Dog Breeds > Rottweiler
|Alternate Names||Bouvier Allemand, Rottweiler Metzgerhund (Rottweil Butchers’ Dogs), Rott|
|Group||Pinschers, Schnauzers, Molossers and Swiss Mountain Dogs|
The Rottweiler is an above average-sized dog with a compact, vigorous and very muscular body, slightly long for its height. It evokes power, flexibility, and strength. Its head is massive, of medium length, and the muzzle is as long as the skull. Its eyes are medium sized, very dark and slanted, while its ears are medium sized, pendant, triangular, wide apart, and set high. Its neck is strong, lean, and without dewlap. The chest is broad and deep. The back is straight, strong and tight. The paws are well muscled and perfectly stable, with a robust frame. The tail is robust, cut short, and carried horizontally.
Fur: of medium length, hard, compact, adherent, and relaxed. There is also an undercoat.
Color: black with clearly delimited tan marks of a deep brown fawn color on the cheeks, the eyes, the muzzle, the lower part of the neck, the chest, on the inside of the paws, and at the base of the tail.
Size: 60 to 68 cm for the males and 55 to 65 cm for the females.
Weight: 42 to 50 kg.
Origins and History
Its origin is similar to other molossers who share the Tibetan Mastiff as an ancestor. Molosser type dogs were present under different names throughout the whole of Germany. Its name comes from the town of Rottweil, where the old “butcher dog” was well spread. It is a very versatile dog, as it is as good a guard dog or security dog as it is any other sort of dog. For example, it can also function well as a sled dog.
Character and Abilities
However quiet, docile, and faithful it is around the family, the Rottweiler can also be a fierce and brave guardian with an extremely powerful bite. It likes children, on condition that they know how to respect it. It is the most powerful guard dog, but it is also extremely reliable and balanced if it comes from a good line and if its owner it balanced too. It is an extremely good guard dog, but also a very good pet dog. It can be a very efficient search dog as well, due to its exceptional flair. It must always be trained, and appreciate the training. Most Rottweilers are dominant and, therefore, need a strong, energetic, and reliable hand. It also needs tenderness and care, as methods that are too harsh would only stimulate its aggression or turn it into a submissive, shy and nervous dog.
Information and Tips
Unfortunately, the Rottweiler is often a feared breed in recent times, due to a few irresponsible owners who bought these dogs to turn them into “killer dogs” through cruel and unnatural training. In reality, the Rottweiler has a strong character that makes it unsuitable for novice owners, but it is a genuinely good and loyal companion if properly trained.