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Size: Large

Weight: 90 - 130 lbs.

Height: 22" - 27"

Life Span: 9 - 11 years

Health Problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia; parvovirus; deafness; neurological disorders; kidney failure; bloat. Not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. Be sure to obtain your Doberman from a reputable breeder.

Origin: Germany

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Guardian

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

Rottweilers need considerable exercise and are best raised in the suburbs or country where they are able to run.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Rottweilers are known to be highly protective dogs. While the breed is loyal, confident and generally calm, your Rottweiler will need daily exercise, strict obedience training and early socialization. This breed tends to be domineering and some cannot be trusted around small dogs or cats. A Rottweiler may respond in an overly-protective way if it feels its family is being threatened. Avoid playing aggressive games with Rottweilers. These dogs enjoy being mentally challenged and are somewhat dependent on their owners for happiness.

Compatibility with Kids

If raised with children, well-bred Rottweilers get along fine with them. They must be taught, however, what is acceptable behavior with children.


The Rottweiler is an ancient breed that has roots in the Roman empire. The breed was used as herding dogs for the cattle that accompanied the Roman army during its travels. At one point in time, the breed was nearly extinct. However, the breed was standardized in the early 1900s and now is the second most popular dog breed.

Pet Facts

The Rottweiler is an all-black dog with defined tan markings (cheeks, chest, legs, eyebrows, muzzle), an oversized head, and warm brown eyes. Many owners dock the tail at the first joint in order to prevent breakage and infection. However, due to the belief that this a cruel process, the practice of docking tails is losing popularity.

Dog Food for Your Rottweiler

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support 6 lb. Front Counter

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

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