Rottweilers are one of those breeds that have a ‘reputation’, and the perception many people have of them isn’t even close to the reality.
Rottweilers, quite like the Pit Bulls, have unfairly garnered a reputation that couldn't be more unlike them. Their formidable looks, intimidating gait, and hunting dog legacy has made them a favorite target of people who train them for dog fighting. Regular owners of Rottweilers have also been accused of training these dogs to be unrestrained with their aggression, causing these dogs to be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Years spent owning, training and loving these amazing dogs has taught me a lot about them. I hope these Rottweiler facts will help you to get a feel for the real Rottweiler, because he/she is definitely worth getting to know!
Although the Rottweiler breed we recognize today originated in Germany in the early part of the 20th century, it has a history that goes much further back and crosses Europe.
There is no documented history for the very early beginnings of the Rottweiler, but it’s believed to have be descended from the dogs that traveled across Europe with the Roman army.
Rotties are playful and goofy dogs, quite contrary to the various opinions doing the rounds. As they belong to a hunting breed, a sense of protectiveness comes naturally to them. It is this very trait that causes their undoing, but only if they are not properly socialized right since a young age.
However, the Rottweiler Breed Standard usually describes them as being a ‘medium to large sized dog’.
A male Rottie should measure between 24 and 27 inches (at the shoulder), and a female between 22 and 23 inches. Weight should fall somewhere between 75 and 130 lbs. Females being toward the lower end of the range.
Rotties are inherently loving and loyal. Provided they are correctly trained, they are extremely safe to have around babies, young children, specially-abled, and elderly as well.
German Rottweilers are actually stockier and muscular as compared to their American counterparts.
Here are some interesting facts about Rottweilers that you might not have heard before…
- The very earliest Rottweiler standard allowed various coat colors including red, blue, grey and ‘tiger striped’. White markings were also common.
- Rottweilers are slow to mature, and aren’t usually considered adult until around 2 years of age. (I have a male who didn’t reach his full adult size until he was almost 3!).
- The average life expectancy for a Rottweileris somewhere between 7 and 10 years.