Things Every Rottweiler Owner
Although there is no specific, documented
history regarding the origin of the Rottweiler, it is commonly
accepted that the breed originated with the drover dogs of ancient
Rome. The Roman army used drover dogs to herd cattle along their
route as they proceeded to conquer most of Europe. The city of
Rottweil, having been influenced by the Romans, continued to use
drover dogs to herd their cattle even after the armies had receded.
In the early 1900s, Rottweilers began to be known for their skills
as police dogs, replacing their prior standing as cattle dogs. In
1921, the Allegmeier Deutscher Rottweiler Klub (ADRK) was
established and took over the registration efforts for purebred
Rottweilers. The club remains in existence to this day.
Purebred Rottweilers are black with tan markings on their face,
chest, and legs. They are muscular dogs and require extensive
physical exercise. Once fully grown, they are usually quite large
and powerful. Male dogs can range in size from 95 to 135 pounds,
with the females a slightly smaller 80 to 110 pounds. Rottweilers
can be strong-willed and aggressive, so choosing the right puppy
through careful research and ensuring that puppy receives proper
obedience training at an early age are keys to a successful,
long-term relationship. Owners will want to establish proper
training well before their dogs reach the bulk of their full-grown
size and become harder to control. Owners of Rottweilers should also
be prepared for shedding, gassiness, slobbering and drooling – all
common traits within the breed.
Rottweilers are extremely loyal and intelligent dogs. Rottweiler
dogs should be vaccinated and receive annual booster shots to retain
their immunities. In addition, they should be checked for fleas and
be given anti-worm medication every three months. Their nails should
be trimmed every few weeks or as needed. Bathing and brushing should
also only be done when necessary. Rottweilers, like any dog, should
be fed a high quality dog food and treated to regular exercise. When
properly cared for, Rottweilers can be expected to reach an average
life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Rottweilers are susceptible to some health problems. Hip dysplasia
is one common malady. Symptoms of hip dysplasia include trouble
walking or standing and lameness. Hip dysplasia is normally a
genetic trait, but the condition can be exacerbated by the dog being
overweight. Elbow dysplasia is similar to hip dysplasia in that it
is most often a genetic disorder, however this problem develops in
the dog’s elbow joint. Other health disorders that have been known
to occur within the Rottweiler breed include Osteochondrosis
Dissecans – a bone disorder causing arthritis and lameness,
Paneosteitis – also commonly called “growing pains”, Von
Willebrand’s Disease – a bleeding disorder much like hemophilia,
bloat, heart disease, allergies, eye diseases, epilepsy,
hyppthyroidism, and cancer.
Rottweilers have received some bad press in recent years and may not
be the right fit for everyone, but people interested in dogs who are
loyal companions, intelligent, protective, good with children,
active, and require little to no grooming should consider the breed.
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