Rottweilers consistently make the “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” list each year based on the percentage of serious and lethal dog attacks that rottweilers account for.
With sweet faces, and a playful disposition as puppies, it is easy to see the attraction to the these dogs when they are young. But Rottweilers grow into large dogs and without proper handling can become difficult to control as adults.
The rottweiler breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1931 and is a part of the “Mastiff” AKC group of working dogs. Some of the Rottweiler’s talents include: tracking, herding, watchdog, guarding, search and rescue, guide dogs for the blind, police work, carting, competitive obedience, and schutzhund.
Height: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm.) Bitches 22-25 inches (56-63 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg.) Bitches 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg.)
Personality and Traits
Rottweilers are powerful dogs with large muscles, head, and powerful jaws. Most breeders recommend an experienced dog owner because rottweilers require consistent and patient leadership and training.
The breed is not necessarily considered aggressive by nature, but highly protective which can lead to aggression. Poorly bred or untrained rottweilers are capable of inflicting tremendous damage to humans and other animals because of their size and power.
Rottweilers are generally loyal and protective to anyone they see as part of their “pack.” This includes the owner, family members, and sometimes other animals. Because of their naturally protective nature, early and extensive socialization is important when raising a rottweiler puppy.