Rottweiler

Rottweiler - More information about this breed

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  • Nicknames Rott, Rottie
  • Country of origin Germany
  • Weight Male 50–60 kg (110–130 lb)
  • Weight Female 35–48 kg (77–106 lb)
  • Height Male 61–69 cm (24–27 in)
  • Height Female 56–63 cm (22–25 in)
  • Coat Double coated, Short, hard and thick
  • Color Black and tan or black and mahogany
  • Litter size average 8 to 12 although larger litters are known
  • Life span 8–10 years

 

Description

The Rottweiler were known as “Rottweil
butchers’ dogs, because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market.

Rottweiler breeders aim at a dog of abundant strength, black coated with clearly defined rich tan markings, whose powerful appearance does not lack nobility and which is exceptionally well suited to being a companion, service and working dog. This breed is all about balance, endurance, proportionality, intelligence and strength. The standards in place for the Rottweiler’s physical appearance by the American Kennel Club mimic these characteristics.

 

Variants

The coat consists of an outer coat and an undercoat. The outer coat is of medium length, coarse, dense and flat. The undercoat should be present on the neck and thighs. The undercoat must not show through the outer coat.

The color and markings of a Rottweiler are very distinctive. A Rottweiler is always, by any breed club standards, black with well-defined mahogany or rust-colored markings that do not take up more than ten percent of the dog’s body color. All Rottweilers standard to AKC specifications have one mahogany dot above each eye on the inner brow ridge, on the cheeks, one strip on each side of the snout; cheek markings do not cross over the bridge of the nose, the top of the nose should remain black.

 

Temparament

Rottweilers are a powerful breed with well-developed genetic herding and guarding instincts. Potentially dangerous behaviour in Rottweilers usually results from irresponsible ownership, abuse, neglect, or lack of socialisation and training. However, the exceptional strength of the Rottweiler is an additional risk factor not to be neglected. It is for this reason that breed experts declare that formal training and extensive socialisation are essential for all Rottweilers. According to the AKC, Rottweilers love their owners and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialisation are required

 

Health Issues

Rottweilers are a relatively healthy, disease-free breed. As with most large breeds,hip dysplasia can be a problem. For this reason the various Rottweiler breed clubs have had x-ray testing regimes in place for many years. Osteochondritis dissecans, a condition affecting the shoulder joints, can also be a problem due to the breed’s rapid growth rate. A reputable breeder will have the hips and elbows of all breeding stock x-rayed and read by a recognised specialist, and will have paperwork to prove it.

 

Rottweiler

Rottweiler - More information about this breed

 

Nicknames Rott, Rottie

Country of origin Germany

 

Weight Male 50–60 kg (110–130 lb)

 

Female 35–48 kg (77–106 lb)

Height Male 61–69 cm (24–27 in)

 

Female

56–63 cm (22–25 in)

Coat

Double coated, Short, hard and thick

Color

Black and tan or black and mahogany

Litter size

average 8 to 12 although larger litters are known

Life span

8–10 years

 

Description

The Rottweiler were known as “Rottweil
butchers’ dogs, because they were used to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat and other products to market.

Rottweiler breeders aim at a dog of abundant strength, black coated with clearly defined rich tan markings, whose powerful appearance does not lack nobility and which is exceptionally well suited to being a companion, service and working dog. This breed is all about balance, endurance, proportionality, intelligence and strength. The standards in place for the Rottweiler’s physical appearance by the American Kennel Club mimic these characteristics.

 

Variants

The coat consists of an outer coat and an undercoat. The outer coat is of medium length, coarse, dense and flat. The undercoat should be present on the neck and thighs. The undercoat must not show through the outer coat.

The color and markings of a Rottweiler are very distinctive. A Rottweiler is always, by any breed club standards, black with well-defined mahogany or rust-colored markings that do not take up more than ten percent of the dog’s body color. All Rottweilers standard to AKC specifications have one mahogany dot above each eye on the inner brow ridge, on the cheeks, one strip on each side of the snout; cheek markings do not cross over the bridge of the nose, the top of the nose should remain black.

 

Temparament

Rottweilers are a powerful breed with well-developed genetic herding and guarding instincts. Potentially dangerous behaviour in Rottweilers usually results from irresponsible ownership, abuse, neglect, or lack of socialisation and training. However, the exceptional strength of the Rottweiler is an additional risk factor not to be neglected. It is for this reason that breed experts declare that formal training and extensive socialisation are essential for all Rottweilers. According to the AKC, Rottweilers love their owners and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialisation are required

 

Health Issues

Rottweilers are a relatively healthy, disease-free breed. As with most large breeds,hip dysplasia
can be a problem. For this reason the various Rottweiler breed clubs have had x-ray testing regimes in place for many years. Osteochondritis dissecans, a condition affecting the shoulder joints, can also be a problem due to the breed’s rapid growth rate. A reputable breeder will have the hips and elbows of all breeding stock x-rayed and read by a recognised specialist, and will have paperwork to prove it.

 

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