Rottweiler: A Breed Guide
Behind the Rottweiler Reputation: A Breed Guide
Rottweilers have a bad reputation, similar to the misconceptions surrounding pit bulls. Many people think is breed is aggressive, unpredictable, and difficult to train. But, a properly trained Rottweiler can be extremely loyal and affectionate. Take a look behind some of the bad press and get to know the Rottweiler.
The forebears of the Rottweiler worked as cattle-driving dogs. Their name comes from Rottweil, Germany, where the dogs were left by ancient Roman troops, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. The breed remained in Europe, often serving as a working dog for travelling butchers. Rotteweilers first arrived in the U.S. in 1920s, but their popularity began to increase after World War II, according to DogTime.
Over the course of the breed’s history, these dogs have filled various working roles. In addition to herding cattle, Rottweilers have been guard dogs, police dogs, and rescue dogs.
Rottweilers (sometimes called Rotties) are big dogs, which can make them seem intimidating to those unfamiliar with the breed. The males of the breed can weigh up to 135 pounds, while females typically reach a maximum weight of 100 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Their bodies are tall and muscular. These gentle giants have a life expectancy of nine to 10 years, according to the AKC.
Like many other breeds, Rottweilers are easily recognizable due to their coats. Rotties are black with reddish markings (ranging from a lighter cinnamon to a darker rust color), usually on the face, legs, and chest. These dogs do shed, so regular brushing essential for keeping the fur in in the house to a minimum.
Rottweilers are certainly big dogs, but that doesn’t mean they deserve all of the negative beliefs about them. Rottweilers have been bred as guard dogs, and they are physically imposing, which can lead people to think of them as territorial and aggressive. But, as with any breed, training is essential to shaping a dog’s behavior.
When properly trained and socialized, Rottweilers are loyal, playful, and affectionate. If you are bringing home a puppy, focus on socializing him or her with different dogs and people early on in their training. For people who want to adopt an adult dog, ask questions about training history. Adult dogs with behavioral issues will take more time and patience in their forever home.
Life with a Rottweiler
Rottweilers may look big and intimidating, but at heart, they tend to be silly and playful. These big dogs can adapt to living in smaller homes, but they need regular walks and playtime.
As a highly trainable breed, Rotties can share a home with other pets and children. Remember that these are big dogs that can accidentally knock over someone smaller than themselves. Supervise their interactions with other members of the household, and provide consistent training and feedback.
Recycled Rotts in Oswego, Illinois is a nonprofit dedicated to education about this breed and placing Rotties in loving homes. Take a look at the available pups if you think this breed is right for you.
Written by Carrie Pallardy