Rottweilers are a large, working class dog that has its roots in early Germany. The breed was originally used for many domestic tasks and has an ancestry that dates back to the Roman Empire. Today Rottweilers are used for a variety of purposes that include search and rescue, military service, police service and guard duty.
The Rottweiler has a strong desire to work. Its herding instinct makes it a very aware and alert animal. It is a loyal, family dog that may be reserved with strangers. Like all dogs, Rottweilers must be properly trained and socialized for the desired result. Lazy, neglectful and irresponsible owners can turn a wonderful, loving pet into a stubborn animal without boundaries. The American Kennel Club has labeled the Rottweiler as an alert, confident dog that loves its family. Puppies have a relatively long attention span and are easy to train. However, training should last throughout the life of the breed.
The Rottweilers large size makes it a happy and playful companion with friends and family. Due to their size, Rottweilers may fall victim to overzealous trainers who believe aggressive dominance to be the appropriate training method to master the breed. The Rottweiler needs little more than firm, verbal commands in an effort to establish boundaries. Rottweilers can easily adapt to other pets within the home when introduced early. Even as adults, Rottweilers will accept the addition of other animals into the home with proper socialization.
The Rottweilers life expectancy is approximately 10 years with some individuals living longer. Males can weigh as much as 130 and females can weigh as little as 75 pounds. Its short, thick coat is relatively easy to manage. The Rottweilers standard color is black with tan markings. On rare occasions, individuals may dawn a reddish coat. It is defined by a well structure head and neck. The head is very broad and thick as is the neck. The muzzle is stocky and boasts a broad nose with wide nostrils. The Rottweilers body is well muscled and defined by a deep, broad chest. Its legs are sturdy. The dog generally trots when in motion. Some countries have outlawed tail docking. Therefore it is not unusual to see Rottweilers with complete tails. However, it is still permitted in the United States. When docked, the tail is usually cut at the second joint.
Rottweilers are relatively healthy, disease free dogs. Like many large dogs however, Rottweilers can be prone to hip dysplasia. Proper breeding can easily prevent this condition. Well established breeders will maintain appropriate paperwork regarding the animal’s health history. Some blood lines have been known to develop cancer. Rottweilers need exercise. Excessive food intake and limited exercise will quickly produce a dog that is overweight and susceptible to standard weight related health issue. Rottweilers should maintain a weight that is appropriate to height.
Individuals should thoroughly research prior to selecting their puppy. Rottweilers are very popular dogs. There are many “backyard” breeders who get into the business for the purpose of making quick money. A good Rottweiler puppy can cost as much as $1500. Potential dog owners must not sacrifice quality to save money. Rottweilers are a wonderful breed capable of providing years of love and companionship.