Are you looking for a good, loyal, and protective dog? Then the Rottweiler might be an excellent choice for your family. Rottweilers are known for being an obedient dog breed that often were used for help with work in Southern Germany. Rottweilers were originally used to help farms and they were most notable with pulling heavy things, guarding certain areas, and organizing cattle. Rottweilers are of the oldest breeds dating back to the Roman empire.

Rottweilers are known as a protective dog, while this is accurate they usually also get associated with aggression. However, Rottweilers only get aggressive when they feel threatened and when they feel that their family feels threatened. Rottweilers can also get aggressive if they do not get enough exercise daily. This is because they are high energy dogs and need plenty of space. Rottweilers live a short lifespan typically around 12 years old. Rottweilers are very susceptible to various diseases which may not be noticed until they are older. They are also susceptible to injuries to the hips and legs. Rottweilers are a good breed if you have an energetic and active family because they enjoy tagging along on long walks, hikes, and bike rides. 

Important Facts about the Rottweiler

Origin: Southern Germany

Family: Mastiff

Size: Large

Weight: 80-135 pounds

Height: 24-26 inches

Lifespan: 8-11 years

Energy Level: High

Exercise: around 40 minutes a day

What do Rottweilers look like? 

Rottweilers are known for being a large dog that has black and tan fur. Rottweilers are a part of the mastiff family which explains why they are so big. Their fur tends to be short and flat. Luckily, their fur is also very low maintenance and only needs to be brushed once a week to keep it healthy. Rottweiler’s fur sheds a lot for a short haired dog which may come as a surprise. They shed more than most short furred breeds. The ears of the Rottweiler are floppy and hang to the sides of the head. The Rottweiler does have a tendency to drool. Because Rottweilers have a tendency to drool, they need to have their teeth brushed about once a week. This helps prevent gum disease and bad breath. Rottweilers have a short tail. 

What do Rottweilers act like?

Rottweilers are known to be very obedient and easy to train. So if you are looking for an easy dog to train a Rottweiler is for you. Rottweilers are also known for always wanting to please their owners. Rottweilers do not that often.They typically only bark in order to alert their owners, this is because they are instinctually defensive. Rottweilers are an extremely social breed and are typically very friendly if they have a lot of social exposure. They are also extremely playful with children, however, they have to be exposed to children at a young age. This is to prevent any sort of confusion for the dog breed. They are extremely obedient to their owner if you start training them from an early age. Because they always want to please their owner, they are determined during training.

Pros and Cons of the Rottweiler Breed 


They are an extremely loyal dog breed that is very protective over the family that they are surrounded by. If they feel that anyone is being threatened, they will come to the aid of the family. The Rottweiler is also a calm dog that is good around strangers. They are playful with children and love to play in the backyard. Rottweilers are known to want to please their owners. This is good because it means that they are very obedient to their owners. 


If you do not enjoy a big and energetic dog, a Rottweiler probably is not the best choice for you. Rottweilers need to exercise often otherwise they get a little aggressive and destructive. And if they do not get exposed to children or other animals at a young age, they can have a confusion surrounding children and other animals. Rottweilers need a lot of space to run around because they are a high energy breed of dog. Rottweilers are also subject to various diseases and injuries especially in the joints and hips. Rottweilers also tend to shed a lot of fur so if you get one you have to be on the cautious side.


Rottweilers are a good breed of dog that is very protective of their family. If you want a protective and playful dog, a Rottweiler is a perfect match for you and your family. Though Rottweilers have a bad reputation for being aggressive, they just need to be trained well and rigorously. Rottweilers are also very good with children. Rottweilers have a lot of energy so if you choose to get one, it will always be fun for your family.

Written by: Brian Wolstenholme

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