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Rottweiler: Training, Temperament, Exercise,Health (Rottie)
Group: AKC Working Dog Group,
KCGB Working Dog Group, Mastiff
Ranking: 17 in AKC; 11 in KCGB
Also Known As: Rottie, German
Rottweiler, American Rottweiler
Country of Origin, History of Rottweilers
The Rottweiler may have descended
from the Italian Mastiff (which is now the
Neapolitan Mastiff). It was a herding dog
in the Middle Ages. The dog, as we know it
today, was bred in the German town of Rottweil
The Rottweiler has been
used for tracking, herding, watchdog duties,
carting, police work, competitive obedience,
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A General Appearance of the
The Rottweiler is a medium large,
robust and powerful dog, black with clearly defined
rust markings. His compact and substantial build
denotes great strength, agility and endurance. He
has a broad head with a rounded forehead and a well-developed
muzzle. His dark eyes can be friendly or daring.
His triangular ears are carried forward. One of
the things people find frightening about the Rottweiler
is the amount of black – over his body and
even inside his mouth. The tail is docked and dewclaws
are normally removed. Extremely well-developed musculature
is obvious in the jaws, shoulders and hips.
There is much debate about German
Rottweiler vs. American Rottweiler. The German version
is shorter and stockier with a bigger, more block-y
The Rottweiler is mostly black
but has rust or mahagony colored markings on his cheeks,
muzzle, paws, and legs.
The coat is short, hard, glossy
and quite thick. The Rottie is an average shedder.
The outer coat is straight, coarse, dense, of medium
length and it lies flat against the body. There
should be undercoat on his neck and thighs, but
how much undercoat the dog possesses is dependent
on climatic conditions.
Males: 24 – 27 inches
Females: 22 – 25 inches
Males: 100 lbs (approx)
Females: 88 lbs (approx)
Temperament of the Dog
Known for their fierce fighting
capabilities when defending their family and property,
the Rottweiler is normally a calm, happy, confident
dog who loves his family and friends. They love
companionship and relish socialization exercises.
However, if not out of stock that
has a nice personality and if not socialized and
obedience trained at a young age, Rotties can be
hard to handle, aggressive, and unreliable. Having
been bred for centuries for guard work, the Rottweiler
can easily turn aggressive. Their size and strength
will make them impossible to hold on leash should
they decide to go some place or be aggressive, so
obedience to commands is essential.
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 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.
Most people are afraid of a Rottweiler,
but that is not the correct reaction to have toward
them as it puts them on alert. Proper introductions
by the owner will put a correctly trained Rottie
at ease and pave the way for a long and happy relationship.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
A small, well-fenced yard will
be sufficient for a Rottweiler. If he sees something
of interest, an invisible fencing system will not
hold him. He can live in an apartment if he gets
sufficient walks and some play times each week in
a well-fenced dog park. The Rottweiler is fairly
Are they suited to homes
If they are brought up with children
from puppyhood, Rottweilers are good family dogs.
Make sure all friends are properly introduced. Either
leash or crate the dog if anyone is afraid of him
when visiting. He will take advantage of that fear.
How Active is the Breed?
As puppies, Rottweilers are quite
energetic, but as adults they are fairly inactive
indoors but more active outdoors.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Puppies like to play with toys
and roughhouse with people both indoors and outdoors.
However, as they grow into adulthood, they become
less active indoors. They still enjoy a good romp
outdoors as well as daily walks.
Very little grooming is necessary
as the Rottweiler has a smooth, glossy coat. A twice
monthly brushing with a firm bristled brush keeps
it shiny. Bathing is normally unnecessary. They
are average shedders.
Rottweilers are prone to Anterior
Cruciate Ligament (ACL) damage.
Being a large, heavy breed, Rottweilers
tend to get panosteotitis – growing pains.
They should not be jogged or run on a regular basis
until after they are a year old.
Rotties snore and drool. They
also over-eat and gobble their food, so feed them
in 2-3 smaller meals a day.
Hip and Elbow dysplasia and entropion
are the main genetic problems of Rottweilers. Other
problems include ectropian, PRA, cataracts, cancer,
some epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand’s
disease, OCD, and sub-aortic stenosis.
Breeding the Dog and any
Talk with several breeders to
find the right companion.
12 puppies are not uncommon
Life Span: 10-11
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British – British Rottweiler
Association – www.britishrottweiler.co.uk
US – American Rottweiler Club – www.amrottclub.org
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