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Breed origin: Ancient Rome
Original purpose: Cattle driver and guard dog.
AKC recognized: 1931
AKC group: Working
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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Always black with rust to mahogany markings.
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.
Good with children?
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Yes if properly socialized with them.
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, herding, therapy, service dog, police dog
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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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
American Rottweiler Club
Wikipedia breed information page