The Rottweiler descends from a line of powerful dogs that drove and guarded the cattle of the Roman Army as it traversed Europe. In Rottweil, Germany, this mastiff-type dog was crossed with local herding dogs and was bred specifically as the "butcher's dog of Rottweil." The dog would accompany and guard the butcher on the way to cattle sales, carrying his money en route; he would then drive the purchased beef-on-the-hoof home. An effort was made to conserve the breed when mechanized transport replaced the job of the courageous Rottweiler. This breed requires plenty of room and exercise. He is often nicknamed the "Rottie".
Height: 22 - 27" (55.9 - 68.6cm)
Weight: 90 - 110 lbs (40.2 - 49.1 kg)
Coat Type: The coat is medium length, dense and flat-lying. The body color is always black with deep tan or mahogany markings which accent the eyes, cheeks, muzzle, bottom of legs, and each side of the breastbone. The Rottweiler requires regular brushing.
Temperament: The Rottweiler is devoted to his family and is often used as a protection dog. He is not used to excessive handling by strangers, and play with small children should be supervised.
Special Interest: Rottweilers have proven themselves able police dogs and they take well to obedience training from a young age.
AKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs
KC: Non-Sporting - Working Group
FCI: Group 2
ANKC: Group 6 - Utility