Life Expectancy: 9-11 years
Height Range: 23-27 inches
Weight Range: 90-125 Ibs
Colors: Black with brown markings.
Temperament: The Rottweiler is a calm, courageous, devoted dog who cares deeply for its owner and family. They are very protective of their family and are known to be strong fighters that seem to be immune to pain. Serious and confident, this breed has a reliable temperament. This breed needs alot of companionship and socialization to be truly happy. Strangers can usually make it no further than a few feet from your house without this dog being extremely suspicious. The Rottie, as some may call them, are natural guard dogs who are highly intelligent and have proven their worth with the police, military, and customs work for many centuries. This breed does well in competitive obediance, schutzhund, and tracking.
Trainability: Easily trainable when young. Firm and careful training is essential for this breed at an early age to avoid agressive behavior and dominance. They require owners who can handle their massive size. Great care should be taken to ensure that the dog does not grow up vicious.
Health: This breed is susceptible to ACL damage. Prone to hip dysplasia. Tends to snore and overeat. Also prone to entropion (narrowing of the slit between the eyelids).
With Other Animals: May be aggressive with other dogs or pets. Should always be kept on a leash when in public areas. Will accept other pets as long as their experience was positive while they were young.
Children: Good with older children.
Climate: Moderate. Can tolerate both cold and hot climates.
Indoor/Outdoor: Either. Needs a fenced in yard to roam. Needs plenty of exercise and activity. Can be kept in an apartment and are relatively inactive indoors. Small backyards are sufficent as well. They needs plenty of exercise. Running, swimming, and playing fetch are perfect activities for this large breed.
Grooming: Low. Occasional brushing. This breed is an average shedder.
Recognition: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR