Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is arguably one of the strongest dogs of its size. Ranging in medium to large, the Rottie is compact with a powerful body. Known for their guard dog capability, they can be big softies when it comes to their family. Despite their frame, Rottweilers can run and jump with agility and ease.

 

 

Other Names
Rottie
Country of Origin
Germany
Colour
Black with tan markings
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Dogs typically measure between 58–69 cms and weigh approximately 40–60 kgs, depending on the gender
Health
It is recommended that prospective parents speak to breeders about the temperament and risk of hip diseases before purchasing a puppy. Rottweilers are prone to parvovirus, heart disease, Hip Dysplasia, various cancers, eye disorders and bloat.
Life Span
10-12 years
Intelligence
As these dogs are quite dominant in nature, they must be trained and socialised from an early age. Firm and consistent training methods are recommended. Rottweilers have very sensitive hearing so this can be used to your advantage when it comes to praise and reprimanding. Attack training is firmly discouraged as they may become uncontrollably aggressive.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

Breeders will often provide diet sheets for new owners to follow. To prevent bloat, Rotties should be fed two smaller meals per day rather than one big meal.

 

Feeding Cost
$20+ p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Rotties need to run! They love wide open spaces and swimming. Owners should be wary of letting their Rottweiler off a leash if it has not been properly socialised or trained.
Ailments
It is recommended that prospective parents speak to breeders about the temperament and risk of hip diseases before purchasing a puppy. Rottweilers are prone to parvovirus, heart disease, Hip Dysplasia, various cancers, eye disorders and bloat.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

A good brush down with a good quality brush a few times a week will remove any dead hairs from the coat.

Grooming Frequency
A few times a week
Trimming
None
Much of the Rottweiler's origin is not clear before the Middle Ages. In Rottweil, Germany a breed was created by crossing local sheepdogs. Butchers used this breed to herd and protect their livestock until the nineteenth century when cattle driving was made illegal in Germany. Around 1914 they were used as military dogs, later entering the United States in the 1930s. The American Kennel Club recognised Rottweilers in 1935.


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