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The Rottweiler descends from a line of powerful
dogs that drove and guarded the cattle of
the Roman Army as it traversed Europe. In
Rottweil, Germany, this mastiff-type dog
was crossed with local herding dogs and
was bred specifically as the "butcher's
dog of Rottweil." The dog would accompany
and guard the butcher on the way to cattle
sales, carrying his money en route; he would
then drive the purchased beef-on-the-hoof
home. An effort was made to conserve the
breed when mechanized transport replaced
the job of the courageous Rottweiler. This
breed requires plenty of room and exercise.
He is often nicknamed the "Rottie".
height of a Rottweiler is 22 - 27"
(55.9 - 68.6cm).
Rottweilers weigh 90 - 110 lbs (40.2 - 49.1
Coat Type: The
Rottweiler's coat is medium length, dense
Rottweiler's body color is always black
with deep tan or mahogany markings which
accent the eyes, cheeks, muzzle, bottom
of legs, and each side of the breastbone.
The Rottweiler requires regular brushing.
The Rottweiler is devoted to his family
and is often used as a protection dog. He
is not used to excessive handling by strangers,
and play with small children should be supervised.
Some health issues the Rottweiler
is prone to include hip dysplasia, heart
and gastrointestinal problems, ligament
damage and bloat. The life expectancy of
a Rottweiler is 10 - 12 years and the leading
cause of death is cancer.
Rottweilers have proven themselves
able police dogs and they take well to obedience
training from a young age.
AKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
ANKC: Group 6 - Utility
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
FCI: Group 2 Section 2 Molossoid breeds
KC: Non-Sporting - Working Group
UKC: Guardian Dog