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Rottweiler

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Rottweiler Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 22" - 27"
  • Weight
  • 85-140 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Alternate Names

None known.

Origin

The Rottweiler originated in Rottweil, Germany

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1800's as we know it today however its ancestors date back over 2,000 years ago.

History

The rottweiler was developed as an all purpose working dog in the town of Rottweil. It is a descendant of Roman cattle dogs, but has been used as a military and police dog, cattle drover, search and rescue dog, guard and companion.

Description

The rottweiler is a large, powerful, muscular, and deep chested dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a broad head; short, broad muzzle; and short drop ears. The dark eyes are almond shaped and the nose is black. The tail is docked short and the short, smooth black coat has rust or mahogany markings.

Temperament

This is a calm, courageous, hard working dog that is affectionate with family but wary with strangers.

Uses

It has been used as a herd dog and in police work, but above ass as a watchdog and body guard. It is also esteemed as a companion dog and is particularly affectionate with children.

Health Concerns

Hip and elbow dysplasia, kidney problems, neurological disorder.

Additional Information

This breed does best with a dog-experienced owner in a rural or suburban home.

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Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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