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The ideal Rottweiler is a medium to large size, robust and powerful dog. The markings should be black with clearly defined mahogany, rust, or, rich tan markings. His compact and substantial build should denote great strength, agility and endurance. Males are characteristically larger, heavier boned and more masculine in appearance. Males should be between 24 to 27 inches (60 to 68 cm) Females should be between 22 to 25 inches (55 to 63 cm). Having said this I do hear some breeders making comments such as ?American Rottweilers are larger than German Rottweilers or, visa versa?. In my humble opinion, such statements are very general and not based on fact. There is not really much of a difference between the American and German Rottweiler standard, as far as height and weight go. Having said this, there are American Rottweilers that are tall and skinny, short and stocky and somewhere in between. The same can be said for German Rottweilers. It all comes down to the vision of the breeder, the purpose and goal of the breeding and most important of all the type and consistency of the Rottweilers, within the pedigree.


Tracing the history of any breed of dog prior to the 1850?s is almost impossible. The origin of the Rottweiler is not a documented record, due to the Rottweiler being considered one of the oldest dog breeds.The Rottweilers origin goes back to Roman times, when these powerful Mastiff-type dogs accompanied Roman troops on their journey through the Alps. Some of their roles were herding and guarding the stock and protecting the camp. It is documented there was such regard for these dogs that Nero himself has several around his palace for guarding purposes.In the region of das Rote Wil, which later became Rotwil and later still Rottweil, these magnificent animals bred with the native dogs and became know as the ?Butcher Dog?. Their role became driving, herding, and guarding cattle, sheep, pigs, and pulling carts. They also protected their masters and were known for wearing money belts around their necks, in order to keep their masters lively hood safe from thieves.In 1926, there were two sizes of Rottweilers, one was the heavier dog used for draft work and the smaller more agile one was used for working the stock. According to The Rottweiler in Word and Picture, the two strains were always kept separate and were not interbred. The larger type had colour established while the smaller dogs frequently carried white markings, this aspect was ignored, because they were bred solely for their working ability. The first Rottweiler standard was written in 1883 and published in 1901 and it has been suggested that it covered both breeds. Ironically in 1901 the breed standard, in regards to colour, states that the most common and preferable colour was black with russet or, yellow markings, but it accepted a number of alternative base colours such as black stripes on an ash grey background, in other words brindle; plain red; or dark wolf grey with black head and saddle. It also stated that white marking on the chest and legs frequently occurred and were admissible, if not too extensive.In the beginning of the 20th century the Rottweiler were used successfully as a police dog and still are used today by some police forces.The Rottweiler of today has still retained its loyalty, intelligence, good nature, devotion, courage and obedience. Many Rottweilers are used for Police work, Search and Rescue, Tracking, Herding, Guard work, Carting and most important of all, treasured family members. Most Rottweiler owners admit that they have the pleasure to be owned by their Rottweiler (s).

Common ailments: 

There are literally thousands of diseases and problems that a Rottweiler can be subjected to during his lifetime. I firmly believe that with a proper nutrition, exercise, housing and routine veterinary care; your Rottweiler can be expected to be a happy, active member of your household. Rottweilers are susceptible to Canine Parvovirus, I recommend keeping your Rottweiler low key and away from public areas where other dogs eliminate, until your puppy has had all of their puppy shots. I recommend an extra shot at Twenty weeks, making the puppy series a total of four. Rottweilers are also prone to Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Heart disease such as S.A.S, Eye disease such as cataracts and P.R.A. It is important that breeders test for these diseases. I believe that with a healthy diet and genetic screening, we can eradicate these diseases from our beloved breed.


The Rottweiler is basically a calm, confident and courageous dog, with a self-assured, aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait and see attitude to influences in his environment. He has an inherent desire to protect home and family and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work; making him especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all purpose dog.AmbassadorsNot everyone is meant to own a Rottweiler; this magnificent breed deserves owners that are willing to dedicate their lives to socializing, training and making every effort to ensure the safety and future well being on our beloved breed. Rottweiler owners need to band together and be good ambassadors for the Rottweiler. It is time people start thinking ?What can I do for my Rottweiler, instead of, what can my Rottweiler do for me?. There are being laws passed, in some cities that are banning Rottweilers. Rottweiler Rescues and Humane Societies are filling up with unwanted Rottweilers. We are coming into an era where we need to change our attitudes by being responsible Rottweilers owners. Remember that our cute little puppy is going to grow up to weight approximately 80 to 135 lbs.

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Loraine Jesse Rothburg Rottweilers