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About the Rottweiler

The Rottweiler dog breed is a hard working, go-anywhere do-anything breed. They’re not just strong, they’re also smart and alert to any threats. They’re aloof with strangers and don’t make friends indiscriminately.

These powerful dogs were originally intended to drive cattle to market and pull carts, but these days they are more often seen as family pets. They love the humans under their care and are incredibly devoted to their owners.

While they’re great as guard dogs, those who have earned their trust will find them as affectionate as lap dogs – the only problem being that they’ll try to act like one, despite being ten times as heavy.

Rottweiler Breed Characteristics

Rottweiler Breed Characteristics

56 to 69 cm at the shoulder

80 to 135 pounds

Life Expectancy
8 to 12 years

Coat Colours

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Rottweiler, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your Rottweiler may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Rottweiler Dog Breed History

The Roman legions used Mastiff-type dogs much like the Rottweiler. The soldiers needed the dogs to drive cattle on campaigns, and it is on the Romans’ conquest of what is now modern-day Germany that the ancestors of the Rottweiler found themselves in the town of Rottweil.

After the Romans departed, the dogs stayed behind, as they had bred with local breeds. These new dogs were smaller than the war dogs the Romans had brought, but equally good at protecting cattle and driving them to market. The Rottweiler dog became the main breeding stock for many other German breeds.

The industrial revolution saw a decline in the need for the Rottweiler as a droving dog, so they found a new occupation as police dogs. The breed’s intelligence and loyalty made it a great match for many demanding jobs, and it still continues to be a great all-around working dog today.

Caring For a Rottweiler

How to Choose a Responsible Rottweiler Dog Breeder

Responsible Rottweiler dog breeders should be able to give you the complete parentage history of any dog you are looking to buy. It’s always better to get your dog from ethical breeders so that you have peace of mind that your dog is tested for and cleared of any genetic issues.

When you are looking for a Rottweiler puppy to buy, try to visit the breeder and see the dogs in person before committing to the sale. Meeting the dam and stud is also a good idea so that you can gauge their temperament, which has a big influence on the personality of the puppies they produce.

Rottweiler FAQ

No. Rottweilers require a lot of companionship and attention, and need to live in the house with their family. When left alone they can develop behavioural issues.

No, well-bred and well-socialised Rottweilers are never aggressive without cause. They can develop aggressive behaviours due to a lack of training or socialisation, which is why they need an owner who can provide them with what they need to become well-behaved, gentle dogs.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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