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The Rottweiler, also known as Rottie, is a very popular breed of massive, powerful dog that originated in Germany. The breed belongs to the Working family which has been remarkable for its guarding and water-rescuing skills. Rottweilers are bred for the purpose of security. They commonly come in medium to large sizes. Rottie’s double coat is short, hard, and thick. It usually comes in several color combinations such as black and mahogany or black and tan.

Height and Weight

The male members of the Rottweiler breed commonly stand 24 to 27 in height at the withers, and weigh 85 to 135 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, are smaller. Their height is usually 22 to 25 in and their weight is 80 to 100 lbs.



Rotties are calm and trainable dogs. They are courageous and loyal to their family owners. Devoted and protective, the breed will fiercely defend their families if necessary. They are serious and even-tempered, brave and confident. They generally require a strong-minded master who is calm but firm.

Rottweilers are docile and laid-back with reliable temperament. They are extremely intelligent, and have been known for centuries to excel in police or military work. The breed, nonetheless, needs plenty of socialization and leadership. When they get training at young age and receive consistent leadership, they become very excellent playmates for children. Also, with proper socialization, they can get along well with people and other animals. They rarely thrive in kennel life.


Rottweilers are easy to groom. Brushing their coat every week will be enough to keep it well-conditioned. Brushing, however, needs to be done more often when the breed sheds. Rotties are medium shedders.

Health Concerns

Like most gigantic breeds of dog, Rottweilers tend to live shorter lives than smaller dogs. To be more specific, the breed only has an average lifespan of about 9 or 10 years. Some of the health conditions associated with Rotties include eye problems, heart diseases, cancer, OCD, seizures, thyroid problems, and allergies.

Best Environment

Members of the Rottweiler breed generally require a safe and spacious place to exercise and play. Because they are a large breed, they need a large dwelling area, though a small yard can be good enough. Apartment-living will be fine so long as sufficient exercise is provided. Taking the breed on a walk or jog every day is important. To make them very happy, owners can let them swim, retrieve a ball, and run in the woods or any open country.

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  1. Avatar Of Tina Johnson



    I a have Rottweiler her name is Lillie PAD she is the sweetest big baby

  2. Avatar Of Angie



    For one, my Rottweilers are the biggest pansies in the world. Now, for my question. Last week my 2year old son was feeding our dog Walker. He faked threw the last biscuit and then he went to give the dog a biscuit, and when he pulled it back Walker followed the biscuit, as my son leaned forward and it resulted in a headbutt and a tooth scraped him. It bled but it was not serious and required nothing more than a bandaid. But at the time I thought it was more serious, and being alone wih out a vehicle I called 911 for a ride. Now his father has a protective order against me and somehow the Child Protective Service worker has a case of neglect on me and the dogs are not allowed anywhere near my son or even in the home. My son loves my dogs, GG and Walker. Walker is 10 and GG 6. Walker still acts like a puppy. There have been no incidents ever and the dogs have grown around babies and children.
    Walker is so the opposite of a guard dog a cat could beat him up. He hides from the vaccuum and if you raise your voice he will hide. I have pictures of the dogs sleeping with cats and Walker caring for a guinea pig. GG will bark first at strangers but any person who comes to the house the dogs think they came to see them. If someone were to break into my home I would not have confidence in being protected by the dogs. They were raised kind of babyfied, never were they hit or mistreated. GG is actually kind of lazy. What I’m asking for is if you know any groups that can help me on this issue because I know of the breed is why my son’s father did it, and he’s lived with the dogs, but in his thinking getting rid of the dogs is just another way to hurt me. If somehow you could direct me on some group that could help support me I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank You

  3. Avatar Of Jessica



    I never had a Rottweiler but every single one I met impressed me on how well trained they were. Smart. Nice dogs.

  4. Avatar Of Joan Morgan Joan Morgan says:

    We are senior citizens and have two Rotties (a male and a female (neutered and spayed). We have had Rotties for about 30 years and find them to be the most wonderful pets. They are not difficult to train – and as long as we can
    take care of animals we will always have them. We love our Rotties.

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