A true working dog with a keen sense of humor and remarkable aptitude for carting and guarding, the Rottweiler is incorruptibly devoted to his family.
The Rottweiler In 90 Seconds
Rottie information begins with knowing that Rottweilers crossed the Alps with the Roman Army, protecting and moving supplies. As the “butcher’s dog” he drove the cattle to market and was said to return with payment attached to his collar. That he did this alone is possible for the Rottie is a staunchly dependable working dog.
The Rottweiler is the sum total of his history: an unsurpassed guard dog, a carting dog of great strength with an aptitude for droving (controlling) hoof stock.
He is a medium large, imposing black dog with natural ears and docked tail. The Rottweiler's strength, courage, and high intelligence have been in service since 74 A.D. Developed in Germany, the breed has served police in Europe and the U.S. He is quick to respond to a threat and being stared down by a Rott is usually enough to discourage any aggressor.
Rottweiler Coat, Color, Care:
The coat is straight, close, and flat, easy to groom. All Rotties are glossy black with clearly defined rust or mahogany markings on face, chest, buttocks and feet. Any "rare" colors indicate impure breeding, i.e., a mutt. Rottweilers require no special care other than the occasional bath, toenail clipping, and ear cleaning. A big knuckle bone keeps his teeth clean so he doesn't require veterinary teeth cleaning.
He’s a courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that doesn’t invite familiarity from strangers. With his owner however, the Rottweiler’s dignity can slip a little and lacking a tail, a Rottie will joyfully wag his butt! The male Rottweiler is usually quite dominant so he does best with an experienced owner.
Like all puppies, they are adorable, amusing, and playful but as a working guard dog, care should be taken to teach good manners when he's still a little guy. Avoid "dominance" games such as tug-o-war and if he asserts ownership of his food bowl, remind him that you are the one who gave it to him! The Rottweiler is going to grow into an incredibly powerful dog so begin training early, making it fun and interesting for the Rottie's very adept mind.
Even as a puppy, a well bred, well raised Rottweiler is keenly perceptive and seeks to please his owner. Kindness and praise are important to your Rottie puppy. When you're done with the short training session (he is after all a baby with a short attention span), take a few minutes to just sit quietly with your Rottweiler close at your side and tell him about your day... Those one-on-one "close" minutes after each training session is all the reward your Rottweiler needs.
Rottweilers need regular, rigorous, outdoor exercise to keep their powerful, muscular frame in good muscle tone. A fenced yard will suffice but a fit Rottie has incredible stamina and will happily jog a mile or two beside your bicycle. He needs to stretch his legs (and mind) every day to prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking.
Rottweiler Health Concerns:
Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds like the Rottweiler but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.