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Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Size:

Males 24-27” at the shoulders, and approximately 120 pounds in weight. Females 22-25” at the shoulders, and approximately 90 pounds in weight.

Color:

Black & Tan. There are "Red" Rottweilers but this is a genetic defect and should not be bred.

Energy Level:

Indoors, “couch potatoes”. Outdoors, activity level is moderate. They require sufficient amounts of exercise to maintain adequate mental and physical condition. These are working dogs and need to work even if it's only a walk.

Life expectancy:

On average, 8 to 10 years. Cancer of all types is what usually takes the life of the dogs.

Children:

In general, Rottweilers are wonderful family dogs. They enjoy the activity of the children and will protect their homes and people. Very young children can be injured just due to the size and weight of the Rottweiler. I do not recommend adopting to a family with young children.

Other animals:

Rottweilers get along well with other animals. Pet squirrels and ferrets are not recommended though!

Abilities:

Rottweilers are a working breed and love to work with their owners on any task. Rottweilers can, and do excel at just about anything their owners are willing to do with them as long as the activity and the training are fun and non-punitive (Rottweilers respond best to “positive/motivational” training methods). Such activities include Obedience, Agility, Herding, Lure Coursing, Tracking, Carting, and Therapy work.

Shedding/Grooming:

Although the Rottweiler has a short coat, they have a thick undercoat that requires simple brushing to keep the fur balls from taking over your house. Brushing their teeth, clean their ears, and trimming their nails are also necessary tasks.

Health:

Though not rampant in the breed, health concerns can include: Bloat/Torsion, Cancer, Cardiomyopathy, Cataracts, Ear infections, Elbow & Hip Dysplasia, and Hyper/Hypo Thyroidism.

Best with:

Experienced Rottweiler owners are best for this breed. Experience with working dogs will help with understanding the need for exercise and having a 'job'.

Not for:

First time dog owners, homes with no fence or fencing shorter than 6 feet. Homes where the dog will be left alone all day/night, or apartment dwellers who cannot commit to exercising the dog on a daily basis. Owners who desire to, or must keep the dog outside (Rottweilers are INDOOR dogs). “Heavy handed” or overly coddling/protective owners who will not/cannot properly train and socialize the dog. Families with overly zealous youngsters, or who raise/farm small animals (such as bunnies, chinchillas, ferrets, ducks and/or chickens) and allow these animals (and the dog) free run of the property. They should not be taken to dog parks as they tend to want to herd the other dogs which can lead to disagreements.

Pros:

Strong, loyal, affectionate, clever, and wickedly humorous dogs who are not merely “pets” but rather “members of the family”.

Cons:

Training is a must with this breed. They are cute puppies but soon grow to be large and difficult to handle without training. Some people are afraid of Rottweilers.

General info:

The Rottweiler is a very old breed that is thought to have originated with the Romans and were used to herd their cattle and protect the homes.

Further Information:

The AKC Rottweiler Information Page
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