Rottweiler Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- Rottweilers are large, compact and powerful breeds of dog that have a coarse top coat and waterproof undercoat. The Rottweiler has an outer coat that is short, straight, dense and of medium length. The coat should always be coarse to the touch. Where as the undercoat should be present around the neck and thighs, their coat should never be wavy or curly. The Rottweiler has one of the most noticeable coats with the distinct black and bright rust coloring along their legs, underbelly and muzzle.Although they have double coats, the under coat is very fine and not visible through the outer one which is coarse and of medium length. They are one of the strongest and most powerful dogs in the world for their size. Built for trotting, Rotties are well-balanced and move with a purpose giving an impression of harmony and positivity.
- Other Names:Rottie
- Country Of Origin:Germany
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Working
- Black with tan or mahogany markings, there are clear guidelines as to where these should be.
- Despite their use as guard dogs and bad press, well trained Rottweilers can be friendly, courageous, calm and fearless with natural guarding instincts. They are also intelligent, quick to learn and can be very good with children. Badly trained Rottweilers have earnt the breed a less that desirable reputation of aggressive and dangerous behaviour but, in most cases, this does not reflect the Rottweiler's true temperament at all. Some can be very affectionate and somewhat of a clown, while others can be bullies. It is critical that this breed is socialized at an early age. The Rottweiler can do well around other dogs, however can be somewhat combative and can show aggression if not socialized properly as this is a very protective breed of both their family and their territory.
- Movement should be unrestricted showing strength and endurance.
- Care and training:
- The Rottweiler has a short and glossy coat that is relatively easy to groom. An average shedding breed, brushing with a firm bristle brush regularly should remove any excess hair or dead hairs. Bathing too often will remove the natural oils from the coat and/or skin. Dry shampooing is used by many Rottweiler owners as well as breeders so they are not to remove the essential oils in this breeds coat.The shine comes from correct feeding!
Rottweilers are very eager to earn and will excel if given the opportunity. Obedience training is a must as this breed can become destructive without enough stimulation. A firm and dominant hand must be used when training this powerful breed. The Rottweiler is extremely intelligent and does well in many different sports and trials, but can also be stubborn. The breed is extremely sensitive to your voice so use this to your advantage when it comes to praising the dog. Attack training is highly discouraged in case it overstimulates their already protective natures and they become uncontrollable.
- Overall Exercise:
- 2 hours per day.
Rotties need exercise and plenty of it! Failure to do this can cause all sorts of behavioural problems. They love to run through woods and in the open countryside with no desire to wander far from their owners. They adore swimming and will quite happily run alongside a bicycle.
- Feeding Requirements:
- When they are puppies, it is important to follow the breeder's recommended diet sheet. As adults, they should be fed twice a day because of their tendency to bloat, a dietary condition which can be serious.
- Personal Protection:High
- Suitability As Guard Dog:High
- Level of Aggression:High
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Medium
- Suitability for Children:Medium
- Often Docked?Yes
- Average Litter Size:4-10
- Life Expectancy (yrs):8-9
- Health issues:
- Elbow and hip dysplasia, eye problems kidney problems, and neurological disorders
- Known in Europe as the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, they were named after the town of Rottweil. The Rottweiler is thought to have come from two different origins: either it descended from the Tibetan Mastiffs that were brought by the Romans from their quests, or it is believed to be a descendent of the early German Shepherd Dog. They were originally bred to control livestock. In the early European days of this dog, he was used to pull the meat carts, as well as to guard and protect valuables and cattle. When the cattle were eaten, the Rotties were left on their own. Later, owners began to use this breed to guard their money. Butchers pulling cattle and wares to the market had a dangerous trip, with people lying in wait to jump out and steal their money. Therefore, owners would tie their money belts around the necks of their Rottweilers, thus greatly protecting their possessions. When roads and other inventions began to permeate the towns, dogs of their size were no longer needed, and began to be more burden than bounty. Smaller dogs were much preferred then, as they wouldn't take up as much resources. The breed almost disappeared around 1900, but soon after fanciers set out to revive the breed, like so many others on the verge of extinction.