Rottweiler Breed Standard

Rottweiler Breed Standard

The Rottie is calm, trainable, courageous, and devoted to their owner and family. They have a reliable temperament. Protective, he will defend his family fiercely. These are strong fighters that seem immune to pain. Serious, steady and confident. Firm and careful training is essential for this breed, otherwise you may end up with a very powerful and overly aggressive dog. Yet they can, with proper handling, also be loyal, loving and very rewarding companions. They require owners who can handle their massive size. The Rottie is a natural guard dog with a mellow temperament. They are highly intelligent and have proven their worth beyond question in police, military, and customs work over many centuries. Because of their size, training should begin fairly young - while the dog is still small, and great care should be taken to ensure that the dog is not made vicious. This breed needs a lot of companionship and socialization to be truly happy. They can be aggressive with other dogs and should be kept on leashes in public places. When the Rottweiler is consistently brought up and trained, it will be a good playmate for the children. It will accept cats and other household pets as long as the dog has had a positive experience with them while it was young.

Rottweilers are powerful dogs with compact muscular bodies that can move with amazing speed and agility. They are typically black in color with mahogany to tan markings on their cheeks, paws, muzzle and legs. Most of these dogs have their tails docked at the first joint at an early age. The average size of male Rottweilers is 24-27 inches (61-69 cm) tall with a weight of 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg). Female Rottweilers are typically 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) tall with a weight of 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg). Females also produce unusually large litters of around 10-12 puppies.


Rottweilers’ thick medium length outer coats conceal their fine undercoats. By brushing these coats daily with a firm bristle brush you can keep them looking glossy and smooth. Rottweilers are mild shedders and should only be bathed when it becomes necessary.

Germany is the birthplace of the Rottweiler, and to this day the best Rottweilers in the world are still bred in Germany or are from imported German Rottweilers.

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