The Rottweiler: A Gentle Giant with a Big Heart
Rottweiler are listed as one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. They are known for their powerful build, loyalty, and protective nature. They are the 9th most popular dog breed in the United States in 2023 with an estimated number of a half million.
The Rottweiler is one of the oldest dog breeds, thought to originate from drover dogs used by the Roman legions in the 2nd century CE. When the Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th century CE, many of these dogs made their way to the town of Rottweiler in Germany. Rottweilers were used as guard dogs, butcher’s dogs, and draft dogs in the Middle Ages. Rottweilers served as messenger dogs, ambulance dogs, and draught dogs during World War I and World War II. In the early 20th century Rottweilers were brought to America and became popular family pets and working dogs. At Present days Rottweilers are used as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, and in dog sports.
Details about Rottweiler:
Large and Muscular dog
Height: Males standing 24 to 27 inches tall
Females standing 22 to 25 inches tall the shoulder
Weight: Males weighing 80 to 130 pounds. and Females weighing 70 to 100 pounds.
Lifespan: 8 to 10 years.
Coat: Short, dense and smooth
Rottweiler puppy price: $1,000 to $3,000.
• Black Rottweilers: Most common Rottweiler, solid black.
• Brindle Rottweilers: Black with rust-colored markings on the face, chest, and legs.
• Red Rottweilers: Red which can range from light copper to dark mahogany.
• Blue Rottweilers: Very rare ones with a blueish-gray appearance.
Temperament: Known for being gentle, loyal, intelligent, and protective. However, they require early socialization and training to be well-behaved dogs.
Training: Rottweilers are intelligent dogs to learn a variety of commands and need at least 2 hours of exercise per day.
Grooming: Rottweilers require minimal grooming and they should be brushed and bathed as needed.
The states with the most number of Rottweilers are:
These states are all large and have a high population of dog owners. They also tend to have warm climates, which Rottweilers prefer
On the other hand, the states with the lowest concentration of Rottweilers are:
New Hampshire: 1,000
North Dakota: 1,250
South Dakota: 1,500
These states are all small and have a low population of dog owners. They also tend to have cold climates, which Rottweilers don’t prefer.
some natural foods that are good for Rottweilers:
Meat: Lean meats like beef, chicken, or turkey are a high-quality source of protein.
Bones: Bones are a good source of calcium and phosphorus. Raw bones are the best choice in this case.
Offal: Offal, or organ meats like liver, kidneys, and hearts are a good source of protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.
Vegetables: Vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, spinach or kale, and green beans are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Fruits: Apples, Bananas, and Berries are good sources of vitamins and minerals.
Processed foods, sugary treats, table scraps, fatty or greasy foods, nuts, grapes, bones that can splinter, etc.
Average annual spending on Rottweiler:
Average annual spending by the owner is around $1500 to $4500 of which-
Food and Treat Cost: $1000
Vet Care: $800
Grooming & Training: $700
Other Expenses: $600
Interesting facts about Rottweiler:
◉ Rottweilers were originally bred in Germany as drover dogs, helping to herd livestock and pull carts.
◉ Rottweilers were also used as guard dogs by the Roman army.
◉ Rottweilers were featured in the movie “Beethoven” and the television show “Rin Tin Tin.”
◉ They are not easily intimidated and will stand their ground against threats
◉ The world’s heaviest Rottweiler weighed 175 pounds.
◉ The world’s oldest Rottweiler lived to be 16 years old.
◉ They have a strong bite force of up to 140 PSI.
◉ They are banned in some municipalities, including Miami, Florida, and Aurora, Colorado.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Rottweiler in America:
◉ Loyal and protective
◉ Intelligent and trainable
◉ Good with children when properly socialized
◉ Can be used for a variety of tasks, such as herding, tracking, and obedience.
◉ Can be aggressive if not properly trained
◉ Large and powerful, which can be dangerous if not handled properly
◉ Demands a lot of physical excessive and mental activation.
◉ Not a good choice for apartment owners.
Rottweilers can make great family dogs for the right people but with proper care and training, they can be lovely and loyal companions.
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