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Rottweiler

Personality:Reserved with strangers and affectionate and loyal with his family

Coat & Grooming:A weekly brushing will keep this coarse, dark coat sleek and shiny

Energy Level:Very Active; The Rottie needs at least two solid workouts daily; he would really appreciate it if these always included you!

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Rottie

Size: Large

Meet the Rottweiler

​No one likes to be misunderstood. And because he’s large and strong, with an instinctive desire to guard and protect the people he loves, the Rottie can be intimidating, so his reputation often gets a bad rap. They say that “knowledge is power” (a perfect word to use here), so let’s peel away the wrapper and see what the Rottie is really all about. Like a candy bar, the Rottweiler can have a hard exterior but a sweet, gooey center.

What's Their Story?

​What do many of the really big, powerful breeds have in common (other than being able to splatter the walls with slobber)? They are descended from the Mastiff-type dogs that first appeared in Asia. The Rottweiler’s ancestors were thought to have originated with the Ancient Romans, who brought the dogs with them when they traveled across Europe, using them to guide cattle—the Romans’ food supply on the road—and guard encampments.

What are they Like?

​No one told him that he’s not a toy breed, so at some point he’s going to plop onto your lap for a cuddle. Because of his original job as a super-smart and confident guardian, though, you’ll need to put in the time to train him and teach him solid social skills and harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way. He has to know that you’re in charge, even if he is twice your size. Your hard work will be rewarded with a loyal, loving best friend.

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