The Roman Rottweilers
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Intelligent, Loyal, Protective
Information / Facts: The Rottweiler is a breed of working dog that originated in the ancient Roman Empire. Rottweilers were primarily used for herding livestock, and have a tendency to develop a strong bond with the animals in their care. In current times, Rottweilers are still used as working dogs, and many police departments have Rottweilers on staff for search and rescue efforts and apprehension of criminals. Rottweilers have a large, stocky build and can weigh up to 130 pounds. Rottweilers have a heavy undercoat and overcoat, and go through one to two heavy shedding periods per year. This dog's coat is very low-maintenance, and weekly brushing should be sufficient for most Rottweilers.
Pros: Rottweilers are extremely loyal and protective of their pack. While not inherently vicious, Rottweilers have a loud bark that can deter criminals or alert you to any issues inside or outside your home. Rottweilers also have a lot of energy, so they are a wise choice if you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a best canine buddy to share adventures with you. This is a smart breed of dog and can pick up new things with ease, so you can have a lot of fun with your Rottweiler.
Cons: Rottweilers have gotten a bad reputation over the last few years. The bad behavior that is reported in the news is generally a result of bad training and bad owners. This should not deter you from owning one, however. As long as your dog is properly trained and supervised, as with any other breed, you have very little to worry about. Rottweilers generally have few health problems to worry about. One thing to keep an eye on is your Rottweiler's hips. All large breeds are prone to hip dysplasia and similar problems, so it's important to keep an eye out for any changes and have them addressed by a veterinary professional. Rottweilers also have higher instances of parvovirus and cancer than other breeds.