Origin: Rottweil Germany
Colors: Black with clearly defined tan or mahogany markings
Bred for: Watchdog and Cattle Shepherd
Coat: Thick and short coat
Head and skull: the head is of medium length, the skull is wide between the ears.
Temperament: Good-natured, not aggressive, nervous or vicious. Brave, obedient, with natural protective instincts The Rottweiler with strangers is generally aloof and most of the time will not approach a stranger by wagging its tail.
Size: dogs 25 to 27 inches, 23 to 25 inches for females.
Weight: Dogs 85-115 pounds Females 80-100 pounds
Health problems: hip and elbow dysplasia, aortic stenosis, cataracts, diabetes mellitus, and certain types of cancer.
If you are going to have a Rottweiler, it is important that you are prepared for obedience training with your dog. Rottweilers are powerful and highly intelligent dogs. They are known to be aggressive towards their masters if they believe they have climbed a step on the “pack” ladder. It is very important that your Rottweiler knows his place in the “pack”. This comes with the proper training and the time and patience to work with your dog.
Rottweilers make a great family dog. A person who wants to own a Rottweiler should make sure they have time to spend with the dog, as a Rottweiler has been known to “stick like glue” to his family. They have a big heart and are very loving and caring. They cannot bear to be away from “their people” for long. If you are going to be away for a long period of time during the day or night, I suggest that you at least have someone come and leave your dog outside to relieve himself and have human contact. In that sense, Rottweilers should not be left alone all the time with their own devices, this is when things can get very dangerous, remember this is a powerful dog that things can be destroyed, including the relationship between you and your dog. If you are looking for a dog that sits outside and looks after your home, please don’t buy a Rottweiler. Although he is a very imposing dog, and most will protect him if necessary, it is not fair to have a dog if the only reason to want one is to protect yourself.
Rottweilers have a very strong gait when running, there should be no obstacle in their walking or running. When running, a Rottweiler should have a smooth front reach and its hind legs should move toward the front of its body. They should not stretch their legs in or out. A Rottweiler will need an area where they can run and play, they love to be clowns and show off to anyone who sees them.
Owning a Rottweiler is a big step, from constant socialization to obedience training it can be exhausting for someone. Getting your Rottweiler from a disreputable breeder can lead to problems with your Rottweiler (i.e. health problems). Although nothing is insured when you buy a dog, it is better to have a little understanding about genetic problems. Personally, I would suggest to anyone who has a Rottweiler or is thinking of getting one that is OFA certified on the hips, elbows, eyes, and heart of their dogs once they have reached 18 months of age. Again, this is not a sure thing, but you can rest a little easier knowing if they have found any signs of possible future problems. Be thorough, your dog deserves it!
So if you are thinking of buying a Rottweiler, these tips are just a few of the things to think about. If you have studied the breed (which I highly recommend) and you still want a Rottweiler, remember. They are large, loving dogs that need as much attention and affection as we do … and they will love you even more for it!