Interesting Rottweiler Characteristics and Temperament

Let’s learn more about Rottweiler dog characteristics, information, description, temperament and facts with the pictures. The Rottweiler originates in the Roman Empire. The name derives from the small town of Rottweil, Germany. The Rottweiler is probably descended from the Italian Mastiff, which accompanied the herds that the Romans brought with them when they invaded Europe.

Rottweiler Body

Rottweiler Body

Rottweiler Dog Breed Information

The Rottweiler is also known as Rottie, Rott and Rottweil Metzgerhund – Butchers Dog. Some of the Rottweiler’s talents include: tracking, herding, watchdog, guarding, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, police work, carting, competitive obedience and Schutzhund.

Body
Males typically are 24 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 95 to 130 pounds. Females typically are 22 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 85 to 115 pounds.

Description
The Rottweiler has a muscular, massive, powerful body. The head is broad with a rounded forehead. The muzzle is well developed. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The wide nose is black. The lips are black and the inside of the mouth is dark. The medium-sized eyes are dark and almond shaped. Some Rottweilers have been known to have blue eyes or one blue and one brown eye. The ears are triangular and carried forward.

Coat
Rottweilers have a short double coat that’s straight and coarse. The outer coat is medium in length, shorter on the head, ears, and legs; the undercoat is found mainly on the neck and thighs. The amount of undercoat your Rottie has depends on the climate in which he lives.

The Rottweiler is always black with markings that are rust to mahogany in color. The markings appear over the eyes, on the cheeks, on each side of the muzzle, on the chest and legs, and beneath the tail.

Characteristics
The Rottweiler is brave, loyal, obedient, protective, watchful, and strong. It will risk life and limb to defend its family. Rottweilers are powerful and usually serious, requiring frequent attention. Rotties are often silent, observant, and serene, but females may bark more often than males.

Temperament
Confident, bold, alert and imposing, the Rottweiler is a popular choice for its ability to protect. As befitting its self-assured nature, this dog tends to be headstrong and stubborn and is often domineering. The Rottweiler can be reserved, often wary, toward strangers. The Rottweiler dogs also may be overly protective if they perceives that their family are being threatened, and may also attempt to “herd” children. This is a powerful breed that needs socialization, consistent training and daily exercise to be the best it can be , a loyal family member and guardian.

Training
The dominant nature of the Rottweiler makes it necessary that its trainer is calm, consistent, firm, and fair. Rottweilers are eager to learn, and obedience training is an absolute requirement. The Rottweiler is very intelligent and can excel at a variety of sports in addition to its capacity as a guard dog and watch dog.

Health
Rottweilers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Rotties will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dyplasia
  • Aortic Stenosis/Sub-aortic Stenosis (AS/SAS)
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (GDV), also called Bloat or Torsion
  • Panosteitis (Pano)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies

Rottweiler Dog Pictures
source: fanpop.com, bigdogbreeds101.com, spirit-animals.com, wikipedia.org, dogsocats.com

Care
The Rottweiler needs daily physical and mental activity, either in the form of long walks or jogs, or a vigorous game in a safe area, as well as obedience lessons. The Rottweiler dogs enjoys cold weather and may become overheated in hot weather. They need to spend significant time inside with their human family, however, so that proper bonding can occur. Coat care is minimal, consisting only of occasional brushing to remove dead hair.

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