“I have a dream that one day I will not be judged by my appearance…but by the content of my character.” – Though based on martin Luther’s speech, this was adapted for the Rottweiler by Anonymous.
Portrait of the Rottweiler
Rottweiler have been named after the ancient town of Rottweil in Germany.
(I sometimes wonder why so many dog-breeds can track their origins in Germany.)
Rottweilers were bred in the middle ages. Their job was to protect the meat merchants from the thieves. They have descended from the drover dogs of Ancient Rome. Rottweilers have powerful jaws and strong bodies which help them in their work as guard dogs. Quite like the Belgian and the German Shepherds Rottweilers too have been employed by the police and the military the world over.
Rotties, as they are affectionately called, have often suffered from bad press. When these strong dogs end up with irresponsible owners, they often get blamed for being ferocious. Ironically, if trained properly, Rottweilers would probably top the charts for the most adorable family dog breed. They are intelligent and they have an athletic build. They need to be trained for aggression towards strangers as they are genetically geared to protect their families.
Like other big dogs, Rottweilers require exercise and they don’t suit apartment-dwelling families. Like the Collies, they too don’t like long periods of isolation.
According to The American Kennel Club, a Rottweiler is:
“a calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. A Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in its environment. It has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work, making them especially suited as a companion, guardian and general all-purpose dog”
The Rottweiler’s Physical Attributes:
- Height: 23-27 in
- Weight: 95-115 lb
- Coat: They are black with shades of tan on their forelegs, muzzle, over eyes and neck. They have a short-haired, minimum maintenance coat.
- Life Span: 11-13 years
Some Famous Rottweilers
Carl: Children’s Favorite!
The famous children book series titled “Good Dog Carl” features a dog called Carl who is loved by children and is very popular. In these picture-books, Carl the Rottweiler takes care of a girl named Madeleine. The first book in the series was published in 1985. (The artist within wants me to tell you that the illustrations for the Carl were drawn by Alexandra Day
Max – The Punisher’s Dog from Marvel Comic Books
Max is a Rottweiler who becomes the Punisher’s pet. The Punisher (Frank Castle) becomes friends with Max when he realizes that Max too has an agenda similar to his – to rid New York of crime! In the story, a badly injured Max is nursed back to health by the Punisher after which they become friends. The Punisher begins calling the dog Max, because he puts in his “Max” to put the criminals behind bars.
And now a Real Rottweiler Celeb trying to do what Rotties were bred to do 🙂 Meet Missy Elliot.
Missy Elliot – The protective dog of Joss Stone (the famous singer)
Jocelyn Eve Stoker aka Joss Stone is famous English song-writer, singer and actress. She has a pack of ferocious dogs and Missy is one of them. Joss says that her ferocious looking dogs are there to protect her. Missy the rottweiler is entrusted with the job of attacking anyone who may come to rob to Joss at night.
Some Amazing Rottweiler Heroes
AKC Page for Rottweilers: