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Rottweiler

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #82015: #92014: #10
Name Rottweiler
Other names Rottie, Rott
Origin Germany
Breed Group Working (AKC:1931)Guardian Dog (UKC)
Size Medium to Large
Type Purebred
Life span 8-11 years
Temperament AlertCourageousFearlessGood-naturedIndependentIntelligentLoyalProtective
Height Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm) Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Weight Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg) Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)
Colors Black & MahoganyBlack & RustBlack & Tan
Litter Size 8-12 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1200 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsThe Rottie will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. These dogs are relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will be sufficient.
Barking Tendencies 1 starsRare
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 2 starsNot Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 1 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThe Rottweiler needs plenty of exercise. You can't give these robust dogs too much work or exercise; they thrive on it. They need to be taken on a daily walk or jog. Running in the woods and in open country makes them very happy and they have no desire to wander from you. Swimming or running beside a bicycle are perfect activities for this dog and it also loves retrieving a ball.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: The Rottweiler’s coat sheds moderately — in other words, more than you might think — but requires little grooming. Brush him weekly with a rubber hound mitt or soft bristle brush to keep the hair and skin healthy. In spring and fall, he will have a heavy shed, known as “blowing out” the coat and will need to be brushed more frequently to get rid of all the loose hair.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #9. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 1 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: The dominant nature of the Rottweiler makes it necessary that its trainer is calm, consistent, firm, and fair. Rottweilers are eager to learn, and obedience training is an absolute requirement. The Rottweiler is very intelligent and can excel at a variety of sports in addition to its capacity as a guard dog and watch dog.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Riley Daisy
03 Gus Sasha
04 Buster Molly
05 Leo Emma
06 Oscar Sadie
07 Cooper Gracie
08 Rusty Ellie
09 Jack Katie
10 Bandit Lulu
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Overview

The Rottweiler is a medium-large breed, slightly longer than it is tall and robust with a powerful, substantial build. It combines the abilities necessary to drive cattle for long distances as well as serve as a formidable guard dog — jobs that entail great strength, agility and endurance. Its trot is sure and powerful, with strong reach and drive. Its coat is straight, coarse and dense. Its expression reflects the Rottweiler at its best — noble, alert and self-assured.

Confident, bold, alert and imposing, the Rottweiler is a popular choice for its ability to protect. As befitting its self-assured nature, it tends to be headstrong and stubborn and is often domineering. It is reserved, often wary, toward strangers. It may be overly protective if it perceives that its family is being threatened, and it may also attempt to "herd" children. This is a powerful breed that needs socialization, consistent training and daily exercise to be the best it can be — a loyal family member and guardian.

History
The Rottweiler (affectionately called 'Rottie') originates in the Roman Empire, where it was used to herd cattle. The name derives from the small town of Rottweil, Germany. The Rottweiler nearly went extinct in the 1800's, but today it has come back in popularity and is used as a police dog, guard dog, herd dog, and tracker. It is a very strong, courageous, seemingly invulnerable breed. Famous fictional Rottweilers include the puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog from The Conan O' Brien Show and the family pet in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.