Rottweiler Breed Inormation

Rottweilers, often called Rotties, are a courageous and devoted breed. Their temperament is known to be very reliable, and they have proven to be quiet trainable. The Rottweiler is prized for its natural abilities as a guard dog, as he isn’t afraid to protect his family with fierce force.

The Rottie loves his family and does not mind the company of children or other household pets. When he is brought up with the proper care and training, he is a fantastic and affectionate companion.

However, due to their high need for socialization, companionship and consistent training, Rottweilers do not make ideal pets for first time dog owners.

History of Rottweilers

 Rottweilers are believed to be the descendants of mastiff-type dogs known as drover dogs that were popular in ancient Rome. The term “Rottweiler” actually translates to “rotten and vile”. However, Rotties were not named for the meaning, as the breed originated in the town Rottweil which is now apart of southern Germany.

During the mid 19 th century the cattle trade thrived in Rottweil, and so did the Rottweiler Metzgerhund. The dog was used to drive cattle to the market for their masters, and returned to their owners with filled purses around their necks. As time passed and trains became the primary method of trading cattle, Rottweilers were used less and less often.

However, the Rottweiler wasn’t forgotten, and was used as a police dog in the early 1900’s. Rottweilers gained great popularity as a police dog, but were also becoming a popular family pet. Due to their popularity, a number of different Clubs were formed. Eventually all the clubs were merged into one in 1921 which became known as the Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub (ADRK)

Although Rotties were recognized by the American Kennel Club in the 1930’s, the breed didn’t actually become popular in the U.S. until the 1980’s. Today they are one of the AKC’s top five most poplar dog breeds.

Intimidating and Loyal Rottweilers

 Rottweilers are large dogs that reach an average height of 24 – 27 inches and weigh anywhere from 95-130 pounds. The Rottie is recognized as being part of the Mastiff or Working dog group and usually lives 10-12 years. They are a relatively healthy breed but are prone to hip dysplasia, entropion, and torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligment), which is a health condition concerning the knee joint of the dog.

Believe it or not, Rottweilers make excellent family dogs and are affectionate to just about everyone. When properly socialized, and treated well from a young age, this also includes children and other family pets. They are wonderful guard dogs and are extremely calm and alert. They usually tend to follow their owners around the home and keep a careful watch over their loved ones.

The Rottweiler requires serious obedience training. They must be well socialized and consistently trained from puppyhood. If you do not train this breed, they can become extremely aggressive towards others and be hard to control. This is a danger you will want to avoid.

Rottweilers do need plenty of exercise, but they are quite inactive when indoors. Therefore, if they are provided with sufficient exercise (IE. at least two 20 minute walks a day plus the freedom to run), they will be fine living in an apartment. Other exercises that are great for this breed, and which they will greatly enjoy, include swimming, fetch and running along side a bike.

Rotties are easy to groom and require a good brushing once every week or biweekly. You can bathe the dog on occasion (usually twice a year). Rottweilers are average shedders.

There is more to Rottweilers than meets the eye. The Rottweiler is a beautiful breed that does make an excellent companion when properly suited to the right owner. You should never consider owning a Rottie unless you have done extensive research on the dog, and are committed to training and teaching him to be a well loved member of your family and community.

Rottweiler Dogs – Choosing Kennels

Although your Rottweiler dogs will want to be with you wherever you go, unfortunately there will come a time when this will not be possible. For instance, while there are many destinations where your Rottweiler can travel with you, sometimes bringing your Rottweiler dogs along wouldn’t be fair to him or you if you won’t be able to spend time with him. In addition, some locations you travel to, will not permit you to bring your canine pal with you.

At such times you will need to put your Rottweiler dogs care in the hands of others. If you do not have the luxury of having a good friend or family member dog sit your pooch while you are away, you’ll need to put him in a kennel.

If a kennel is the only option for your Rottweiler dogs, keep the following tips in mind:

  • References – Don’t just choose the first kennel you find. Speak with your vet or other friends or family members whom you trust that have dogs, and ask their opinions. You should also go through your phone book and search the Internet for all of the kennels located in your area, so you can have as many options as possible.
  • Phone Calls – Once you have selected a few kennels for your Rottweiler dogs, call each location and ask them a few questions about their services, as well as general questions about the kennel such as how long its been operating, how they take care of the dogs, where they keep the dogs, etc.
  • Unannounced visit – After you call the Kennels pay them an unannounced visit. This is how you can get a first impression without warning the kennel of your coming. This will give you an overall “feel” for the place so you can get a hint of how they operate are on a regular basis.
  • Meet the staff – When you pay a visit to the kennel, make it a point to meet different staff members who will be caring for your Rottweiler dogs. If you do not feel comfortable with these individuals, you will feel uneasy leaving your pet with them. Don’t be afraid to take your business elsewhere if you are not impressed.
  • Overall impression of the facilities – After you meet the staff, take a good look at the establishment where your dog will be staying. Is it clean, orderly and spacious? Can you tell by looking at it if all of you dog’s specific needs will be met. Even if a kennel has a great staff, they must also have a great facility.
  • Emergency Plan – Should an emergency occur while your Rottweiler dogs are at the kennel, find out what emergency steps the kennel will take. If your pet should need Veterinarian assistance is there one close by? If so, who is this Vet and can they be trusted with your dog? On the other hand, if the Kennel provides their own emergency services, does it meet your approval?
  • Pre-trip boarding – Once you decide on a kennel, make sure you board your Rottweiler dogs there for a night or two before going on your trip to see how the environment suits him. If your dog responds poorly to the experience, you may want to hire a pet sitter so your dog can remain in an environment he is familiar with.

It is imperative that you find a kennel or a care giver that is ideal for your dog. Noting good will come of boarding your Rottweiler dogs at a kennel where he will be treated poorly, or be extremely unhappy during the time you are away. You must always keep your pet’s best interest at heart, just as you would your child.

More Rottweiler Training Advice

When it comes to Rottweiler training, this dog requires serious and careful obedience training. There is no exception to this rule. You should never try to train this dog on your own unless you have plenty of experience with the breed and the dog you have now isn’t the first one you’ve owned of his kind. Not providing effective training will only result in a dog that is overly aggressive and protective.

Rottweiler training and socialization should begin at a very earl age when your dog is small, and hasn’t yet established any lasting bad habits that will be hard to break when he becomes older.

Although your dog will require serious Rottweiler obedience training, the following is one lesson that should be made a part of your Rotties training. The lesson is how to teach your dog to “Heel”.

In order to teach your Rottweiler the Heel command, you will require a few treats, a leash and plenty of praise. The following are the steps you can put in to practice to achieve this aspect of Rottweiler training:

Step 1 – Put your dog on a leash and take him and the treats outside to a quiet area with few distractions.

Step 2 – Have your dog sit directly beside you on your left. He should be facing the same direction you are.

 Step 3 – Hold the treat in your left hand in front of your dog and give him the command “Heel” and begin to take a few steps forward while keeping the treat in front of your dog so that it is lined up with your left hip.

Step 4 – The next part of this Rottweiler training is to have patience. It may take several different tries before your dog will focus his attention on the food. As soon as he does and walks forward, immediately praise him and give him the treat.

Step 5 – Continue the lesson but do not give your dog the treat as soon as he walks forward. Try and get him to walk a little further beside you before you praise him and reward him. Remember to always say the command “Heel” before you move forward.

Step 6 – When you feel he is ready, attempt the lesson without food and use only the command. Always remember to praise your dog.

Keep in mind that all Rottweiler training, regardless if you are in a class or reviewing lessons or teaching him new tricks at home, require patience. Training is an ongoing process that takes plenty of time in order to be successful.

Choosing Rottweiler Puppies

When looking at Rottweiler puppies, you’d never think that these sweet little dogs grow up into large, powerful canines. The only characteristics that puppies seem to have in common with standard adult Rottweilers, is their physical appearance (with the exception of size of course).

The physical appearance of Rottweiler puppies is something you need to be aware of when looking for that special pup to call your own. The reason is because the breed standard is what separates a dog from being a purebred or a mutt. Every dog breed has their own standard, and the following is the basic criteria for the Rottweiler that you need to look for in your pup.

Rottweiler puppies should have a straight, dense and coarse coat of medium length. The coat should lie flat, and the undercoat should be present on the thighs and neck. As the dog grows, the coat will be shortest on the legs, ears and head, and at its longest on breeching. The coat is primarily a solid black color, but features mahogany or rust markings usually on the paws and face. The coloring of Rottweilers is one of the breed’s distinctive features.

The head of Rottweiler puppies should be medium in length and is quite broad between the ears. Like the head, the ears are a medium size. The ears fold down, are carried forward, and have a triangular shape. When the Rottweiler is on alert his ears appear level with the top of the skull.

The eyes of a Rottweiler are almond shaped and are a nice shade of dark brown. The eyes of Rottweiler puppies convey the dog’s self-assurance and alertness.

Rottweilers have broad muzzles equipped with strong upper and lower jaws. The jaws should feature perfect teeth that form a complete scissor bite. Like their muzzle, the nose is also broad. The nose should be black and round.

The legs of Rottweilers are muscular and heavy boned. The legs should appear straight. The feet of Rottweiler puppies should not turn in or out. The toes are well arched, nails are black, and the pads of the feet are thick. The back feet are slightly longer than the front, and the dewclaws should be removed. In addition, the tail of the Rotweiler is docked.

As your Rottweiler pup grows, you will see him develop a powerful body that features a deep and broad chest, straight back, and short, deep, muscular loins.

To get a good idea of what the Rottweiler puppies from the litter you are interested in will look like when they are fully grown, find out what the sire and/or dam of the litter look like. The parents of a litter will give you a good indication of how your pup will turn out.