Physical characteristicsThe Rottweiler is a very powerful dog with an athletic and massive build. The head is broad with a rounded forehead. The black nose is wide. The muzzle is well-developed. The dark brown eyes are almond-shaped. The medium size ears are pendent and have a triangular shape. The length of the body is slightly longer than its height; the latter ranges from 22 to 27 inches depending on the gender (females tend to be smaller). The lips are black and the inner part of the mouth is dark coloured too. The tail is customarily docked. Overall, the dog has a very impressive look with serious keen eyes.
Rotties weigh 100 to 115 pounds, which makes them extra large dogs.
TemperamentAs well as the German Shepherd, Rottweilers are serious and intelligent working dogs that can easily be trained. Rotties need a firm owner that will provide them with extensive, careful training and proper socialization, otherwise they may become aggressive and unruly. Properly trained, Rotties are calm, obedient, and courageous dogs with very strong protective instincts: they will fiercely defend their loved ones. Rotties are talented watchdogs and guarding dogs. To be truly happy, Rottweilers need vigorous daily exercise.
Coat and groomingThe coat is short and sleek and comes in black colour with tan markings on the face, chest, legs, and tail. Little grooming is necessary.
HealthHip dysplasia is the most common health issue in this breed. This problem, however, is typical for all large breeds. Rotties do not have inherited health issues.
The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.
Other interesting factsFemale Rotties often have large litters, up to 12 puppies.
This breed is often used for police work.
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