Rottweiler adult in black and white


Despite their size and fearsome reputation, the Rottweiler has an affectionate, obedient and docile temperament.

About the Rottweiler

Rottweilers are large, muscular and active dogs who are always alert to what is happening around them. Although they can take a while to warm to strangers, they make loyal and rewarding family pets.

Rottweilers started out as cattle dogs that drove herds to the great cattle markets of southern Germany, however, over the last few decades, they’ve become one of the most popular defence dogs in the world.

Source : faits et caractéristiques clés provenant de la Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Particularités de la race

FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Catégorie de taille
Races de très grande taille
Espérance de vie moyenne
10–12 ans

Affectueux / Serein / Amical / Fidèle / Obéissant / Enthousiaste / Confiant / Alerte

Faits marquants

  • A besoin d'un maître assez expérimenté
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires outdoor space
Oriental adult sitting down

Origins of the breed

Rottweilers belong to one of the oldest breeds of dog. Their lineage goes back to the Romans, whom they served as guard and livestock dogs. They accompanied the legions over the Alps, protecting the men and driving the herds.

When the legionnaires arrived in the small southern German town of Rottweil, their dogs mated with local canines, producing crossbreeds. They continued to guard and drive large herds, and protect people and property, but they were also adopted by local butchers, who concentrated on the breed’s aptitude for work to produce a robust draught dog.