Rottweilers are a large dog breed originating from Germany. They have been bred since the early 1900’s. Their popularity increased after World War II when they were used as guard dogs for soldiers. Today, they are popular pets worldwide because of their loyalty and love of humans. A typical rottweiler weighs between 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg). Their coat color ranges from black to brown. Some breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or the German Shepherd Dog have a lighter colored coat than other breeds like the Boston Terrier or the Bulldog.
The most common colors are black, tan, chocolate, white and silver. However, there are many different shades of gray and even some with spots. There are also various markings such as red eyes and flat faces. These are all characteristics of the breed.
Some rottweiler breeds include: American Pitbull Terrier, Beagle, Bullmastiff, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, French Bulldogge, Great Dane and Irish Setter.
How do Rottweilers Work?
A rottweiler is a medium sized dog that stands at around 60 inches (15.5 feet). The average weight of a healthy rottweiler is about 100 pounds (45.4 kg).
Rottweilers are used as guard dogs and police dogs. The breed has a reputation for being extremely protective of their owners and families. They were originally bred to herd livestock and pull carts for farmers. Today, due to their strength, they are used in search and rescue missions as well as being a popular choice for the blind or people who need help with daily tasks.
Rottweilers have short, thick legs and a muscular body. They have a large head with a broad forehead and small eyes that are often darkly colored. The ears are shaped like triangles and are also dark in color and thin. The rottweiler has a black nose that is also broad.
Adult rottweilers have a solid black coat that is smooth and tight to their body. The skin is thick and the color of the rottweiler can vary from a light silver to a dark gray. The breed has a strong jaw and a powerful bite force often used to their advantage when fighting or guarding.
The coat of a rottweiler must be maintained. It should be brushed at least three times per week to prevent matting and tangling. These dogs may be bathed once every two months depending on activities during the day. The ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection such as redness or a bad smell.
The nails should be trimmed and the teeth should be cleaned by a veterinarian at least once every six months.
How Much Exercise Does A Rottweiler Need?
Rottweilers are working dogs that require a lot of exercise. They were bred to work around farms and on the farmlands so they are used to physical labor.
These dogs should be taken on a walk or jog at least once every day. They can also be taken to a dog park where they can run around and play with friends. These dogs are natural herders so they should also have a fenced in yard where they can run freely without the risk of running out into the street. Without enough exercise, these dogs may become destructive and noisy.
They have a tendency to bark loudly and become agitated. These dogs should not be left alone for long periods of time. These dogs are also known to have a high prey drive so they should always be kept on a leash when outside.
Rottweilers may not be the best dog for people who do not have the time to exercise them on a regular basis. These dogs can also be willful and do not listen unless you show that you are alpha in the relationship.
What is the Average Size of a Full Grown Rottweiler?
Rottweilers are a medium sized breed that stands around 25 to 31 inches (64 to 80 cm) tall. The average weight is between 88 and 132 pounds (40 and 60 kg).
What is the Life Expectancy of a Rottweiler?
These dogs have an average life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.
What Is The Personality of a Rottweiler?
Rottweilers are powerful dogs that have protective instincts. These dogs were bred to herd and guard and they still have those traits. They can be aggressive towards other people and animals unless they are properly trained and socialized. When properly trained, these dogs make good guard dogs but should not be left alone with strangers. These dogs can be people lovers and are great with families that they know. They can form very strong bonds with their owners but may not be appropriate for everyone. These dogs need experienced owners that can display authority.
Rottweilers that are neglected or trained improperly can be very dangerous. They have powerful jaws and if they are agitated, they may attack other people and animals.
What is the Best Living Situation for a Rottweiler?
Rottweilers are working dogs that need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. These dogs do best with families that can take them running or hiking on a regular basis. They also do very well in rural areas where there is more space for them to run around. Rottweilers do not do well in small living quarters such as apartments and may become destructive when left alone for long periods of time. These dogs do best with owners that have had some previous dog ownership experience.
What Might You Not Like About Rottweilers?
These dogs can be overpowering. They are muscular and strong and some can be aggressive towards people they do not know. Some Rottweilers may also be aggressive towards other animals so canine companionship is not a given. Owners need to make sure that these dogs are properly socialized. These dogs can also be willful and require consistent training. Owners need to display their dominance at all times. These dogs will not respond to weak owners.
Here is a great video about the Rottweiler breed:
Best Places to Rescore a Rottweiler
Below is a list of rescues in the US and Canada where you can adopt a Rottweiler.
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