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Country of Origin: Germany

Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs

Section: Molossoid breeds

Original Function: cattle drover, guardian, draft

Todays Function: security, herding trials, schutzhund

Dimension Male: 61-69 cm

Dimension Female: 56-63 cm

Weight Male: 43-59 kg

Weight Female: 38-52 kg

Litter Size: 4-10 puppies

Life span: 8-11 years

Other Names: German Rottweiler, Mertzerhund

Colors: Black with tan/rust or mahogany markings.

Living: A house with a fenced yard or an acreage is recommended, although apartment living would be acceptab



The Rottweiler has a massive, powerful body. Muscular and athletic, it has a broad head and rounded forehead. The muzzle is well-developed with a scissors bite. Its eyes are dark with an expression of goodwill and loyalty. The ears are triangular, carried forward, and its nose is wide and black. The lips are black and inside the mouth it is dark-colored. The tail is customarily docked. Often born with rear dewclaws, these are usually removed when the tail is docked. The coat is short, hard and thick. It is black with brown markings on the cheeks and muzzle, paws and legs. A red color with brown markings also exists. There is a deficiency in the hair gene making the coloring a lighter red. Rottweiler bitches often have large litters; 12 puppies are not uncommon.


Confident, bold, alert and imposing, the Rottweiler is a popular choice for its ability to protect. As befitting its self-assured nature, it tends to be headstrong and stubborn and is often domineering. It is reserved, often wary, toward strangers. It may be overly protective if it perceives that its family is being threatened, and it may also attempt to "herd" children. This is a powerful breed that needs socialization, consistent training and daily exercise to be the best it can be ? a loyal family member and guardian.


The Rottweiler needs daily physical and mental activity, either in the form of long walks or jogs, or a vigorous game in a safe area, as well as obedience lessons. It enjoys cold weather and may become overheated in hot weather. It can live outdoors in temperate to cool climates, as long as plenty of shelter is available. It needs to spend significant time inside with its human family, however, so that proper bonding can occur. Coat care is minimal, consisting only of occasional brushing to remove dead hair.


The smooth, glossy coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.


Major concerns: CHD, elbow dysplasia, SAS, osteosarcoma, gastric torsion

Minor concerns: OCD, entropion, ectropion, vWD, panosteitis

Occasionally seen: PRA, cataract, epilepsy

Suggested tests: hip, elbow, cardiac, blood, (eye)