We elaborate the Rottweiler dog breed with Rottweiler temperament, training, appearance, weight, life spam and much more information about this breed.
Other names: Rottie
Rottweiler dog Appearance
The Rottweiler is one of the strongest and most powerful dogs for its size. They are massive and muscular.
Rottweiler Dog Weight
Females 84 pounds, males 110 pounds.
Rottweiler Dog Height
Male: 61–69 cm (24–27 in)
Female: 56–63 cm (22–25 in)
Average life time
10 -12 years.
The ideal Rottweiler is calm, level-headed, obedient, easy to train, faithful, and courageous. Owning one is a pleasure and a responsibility. They are good with children if they are raised from the beginning and if they are respectful towards them. They generally do well with other dogs if they have been properly socialized and trained, but can become aggressive with other dominant dogs. They are loyal and protective of their family making them an excellent companion and watchdog. They love human attention so separation from their owners can cause you serious problems. This is an intelligent breed with a high energy level, therefore boredom can easily lead to behavior problems.
Owners must be well informed about this breed they are purchasing as well as its needs.
If not well trained, the protective nature of these dogs can lead them to dominate the home, which could lead to many problems. It is essential to train and socialize this breed from an early age so that they know who is the head of the household. Training must be firm, positively rewarded, and consistent. These are strong-minded dogs, so they must be owned by responsible people committed to their care, training and exercise.
Grooming is quite scarce due to its short coat, a weekly brushing should be enough to remove dead hair and keep hair healthy.
The Rottweiler has medium to high exercise needs, so it will need regular long walks to stay happy and healthy.
Rottweiler Health. Gastric torsion
Although it is not a hereditary condition, it frequently affects many dogs, including this breed. This is a very serious condition. When a dog has it, the stomach can twist and become blocked, causing a build-up of gas. If not treated quickly it can be fatal. With this disease there are also futile attempts to vomit and salivate. It can also lead to cardiovascular collapse, which usually occurs when you exercise after eating. The incidence of Gastric Torsion in adult dogs can be controlled with healthy eating twice a day and, of course, by allowing time to digest before taking him for a run in the park.
Hip malformation or dysplasia
Results in a poor fit between the head of the femur bone and the acetabulum of the hip. This condition can be alleviated by surgery, although with consequences for dogs and owners since dogs with dysplasia usually produce puppies with the same condition. Buyers should ask if both the parent of the puppy they are interested in has been recently tested and is free of hip dysplasia. Don’t take yes for an answer without seeing a certificate and ask for a copy to take to your vet.
(also known as ‘long bone disease’, ‘wandering lameness’, or ‘pano.’) Most commonly seen between the ages of five to 12 months, for unknown reasons, common in the German Shepherd breed . It is caused by the overgrowth of long bones. Normally, a dog affected by this condition will grow correctly, although it can sometimes cause a lot of pain.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
It is a group of diseases that involve all the gradual deterioration of the retina. It is diagnosed by retinoscopic examination using an electroretinogram (ERG). Early in the disease, affected dogs begin to suffer from night blindness and lack the ability to see in low light, and later day vision also fails. As their vision deteriorates, affected dogs can adjust to their disability very well, as long as their environment remains constant. Some breeds are affected early in life, while in other breeds, PRA develops much later.
Causes a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. This problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.
The exact origin of the Rottweiler was never documented, but the breed is believed to be a descendant of the Bulldog Mastiff Dogs of Ancient Rome. During Roman times, very large armies were required for expeditions throughout Europe, the freshness of food became an important issue and, without form of refrigeration, live cattle were needed to accompany them, for this, a dog capable of keeping the flock together during long walks. The herding dog was well adapted to this task in addition to protecting livestock at night.
Over time, the Roman camps developed sites of civilization, with roads leading to the different military camps. A road in southern Germany led to a shopping center that came to be known as Rottweil, Rottweil butchers relied on their Cattle Dogs to herd cattle and pull meat carts to market. They were also used to protect them when they walked back from the market with their benefits.
All of this led to a greater respect for “Butcher Dogs” and, premises owners began to breed them selectively. It was considered superior to other dogs that were in that area, introducing them with the name “Rottweiler”. This name has been kept to this day.