Rottweilers are good-natured, loving, loyal and a fearless dog breed having a strong natural instinct to protect their loved ones. Initially bred as a working dog, they have inherited their ancestor's strength and energy to toil hard. Rottweilers are therefore happiest when they have a task to perform.
WeightMale: Male: 50 - 60 Kg
HeightMale: 61 - 69 cm
CoatDouble Coated, Short, hard and thick
Skin ColourBlack and Tan or Black and Mahogany
Life Span8 - 10 years
PlayfulnessNot Very playful
Affection LevelReasonably Affectionate
Friendliness With Other DogsReserved
Friendliness Toward StrangersReserved
Tendency to BarkModerate
Tendency to DroolModerate
Guarding PotentialVery Protective
Grooming NeedsLow Maintenance
Cold ToleranceMedium Tolerance
Heat ToleranceLow Tolerance
Newborn Rottweilers can be fed with milk replacers every 3 to 4 hours or as mentioned by the manufacturer of the food. Following are some of the foods you can feed your newborn Rottweiler puppies:
Puppy Rottweilers need a protein content of 24 to 28% in the diet for developing good muscle mass and strength. Calcium and Phosphorus are also key elements for a healthy bone and joint function in pups. Some of the best foods for Rottweiler puppies are:
Adult Rottweilers too require an extensive protein content ranging between 22 to 26%. Their diet should also contain an adequate amount of fats and carbohydrates for giving them a condensed source of energy and also to keep good skin and coat health. Below are some of the best foods for adult rottweilers:
The activity level starts decreasing as Rottweilers reach their seniorhood. A little amount of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in their diet can offer them an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. Following are some of the best food for Senior Rottweilers:
Rottweilers are self-assured dogs possessing a great natural instinct to protect their family as well as territory. Proper socialization is therefore necessary for keeping away the breed from being overprotective. Rottweilers raised along with children do well with kids being around them. They have a tendency to get aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. Rottweilers have a “wait and see” towards everything. They won't react instantly to a sudden change in the environment. One thing that makes great guard dogs is that they behave in accordance with the reaction of their owners. They are often reserved and aloof when known visitors come into the house. They will take charge once they feel their owner is under threat. American Kennel Club describes Rottweilers as clownish, as they are known to repeatedly do things which makes you laugh. They are one of the breeds which are extremely sensitive to human beings.
Rottweilers are relatively easy to train. Obedience training is mandatory for these dogs to build a strong bond between them. This breed exhibit dominant traits, therefore, one should be firm and confident while training them, but not too harsh. It is ideal to start training when they are between 6 weeks and 6 months. Positive reinforcement by giving them treats and appreciation work wonders while teaching them commands. Often give them a tummy rub, which is also a positive gesture towards them.
Despite having a short coat, Rottweilers can shed a ton. They have a double coat, where the undercoat is a little softer to keep them warm during the winters. They shed their undercoat during the spring and again in the winters. It may sound a little bothering to the Rottweiler owners, however, there are ways you can eliminate shedding. Use a soft-bristled hair brush which will help in removing all the dead undercoat in the dog’s coat. This clears out most of the excessive hairs which contribute to shedding. On regular grooming, the hair volume you will get will be lesser and lesser.
Rotties are a moderately active breed and require physical activities up to 11/2 to 2 hours a day. Proper exercise is needed for this breed not just to stay active and healthy but also to eliminate excessive chewing in them. Daily walking of up to 45 minutes also acts as mental stimulation. Making them accustomed to unknown things and unknown people outside can also thoroughly socialize them. Playing fetch games with them is a good way to release their pent up energy.
The early ancestors of Rottweilers were used to pull carts, guard homes and herd animals.
Rottweilers were used as rescue dogs in New York after 9/11.
Industrialization almost wiped out the Rottweiler Breed as their breeding was discontinued because of lack of herding purposes.
They are named after the town Rottweil in south-west Germany, as the breed is originally from Germany.
Rottweilers can from 39 Kg up to 58 Kg.
Even though Rottweilers are large, they are generally inactive indoors.
Rottweilers are one of the oldest herding breeds. They have a history dating back to the Roman Empire, as they are believed to be the descendants of the old Roman driver dogs, a mastiff type dog that was dependable and had good guarding instincts. During the pursuit to conquer Europe, Romans travelled in huge numbers across the whole continent. A lack of refrigeration meant they had to carry foods with them. They brought their eatables on cattle and the Roman dogs were used to herd and guard them. The Roman dog continued to herd the cattle even after the Romans were eliminated by the Swabians. These dogs have been said to have used by travelling butchers during the Middle Ages to guard money pouches tied around their necks. They nearly became extinct in the late 18th Century as railroads became the most prominent way for moving stock into the market. Nevertheless, the build-up to World War 1 saw a great need for police dogs which revived the people’s interest in Rottweilers. During the course of both World War 1 and World War 2, Rottweilers gave services in various roles like ambulance, messenger, drought and guard dogs.