Rottweiler

Breed Group: Working
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Overview
The Rottweiler has origins that are unknown, however it probably descended from the Italian Mastiff. During the Middle Ages, the Rottweiller was commonly used as a herd dog. The Rottweiler became nearly extinct in the 1800's, but made a wonderful comeback in the early twentieth century by breeders in Stuttgart. The Rottweiler today is used for a variety of things such as tracking, herding, watch dogging, police work, obedience trails, as well as guarding which he does exceptionally well in.

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Character
The Rottweiler can be a very fun loving dog, however he is very powerful and can be serious at times. Early obedience training and socialization is a must. This breed can be very territorial and protective of their family and their environment. Rottweilers can be very intimidating, still retaining an undeserving reputation as a vicious and/or mean dog, however they do extremely well in a family environment.

Does your Rottweiler bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The temperament of the Rottweiler can vary. Some can be very affectionate and somewhat of a clown, while others can be bullies. It is critical that this breed is socialized at an early age. Rottweilers can do well with children if raised around them, but should be supervised around small children due to their sheer size and power. The Rottweiler can do well around other dogs, however can be somewhat combative and can show aggression if not socialized properly as this is a very protective breed of both their family and their territory.
Care
The Rottweiler has a short and glossy coat that is relatively easy to groom. An average shedding breed, brushing with a firm bristle brush regularly should remove any excess hair or dead hairs. Bathing too often will remove the natural oils from the coat and/or skin. Dry shampooing is used by many Rottweiler owners as well as breeders so they are not to remove the essential oils in this breeds coat.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Rottweiler has an outer coat that is short, straight, dense and of medium length. The coat should always be coarse to the touch. The undercoat should be present around the neck and thighs. Coat should never be wavy or curly. The Rottweiler has one of the most noticeable coats with the distinct black and bright rust coloring along their legs, underbelly and muzzle.
Training
Rottweilers are very eager to earn and will excel if given the opportunity. Obedience training is a must as this breed can become destructive without enough stimulation. A firm and dominant hand must be used when training this powerful breed. The Rottweiler is extremely intelligent and does well in many different sports and trials, but can also be stubborn. Obedience classes are recommended, but not always required. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Rottweiler puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Rottweiler should have at least a large sized yard. They aren't really active indoors, so they need plenty of exercise outdoors, off lead preferably. This breed loves long walks and should have at least two long walks per day totaling at least two hours of exercise per day. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 85-135; Female: 80-100 lbs
Height
Male: 24-27; Female: 22-25 inches
Color(s)
black with tan markings

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Rottweiler Questions

I noticed the Rottweilers in the pictures all have tails, is that the new AKC standard? My deceased male Rottweiler had a bobbed tail when I purchased him 20 years ago?

Answer:
The AKC, UKC and CKC set standard for the Rottweiler breed if the dog is to be shown in confirmation shows is that the dog must have a docked tail. It is common practice now with breeders to only dock the tails of puppies that will be used as breeding dogs/show dogs. Pet dogs normally have their tails left natural not only so that the puppy does not have to go through the unnecessary docking; but to distinguish the dogs from show-potential stock to pet stock.

Are Rottweiler's good with kids?

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The Rottweiler breed is a powerful, loyal companion dog that with the right breeding, socialization and training can be good with children. However, all three of those said before must be done to ensure a well-balanced dog. The Rottie is a large breed of dog that has a moderate to moderate-high prey drive and children are quick, loud and squeaky. Not saying the dog would intentionally hurt a child, but the dog could easily knock a child over without a second thought. A well balanced and well bred Rottie will have a calm temperament and lower prey drive. They will take socializing with children at a young age (as a puppy) easily and adapt to the changes children make over the years as they grow with stride, A well balanced and well bred Rottie will also be accepting of Positive Reinforcement training to learn the basic commands and how to respect children/people of all ages without any negative reactions such as dominance or challenging. All in all, if you acquire a Rottweiler from a responsible, reputable, and knowledgeable breeder that has healthy, well balanced stock and socialize your puppy with many different ages/types of children and how they act. Coupled with firm, but Positive Reinforcement training techniques then a Rottie will be a wonderful companion and loyal protector of the family, including the children.

I have 2 Rottweilr pups, they are brothers. Will they become enemies when they get older?

Answer:
If the puppies grow up together and get along now, they should be just fine as adults. However, if they are not neutered, then they could become aggressive towards each other later on in life. Get them neutered between 9 months and a year old. Discourage any aggressive behavior and make sure they go through basic obedience classes one on one and work with them together and separately so they know who to listen too.

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It's not recommended to get two puppies, even if they aren't from the same litter. Research littermates syndrome to see if your puppies are showing any concerning symptoms.

What basic puppy shots do they come with?

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A reputable and responsible breeder will have a puppy have their first set of shots at about 7 weeks of age. However, this is a question to ask your vet. All puppies need 3 sets of shots that protect them from illness' that can kill a puppy. Including but not limited to bordatella, parvo, worms, ect.

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A basic puppy shot or the first set of shots includes Distemper, Measles, Parainfluenza (Given at 6 - 8 weeks), the second set of shots includes DHPP - Vaccines for Distemper, Adenovirus [hepatitis], Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (Given at 10 - 12 weeks), at 12 - 24 weeks, the rabies shot is given and at 14 - 16 weeks the DHPP shot is given again.

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