Description: Who does not know the rottweiler dogs, the black, compact dogs, so powerful and athletic that you wouldn't dare approach them ? The breed seems to originate in the German town of Rottweil, in Wurtenberg, as a herd dog. Its previous history is not known for sure, some say that it descended from the Italian Mastiff, others from the greater Swiss mountain dogs.
Nearly extinct in the XIXth century, the breed made an extraordinary recovery in the early XXth century. They were very en vogue some 20 years ago, when their qualities made them to be considered better police dogs than the german shepherds, as they are more equilibrated.
The First World War proved all their qualities, this is why nowadays they are used for tracking, carting, as watchdogs, police dogs, and in obedience competitions.
Height: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm) Bitches 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Weight: Dogs 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg) Bitches 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)
Temperament: Even if massive and well-built, the rottweiler dogs have a loyal, kind nature. They were considered better than the german shepherds as police dogs, because of their calm nature and positivity. The rottweilers are surely intelligent, but can have a tendency to dominate and to be overprotective.
Even if they seem serious some times, the rotties love the fun, and in numerous situations they are the clown of the family. Good with children, they should be anyway supervised when around small children, because of their power.
Well-socialised, the rottweilers make very good family dogs.
Health: One of the most frequent problems of the rottweiler dogs are the dietary ones. That's why you should not overfeed them. Feed them twice a day because they tend to bloat and to develop pancreatic diseases.
Other frequent ailments are hip dysplasia, heart problems and tumors.
If the dog you own is not from an official breeder, it can have temperament problems.
Maintenance/Grooming: The smooth, glossy coat, with short and thick hair, is easy to be groomed. It is enough to be brushed with a firm bristle and bathed only when necessary. The rottweiller is an average shedder. The whiskers might be cut with a scissors. The tail is generally docked.
Training: The rottie is calm, steady, trainable, courageous, and loyal to its family.
They are eager lerners and you should use this quality of theirs for obedience training. If they are not properly stimulated, they can become distructive. Indoors, the rottweiler dogs are not very active, this is why they need long walks or two hours of exercise daily.
Attack training is not recommended, because of the already protective nature of the dog.
Breeding, puppies: 6-12 pups, with an average of 8.
Varieties: The rottweiler dogs are generally black, with brown markings on the cheeks and muzzle, paws and legs. But sometimes, due to a gene deficiency, the hair can be red instead of black.
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