Rottweiler originates in the Roman Empire, they were used for herding and guarding cattle, and later for pulling carts and wagons. These dogs proved their worth by driving the cattle to market and protecting the cattle from robbers and wild animals, in various climatic conditions. The name derives from the small town of Rottweil, Germany.
The Rottweiler is good natured, a calm, very devoted, obedient, steady and fearless and wait-and-see attitude. They react to their surroundings with great alertness and at the same time well-tempered. They need socialization, exercise and stimulating mental challenges.
This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family. They need socialization, exercise and stimulating mental challenges. With these things, you will have a wonderful companion, but it is not a dog for everyone.
However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. Proper socialization makes Rottweilers good playmates for children and even cats and other household pets. However, negative experiences at an early age may make them aggressive. Since they are naturally domineering, they need consistent training with calm and fair handling.
Dog Breed Group – Working Group
Height – 24-27 inches (male), 22-25 inches (female)
43-59 kg (male), 38-52 kg (female)
Colors – Black & Mahogany / Black & Rust / Black & Tan
Life Expectancy – 9-10 years
Litter – 8-12 puppies in a liter.
Other names – Rott, Rottie
Coat Length – Inbetween Medium – Long (water repellent with a thick undercoat) / Coat Density – Dence / Coat Texture – Straight
Tail – Historically the tail was traditionally docked at the first or second joint. However, docking is now banned in most countries.
Exercise – They need to be taken on a daily walk or jog. Running in the woods and in open country makes them very happy and they have no desire to wander from you. Swimming or running beside a bicycle are perfect activities for this dog and it also loves retrieving a ball.
Training – The dominant nature of the Rottweiler makes it necessary that its trainer is calm, consistent, firm, and fair. Rottweilers are eager to learn, and obedience training is an absolute requirement.
Maintenance – Ear – Regular ear check, as dirt and bacteria can build up inside, causing inflammation and a bad smell. Never insert anything deep into the ear canal, just clean the outer ear.
Teeth – Brushing to keep teeth and gums healthy should also be done daily or at least weekly.
Grooming – The Rottweiler’s coat sheds moderately, but requires little grooming. Brush him weekly with a rubber hound mitt or soft bristle brush to keep the hair and skin healthy. In spring and fall, he will have a heavy shed, known as “blowing out” the coat and will need to be brushed more frequently to get rid of all the loose hair.
Nutrition –Feeding your dog with the right foods and amounts are very important. Balance diet can be obtained at home with natural home made food apart from commercial dry food.
Vegetables –Vegetables are source of many important elements like vitamins, minerals and fibers which are very important for your dog’s health. Vegetables like pumpkin, zucchini, peas, carrots, beets, yams, broccoli, green beans, sweet potato and cauliflower should make up to a quarter of the total food given to dogs.
Meat –Dogs are carnivores by nature and prefer mostly meat based diets. Cooked meat is the most preferable dog food and should be part of any balanced diet. There are several meat options available for dogs: beef, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, venison and ostrich are some of the most common.
To get a healthy pet, never buy a puppy from a backyard breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Find a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs for genetic health conditions and good temperaments.