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Rottweiler – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 85 to 130 pounds
Height: 22 to 27 inches
Longevity: 0
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Rottweiler, Dog Breed Guide


The Rottweiler ranked 5th on the top ten list of the Boldest Dog Breeds in the world. The list was based on a three year study that started in 1997 and was conducted by Dr. Kenth Swartbeg of Stockholm University. They study defined bold as combine measures of specific dog traits that includes sociability, interest or drive to chase prey, fearlessness and curiosity. Out of the 164 dog breeds that were used in the study, Rottweiler dogs were only outranked by four other breeds: the Boxer, Belgian Malinois, Flat-coated Retriever and the top ranked Labrador Retriever.

Official Name

This breed is also called as the Rottie, Rott, Rottweil Metzgerhund or the Butchers Dog.


Date – Bred since the Middle Ages
Country – Germany
Family / Group – Mastiff, Working

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Colonial Rottweiler Club
Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub
International Rottweiler Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Rottweiler got its name from the German Town of Rottweil. It is here that this dog breed was first developed as an all-purpose and all-utility working dog. These versatile dogs were used throughout history as cattle drover, guard dogs, military and police dogs, for search and rescue and also as companion pets. Dog experts believe that they are the descendants of the ancient Roman cattle dog breed, also known for being very versatile working dogs.


Rottweiler is a breed that was created to be versatile and very hard working dogs. They may look intimidating and aggressive, but Rotts are known to be very calm. They are very courageous and will be very bold. These dogs are affectionate to their human family and will be very wary around strangers.

Bred For

Rottweilers are dogs that continue to be bred as cattle drover, guard dogs, military and police dogs, for search and rescue and also as companion pets.


A sufficiently exercised Rottweiler will be a okay to keep as apartment pets.


Rottweiler dogs have this famous black coat that is smooth and naturally glossy. This coat type is very easy to groom. These are dogs that will shed hair in average amounts.


Rottweilers are proven to be highly trainable and can be trained to a higher degree. These highly intelligent dogs can be trained for specialized needs such as police, military and customs training. They are also highly trainable when it comes to competitive obedience.


The Rottweiler dog breed is very prone to hip dysplasia as well as the eye problem known as entropion. They are also very high risks to developed ACL damage. Rotties are dogs that tend to snore. These are also dogs that will overeat if not supervised.


Rottweilers are dogs that will need plenty of physical activities to satisfy their exercise needs. They are dogs that thrive on work. Walks or jogging every day is recommended. Taking these dogs out in the woods to run at least once a week is ideal and will make these dogs very happy.