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Rottweiler

rottweilerRottweilers originated in Germany, where their full name is Rottweil Metzgerhund, or “Butcher’s Dog.”

This large breed is calm, intelligent, powerful and hardworking.

Personality

  • Easygoing and placid
  • Sometimes a clown
  • Devoted, obedient, hardworking
  • Self-confident, solid and brave
  • Calm, confident and courageous
  • Needs to be properly introduced to new people since they tend to be aloof with strangers

Size

  • 93-110 pounds
  • 25-36 inches at the withers

Lifestyle

  • Enjoys the company of children and bonds very strongly with them (still, never leave a child alone with a dog, no matter the circumstances)
  • Loves to play and run around
  • Loyally protects their family
  • Does well with an active family

Training

  • Very intelligent and easy to train
  • Needs an experienced trainer or pet parent who will instill trust and command proper obedience
  • Socialization is essential to accustom these dogs to different people and situations

Exercise

  • Should not be left chained in a yard, as they can become territorial
  • Rotties need lots of exercise and a job to do; otherwise they’ll become bored and possibly destructive

Coat

  • Black with rust or mahogany markings; undercoat is gray, tan or black
  • Topcoat is medium length, coarse, dense and flat
  • Rottweilers that live in hotter climates may have adapted and be missing the undercoat
  • Low maintenance, but do shed heavily during certain seasons

Health

  • Susceptible to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia that can lead to osteochondrosis
  • May suffer from retinal problems as well as spinal cord paralysis
  • Tend to fall victim to bloat, a stomach condition that can be fatal

Lifespan

  • 8-12 years

Rescue

  • To find Rottweilers near you that are available for adoption, visit RottRescue.org.

PHOTO: beto

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May 15, 2006 By : Category : i LOVE DOGS BREEDS Large P-S Working Tags:
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