Rottweiler dogs are strong, true, calm, confident and loyal companions with average weights being about 110 to 115 pounds. A stocky, physically strong dog breed with a black coat and well-defined tan markings, the Rottweiler is an intelligent, fearless dog breed developed in Germany. Naturally good-natured, calm, and keen to its surroundings, the Rottweiler is a stellar human companion and guard dog, only displaying aggressive behavior when under poor ownership. Because of its many diverse positive traits including confidence, fearlessness, and steadfastness, the Rottweiler is used for a variety of purposes including search and rescue, police work, herding, and as guide dogs. The Rottweiler needs daily physical and mental activity, either in the form of long walks or jogs, or a vigorous game in a safe area, as well as obedience lessons. He enjoys cold weather and may become overheated in hot weather. He needs to spend significant time inside with his human family, however, so that proper bonding can occur. Coat care is minimal, consisting only of occasional brushing to remove dead hair. The Rottweiler’s ancestors were probably Roman drover dogs, responsible for driving and guarding herds of cattle as they accompanied Roman troops on long marches. At least one of these marches led to southern Germany, where some of the people and their dogs settled. Throughout the succeeding centuries, the dogs continued to play a vital role as cattle drovers around what was to become the town of Rottweil (which is derived from red tile, denoting the red-tile roof of the Roman baths that had been unearthed there in the eighth century). Rottweil prospered and became a center of cattle commerce. Their dogs drove and guarded cattle, guarded the money earned by the cattle sales and served as draft animals. So evolved the Rottweiler metzgerhund (“butcher dog”), an integral component in the town’s industry until the mid-19th century.
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