At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 90 - 130 lbs.

Height: 22" - 27"

Life Span: 9 - 11 years


Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Working

Origin: Germany

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip or elbow dysplasia; parvovirus; deafness; neurological disorders; kidney failure; bloat. Not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.

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

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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