Breed Name : Rottweiler Other Name : Rott, Rottie Origin : Germany Family: Mastiff Breed Group : Working (AKC 1931, Guardian Dog (UKC) Lifespan : 10 to 12 years Temperament
The Rottie is powerful, calm, trainable, courageous and devoted to its owner and family.
Loyal and protective, it will defend its family fiercely if needed
Serious, even-tempered, brave, confident and courageous, this breed needs an owner who is strong minded, calm, but firm and able to handle this dog’s massive size.
The Rottie is a docile, natural guard dog with a laid-back, reliable temperament. It is highly intelligent and has proven its worth beyond question in police, military and customs work over many centuries and can be trained for competitive obedience.
Because of its size, training should begin when the dog is a small puppy
Male : 24 to 27 inches (61 to 69 cm)
Female : 22 to 25 inches (56 to 63 cm)
Male : 43 to 59 kg
Female : 38-52 kg
According to American Kennel Club breed standards, a Rottweiler's coat is short and straight. A coat that is long or wavy is considered a flaw to the AKC
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) standards, Rottweilers are always black with markings ranging from rust to mahogany
Litter Size : 10-12 Puppies
Puppy Price : USD $1200-2000
The Rottweiler is the 8th most popular out of the 194 dog breeds recognized by the AKC.
The Rottweiler was a popular police dog during World War I
Rottweiler – ‘The Guard Dog with Iron Jaw’. The iron jaw of a Rottie can exert pressure of over 149 kg per inch.
Rottweiler is amongst the best guard dogs in the world, its loyalty knows no bounds and it has immense amount of courage.
This breed will guard your home and your belongings ferociously ensuring that no harm comes to its loved one under its rule. This breed is also durable and physically tough. It is known sometimes to be over protective.
Rottweiler is not overly friendly with anyone.
Rottweiler is a breed that is excellent with children, this breed will protect a child and also be an excellent babysitter in one go.
Rottweiler has a higher level of intelligence In comparison to other breeds, it picks up things and habits quickly which means that it doesn’t require excessive training.
This breed is like a perfect gentleman- Calm, confident and laid back. It doesn’t suffer from temper tantrums and doesn’t get aggressive easily. Rottweiler is a huge cuddle breed, it will be affectionate towards people it trusts.
There is a view that Rottweiler is a ferocious dog who is prone to attacking people, but this Is only true for Rottweiler’s who haven’t been made to socialize properly
Breed History The Rottweiler is probably descended from the Italian Mastiff, which accompanied the herds that the Romans brought with them when they invaded Europe. During the Middle Ages, it was used as a herder, as a guard, messenger dog, draught dog and for police work. It was bred in the German town of Rottweiler in Wurttemberg. Practically extinct in the 1800s, the breed population began a comeback in the early twentieth century due to the efforts of enthusiastic breeders centered in Stuttgart. In Germany on January 13, 1907, the DRK (Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub (German Rottweiler Club)) was established. Shortly after on April 27, 1907, the SDRK (Süddeutscher Rottweiler-Klub (South German Rottweiler Club)) was formed, which later became the IRK (International Rottweiler Club). The Rottweiler standard was then set. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1931. Some of the Rottweiler's talents include: tracking, herding, watchdog, guarding, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, police work, carting, competitive obedience and Schutzhund
Daily Feed Requirements To minimize health problems, always feed your Rottweiler a healthy diet. This dog by its nature is a meat eater and it should be fed enough meat to maintain its weight. This breed's meals should be protein enriched and should have minimum 22 percent protein for an adult Rottweiler and the percentage needs to be increased in case of a puppy. High protein will reduce chances of weight gain. The fat content in the food of this breed should be minimum and should not be crossing 16% in case of an adult and 18% in case of a puppy. This fat should also be a recognized fat and not anything vague as animal fat. A healthy Rottweiler who has access to healthy food will also start looking better. Its coat will shine and it will have reduced chances of any health problem. Rottweilers shouldn't be overfed because an obese Rottweiler is not a healthy pet to have. The protein that is being fed to the Rottweiler should be higher in animal protein in comparison to vegetable protein. The food should also have a certain amount of calcium in addition to protein and fats. A Rottweiler puppy should be fed multiple times a day with a decent portion size. Food, especially for a puppy Rottweiler, needs to be high in nutrition. An Adult Rottweiler can be fed twice a day but it is necessary to see that they are not overfed. There needs to be a proper feeding schedule for a Rottweiler. Along with proper feeding, they also need to exercise regularly Feeding guide for a Rottweiler puppy Once a puppy is settled into their new homes, it is safe to change their diets, but as previously touched upon, it needs to be done gradually and carefully to avoid any tummy upsets. As a rough guide, Rottweiler puppies can be fed the following amounts every day to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need to grow and develop properly:
2 months old - 309g to 527g depending on a puppy's build
3 months old - 406g to 710g depending on a puppy's build
4 months old - 449g to 789g depending on a puppy's build
5 months old - 534g to 952g depending on a puppy's build
6 months old - 607g to 1084g depending on a puppy's build
7 months old - 609g to 1104g depending on a puppy's build
8 months old - 605g to 1025g depending on a puppy's build
9 months old - 557g to 1093g depending on a puppy's build
10 months old - 521g to 1048g depending on a puppy's build
11 months old - 476g to 991g depending on a puppy's build
12 months old - 434g to 941g depending on a puppy's build
13 months old - 431 g to 884g depending on a puppy's build
14 months old - 426g to 831g depending on a puppy's build
Feeding guide for an Adult Rottweiler As a rough guide, an adult fully grown Rottweiler can be fed the following amounts every day to ensure they stay fit and healthy:
Dogs weighing 35 kg can be fed 360g to 552g depending on activity
Dogs weighing 50 kg can be fed 447g to 682g depending on activity
Dogs weighing 60 kg can be fed 500g to 762g depending on activity
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Rottweiler Diseases, Diagnostic, and Treatment
Generally, the Rottweiler is a relatively healthy, disease-free breed
Rottweilers are more susceptible than other breeds to become infected with Parvovirus, a highly contagious and deadly disease of puppies and young dogs
If overfed or under-exercised, Rottweilers are prone to obesity. Some of the consequences of obesity can be very serious, including arthritis, breathing difficulties, diabetes, heart failure, reproductive problems, skin disease, reduced resistance to disease and overheating caused by the thick jacket of fat under the skin
Rottweiler is very prone to ‘Osteosarcoma’, which is among the most common causes of early death in Rottweilers