Dog Breed Guide: Rottweiler

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A rottweiler puppy and its mom laying together.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats


About the Rottweiler

Height (to base of neck): female 22-25″, male 24-27″

Weight: female 80-100 lbs, male 95-135 lbs

Color: Black with rust markings

Origin: Possibly Rome, and Germany

Coat: Inner coat on neck and thighs, short dense outer coat lies close to skin and is firm and glossy.

Life Expectancy: 12 years

Energy level: Moderate to high

Exercise needs: Moderate


Is a Rottweiler the Right Dog Breed for You?

Rottweilers were originally used as guarding and herding dogs because of their willingness to work and strength.  They have intense protective instincts and can be self-assured and calm, although some lines have tended towards a tendency to aggression.  They are highly intelligent with high trainability, but are recommended for an experience and committed dog owner.  Tolerance to children can vary and males tend to exhibit more inter-dog aggression and dominance.  They have a moderate need for exercise and can be suited to a more urban lifestyle.  They have low grooming needs and are moderate shedders.


5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Rottweilers

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue Average Claim Amount Most Expensive Claim
Cancer $2,124 $18,855
Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL) $2,473 $9,414
Osteo Arthritis $561 $4,445
Skin Allergies $455 $3,950
Ear Infection $294 $2,061


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