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Rottweiler

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Dog Breed Group
Working Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany for guarding 
Life Expectancy
10 to 12 years 
Color
Black with a rust marking above the eyes, on the muzzle, throat, chest, legs, feet and below the tail. Also has narrow streak on 
Coat
Short, coarse, flat outercoat; short undercoat. Tail is docked; ears hang down. 
Exercise Needs
Does best with 4 periods of exercise for a total of 2 hours per day. 
Temperament
High energy level. Bold, determined, and confident. Fiercely loyal and protective of family. 
Good with Children
Good with children if raised with them. May be aggressive to other dogs. 
Grooming Needs
Moderate Shedder. Brush 2 times per week. 
Average Size - Male (in)
24 - 27 
Average Size - Female (in)
22 - 25 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
90 - 110 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
90 - 110 
Health Issues
Rottweilers are particularly vulnerable to hip dysplasia, eye problems, bloat, cancer, and disorders of the nervous system such v
Living Conditions
Thrives in suburbs or country. 

Breed Description

The Rottweiller is a working dog that descended from a cattle dog left by the Roman legions in Rottweil, Germany. The Rottweiler accompanied local butchers on buying expeditions from the Middle Ages to about 1900, carrying money in a neck pouch to market. It has also served as a guard dog, a drover's dog, a draft dog, and a police dog. The Rottweiler is still referred to as the Rottweiler Metzgerhund (Rottweiler Butcher's Dog) in its native Germany. Some accounts have the Rottweiler descending from the early German Shepherd Dog and others consider its ancestor to be similar to the Tibetan Mastiff, brought as a guard by Roman soldiers. The dog was prevalent from the Swiss canton of Argovie to the Nacker and Rottweil distincts to the south of Wurttemberg, wher the Romans had a military camp.

Breed Infobits

The Rottweiler has been used as a war dog.
The Rottweiler makes an excellent guard dog, as it has keen senses, and intelligence to match its physical prowess.
The Rottweiler was once used as a herd dog.

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