Country of Origin: Germany
Size: Large to Massive
Weight: 38 – 52 kilograms though much larger male specimens exist.
Height at withers for males – 61-68 cm
Height at withers for bitches – 56-63 cm
Grooming Requirements: Low
Exercise Requirements: Low to Medium
Popularity in Australia: – Australia’s ninth most popular dog
Dog Type: Utility
Most suited As: Family Pet, Guard Dog
Also known as: Rottie
Expected Life Span: 9-12 Years
The Rottweiler is intelligent, obedient, unconditionally loyal to its handler and family. They are most often docile placid and devoted companions, but also vigilant, protective, brave, strong, imposing. With its livestock Guardian and large animal herding heritage, expect a Rottweiler to defend its family and property to the end.
Rottweilers can be dominant in nature and therefore require an equable, calm handler, who is confident and always fair. Teach your rottweiler puppy what it may and what may not do and hold consistently to this. Early socialisation is vital for this breed. They are extremely sensitive to your voice: use this therefore also to praise it when it does well. A varied training programme gives the best results. Generally it is necessary to be a bit more forceful with the dogs than the bitches, which have a slightly gentler nature. Rottweilers are ideally suited for security work and defense dog training and sports.
When a Rottweiler has been consistently brought up and trained, it will be loyal to its family and a good playmate for your children. Cats and other household animals will be accepted unquestioningly, provided it has had positive experiences with them when young. Some Rottweilers can be rather dominant towards other dogs and want to assert themselves. Friends and relatives of the family are normally enthusiastically welcomed, whereas strangers may get no nearer than the garden fence. The Rottweiler is an outstanding watchdog.
The coat consists of a top coat and an undercoat. The top coat is of medium length, coarse, dense and flat. The undercoat must not show through the top coat. The hair is a little longer on the hind legs. They are always black with tan markings on the muzzle, cheeks throat, chest, legs, over both eyes and under the base of the tail
The Rottweiler is easy to care for. For the removal of loose and dead hairs during molting it is best to use a rubber glove which works better than a normal brush. Keep the claws short and the ear passages clean.
As with all large breeds, hip and elbow dysplasia are seen, so ensure you check the hip and elbow scores of your potential puppies parents. A reputable breeders will have breed stock with excellent, near pefect scores. Determining how much to feed such a large dog can be deceptive. They are large, but if not kept very active they require much less food for their size than breeds such as Collies and cattle Dogs that are naturally more active. Over feeding can lead to obesity and all the health problems that entails… heart disease, arthritis, diabetes etc, Speak to your breeder about correct amounts to feed your dog from puppy to adulthood.
A pure bred rottweiler is bred for its temperament as much as for its superior health. They are meant to be strong willed determined and protective without being overly aggressive. A cross bred or puppy from a non registered breeder may not have had parents with such traits, and crossing rottweilers with other breeds can lead to a more unpredictable demeanored dog, so always seek out a registered breeder.
Rottweiler Organisations in Australia
The Rottweiler Club of QLD Inc
Rottweiler Organisations in the UK
Rottweiler Rescue Trust
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