Rottweiler’s are the tenth most popular dog breed! Known as the butcher dog, Rotties used to herd livestock and pull meat stocked carts to be sold at the marketplace (trains now do this). In today’s world, Rottweiler’s are employed as medium-large sized guard dogs, police dogs, guide dogs, and search & rescue dogs.
Rottweilers are bred to be a compact, powerful breed. Their black coats showcase clearly defined rust markings, giving them an air of nobility that is unmistakable. The breed has enormous strength, great endurance, supreme intelligence, and superior balance in its gene-pool.
Rottweilers are good-natured, extremely devoted, obedient dogs. They are peaceful in temperament, and eager to please their owners. They behave in a self-assured, fearless manner breathing confidence into everything they do.
The breed is incredibly intelligent, possessing the desire to protect their home and family. All things totaled: this dog makes for the perfect companion.
This being said, the exceptional power behind a Rottweilers bite makes extensive socialization and proper training essential.
Provide Proper Care
Nutritionally speaking, the healthiest options will differ from Rottie to Rottie. That being said, you’re going to want to feed your Rottweiler the highest quality dog food. Many food brands will have size and weight formulas to guide you through your decision making process.
Grooming-wise, you should trim your Rotties nails regularly, check his ears often, and brush his teeth daily. The Rottweiler has a short coat so hair-wise there isn’t much to worry about.
Exercise your Rottweiler vigorously every day. Rotties are “people” dogs. Include them through your day to day activities. Your Rottweiler will absolutely LOVE accompanying you on your errands. The breeds vast intelligence and vibrant energy requires constant stimulus.
For the most part, Rottweiler guard dogs are healthy and disease free. However, Hip Dysplasia can be problematic. Due to its rapid growth, the breed can also develop a shoulder joint condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans.
Both of the above conditions can easily be avoided by choosing your Rottweiler from a reputable breeder. Although rare, there are three health concerns worth mentioning:
• For reasons not yet known, Rottweilers are Cancer-prone.
• For reasons, also not yet known, Rottweilers are slightly more susceptible towards parvovirus in comparison with other breeds. Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can, in some instances, be life threatening. The virus rapidly divides cells from within the dogs body, severely affecting it’s intestinal tract. The disease also attacks white blood cells, causing heart damage and lifelong cardiac difficulties.
• Lastly, Rottweilers are prone to obesity. Do not over feed this breed.
Rottweiler Average Lifespan: 8-10 years.
Rottweilers are descendants of a mastiff type breed known as “Molossus”. This ancestor marched alongside the Roman army to Germany, driving the cattle that sustained Rome as they conquered the known world. As the Romans marched from city to city, their large dogs mated frequently with animals from the native areas they passed, creating what would one day become, the Rottweiler.
As the breed evolved, Rottweilers began to flourish as cattle herders. Butchers also began using the dogs to pull carts loaded with meat. At this point, Rottweiler guard dogs began being used as protection for cattlemen from thieves on their way home after selling livestock.
Eventually, railroads replaced cattle drives, leaving Rottweilers nearly extinct. Finally, in 1901, after being endangered for over ten years, the Rottweiler and Leonberger Club was founded. Not long after, law enforcement called for Rottweiler police dogs. In 1931 the breed became recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Even throughout all of this, it wasn’t until after World War II that the breed became popular. Since then, Rottweilers have gained a spot in hearts worldwide, ranking as one of the “top ten most popular dog breeds” again and again.
A Last Glimpse At The Rottweiler
From endangered to most popular, Rottweilers have proved over and over again that their breed is special. With responsible training and proper socialization, your Rottie will be a devoted, loyal companion fit for any family!