Information about Rottweiler
The Rottweiler is one of the more recognizable breeds with his large head, solidly muscled body, and distinctively handsome black-and-tan markings. He is intelligent, strong, and loyal. His fans seem to fall into two camps.Those who consider their dogs to be large but gentle love bugs.And those who wish their dogs to be anything but. A word to the wise: Don’t underestimate this dog’s power and protectiveness.
The Rottweiler is a big dog and can weigh up to a hefty 135 pounds, most of it muscle. Bred for generations to use his protective instincts and independent judgment when his family or territory is threatened. This is one tough customer. It’s no surprise that these dogs are used in police work. They’re often the target of laws aimed at controlling or banning dangerous dogs. And some insurance companies won’t sell homeowners’ policies to anyone who owns a Rottweiler.
History of Rottweiler
Rottweilers descend from the Molossus, a mastiff-type dog. Their ancestors marched to Germany with the Romans, driving the cattle that sustained them as they conquered the known world. As the army traveled, the big dogs mated with dogs that were native to the areas they passed through and laid the foundation for new breeds. One of the areas through which they passed was southern Germany. The Romans set up colonies to take advantage of climate and soil, which were suitable for agriculture.
The dogs also pulled carts, delivering meat and milk to customers. With the advent of motorized vehicles, the need for the Rottweiler decreased and the breed nearly disappeared. Fortunately, German dog lovers saved it, and people in other countries began to appreciate the breed for his work ethic and protective nature.
Today, the Rottweiler ranks 11th among the breeds registered by the American Kennel Club. That’s down quite a bit from the 1990s, when he was ranked No. 2 for two years in a row, but that’s just fine with Rottweiler people. They are satisfied to keep the breed as their own special secret.
Characteristics of Rottweiler
Rottweilers almost became extinct near the late 1800s when smaller dogs assumed many of their functions and were easier to maintain.
Male: 85-135 lbs.
Female: 80-100 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 26 in.
Female: 24 in.
Floppy ears (naturally)
Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Bred to work
Longevity Range: 8-11 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: ModerateTendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Cattle drover, guardian, draft
Colors: Black with tan markings
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
AKC Classification: Working
UKC Classification: Guardian Dog
The first impression of a rottweiler is of solid strength, and that is quite accurate.
Interesting Facts about Rottweiler
- The Rottie is not innately a guard dog. He is a thinking dog whose first reaction is to step and back and look at a situation before taking action.
- Rottweilers are prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia and eye issues.
- Rottweilers are surprisingly sensitive and may experience separation anxiety.
- Since this breed was no longer needed for farmers, they began to be used in police work, for which they were well suited.
- This breed was also used to protect the money the cattlemen received for their livestock by putting it in a purse and tying it around the dog’s neck.