The Rottweiler is a breed that descended from the mastiffs of the Roman legions. Their name is derived from the German phrase Rottweiler Metzgerhund, which means “Rottweil butchers’ dogs,” referencing their past as working dogs in Rottweil, Germany. These dogs have held several jobs throughout history, including police dog, guide dogs, and search-and-rescue dog.
Rottweilers are muscular dogs with massive heads, large frames, and heavy bones. They have a medium-length coat that is shiny, low-maintenance, and black with rust markings on their face, chest, and legs. Their massive heads hold big brains. They are highly intelligent dogs who love to be occupied with tasks. They make excellent family dogs and are great with children, cats, and other dogs if introduced to them during puppyhood.
Height: 22 to 27 inches
Weight: 80 to 135 pounds
Life Expectancy: 9 to 10 years