During recent years, the popularity of the Rottweiler dog breed has grown at a tremendous rate. Unfortunately, a number of people have been attracted to this dog because of its macho image and, sadly, serious and sometimes fatal injuries have been caused by Rottweilers going beserk, frequently because of poor training. This is actually an intelligent and responsive dog breed, which has been used for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from police dogs to mountain rescue guides. It is also a prominent contender in many obedience competitions, and a popular entrant in the show ring.
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Black and tan
Height: 25 – 27 Inch (63.5 – 68.5 cm)
Weight: 110 lb (50 kg)
Nature: Potentially temperamental; unsuitable as family dog
Rottweilers were unknown in Britain until 1936, having been recognized only the previous year by the American Kennel Club. The breed’s origins can be traced back to the town of Rottweil in Wuttemberg, Germany. Their ancestors were used to drive cattle to market and guard them. In addition, they were trained to pull carts and defend their owners from attacks by highwaymen.
The Rottweiler is not a breed that can be recommended for a home where there are young children. Firm training is also essential and you must spend sufficient time with these dogs to ensure that they do not become bored, as this can be a recipe for disaster. Exercise is also essential, and it may be worth fitting a muzzle to your pet when it is off the leash, especially in the company of other dogs. Even fellow dog-owners may be nervous about Rottweilers, following the unwelcome publicity that the breed has generated.