The Rottweiler Dog
Breed History, Temperament, and Training Tips!

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General Appearance, Owning, Temperament, and AKC facts.

General Appearance

The ideal Rottweiler is a medium large, robust and powerful dog, black with clearly defined rust markings. His compact and substantial build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. Males puppies are characteristically more massive throughout with larger frame and heavier bone than females pups. Females are distinctly feminine, but without weakness of substance or structure.


The Rott puppy makes a loyal and wonderful companion, but requires time and training. The Rottie is a basically calm, confident, and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness. The Rotweiler is a powerful dog with an inherent desire to protect home and family. The Rottweiler's strong will to work make it an especially good companion dog.



According to the FCI Standard, the Rottweiler
is good-natured, placid in basic disposition, very devoted, obedient, biddable and eager to work. Their appearance is natural and rustic, their behavior self-assured, steady and fearless.

They react to their surroundings with great alertness. The American Kennel Club says it is basically a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rotweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in its environment. It has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making them especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog.

Rottweilers are a powerful breed with well-developed genetic herding and guarding instincts. As with any breed, potentially dangerous behavior in Rottweilers usually results from irresponsible ownership, abuse, neglect, or lack of socialization and training. However, the exceptional strength of the Rottweiler is an additional risk factor not to be neglected. It is for this reason that breed experts recommend that formal training and extensive socialization are essential for all Rottweilers.

According to the AKC, Rottweilers love their owners and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are musts.

Did You Know.....AKC

The first Rottweiler was admitted to the American Kennel Club Stud Book in 1931. The breed standard for the Rotts was adopted in 1935. The American Rottweiler Club was organized in 1971 and was approved for its first Specialty Show in 1981. The origin of the Rott is not a documented record. Once this is recognized, actual history tempered by reasonable supposition indicates the likelihood he is descended from one of the drover dogs indigenous to ancient Rome. This drover dog has been described by various accredited sources as having been of the Mastiff type - a dependable, rugged, willing worker, possessed of great intelligence and a strong guarding instinct; A Rottweiler Dog Breed

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Dog Breed: Rottweiler

Owner Level:
For experienced involved dog owners

Average Life Span:
10-13 years

Average Weight:
Male 110 pounds, Females 90 pounds

Color And Coat:
Coarse flat coat, black in color with rust markings on cheeks, muzzle, chest, legs, above eyes and under the tail.

Many people believe the Rottweiler to be descended from a mastiff type dog which the Romans used when they conquered Europe. The Romans used these dogs primarily for herding the cattle and sheep needed as food for their armies. The modern breed histoy of the Rott is believed to have been developed in Germany in a district known as Rottweil, hence the name Rottwieler. The Germans used these dogs as herd dogs for their farming animals. The early Rottweilers also were worked as beasts of burden, carrying wood and other products to market. In addition, they were used as draft animals to pull carts filled with various products for their owners. During the first and second World Wars, Rottweillers were put into service as war time guard animals. Currently they are frequently used as guard and police animals. Some people have trained as puppies these fine animals to be hostile and many sad stories have resulted from these situations. However, a Rottie puppy which has been properly trained will be as gentle as any other breed of dog.

Rottweilers, range from about 22" to as much as 27" in shoulder height. They may weigh as little as 85 Lb. but they may weigh as much as 120 Lb. and occasionally slightly more than 120 Lb. They are considered a "very large" dog, and they can be very bulky in size. The Rottweiler is classed as a "working" breed by the American Kennel Club. Rotties generally live 7 to 10 years, but 12 to 13 years of age are occasionally seen in this breed. Hip dysphasia and other disorders are often seen, especially in purebred dogs from unscrupulous breeders.

These dogs have very calm dispositions which make them quite suitable for companion animals and for family protection. Although the Rotweiler at one time was the most popular dog in the United States, it is now the second or third most popular dog as a pet.

The Rottweiler is a very intelligent dog with a strong desire to please its master. They crave attention; they are very loyal, and devoted. If they sense that their family is in eminent danger, they will defend their family just as any other dog would do. As with any other large dog, He/She requires a dominant master who is familiar with handling large dogs. Any dog Rottweiler Puppies included , which is not properly trained, can and may challenge the authority of their handler.

A Rotweiler is a powerful animal

They cannot be allowed to dominate. They must be taught as Rottweiller Puppies who the master is. Once they understand who is master, they willingly submit to the authority of their handler. Rotties generally are good around other animals. Most accept cats and other small animals as part of the family when raised from a puppy with those animals. When a Rott pup is not raised with smaller animals, supervised socialization is an absolute must. Due to their tremendous size and strength, they are not recommended around children five or younger. They can bump into small children during play and easily hurt them. In addition, the crying of a small child may be misunderstood by any dog. Therefore it is not recommended to leave any dog unattended with an infant.

A dog’s mental attitude is a result of puppy training. Many good books and videos are sold on training your dog. Rotweilers, like any other dog must be trained for obedience. They enjoy training sessions and easily learn commands. Any puppy that is not socialized will be nervous and appear unfriendly around strangers. Rotts are like other dogs in this respect. They need to be socialized with other dogs in a public setting. They need to be walked in a public setting and allowed to meet other people so that they can accept other people outside the family group. Often dogs that are not socialized become fearful and attack people or other animals without apparent reason.

Always remember, no matter what breed the dog is, it is still a dog. It is not a human; therefore it does not possess the intelligence to discern right from wrong or good from bad. A dog only reacts to what they have been taught. If a puppy has been trained to fight, or play in an aggressive way, or otherwise act in a hostile manner, it will probably display hostile behavior. On the other hand, a pup which has been treated gently and trained in a firm but gentle manner will usually be a calm, well behaved, and rather trustworthy animal. Always keep your Dog on a leash when in public. Never allow someone to be in charge of your dog that cannot control the animal under adverse situations.

Rottweilers need daily exercise and prefer a yard to play in. Exercising your puppy can be as easy as throwing a ball or frisby for the animal to chase, and working with the pup several times a day. Any dog likes to accompany their master on a walk. People who run for exercise will find a Rott an excellent and willing companion while they are running.

Grooming is quite simple. Rott puppies have semi-coarse overcoat fur and a soft fine undercoat fur. They need to be combed to remove the soft fine hair or it will quickly mat and shed. Taking a few minutes to comb and brush your Rottie puppy on a weekly basis is an excellent control for shedding. A bath every three to four weeks after your Rottweiler Training workout is helpful in controlling parasites, shedding, and helps maintain a healthy skin condition.

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Rotts can make them difficult to own and live with; they are big, independent, protective, stubborn, extremely intelligent, and playful and they are faithful companions.

These guys often get a bad rap because they get so big so quickly and because people don’t spend enough time training and socializing them. Often they end up in shelters or neglected.

Your new puppy is likely to be 100 pounds or more, with a stubborn streak so the time to begin training is right away!

Socializing Your Rottweiler Puppy is Critical.

Some Rotties can become over protective and dog aggressive if not socialized properly! Although, many people desire this breed for his protective qualities, no one wants a dog that is dangerous or will not let anyone in the house.

I believe a dog will protect his owner in a crisis without training, and that socialization and proper training is much more important than worrying about or training a dog to be aloof or aggressive on the rare chance of an owner attack. Your Rottie is daunting enough just to look at!

Take your new puppy everywhere with you and let him meet all different kinds of people and children. Take treats with you and let people give him treats while petting him.

You want your new puppy to enjoy meeting people but to also have good manners and not jump have him sit instead! Now is the time to teach him manners not when he is 95 pounds!

Training and manners should also begin right away!

Although he is a cute little ball of fur now, he will soon be a large, imposing, and incredibly strong dog.

Begin by rewarding behaviors you like seeing and will continue to like as he ages. Reward him for sitting, laying down, staying in one place, chewing the right objects and anything else you like that your new Rottie pup does.

Ignore behaviors that are irritating or will be disturbing when he is an adult, like jumping making sure never to talk to, pet or reinforce negative behavior.

Redirecting Bad Behavior.

You may also redirect bad behavior by asking your new puppy to do something else; for instance if he is jumping on you ask him to sit or lay down. If he is putting his teeth on you make sure to give him something else to chew on or have him sit or lay down to break his focus on the negative behavior.

Rotties are notorious for chewing anything and everything! So get him use to his crate as soon as possible. Not only will this keep him and your things safe when you can’t keep an eye on him, it will also help you with puppy potty training.

Crate Training Rottweiler Puppies

All puppies whine and cry at first when crated, this is normal! However it is critical not to let him out when he is making noise. By doing so, you are essentially telling him that whining and crying is what you want and is the key to his freedom.

Begin by making the crate fun and playing games with him inside. Throw toys inside while keeping the door wide open and feed him in his crate. Also teach him that when he stays in his crate you will treat him and reward him, this can become a fun and interactive game for you both.

I also recommend keeping a crate next to your bed so that you can hear him in the night if he awakes and needs to go outside. It also helps for him to hear your breathing and night noises to keep him from panicking in his crate.

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The proper feeding of a Rottweiler (Especialy a Famous Rottweiler at Christmas time) depends on how much exercise the dog gets. Generally the proper amount to feed is defined on the package when the food is purchased. Dry food may be mixed with a small amount of water to make it more palatable for the puppy. A small amount of canned food mixed in is enjoyable for the dog as well. Table scraps are to be avoided as they generally do not provide the proper balance of nutrients. There are many books published on how to feed and care for your dog.

Always be sure to keep your pet properly immunized. Your veterinarian can tell you what is needed in your locality. Also discuss with your Vet what should be used as toys and treats for your Rotts.

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