About Rottweilers


"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - Uknown

The above reading could not be more true of our beloved Rottweiler breed.

The Rottweiler is a dog that is truly versatile. They are tough, sturdy and ready for anything. They are loyal and protective, strong yet gentle. He is aloof and dignified with strangers, playful and loving to his family.

A large dog, with males ranging from 61-68cm at the shoulder and females from 56-63cm. Weight ranges from 42-50kg. The dog is slightly longer than it is tall with a large frame balanced by a deep, broad chest and heavy muscling. Rottweilers are always black with clearly defined mahogany markings over the eyes, the muzzle, and on throat, chest, and lower legs. The tail is left in its natural condition.

The Rottweiler coat is smooth and short with an undercoat present on the neck and thighs. Wavy or curly coats are faulted and long coats are disqualifications for breeding and the show ring.

When moving is a picture of power and stamina with strong reach in front and forceful drive in the rear. A well-conditioned Rottweiler is a superb athlete; he trots with great stamina and seemingly little effort – an efficiency of movement inherited from his days as a cattle drover.

It is in temperament that the Rottweiler ends up being misjudged. A well bred Rottweiler is calm, confident and courageous. Combined with his fierce devotion to home and family, these amazing breed characteristics can be ruined through poor breeding practices, lack of socialisation, and failure to teach basic good manners. Rottweiler owners without a strong grasp of the breed's nature can find themselves in trouble if the dog has been badly bred or assumes leadership of the family.

The Rottweiler is not a dog for everyone. Like all other breeds with strong natures, it has become a target for those who would ban dogs by breed rather than individual cases/temperaments. Failure to select a well-bred Rottweiler and to train it appropriately can result in trouble and therefore it puts the breed at risk of bans in a many countries. Australia is not free of this risk. Some cities and towns have added the Rottweiler to a list of restricted or banned breeds; some training schools refuse Rotties; and some insurance companies deny coverage to owners of this breed. This is why through our rescue we put a huge emphasis on the temperaments of the dogs we rehome, therefore safeguarding the future of our breed.

Like all other dominant breeds, Rottweilers must be trained to obey and respect the humans in its family. Training classes, where the dog can become accustomed to new situations and to other people and dogs, are ideal. 

Rottweilers are prone to structural problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia and osteochondrosis (OCD). They may also be subject to panosteitis, which is an intermittent lameness cause by varying bone density in young dogs.

Retinal problems are also a possibility, along with entropian and ectropian of the eyes and like all deep-chested dogs, the Rottweiler is also susceptible to bloat, a condition in which the stomach can turn and block, causing a buildup of gas. Unless treated very quickly, bloat is fatal.

For anymore infomation on the breed please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Rottweiler Rescue of WA Inc.
Rottweiler Rescue of WA Inc.