Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be medium in size and his coat is black with rust to mahogany markings.
A Look Back
The Rottweiler's ancestors were the drover's dogs accompanying the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. The controllable herding and guarding instincts were recognized by the Germans, and dogs were selectively bred for these traits. As need for its services diminished, the Rottweiler almost fell into extinction. In the early 1900s, a newly formed club established a breed standard. The breed has not appreciably changed since that time.
Right Breed for You?
Rottweilers love their people and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are musts. Rottweilers must be exercised daily, but require minimal grooming maintenance.
Exercise: The Rottweiler thrives on plenty of exercise, and because he is a robust and energetic working dog, he can never have too much to do. He must be taken on long walks or runs daily, and just about any outdoor activity will make him happy. Participating in sports such as agility, cart pulling, competitive obedience, tracking, and so on will work wonders for his physical and mental well-being. Participating in various outings also provides him with much-needed opportunities for socializing.
Grooming: Average shedders, Rottweilers should be brushed and combed regularly to keep their coats in shape. Folds around the face must be kept clean of dirt and debris as well. Life Span: The average life span of the Rottweiler is 10 to 12 years. Training: The Rottweiler must receive obedience training beginning in puppyhood. Positive, firm, careful, and consistent training is essential to handle this powerful breed. HeThey also requires an owner who can manage his massive size and strength. This breed needs a lot of leadership, companionship, and socialization to be truly happy.
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