Rottweilers are working canines who have herding dog origins in ancient Rome. Their forefathers are believed to be Italian mastiffs, who assisted the Romans in both watching over and transporting cattle. Rottweilers, to this day, frequently retain those diligent characteristics. They are most in their element when they are occupied. They flourish as workers, whether they're serving as guide animals or alongside policemen.
These sturdy and tough dogs, at maturity, usually are from 22 to 27 inches in height, with males usually a little taller than females. Their thick fur is packed tightly against their bodies. It's mostly black. Their coats also feature prominent reddish-brown and beige spots. Since their hair is so short, their grooming demands are relatively laid-back. Brushing is necessary once in a while, however, mostly to eliminate loose hairs. The life expectancy of Rottweilers is usually between 9 and 11 years.
Rottweilers frequently exhibit protective and valiant behaviors -- a result of their pasts working with cattle. Because of this, Rottweilers tend to be suspicious of new people. If your Rottweiler cutie for any reason perceives another person as being potential harmful to his loved ones, he might act in a standoffish and distant manner. Rotts are often so turf-oriented that they refuse to let other people walk into their family residences unless their humans are present. Diligent socialization can keep this type of behavior in check.
Although these strong pooches might look all business, Rottweilers are mostly faithful, lovable and even silly companions -- softies at heart. Not only do they flourish on frequent company from their favorite people, they also often love being around kids.
Rottweilers tend to have strong self-esteem and self-worth, which sometimes can cause them to behave in assertive and obstinate manners with regard to their owners. With patient behavioral training, however, this behavior often ceases to be a problem in Rottweilers. With a dog such as this, you must make sure that your Rottweiler views you as being the boss, and not himself.
Since Rottweilers are so large, it is always important -- and smart -- to keep an eye on them if they're ever around young kids. In most cases, they do well with fellow household pets. If Rottweilers encounter newbie dogs, however, it could be another story. Because of the potential of aggression and tension between Rottweilers and strange dogs, it's vital to always watch them when they're near new animals, whether in public settings such as parks or as guests in your home.
By Naomi Millburn
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Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.