Country of origin: Germany
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Drover, police
dog, guardian, companion
Size: 41–50kg (90–110lb),
58–69cm (23–27in)
Longevity: 8 to 10 years
Exercise: Moderate
Training: Moderate; retains
training well
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Black and tan

Bred in Rottweil in southern Germany as a droving and cattle dog, the Rottweiler’s closest relative is probably the Great Swiss Mountain Dog. The two breeds share a variety of mental traits, including a relative ease of obedience training combined with a formidable protection instinct. It can be difficult to read a Rottweiler’s body language, and this breed can be unreliable as a consequence – the mood can change in a second from delight to anger, with the only visible sign being dilating eyes. High incidence of malignant bone cancer accounts for the foreshortened median life expectancy of only 9.8 years.



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