Medium to large, compact dogs known for their solid black, flat-lying coats with clearly defined rust-coloured markings.

The Rottweiler Club of Victoria is affiliated with Dogs Victoria and we are here to protect, promote and preserve the Rottweiler. We run weekly Obedience classes at KCC Park in Skye on a Wednesday night. Classes start with Puppy socialisation and go all the way to competition obedience for those people who wish to gain working titles on their dogs. We also organize fun events that you can do with your dogs like herding, carting, weightpull, and conformation showing. We publish a bi-monthly newsletter full of interesting information and possible events for you to attend.

HISTORY

In Rottweil, Germany these dogs had been crossed with local sheepdogs to create the ‘Rottweiler Metzgerhund’, used to drive & guard livestock. In the 19th century cattle-driving became illegal in Germany & the Rottweiler suffered a decline in popularity until 1914 when they were once again brought into use for the war.

GROOMING AND PHYSICAL NEEDS

  • Grooming Needs: Very easy to maintain, a good brush down regularly with a rubber glove during the moulting seasons.
  • Coat Type: Top coat is of medium length, coarse, dense and flat.
  • Moulting: Little shedding.
  • Exercise Needs: Require plenty of exercise, love to run through woods and in the open countryside with no desire to wander far from their owners. They adore swimming and will quite happily run alongside a bicycle.
  • Average Life Span: 10 – 12 years.

BEHAVIOUR

  • Family: Unconditionally loyal to their handlers and their families and will defend them and their property to the end. They are protective and brave.
  • Temperament: Being good natured, placid in basic disposition and fond of children, very devoted, obedient, biddable and eager to work.
  • Trainability: Intelligent dogs but can be rather dominant in nature. They require firmness and consistency from an early age from an equable, calm handler.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Live happily with other pets provided they are trained and socialised from an early age.
  • Barking: Low tendency.

TALENTS

Are used as guard dogs, watch dogs, police dogs, companions and seen in the show-ring.

NOTES

Susceptible to parvovirus virus, most common causes of death in Rotties are heart disease, cancer and bloat.

Stand Number: 801