Dog Breed: Rottweiler


Rottweiler – Breed Information

Breed Information:The Rottweiler has a large, athletic, muscular body which is topped by a broad head. Rottweilers have a black nose and very dark eyes. The legs are heavy and straight, and not too close together. Although the tail is docked in the USA, if showing internationally, kennel club regulations must be checked prior to docking. This breed has a short, hard dark coat with brown points ranging from orangey rust to deep mahogany.

  • Size: Dogs Height: 24-27 inches/Weight: 95-120 pounds Bitches Height: 22-25/Weight: 85-110 pounds
  • Breed Specific Health Issues: Rottweilers are notorious for having bad hips because of Hip Dysplasia, and also for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) problems. The ACL is the ligament in the back knee which often gets torn with this breed.
  • Life Expectancy:The average lifespan for the Rottweiler is 10-12 years. 
  • Grooming Requirements:The smooth coat of the Rottweiler is easy to groom, needing only the occasional going over with a stiff brush and a bath when necessary.

Rottweiler – Breed Behavior


The Rottweiler has a reputation for being a vicious, aggressive dog and this simply is not true. As long as the dog is socialized well from an early age, it will get along with both dogs and people other than its family. This breed is intelligent, calm, and will defend their family very well if the situation arises. There seem to be two attitudes with Rottweilers – they are either big goofballs, liking nothing more than to play all day and lay across your feet to take a nap, or they are more serious, preferring to guard their family and property closely.

Activity Level:

Just looking at the Rottweilers muscular body should tell you just how much exercise they need a lot! It seems as though the Rottweiler can not get enough exercise, or do enough work. Rottweilers are very happy working in competitive obedience trials, and make wonderful police dogs.

Rottweilers are quite inactive indoors, preferring to sleep on or very near their family so could live in an apartment as long as they were given enough exercise outdoors.

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