A Rottweiler is a well-known dog breed, easily recognized by their large frame and black coat with tan markings. This breed is no stranger in the working force as it was used as a drover dog for several centuries. Nowadays, the Rottweiler is more popular as a protector and this breed is considered among the best guard dogs.
The Rottweiler does have a reputation as an aggressive and ferocious breed. Well, this dog is indeed naturally inclined to be protective around its territory. It is no secret that it takes strong leadership and confidence to raise this breed as a socialized, calm, and loving dog. When raised right, the Rottweiler is a good family dog.
Rottweiler Dogs and Puppies
What is a Rottweiler?
The Rottweiler is a large dog breed (although some are medium-sized) with a knack for guarding and working. It was actually one of the earliest breeds used as police dogs in Germany. Many Rotties these days are working as search-and-rescue dogs, guide dogs, and police dogs.
Read more about this fascinating breed and see if it has the qualities you are looking for in a household companion.
Where do Rottweiler dogs come from?
The Rottweiler comes from Germany. It is believed that the breed descended from mastiff-type dogs that were used by the Romans to herd cattle. When the Romans invaded more of Europe, they brought with them some of these mastiff-type dogs to guide the cattle and guard the other food supply.
The breed was named after Rottweil, a town founded by the Romans in southern Germany. It was an economically progressive town that thrived in trading cattle and other livestock. Descendants of the mastiff-type dogs, which were eventually called Rottweiler Metzgerhunds, were of much use in Rottweil. They were primarily used as drover dogs and guard dogs of merchants.
There came a time when the need for Rottweilers declined because trains replaced the breed in transporting cattle. The Rottweiler almost became extinct. It was during the few years before World War I that the breed’s population increased again. Rottweilers were noted for their abilities to do service and were eventually used as police dogs. They were also used as guard dogs, messengers, and draught dogs in both World Wars.
The breed’s popularity rose after World War II. Today, the Rottweiler is among the most popular breeds in the U.S.
What does a Rottweiler look like?
One look at the Rottweiler and anyone can see that it is a dog built for power, strength, and endurance. This breed is considered medium large, with males standing at 24 to 27 inches and weighing around 95 to 130 pounds, and females standing at 22 to 25 inches and weighing 85 to 115 pounds.
Breed standards indicate that Rottweilers have:
- strong and broad jaws
- dark brown, almond shaped eyes
- medium-sized pendant ears set high and wide apart on the head
- black nose and black lips
- powerful and muscular neck
- broad and deep chest
- strong and muscular forequarters and hindquarters
- compact feet with well-arched toes, thick pads, and black nails
- docked or undocked (docking is illegal in some countries)
- double coat that always comes in black with tan or mahogany markings on specific parts of the body
What is a Rottweiler like?
Rottweilers have a reputation that precedes them. It is no secret that many people perceive them as dangerous and aggressive dogs. Casting preconceptions aside, Rottweilers have every potential to be calm and affectionate dogs.
In few words, Rottweilers are:
- Slightly aloof
- Protective of their family and territory
- Eager to work and do activities
Are Rottweiler dogs dangerous?
Rottweilers are potentially dangerous dogs if treated poorly. Take note that there are many reasons behind aggression. If Rottweilers are raised in a hostile environment, and left untrained, without proper socialization, then they can become aggressive dogs. Any dog that is neglected, regardless of breed, can develop bad and hostile behavior.
This breed is exceptionally strong, powerful, and protective. That is why training and socialization are very much emphasized. First-time owners must be equipped with the knowledge and leadership to raise a Rottweiler properly.
What do you think is the most dangerous dog in the world? If you answered a specific breed — any breed — then you’re wrong. The most dangerous dog in the world is the one that has been made that way by a human. Cesar Millan
Are Rottweilers good pets?
Rottweilers can be good pets. But there are things owners must remember.
- Firm leadership is key.
- Training and socialization are very important.
- Rotts are large dogs and need secure outdoor space to explore.
- They are protective of their family. New people and animals must be introduced properly.
- Children must be supervised. Rotts are big and athletic and might unintentionally injure small kids.
- They need ample exercise as they are energetic.
A dog’s misbehavior begins and ends with us. Cesar Millan
Where is the Rottweiler banned?
The Rottweiler is considered a dangerous breed in some countries. As of writing, owning one is illegal or restricted (the level of restriction varies) in places like:
- Bermuda Islands
When to start training a Rottweiler
A 7 to 8 weeks old Rottweiler pup can start going through simple training. A puppy this young can already learn some basic obedience commands through consistent and positive training methods. But even before this stage, owners need to establish a pack leader aura.
Owners must also learn a few dog training tips before getting a puppy—more so if the puppy is a Rottweiler. This is emphasized for first-time owners. Professional help is also an option especially if owners want their dogs to learn some advanced skills.
The most important thing you can do is become your puppy’s pack leader. This role doesn’t begin when your dog is six months old or when he’s bad; it should be maintained throughout the entire dog training experience. Cesar Millan
How much do Rottweiler puppies cost?
Rottweiler pups from backyard breeders and puppy mills can cost anywhere between USD $800 to $900. Puppies from reputable, professional breeders have a starting price of $1,500 although they tend to cost much more.
Buying and keeping a Rottweiler tends to be relatively expensive because of the health issues that affect the breed. Few of these problems include hip dysplasia, entropion, osteosarcoma, and osteochondritis dissecans.
Professional breeders invest quite a lot in having the puppies checked by a vet, getting the legal health clearances, and so on. They generally spend more to keep a healthy, good quality line of Rottweilers. It is possible that owners spend a lot of money as well, throughout their Rotts’ lifetime, to pay for medical bills.
When do Rottweilers stop growing?
Growth rate varies from one dog to another as there are factors to consider such as nutrition, genetics, environment, etc. Most dogs generally reach their full height first before they attain their mature weight. Rottweilers reach the expected adult height at around 12 months (or more). They continue to fill out after and would mostly ‘stop growing’ when they’re 2 years old.
Learn more about the Rottweiler in this Animal Planet video:
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