The Rottweiler originally followed the Romans and their herds when they invaded Europe. His guarding and controlling instinct was noticed by the Germans and bred for these traits. As these needs reduced, he almost became extinct. In the early1900s, his breed was formally acknowledged.
He’s a powerful, robust dog with great endurance and intellect and a willingness to work hard. He works well as a herder, police dog, service dog, competitor in obedience trials and a therapy dog. He’s also a great companion. He has a clownish manner towards his family and friends but is very territorial when it comes to strangers coming into his home unless he’s introduced properly. He must be allowed to mix with people and taught obedience. He needs regular exercise but only minimal grooming. His coat is black and has mahogany to rust markings. He stands at 22 – 27 inches in height.