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Rottweiler Information


Description of a Rottweiler

The Rottweiler with its black and tan markings and powerful body is often considered to be one of the most well known police and military dogs. The head is very broad and somewhat rounded in appearance with a thick, heavy muzzle and small forward folded ears. They eyes are somewhat small for the head and may appear to be slightly pronounced. The tail is usually docked very short unless docking is prohibited. The body coat is thick and short with black covering most of the body and dark tan coloring on the lower legs, chest, cheeks and muzzle. The inside of the Rottweiler's mouth is also a dark color. The body of the Rottweiler is nothing short of solid. They tend to have a slightly sloping stance with the powerful hindquarters slightly lower than the withers. The chest is deep and powerful looking and the legs are heavy and sturdy.

Temperament of Rottweilers 

As with most breeds there are variations in temperament, but Rottweilers that are well socialized, handled consistently and trained from an early age make loyal, loving and highly affectionate pets. They are great with children and animals with the proper training and socialization. They do require a firm trainer and positive rewards and attention for a job well done. They are loyal dogs and are very naturally protective of their property and people. They will bark as watchdogs but will also attack as guard dogs if the situation calls for aggression. They are very obedient and are often used as police dogs, military dogs and even as customs dogs.

In some areas the breed has been banned due to irresponsible owners not training and caring for the dog properly. Be sure to see the mother and father when choosing a puppy, and only buy from a reputable breeder to ensure a calm disposition and temperament.

 Grooming & Shedding of Rottweilers 

The short, dense coat requires twice a week grooming with a stiff bristle brush or pin brush. They do not need to be clipped or trimmed but they will need some additional brushing in the spring and fall when they tend to shed more. Overall Rottweilers are average shedders and are naturally clean dogs. They should only be bathed when necessary.

The History of Rottweilers 

The breed likely was bred by crossing Italian Mastiffs with black and tan mastiffs or hounds. The breed was used as a herding dog in the Middle Ages and then became more of a protector or guard and watchdog. The name Rottweiler comes from the German town Rottweil, where the breed was centered. Almost extinct by the 1800's, breeder in Germany worked to save the breed by using it as a military dog and police dog. It is now one of the most popular of the large breeds.

Health Issues affecting Rottweilers 

  • Major Concerns: hip and elbow dysplasia, SAS (heart), osteosarcoma, gastric torsion
  • Minor Concerns: OCD (growth), entropion, ectropion, von Willebrand's Disease, panosteitis
  • Occasionally seen: epilepsy, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy
  • Suggested tests: eye, blood, elbow, hip, heart


Characteristics of the Rottweiler 


Males24-27 inches (61-69 cm)

Females 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)


Males 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg)

Females 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)


10-12 years







Young Children

Yes – with training and socialization

Need exercise space

Yes – large yard

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