Rottweilers are a robust, powerful dog breed with great strength, endurance and agility. The Rottweiler is a working dog, he is the happiest when there is a job to do whether it is herding, competing in obedience, tracking, search and rescue or retrieving the newspaper. An effective guard dog, Rottweilers are also dominant and pushy – and requires constant training firm, uncompromising rules. A Rottweiler will defend his family and property to the end, but he does have a tendency to become loyal to one person. Although Rottweilers are a devoted and loyal dog breed, play around small children should be supervised.
- Country of Origin: Ancient Rome/Germany
- Group: Mastif Working group
- Height: Male Rottweilers range between 24 – 27 inches (61-69cm). Females range between 22 – 25 inches (56-63).
- Weight: Male Rottweilers range from 95 to 130 pounds (43-59kg). Female Rottweilers range from 85 to 115 pounds (38-52).
- Temperament: The Rottweiler is a very territorial, imposing dog breed and is ideal for protection. They are calm, trainable, courageous, and devoted to their owner family. They have a reliable temperament. This dog breed requires a strong leader and firm training. Otherwise you may end up with a very powerful and overly aggressive dog. The Rottweiler is a natural guard dog with a mellow temperament. They are highly intelligent and have proven their worth beyond question in police, military, and customs work over many centuries. This breed needs a lot of companionship and socialization to be truly happy. They can be aggressive with other dogs and should be kept on leashes in public places. When the Rottweiler is consistently brought up and trained, it will be a good playmate for the children. It will accept cats and other household pets as long as the dog has had a positive experience with them while it was young. Friends and relatives of the family are normally enthusiastically welcomed. Strangers can get no further than the sidewalk. The breed does well in competitive obedience, schutzhund, and tracking. Schutzhund lines tend to be more aggressive and thus should be avoided if the dog is purely intended as a family pet. There are two types of Rottweilers, German and American. The difference between two types is the German dogs are breed to work or have the drive to do so. The American dogs are not breed for these characteristics.
- Colours: Black with well-defined tan or mahogany markings. .
- Living Environment: Rottweilers need frequent exercise and daily mental challenges. A home with a fenced yard is essential. He does well in a kennel, but should not be left alone all day long in the yard. Can be very territorial and suspicious of strangers, keep inside, do not tie up for long periods of time to avoid frustration of the dog due to lack of movement, fenced yard ok but do not leave outside unattended for long periods of time. The dog may become overly territorial or aggressive towards people entering the yard.