Meet The Breeds: Rottweiler

Meet The Breeds: Rottweiler

Are you a dog enthusiast and looking for a courageous, fearless, and protective dog to adopt? If yes, then you should consider getting a Rottweiler. The Rottweiler is one of the oldest dog breeds that is recognized for their large head, uniquely stunning black-and-tan marking, and strong muscular body. They are strong, smart, and faithful to their owners. Rottweilers lie under the category of big dogs and can be easily trusted for their independent decision-making powers and protective instincts when it comes to the protection of their territory and family. Their protective, alert nature is the reason why they are so common and loved among the families.


Rottweiler Breed History:

Rottweilers are one of the most ancient dog breeds and are said to be from the lineage of Molossus who was a Mastiff-type dog. They were the companions of Romans on their way through Germany, guarding outposts and driving their cattle. During that time, numerous dogs were left behind in Rottweil, a town in southern Germany. That is where today's Rottweilers emerged and bred.


Rottweilers have always been recognized as working dogs. Their main jobs included pulling carts, driving cattle to market, protecting the homestead, and carrying money to the market in the belts tied around their necks. To this day, Rottweilers work in herding and security. At one point, this breed became extinct because of the arrival of small dogs which were easier to maintain and could do all the tasks as Rottweilers. Fortunately, they revived, thanks to the dedicated breeders who did not give up on them.  The first Rottweiler to be registered by the AKC was Stina v Felsen Meer in 1931.


Rottweiler Breed Information and Facts:

Mentioned below are some of fun facts about the Rottweiler breed which can assist you better understanding them:

  • Breed Group: Working group
  • Height: 61-69 cm (males), 56-63 cm (females)
  • Weight: 50-60 kg (males), 35-48 kg (females)
  • Life span: 8-10 years.
  • Coat: Double-coated, hard, thick, and short coat.
  • Color: Black and mahogany or black and tan
  • Hypoallergenic: no
  • Temperament: Good-natured, alert, steady, devoted, courageous, calm, self-assured, fearless, obedient, and confident
  • The difficulty level for first-time owners: On a scale of 1-10 paws of increasing difficulty, Rottweilers have received 8/10 paws according to many experienced owners. According to their testimony, Rottweilers are not suitable for novice owners. Rottweiler trainability is not an easy task, and only experienced trainers can handle a dog as steady as a Rottie. So, unless you have prior experience of handling a Rottie or other breed of this kind, this breed is not suitable for you.

What are the Types of Rottweiler?

The main three types of Rottweiler available in the market are:

  • American Rottweilers
  • German Rottweilers
  • Roman Rottweilers


Other types of Rottweilers include tailed Rottweilers who have a tail and appear to be different from the typical Rottweilers. They are often confused for being a different breed.


Are Rottweilers Good Pets?

If trained properly and given a healthy lifestyle, Rotties can turn out to be amazing pets. They love being around their favorite person, follow their owners everywhere, and remain faithful and protective. For families with children and other dogs, they are a good choice if they are always under the adult's supervision and are not left alone with children or other pets.


Are Rottweilers HDB Approved?

Unfortunately, Rottweilers are not approved by HDB because of their medium-to-large size. HDB only approves small sized dogs to be kept as pets in flats in Singapore.


What Health Issues Do Rottweiler Face?

Adult Rottweilers are healthier than other breeds but are still prone to some health problems. These problems include hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, and osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is common among many Rotties and can cause early death in many cases.


Rottweiler puppies are prone to getting infected with parvovirus which is an extremely contagious and deadly disease common among pups and young Rotties.


This breed is also at a high risk of developing obesity if not given a healthy lifestyle. Obesity can cause many serious problems such as heart failure, diabetes, skin diseases, and arthritis, etc.


Are Rottweilers high maintenance?

Rotties are very powerful dogs. They need a large space to run and satisfy their exercise needs. In terms of grooming, Rottweilers do not require much maintenance. They just need brushing every few days along with an occasional bath and they are good to go. No extra grooming is needed, making them a low-maintenance dog.


Are Rottweilers Aggressive? Or Is Rottweiler dangerous?

According to a canine aggression study that was held in 2008, the aggressiveness of Rottweilers is average towards their owners but they tend to be more aggressive toward strangers. They were bred to be powerful and strong guard dogs who are protective. Hence, they are more aggressive.


Do Rottweiler Bark A Lot?

No, they do not bark a lot. Rottweiler personality is considered quiet and calm. They are not vocal and their owners don't hear their frequent barking. Although they will start barking if there is a reason to bark, generally they are a quiet breed.


What are popular mixed breeds with Rottweiler?

Rottweilers are often being bred with other breeds to create crosses. Some of the successful crosses of Rottweilers with other breeds are given below:

  • Pitweiler: Rottweiler + Pitbull
  • Rottsky: Rottweiler + Husky
  • Labrottie: Labrador Retriever + Rottweiler
  • Mastweiler: Rottweiler + Mastiff
  • Golden Rottie: Rottweiler + Golden Retriever
  • German Rottie: German Shepherd + Rottweiler
  • Borderweiler: Rottweiler + Border Collie
  • Rottle: Rottweiler + Poodle
  • Rotthound: Rottweiler + Basset Hound
  • French Bullweiller: Rottweiler + French Bulldog
  • Boxweiler: Rottweiler + Boxer
  • Weiler Dane: Rottweiler + Great Dane
  • Rotterman: Rottweiler + Doberman
  • Saint Weiler: Rottweiler + Saint Bernard
  • Weimarrott: Rottweiler + Weimaraner

Are Rottweilers hypoallergenic?

Rottweilers are amazing companions and wonderful family dogs. However, they are not hypoallergenic.  This breed can trigger some allergies through their saliva, dander, and shedding. To avoid these allergies, try to keep them clean to avoid dander and avoid kissing or hugging them if you are prone to allergies. That's how you can remain safe from allergies while keeping a Rottweiler in your house.


What are Rottweilers known for?

Simply, guarding as Rotties are well known by their powerful, protective, and loyal personality.


What breeds make up a Rottweiler?

Breeds that are a part of the Rottweiler's ancestry include the Bernese Mountain Dog, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Appenzeller, and Entlebucher



After reading all the details about how to raise a Rottweiler, you must be very clear whether you can adopt one or not. They should be socialized and trained more to learn how to respect strangers and how to remain well-mannered in public. You should train them fairly and firmly. They will always be your faithful companion who would do anything to protect your family from danger. If you think you can handle such a fearless and courageous dog, you should go ahead and adopt one. They are true to their family and are always there in the time of need. They will be an incredible addition to your family!

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