Dog Profiles - Description of Rottweiler


Description: The Rottweiler is a medium-large, robust, powerful dog. His build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. 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. He is an effective guard dog, but needs firm handling and proper training. A Rottweiler will defend his family and property to the end, but he does have a tendency to become loyal to one person. An inexperienced owner should not consider this breed.

Height: 23-27 inches

Weight: 90-110 lbs.

Colors: Black with clearly defined tan or deep brown markings.

Coat: Medium length, coarse and lying flat with undercoat on neck and thighs.

Temperament: Protective, determined. Good with children, but does better with school aged children. Needs early exposure with other pets. May show some aggression towards other dogs. Very good watchdog. Strangers are not welcome. Very good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming consists of brushing with a firm bristle brush or massaging his coat with a damp towel. Bathe only when necessary. He needs plenty of vigorous exercise.

Training: Training should be kind, patient and consistent as a Rottweiler is dominant in nature. Females tend to be more gentle than males and require less forcefulness in training. Learning Rate: Low, Obedience: Low, Problem Solving: Low.

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High.

Living Environment: 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.

Health Issues: Elbow and hip dysplasia, eye problems.

Life Span: 8-9 Years

Litter Size: 4-10

Country of Origin: Germany

History: Known in Europe as the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, he was named after the town of Rottweil. Believed to have come from the Mastiff or the German Shepherd Dog. he was originally bred to control livestock. During the First World War the Rottweiler proved himself to be an intelligent police and guard dog.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB), UKC