo
PersonalityAlert, Brave, Confident, Loyal, Protective,
Lifespan8 - 10 years

Introduction

Rottweilers are a muscular breed renowned for their herding and guarding abilities. Rottweilers are now used as search and rescue dogs, as guide dogs for the blind, as guard dogs and police dogs.

History

Rottweilers may be descended from ancient Roman rover dogs. They take their name from Rottweil, a town in the south western Germany, where they earned their keep by driving cattle to market.

Temperament

The purebred Rottweiler is known for its loyalty and fearless nature. The breed is courageous and confident and is devoted to its owner and family.

Coat

The outer coat is of medium length, coarse, thick and flat. The undercoat is present on the neck and thighs black with mahogany or rust-colored markings.

Do Rotties do well in Apartments?

Rottweilers are large working dogs and as such don't really do well in apartments - especially if left alone. If you live in an apartment, you will need a dog paerk or similar place so that the dog can work off some of it's energy.

Barking

The Rottie has been bred as a guard dog and is inclined to bark when faced by unknown dogs or situations that he regards as suspicious - which is what you would expect from a guard dog. To minimize barking it is important that the Rottie be properly socialized, and exposed to as many situations as possible when growing up. Walks through the park and trips to the dog park as a puppy should minimize barking problems.

Do Rotties Get Along With Children & Other Pets?

It is essential that a Rottie is well socialized around children and other pets, and it is essential that your children know how to behave around a dog. They are powerful animals and can have a high prey drive so it is not wise to leave the animal alone with smaller pets.

Exercising a Rottweiler

Rottweilers are magnificent dogs, but are ill suited for sedentary people. They need plenty of physical and mental activity to keep them healthy and are more suitable for those who like the outdoors. A situation where the dogs gets at least 2 hours of exercise, and a large backyard to roam in is ideal for this breed. Care must to be taken while the puppy is growing up not to over exercise it, because it has a fast growth rate which can cause joint problems. This is true of a lot of the larger breeds.

How to Groom a Rottweiler

A low maintenance when it comes to keeping the coat shiny and healthy. Brushing the dog once a week is usually enough except when it is shedding its coat during the Spring and Fall months.

Rottie and Shedding

The Rottweiler has short hair and sheds very little, which will keep the pressure of your vacuum cleaner. The undercoat tends to shed more heavily with the onset of summer and winter.

Rottie Health Problems?

The Rottweiler has a short to medium lifespan, but is generally a health dog. Afflictions that can affect this breed include the following: cancer, eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia. Reputable breeders will screen their Rotties for hereditary issues and temperament before breeding them.

Are Rotties Intelligent?

Rottweilers are ranked in the 10 top breeds for intelligence which means that some can understanding of new commands in less than 5 repetitions and will usually obey a command the first time it is issued.

Training a Rottweiler

The first things you need to do with a Rottie is get them socialized. These cute puppies grow up into powerful dogs and they need to know how to behave properly within the proximity of children and other animals. As the puppy is growing up it is important that they realize the owner is the pack leader. Positive reinforcement training techniques are encouraged for this breed. Small treats and clickers been especially favored.