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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. Nowadays Rotties are mainly used in tracking, carting, guarding, watchdogging, police work and competitive obedience.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Rottweiler is an average-sized, robust, massive, powerful and agile dog, extremelly intelligent and with a great capacity to learn and take orders.The body is solidly built, muscular and athletic, denoting strength, agility and endurance. The chest is broad and deep, reaching the elbows, and the ribs are oval and well sprung which gives the breed enormous lung capacity. The topline is straight, the back remaining horizontal to the ground while the dog is moving or standing. The loin is deep, short and well muscled.The broad head has a typically massive skull but without excessive jowls. The forehead may wrinkle when the animal is alert. The muzzle is well-developed and the black nose is broad rather than round with relatively large nostrils. The medium-sized, almond shaped eyes are dark and have a warm expression of calm, fearless intelligence and alertness. The wide-set ears, of medium size, are pendant,  triangular in shape and carried forward with the inner edge lying tightly against the head.The tail is customarily docked short, close to body. The coat is double and of medium length. The top coat is hard, thick and flat and the undercoat is waterproof. Rottweilers are black with tan markings on the eyebrows, cheeks, muzzle, paws and legs. The markings on the chest should form two distinct upside-down triangles.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Rottweiler is calm, trainable, confident and courageous dog.  Rotties have a reliable temperament and are very devoted to their families, displaying  a self-assured aloofness. They are very protective and will defend their households fiercely. Despite their easy going temperament, they are natural guard dogs and can be strong willed at times, needing firm, careful training from an early age to prevent them from becoming overly aggressive. They can be aggressive with other dogs and should be kept on leashes in public places. When properly socialized from puppywood, the Rotties will accept other household pets and will be great children´s playmates. Generally they are very friendly with familly relatives and friends but will not  allow strangers to come close. Because of their size and strength, early socialization is very important so that they become more tolerant of strangers and other animals. The Rottweilers are extremely adaptable and with proper handling, they make  fantastic all-purpose dogs  and loving and rewarding companions.
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Health [ edit ]

This breed is prone to entropion, hip dysplasia and tends to snore and overeat.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

Some Famous Rottweilers are: Muzzle/Scout and Gerta from Road Rovers, "Missy" of Joss Stone ,  "Snot" from the National Lampoon´s Christmas Vacation movie and "Max" from the Punisher comic book.
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18.08
elf1985 said:
i have a rottie and there the best dog ever good with my kids love her to bits
08.10
Rosie said:
I Love the Rottweiler I have one, Yogie his picture is up top. If any one is going to consider a Rotti make sure you do your reserch because this breed is not for everyone.