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Breed origin: Ancient Rome
Original purpose: Cattle driver and guard dog.

AKC recognized: 1931
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males 95 to 135 lbs; females 80 to 100 lbs
Size: Height: males 24 to 27 inches; females 22 to 25 inches
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Color: Always black with rust to mahogany markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The Rottweiler is basically calm, confident, courageous, robust, and powerful. They can be aloof and do not lend themselves to indiscriminate friendships. They are naturally protective of their territory and their family, and require early and consistent socialization and obedience training. Willing to work and capable of great endurance, they excel in many canine sports and activities.

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Good with children? Yes if properly socialized with them.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, herding, therapy, service dog, police dog

Exercise requirement: A good walk or romp twice a day.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, osteochondrosis dissecans, panosteitis, von Willebrand's disease, gastric dilatation volvulus, subaortic stenosis, allergies, entropian, ectrophian, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, cancer.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Rottweilers for Dummies
By Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 2000
400 pages

The Rottweiler: Centuries of Service
By Linda Michels and Catherine Thompson
Published in 1998
256 pages

Rottweiler (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Wilhelm Jonas
Published in 2003
158 pages

Rottweilers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Kerry Kern and Matthew Vriends
Published in 2009
111 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Rottweiler Club
Wikipedia breed information page
Rottweiler Rescue

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