The Rottweiler is considered one of the oldest herding breeds. This Rottweilers lineage dates back to the Roman Empire. Most historians believe this breed descended from drover dogs used by the Romans to herd livestock. Over centuries the Rottweiler has been used as ambulance, messanger, guard & Police dogs. The Rottweiler breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1931 and grouped as Working.
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Weight: 90 - 130 lbs
- Height: 22 - 27 inches
- Color: Rottweilers are black with tan/rust or mahogany markings. The tan/rust or mahogany markings appear on the top of the neck, chest, fronts of the legs, inside the legs and eyebrows.
The Rottweiler is calm, devoted, obedient, compassionate and eager to work. They are a gentle, good natured breed that makes them great family pets. Rottweilers are highly intelligent and are loyal. Their large, strong bodies and alertness make them excellent guard and protection dogs.
The average life expectancy is between 8 – 12 years. Rottweilers are a relatively healthy breed. With its large size the Rottweiler is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. Other health concerns in this breed are:
• Heart Failure
• Skin Disease
The Rottweiler’s coat consists of an outer coat and an undercoat. The outer coat is of medium length, coarse, dense and flat. The undercoat should be present on the neck and thighs. The undercoat must not show through the outer coat.
Their coats tend to be low maintenance, although they experience heavy shedding usually twice a year. Daily brushing can help prevent having large amounts of hair being shed in your home, especially during seasonal changes.