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General Description

The ideal Rottweiler is a medium, large, robust and powerful dog, black with clearly defined rust markings. His compact and substantial build denotes great strength, agility and endurance.

General Health

Rottweilers are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not all Rotties will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.

Hereditary Illnesses

Rottweilers are one of the breeds most affected by hip dysplasia, a genetic deformity where the head of the femur doesn't fit properly into the hip socket. Rottweilers can develop progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, eyelid deformities and other vision and eye problems.

Character and Temperament

Rottweilers are wonderful pets. They're incredibly devoted, loyal, loving, intelligent, and protective. They make a wonderful addition to the family and they can be playful when they want to. Their docile nature paired with that astounding intelligence makes them an easy dog breed to house train.


No special requirements


They are an active breed of dog, and require more than two hours of exercise a day. A Rottie can never have enough exercise, and thrive off all forms of it - running, swimming and playing fetch.


Rottweilers are a smooth-coated breed and require little more than frequent brushing and an occasional bath to maintain a healthy, shiny coat. Brush the dog every day with a rubber curry brush. Rottweilers have short coats and the soft rubber teeth of a curry brush that grabs dead hair and pulls it away from the body.


Like the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the Rottweiler is strong and true with a loving heart. Affectionately called Rotties or Rotts, the breed originated in Germany, where it was used to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers.


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