Interesting Rottweiler Facts that you may not know – Pet FaKt
Interesting Rottweiler Facts that you may not know: These popular guard dogs are from Germany & were used by Butchers. They were also used as herding dogs.
The popularity of Rottweilers is increasing day by day, Rotties are also notorious as aggressive and fierce dogs and many Rottweiler attacks also but most of the people are unaware of the fact that Rottweiler ranks in the top ten most intelligent dog breeds. If they are raised properly then they can become really affectionate, loving, caring and obedient. Rottweilers are of loyal, Playful and confident personality or Temperament (Rottweiler demeanor). Rottweilers are working with humans from many decades in history and earlier they were bred as Cattle herding dogs and cart pullers. Nowadays these working dogs are performing well as Service dogs, Guard dogs, and Police dogs. Here are some Rottweiler facts that you should know before owning a Rottweiler Puppy.
Female – 57-64 cm
Male – 61-70 cm
Female – 36-48 kg
Male – 50-60 kg
Life Span: 8 to 10 years
Breed Group: Working Group
Rottweilers get its name from the town ‘Rottweil’
‘Rottweil’ is a small town in Germany, Earlier during 73 or 74 AD when Romans enters and got settled in this town, then started to go to work with their dogs, Rottweilers helped butchers in pulling the cart of goods and meat. Romans also used Rotties as herding dogs and to guard their cattle, livestock, and money. At that time Rottweilers were also used for Bear hunting. Earlier Rottweilers were originally bred by Romans only. After some time Rottweilers got their name from the town ‘Rottweil’.
Rare red Rottweilers!
Rottweilers are of only one color combination, Rotties are black in color with marking of tan and rust color but you will get surprised to know that some rottweilers are red also. Many People believe that Red color of the Rottweiler is because of the health issues but Red Rottweilers are also Rottweilers. Very few Pure-breed Rottweilers are red in color which means that this color of Rotties is extremely Rare.
Rottweilers were also called Butcher’s dog
Butchers used Rottweiler as Herding dogs, Protecting livestock and they were also used Rottweilers in Pulling carts of meat to market. Then Rottweilers were called Rottweiler Metzgerhund which means Rottweiler Butcher’s dog.
Rottweilers are Descendants of the ‘Molossus’ dog
Molossus is an ancient mastiff type dog breed from which Rottweilers are originated from which means Molossus may be the ancestors of Rottweilers.
Earlier uses of Rottweilers
Rottweilers have a long history working with the Human race and initially, they were used as Herding dogs and Cart pullers. Rottweilers were used by farmers for Protection of livestock and money. Rotties were also used in Bear hunting.
Cattleman used to tie money in Rottweiler’s neck to protect it
Rottweilers have natural protective instincts by birth and they are considered as great guards. Earlier many herders tie their money in a purse around Rottweiler’s neck which they used to earn by selling livestock and they tie their money around their Rotties to protect them from thieves.
Rottweilers have a very strong bite force
Rottweilers have an excellent bite force 328 PSI which is stronger than Pitbull terrier and German shepherd. The strong bite force of Rottweiler makes him more Stronger and helps him to make a more powerful and dangerous attack, Rottweiler bite can easily break a human bone. Rottweilers are considered one of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world and their excellent and powerful bite force may be the reason for this!
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Rottweilers are the best guard dog
Often regarded as best guard dogs Rotties are famous for their alert and watchful behavior and they didn’t need much training to be a proper guard dog they have guarding instincts by birth. Rottweilers are known for their loyalty and protective behavior. Rottweilers are always protective of their family and owner which makes them an excellent Guard dog.
Rottweilers are very intelligent
Rottweilers are notorious as most dangerous dog breeds but many people are not aware of the fact that Rottweilers comes under top 10 most intelligent dog breeds which mean Rottweilers are not only strong they are smart also. Rottweilers are so intelligent that they can easily understand and follow your commands, It is easy to teach them new tricks. Due to Rottweiler’s intelligence level, Rotties are largely used as military dogs, Search and Rescue dogs, Police dogs, and Guard dogs.
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Rottweilers are agile and energetic
Rottweilers are very energetic and agile. Rottweilers have a high energy level and to maintain their high energy level Rotties need daily exercise. So if you are fitness freak Rottweiler may be the good choice for you, You can take you Rottie for hiking, jogging, Playing and can go for long walks with him. Exercising with your Rottweiler may be a great idea and it will become fun for both of you and your dog. You can exercise your Rottie while playing and it will be great fun.
Rottweilers hate to be alone
Rottweilers love to be with their family and owner. People with a busy schedule should not adopt Rottweilers because if you leave them alone in the house for many hours they may suffer from Separation anxiety and you may observe that your rottweiler adopt destructive behavior which includes howling, barking, biting and destroying things. So you should keep them with you and within the family.
Rottweilers were about to be extinct
Everyone loves Rottweilers but it may shock you that earlier in past Rottweilers were about to Extinct! They were used as herding dogs and cart pullers until mid 19 century when railways replace their work and Rottweilers are about to extinct but after some times Rottweiler’s ability has been identified and from then Rottie’s popularity kept on increasing, after that time Rottweilers are used as Guard dogs, Police dogs, Search and Rescue dogs and service dogs in large numbers.
Rottweilers are of two types
Many People are not aware of the fact that Rottweilers are of two types- German Rottweiler and American Rottweiler However they are not so different from each other. German Rottweilers are slightly larger or bigger than American Rottweilers and German Rottweilers do not have a docked tail but American rottweiler have a docked tail. German Rottweilers are more popular than American Rotties.
Overbreeding of Rottweilers
Rotties are among most Popular dog breeds in the world and the increasing popularity of Rottweilers gives rise to over breeding of Rottweilers because sellers and breeders greed to make more profit. Over-breeding of Rottweiler gives rise to health problems like weak bones and joint issues. If you want to adopt a Rottweiler you should take it from a trusted and a good reputed Breeder.
Rottweilers have the problem of becoming overweight
Rottweilers have the habit of overeating which causes them to put on the extra weight and can make them overweighed, so owners should give them the right amount of Food according to their nutritional requirements. Their diet should be monitored carefully and they should be fed according to their activity level and growth stage, an active Rottweiler should be given more calories as compared to old Rottweiler who is not much activity.
Rottweilers have a beautiful double-layered coat which consists of Upper Coat and Undercoat. They are known to shed their coat moderately throughout the year but Rotties shed their coat heavily during Spring and Autumn season. During high shedding seasons Grooming of their coat is necessary to maintain the cleanliness of your home otherwise you will observe hairs of Rottweilers scattering all over the floor of your house. Instead of frequent baths you can give Brush them daily to control shedding.
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Rottweilers are prone to develop Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia
Although Rottweiler is considered a healthy dog breed but they are also prone to some health issues. Like any other large sized and heavy dog breed, Rotties are prone to have a joint disease called Dysplasia and it is one of the most common joint diseases in dogs. They are prone to have Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia. Symptoms include less activity, lameness, and pain. If you observe any of these symptoms in your Rottie then you should immediately contact your Vet.
Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is formed due to abnormal formation of the Hip joint. In this condition, the Ball and socket joint don’t form correctly.
Elbow Dysplasia: Elbow dysplasia is a condition which is caused by abnormal formation of the Elbow joint.
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