Rottweiler

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Rottweiler

General
Description: Compact and muscular with a short dense coat
Height: 58 - 70cm
Weight: 41 - 61kg
Colour: Black and tan
Working group

Temperament
The Rottweiler is a courageous, reliable and intelligent breed. They have been prized for their guarding abilities for many decades. The Rottweiler has a reliable and protective temperament and will defend family members fiercely. With the correct handling, Rottweilers are loyal, loving and very well balanced companions. However, this serious and confident breed requires firm and careful training from puppyhood. Rottweilers are not recommended for first time dog owners. They require owners who can handle their massive size and strength. Rottweilers have been used by the police and military for many centuries.

Exercise
The Rottweiler will need a large amount of vigorous exercise for physical and mental stimulation. A twice daily walk for around 40 - 50 minutes will be sufficient.  

Grooming
Regular grooming with a firm brush is sufficient. Bathing is mainly unnecessary for Rottweiler's. Only bathe this breed a few times a year or if the dog is extremely dirty.

Health
The Rottweiler is generally a healthy breed, although they can be prone to hip dysplasia and eye trouble.

Life Expectancy
10 – 12 years

History
The Rottweiler originated in Germany and throughout the middle ages was used to hunt bear and protect cattle. After the driving of cattle was forbidden, the Rottweiler population declined sharply. That was until the early 1900’s when the breed was recognised as one of the four dogs that can adapt well to police work (others were the Airedale Terrier, German Shepherd and Dobermann).  It has been said that Rottweilers would carry their master's money in a purse around their neck to deter any potential robbery. Today, Rottweilers are used in Germany by the police and military and other parts of the world for mountain rescue work. The breed has also been used for guide dog work. The Rottweiler is very stable, confident and has an exceptional nose, making them very suitable for all of the above.

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