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.

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.

Rottweiler Care

Knowing The Common Foods That Could Be Dangerous To Your Dog’s Health…

Rottweiler care is something you should take to heart. Providing your dog with the care he needs is more than just giving him a warm place to sleep, exercise and food. Care is also about knowing what can harm your dog, and keeping him protected from these dangers.

Your Rottweiler, even when he is an adult, is very much like a child. In other words, he doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to his diet, because he doesn’t know any better. Therefore, it is your job, as part of Rottweiler care, to ensure the food your dog eats won’t hurt or kill him.

The following is a list of some of the foods that can be harmful or even fatal to Rottweilers and dogs in general:

  • Avocados – Everything avocado related (plant, fruit and pit) is hazardous to dogs, and can cause damage to your Rotties heart, lungs and other tissue.
  • Onions – This food, in all its forms, actually destroys your dog’s blood cells, and over time can cause serious damage in your dog.
  • Garlic – Dogs like garlic, and small amounts won’t hurt them. However, as part of Rottweiler care, you should never allow your dog excessive amounts, as garlic can have the same negative affects as onions.
  • Grapes and raisins – These foods can cause your Rotties kidneys to fail
  • Fatty or fried human food – This can cause pancreaitis.

Other dangers foods that should be avoided when considering Rottweiler care include, but are not limited to:

  • Tomatoes
  • Chocolate
  • Walnuts
  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine
  • Nutmeg
  • Fruit pits and seeds

You will also discover when you investigate Rottweiler care that many large breeds can develop a condition called “Bloat” if they eat salty foods and drink too much water after. Bloat is a deadly condition that causes the dog’s stomach to fill with gas and twist.

Make sure you find out about all the foods that are a health risk for your dog, and keep them out of his system. However, should your dog ingest harmful foods, the best action you can take for Rottweiler care is to call your vet or poison control.