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Rottweiler

Natural guard dogs, need firm handling  (other names: Rottie, Rotty)

Rottweiler
origin:Germany
life expectancy:11-12 years
classification:Mastiff
height:56 to 69 cm
weight:38 to 59 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyfeeding: Demandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Rottweiler is an ancient breed of a medium large, robust and powerful dog, extremelly inteligent and possessing a strong guarding instinct. Its name derives from the place were this breed was developped: the small market town of Rottweil belonging to the German State of Baden-Württemberg.  The ancestors of the Rottweiler are not documented but experts strongly believe  that this breed is descended from Mastiff-type cattle dogs indigenous to ancient Rome. These dogs accompanied the Roman legions during their expeditions to conquer Europe to guard the cattle that would feed the soldiers during the campaigns. One of the routes travelled by the Roman legions was across the Alps terminating in what is now southern Germany (Wurttemberg). In the 19th Century the driving of cattle became illegal and, as consequence, farmers did not see any purpose in keeping the Rottweiler which led to the nearly extinction of the breed. Early in the 20th century there was a revival in interest for the Rottweiler due to the efforts of enthusiastic breeders from Stuttgart, who appreciated its enormous strength and intelligence. No