The Rottweiler is a powerful dog breed but devoted to its family. Descended from the Italian Mastiffs, this is a very old breed that was used as a herding dog during the middle ages. During the 1800s, these dogs were almost extinct but made a comeback in the early 20th century. These dogs are often used as a guard dogs, herding dogs or for tracking.
Part of the American Kennel Club working group, the Rottweiler was admitted to the AKC stud book in 1931. This breed weighs between 85 and 1 30 pounds and stands 22 - 27 inches tall.
This breed has a large body with a massive head and powerful jaws. Despite this, the dark eyes and face havean expression of loyalty and good will. Triangular ears are carried forward and the face is accented by a wide black nose. Typically, the tail is docked and rear dew claws removed. The Rottweiler has a very short thick coat and comes in black with brown markings on the legs, paws, muzzle and cheeks.
Despite its foreboding appearance, the Rottweiler is a very calm dog that is easy to train and devoted to his family. This is a reliable dog that will protect those he loves. But because the dog is so powerful, it is important that you give him firm training so that he does not become aggressive. With proper handling these are loyal and loving companions. The dog actually has a pretty mellow temperament but can also be a good guard dog and is very smart doing well in tracking competitions, obedience lessons and schutzhund.
The Rottweiler dog breed can be prone to hip dysplasia as well as ACL damage and often snores. He can have a tendency to overeat and you need to be careful not to overfeed him. They can also suffer from a condition called entropion which is the narrowing of the slit between his eyelids.
Believe it or not, these big dogs can live in apartments as long as they get plenty of exercise. However, It's best that they have someplace to run and play even if It is a romp in the park. You must walk them daily.
The Rottweiler is one of the easiest dogs to groom and they do not shed much at all. They merely need to be bathed when necessary and brushed with a firm bristle brush.
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