|Height:||Male: 24-27 inches, Female: 22-25 inches|
|Weight:||Male: 95-130 pounds, Female: 85-115 pounds|
|Colors:||Black with defined markings which may vary from rust to mahogany|
|AKC recognized in:||1931|
The Rottweiler is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world today. It is known for its robust and very strong figure as well as characteristics which makes it quite unique and distinct from all other dog breeds.
The ancestry of the Rottweiler breed actually stems from a long line of history. It has been utilized for many purposes. However, studies show that it was originally designed as a herd dog. In fact, this breed is considered to be one of the oldest herding breeds in the world today.
This breed got its name from the Rottweil, which is a German town where it was originally bred. Aside from being a herding dog, it was also considered to be one of the best guard dogs as well. They almost went instinct during the 1800's - but due to the efforts of the lovers of this breed they were able to save them from demise.
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The Rottweiler is actually a very calm and even tempered dog. However, they have also been known to be very fierce fighters, especially if they feel that they or any part of their family is at risk.
Due to its innate strong and aggressive personality, it is quite important that your Rottweiler be enrolled in an excellent dog obedience school. This is in order for you to get the loyal and loving dog that you have been aspiring for. Otherwise, your dog might overpower you and take over your status as the alpha dog of your pack - and you do not want that. In other words, this breed needs an owner which can dominate it by the proper training methods which are consistently utilized on him.
This breed is also quite territorial. Hence, you must be wary if you have some visitors in your home. They are also quite aggressive when there are other dogs within his vicinity.
The Rottweiler also craves the companionship and interaction with his owners. The lack of socialization will cause your dog to be aggressive and might even pose a threat to the safety of the people around him. However, as a whole, they are very good pets.
Health and Exercise
The Rottweiler has a life expectency of between 10 and 12 years.
Rottweilers are generally healthy, but are subject to certain conditions, including:
- Hypothyroidism - an underactive thyroid gland, which can result in obesity, epilepsy, lethargy, and skin conditions.
- Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
- Gastric dilation-volvulus, or bloat - this is a life-threatening condition where the stomach becomes distended with gas or air, and then twists. This can happen with all deep chested dogs, especially if they eat their meal rapidly or drink large volumns of water. If this happens, it is extremely important that you get your Rottweiler to a vet immediately.
These dogs, being very robust, strong and active - need physical exercise regularly. Therefore, its owner must make sure that he is able to allocate sufficient time and attention for his dog. Otherwise, it will cause your dog to get bored, which can also lead to destructive behavior on the part of your dog.
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