Today we are looking at another one of my favorite dogs, the Rottweiler. A formidable dog that has gained a lot of fame over the last 30 to 40 years and not always in a good way. They are a dog that really typifies the stereotype of how it’s poor owners that are to blame for the reputation some breeds get.
With that said, we need to ask: What Is A Rottweiler?
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- With that said, we need to ask: What Is A Rottweiler?
They are a very old breed and can be dated back to over two thousand years when they used to march alongside the Roman armies as they conquered Europe and beyond.
It is safe to say that Roman Centurions would have been mightily impressed by the courage, power, and intelligence of these dogs and these characteristics are still highly prominent in them today.
These dogs were active all through the last two millennia. They were used to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers all through these times.
It’s a dog with a strong work ethic.
In the middle of the 19th century, herding dogs were no longer needed when paved roads and railroads started transporting cattle livestock to market and this is why the number of Rottweilers continued to dwindle, and they had almost disappeared.
But in the 20th century, the Rottweilers found a new purpose serving in the military and police forces and they were first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1931.
Today, they work as police dogs, herding dogs, service dogs, and also as therapy dogs. They are a highly versatile breed and can make absolutely wonderful family dogs.
The Look Of A Rottweiler
Rottweilers have a unique color marking. Rottweilers have a black base coat with brown markings on their chests, paws, and face. The brown spots can be a range of colors from dark mahogany to a red or rusty color.
Some may have an upside-down wishbone-shaped brown mark and their chest while others may have a butterfly shape on each chest muscle or just a shapeless mage.
They may have white markings on the chest between the shoulders or on the face. Sometimes older dogs will develop white marks in these areas, which is simply an effect of aging. Rottweilers can also be born with albino all red or with a bluish color code which is considered to be breed false by the breed standards.
Some Rottweilers are all white with pink skin and red eyes and a red or blue Rottweiler is most likely a mix.
Life Expectancy of a Rottweiler
Sadly, these beautiful dogs have a relatively short lifespan. Some 8 to 10 years is the average for these wonderful dogs.
Price of a Rottweiler
These dogs are a pedigree breed and if you are serious about getting one you would be looking at around $850 to $1500 from a reputable breeder. And please, if you are going down the route of a puppy then you need to check out our great article here all about asking the right questions from the right breeder.
Weight of a Rottweiler
These dogs are powerful and muscular in stature and that is how they need to look all through their lives.
Rottweilers gain weight really easily. They love to eat and they’re prone to easily gaining weight.
They’re typically 24 to 27 inches tall and weigh around 95 to 130 pounds.
Excess weight is not good for them and owners have to keep a close eye on the Rottweiler’s physicality and take a real interest in them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A couple of daily walks with at least 10 to 20 minutes of mental and physical stimulation in the form of training helps make them healthier and extends their life expectancy. Dog food containing 22 to 28% of protein will help them maintain their weight so be sure to keep them away from high-fat dog food.
This obviously extends to dog treats too. You have to be careful with Rotties when it comes to treats as they are the kind of dog that has the smarts to work out where you keep the goodies and they will demolish the entire lot without worrying. If you do use treats, make sure they are stored safely away from your big, loveable mutt.
Coat Care of a Rottweiler
They shed a lot!
These breeds have a double coat. The medium-length outer coat is straight, coarse, and dense, shorter on the head, ears, and legs.
The undercoat is found mainly in the neck and thighs and sheds moderately most of the year. Although more in the spring and fall, however, dog hair is going to be a constant presence in your home all year round.
Rotties, however, are one of the easiest dog breeds to groom. You can bathe them weekly with a gentle shampoo and brush their coats with a soft bristle to maintain a healthy shiny coat,
The health of a Rottweiler
As stated earlier, sadly these dogs don’t seem to have a long life unlike other larger breeds of dog and this is a real shame as they are so loveable and loyal. The thing about them is that they are so smart and have such great intuition, you would be forgiven for thinking of them as a person.
They do have some health problems that are common in other dogs. Conditions like dysplasia of limbs like the elbow, cruciate ligament damage, and also, because of intensive breeding, Subaortic Stenosis or SAS which can lead to fainting, heart murmurs, or sadly in some cases, sudden death. It’s important to make sure your dog is regularly checked by your vet to keep an eye on their regular health and wellbeing.
When Rottweilers reach eight years old, they might experience hearing loss and vision impairment.
Keep an eye on the length of their nails too along with wiping their ears out regularly with good quality wipes like these:
These intelligent confident dogs can snore pretty loudly and drool a lot. Massive and muscled the Rottweilers are good-natured, calm, and obedient dogs that observe the outside world with a self-assured aloofness, they take a while to warm up to strangers but are one of the loyal and loving family members.
Rottweilers have a strong work ethic. Rottweilers are loving, caring, loyal, and a very fairly relaxed breed with a strong work ethic.
They can hold their own in all dog sports from obedience to herding and weight pulls.
They have a strong guarding instinct, and they form strong bonds with their owners and are naturally protective.
They are surprisingly sensitive and may experience separation anxiety if left alone for longer periods. Rottweilers love to run around and play especially with children.
However, their enthusiasm completely depends on their temperament and the way they are nurtured.
As I always state on here, it is vital that your children understand that a dog is not a toy and to treat them with respect and this can only come from you as pack leader. Never leave children alone with a dog and hope for the best as it can end very badly, especially with a breed like a Rottie.
Interestingly they are are superb guard dogs because they are so quiet and they don’t bark a lot. Don’t worry though, if you have one of these dogs in your home, only a complete idiot would think of trying to get in your house.
Rottweilers have incredible bite power and this can easily be fatal to the wrong person. 300lbs + per square inch it has been measured at and that is serious power. The most powerful of any dog, so burglars be warned.
Rottweilers are not big barker’s. They only bark if there’s a reason but some of them do love to vocalize and it can oftentimes surprise a novice owner.
Rottweilers are a calm, quiet, and expressive breed of dog. They’re not a vocal breed, which is why many owners rarely hear their bark. They generally love responding quietly to their environment.
Trainability of a Rottweiler
As we have already established, Rottweilers are really smart.
Rottweilers are very intelligent and highly trainable, you can train your dog early in their life by the time he is 10 to 12 weeks.
As an owner, you must provide consistent rules and chances for the Rottweilers to socialize so they can become more obedient and less aggressive. teaching your puppy basic commands to be included with their potty training.
They take time working out a situation before they act and they tend to be smarter and learn faster. Training of a dog like this should really continue all through their lives as they excel on consistency and also learning new things to stretch their powerful and sharp minds.
The portrayal of Rottweilers as aggressive dogs has appeared in several fictional films and TV series most notably in The Omen and this has induced a negative image of the dog.
However, they aren’t necessarily that bad, they just tend to act in accordance with how their owners raised them.
Exercise Requirements of a Rottweiler
A beautiful power-packed and muscular lean looking Rottie really is a sight to see. This can easily be achieved by giving them a very simple formula every day:
Great Food & Clean Fresh Water…..2 Hours Good Exercise and plenty of love!
To summarise my thoughts on this wonderful dog breed would be to say this:
They are not really a dog for the novice owner.
They need strong leadership because they are very smart and very strong and they know it, so they need to see you as a really good or great pack leader.
They, like most breeds, if not all, respond impressively to positive reinforcement during training and general lifestyle. If you can be consistent with them they will repay you 100 fold.
They are truly beautiful dogs and are far more worthy of society’s love than of their fear.
If you get one then please give them all of the tools, respect, and love that they deserve because they are incredible dogs and would never let you down.