Rottweiler Facts


Ease of training:  High

Grooming:  Low

Shedding:  Medium

Exercise needed:  Daily walks

Energy level:  Medium

Protection:  High, effective watchdog and guarddog

Good with children:  Yes, with older children and when brought up with them



The Rottweiler is a dog that loves to work, and has plenty of stamina, power, and endurance. These dogs are fiercely loyal and protective, and will do whatever it takes to defend their loved ones. Many tend to bond to one particular person more than others. They are confident, powerful, serious, and courageous. However, they are not the right choice for timid and inexperienced dog owners, as they do require proper training and handling. The Rottweiler is responsive and intelligent, and with an assertive trainer who uses positive training methods the Rottweiler will learn extremely quickly. Early socialization for this breed is essential. The Rottweiler needs firm discipline and consistent training.


It is important to provide regular exercise, plenty of interaction, and mental stimulation for the Rottweiler. These dogs can be a handful, and do have a fair amount of energy. A safe, secure area is essential for these dogs to play and exercise, and he will need plenty of space, as he is a large creature.  Rottweilers tend to get on well with children when brought up with them, and with older children that will not pester them. He tends to be aloof around strangers, and care must be taken because of his strong protective streak - again, early socialization and proper training is a key factor. Early exposure to pets is also important, and the Rottweiler can be aggressive towards cats and dogs. However, with the right family and owner, the Rottweiler can make a loyal, devoted, and loving pet.



The Rottweiler is a large dog, with a sturdy, muscular build. He has a handsome yet rugged look about him, and an intelligent expression. His coat is short, close fitting, and has a coarse texture. The coloring of the Rottweiler is black with mahogany or tan markings.  

The Rottweiler weighs in at around 80-100 pounds for females, and 95-135 pounds for males. The height of these dogs is around 22-25 inches for females, and 24-27 inches for males.



The grooming requirements for the Rottweiler are not high, and you can keep his coat in good condition with a once weekly brushing. However, you will need to increase this when he is shedding more heavily. He is a medium shedder, and therefore may not prove ideal for allergy sufferers.


Health Problems and Life Expectancy

As with many large dogs, the Rottweiler has a shorter life expectancy than many other breeds, and lives to around 9-10 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, and this includes heart problems, eye diseases, bloat, thyroid problems, cancer, OCD, HD, seizures, and allergies. The parents of the Rottweiler puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates and heart clearance.


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I wanted to be the first to say that I know several Rottweilers and all of them are the sweetest, most loyal, dogs - even bigger saps than my doodles. But I will say that I believe this is because they all have "owners" that devoted lots of love, time, and training to them.
That is true with any breed, even Pits. My niece has a Pitbull that is a big mushy lapdog.
Same here - every Pitbull I have ever met has been very sweet. But again, with responsible owners. *Sigh* - here lies the problem: irresponsible owners that give certain breeds a bad name.
That is why, I believe, Breed Specific Legislation is very wrong. Ban the person, action, behavior and not the breed. I think if our abuse & other animal laws were strengthened, we would see far fewer breed specific issues.

I think I read somewhere that more people have been bitten by tiny breeds than have been by Pits. I don't know if this is true but I do know that dogs aren't born bad, they are taught. Like people....
Oh, yeah, Ontario and it's ridiculous pitbull ban. Not too long ago, before we adopted Abbey, DH and I were in Buffalo and we came across a mobile SPCA adoption event - so we stopped in. I was immediately drawn to this one sort of "petite/delicate" looking dog with the most soulful eyes. She was a pitbull. She was so sweet and gentle, just wanted to be pet, rested her head in my hand, and licked me to death. The SPCA staff just raved about her great personality. But, we could not adopt her because of the Ontario ban.

BTW - I would not be surprised at all if more people are bitten by smaller breeds than Pits.


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