Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Dog Facts

Type:
Working
Energy:
Medium
Exercise Requirement:
Medium
Affection Level:
Somewhat affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Large
Grooming Maintenance:
Low maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Cool - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
8-11 years

About the Rottweiler Breed

The Rottweiler is a big, strong dog. It is longer than it is tall, and has a powerfully driven gait, developed over a long history of being bred to be able to pull carts and farm equipment. It has a substantial build, wide head and large jaw, and is often seen with a docked tail, although as with a lot of docking, the practice is dying out, especially in the UK where docking is now much more restricted legally.

The breed has only one colouring pattern, a combination of black and tan with black across the back and head, and tan highlights on the chest, underbelly, chin/face and feet. The coat is quite short, but will need brushing every week or so to remove dead hair.

The Rottweiler has a noble and alert expression, which reflects its nature. It is not only a formidable worker, but also a fantastic guard dog. Unfortunately, this means that it needs socialising well and excessively when young, and constant training from as soon as it is old enough, otherwise it will begin to 'guard' against almost anything... or anyone.

However, raised correctly, the Rottweiler becomes a loving, loyal, and wonderful family member. It may attempt to "herd" children, but will always have its family's best interests at heart.

This dog needs a lot of exercise to keep it mentally and physically fit and stop it getting into mischief. However, assuming it gets enough exercise, it can usually live in any type of home, be it a house or a flat.

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