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Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
74 A.D.
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Protective, Courageous, Smart
Related Breeds
Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, Mastiff, Bernese Mountain Dog
Best Breeds For
A confident leader. As long as there’s sufficient socialization and training that involves everyone the Rottweiler will be living with, there will be much joy in the house.
It’s important to start training early on, and to socialize Rottweilers well. Do your research before considering a Rottie, and make sure your whole family is on board.
Rottweilers don’t need a lot of open space. They do enjoy exercising with their owners on a daily basis, and don’t mind being homebodies either.

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History of Rottweiler


It all started with a mastiff-type dog named the Molossus. Around 74 A.D., these giant dogs traveled to Germany with the Romans, and their main responsibility was to drive cattle. Along the way, the dogs mated with the native dogs in the area and the foundation was set for the pups who would grow up in the Roman colony of Das Rote Wil (which translates to “the red tile”), which was made up of buildings with red-tiled roofs. It became common to see these dogs accompanying butchers to the market with pouches of money tied around their necks, and locals started calling them Rottweilers after their town. However, the Rottweiler nearly became extinct when railroads started taking over cattle routes. Thankfully, they came over to the U.S. with a German emigrant in the late 1920s and have thrived ever since.
Facts about Rottweiler

Good To Know

Over the years, from herding cattle to pulling carts, this breed has done it all. Today, Rottweilers are often employed in the military and police forces, but they’re also great companions for families of all types.
Rottweiler health and care

Health & Care

Height: 1’10” to 2’3” at the shoulder
Weight: 85 to 130 pounds
Lifespan: 8 to 11 years
Rottweilers are generally healthy dogs, but prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.
Rottweiler personality


With a muscular build and soulful, wise-looking brown eyes, the Rottweiler is popular for a number of reasons. Strong and robust, Rotties are respected guard dogs who take their jobs seriously. Because of an overprotective streak, they can become aggressive and are often misunderstood—but early socialization and proper training bring out their wonderful personality. With all the right care, a Rottie can be the best companion you could ever ask for.

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