Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 24-27 in (60-69cm) Bitch: 22-25 in (55-63.5cm)
Weight: 90-110 lb (40.5-48.5kg)
Coat: Medium length, coarse, and flat, with undercoat on neck and thighs
Color: Black with clearly defined tan or deep brown markings

In its native Germany, this breed is still referred to as the Rottweiler Metzgerhund (Rottweil Butcher's Dog), because in the past it worked as a draft dog delivering meat. It has also been used as a hunter of wild boar and a trusted cattle dog. Some fanciers believe that the Rottweiler is a descendant of the early German Shepherd Dog, while others consider that its ancestor was similar to the Tibetan Mastiff, brought as a guard by Roman soldiers. During World War I, it proved itself to be an intelligent police dog and guard. The Rottweiler is a large, courageous dog that makes an excellent companion/guard and responds to kind but firm handling. However, an inexperienced owner should never keep this breed, nor should anyone who does not have considerable time to devote to its training. It needs space and plenty of exercise, and daily grooming with a bristle brush or hound glove and comb.
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