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For the past Breed Bits, smaller dogs were given the spotlight. But let’s get on with the big dogs! And the first one to get featured in Blogger Bark is none other than the Rottweiler or some call it the Rottie. The name itself could give you chills and once you take a glimpse of these muscular dogs, it will surely send some chills down your spine. But despite the rocky and buff stature of the Rotties, they still can be a big sweetheart.
It’s a descendant of the Italian Mastiff and bred in the town Rottweiler, Wurttemberg, Germany. These German canines are believed to be a companion of the Romans back in the days as they invaded Europe. It almost went extinct in the 1800’s but lovers of the breed made passionate efforts to make sure the breed stays in existence. And their efforts were not wasted as today, Rottweilers are one of the most loved and appreciated breed in the world.
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Usually stands at 24 to 27 inches (from shoulder down) and weights around 95 to 130 pounds. It’s a very muscular dog with deep and broad chest. It’s broad and rounded-head makes it one of the very sturdy-looking dogs at present. The nose is wide and black, as well as its lips and mouth. A Rottweiler’s coat is mostly black with rust or mahogany shaded markings on the muzzle, cheek, paws and legs. The coat is also thick and short making it less likely to shed.
Rottweilers may leave a scary first impression but since these dogs are smart and highly intelligent, they are quick to learn and be trained. And because of this intellect and discipline, they can be great with children, other people and even other animals as long as the owners makes sure that the dog is well-socialized. They are a great pack leader that is why it is important that Rottie owners are firm enough to let their dog knows who the master is. These dogs are great pets, guard dogs (for their size), guide dogs and they can be trained to be great police dogs.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
Rottweilers needs a lot of exercise. Do not think that you need to go light with this dog, Rotties are great outdoor companions and they love action. Just make sure you keep the dog hydrated and have enough rest at home. These dogs do not necessarily need much grooming as they are only average shedders. But remember, these breed are prone to hip dysplasia so it’s always best to have a regular check-up with the vet. Rotties are also prone to snoring and over-eating, so be very watchful of the amount of food you give this big boy.