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Breeds 101

Rottweiler

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Powerful in body and jaws, the Rottweiler can offer formidable protection.

The Rottweiler probably originated from Roman dogs who drove and guarded the cattle that accompanied Roman soldiers on marches. Some of the dogs settled in Germany, where the herding and guarding instincts were further developed. The Rottweiler was in Rottweil, southern Germany, in the 1800s, a distinct and guard dog.
Dog breeders reestablished the breed after a brush with extinction; in the 1990s the Rottweiler was the second-most-popular breed in the U.S.

Today, this is impressively handsome dog, popular throughout the world, as both family dog and a guard dog. Easy to obedience train, it can show its temper; breeders, notably in Scandinavia, have reduce this trait, but sill concern that the powerful, highly territorial dogs are not always placed in suitable homes.

Size:
Large; females 22 to 25 inches, 80 to 100 pounds; males 24 to 27 inches, 95 to 135 pounds.

Color: Black, with rust to mahogany markings.

Temperament:
Alert, confident, and imposing. Self-assured, aloof, and protective of home and family; not likely to form immediate friendships.

Medium energy level.

Strong, confident owner with a fenced yard; someone able to administer fair and consistent discipline are best owners for Rottweiler.

Needs:
Daily exercise, obedience training, and socialization. Happiest as protector, herder, service dog, obedience competitor, therapy dog.

Life expectancy: 8 to 10 years.