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Rottweiler

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About the Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a muscular, courageous and devoted dog breed. Descended from Roman drover dogs, they were originally used to move and guide herds of the Roman army. Today, “Rotties” are still used as herding dogs, but are also trusted service dogs, guard dogs and companions.

Temperament

Known for his calm confidence, strength and good-natured disposition, the Rottweiler strikes an unlikely balance between world-class guardian and goofy playmate. Courageous but not overly aggressive, this hard-working dog benefits from early training and socialization to positively direct its territorial instincts.

Characteristics

Rottweilers are hardworking, strong and loyal “people dogs.” Despite their imposing manner, they are often described as goofballs by their enthusiasts. Though silly and affectionate with those closest to them, they are also territorial. Early socialization and training is essential in order to raise a well-mannered Rottie.

Rottweilers are also extremely intelligent, highly trainable and thrive when working alongside their human partners. This is why they make exceptional therapy, search-and-rescue and police dogs.

Lifespan

9 to 10 years

Colors

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) standards, Rottweilers are always black with markings ranging from rust to mahogany.

Shedding

The Rottweiler is a moderate shedder. Typically, Rottweilers shed heavily twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. They shed moderately throughout the rest of the year and require weekly brushing to remove loose fur.

Health

As with all breeds, cancer is a possibility. The American Rottweiler Club advises health evaluations on the hips, elbows, heart and eyes, as hip dysplasia and certain hip and eye diseases are possible with Rottweilers.

Best Dog Food For Rottweilers

When choosing the best dog food for your Rottweiler, keep his unique breed traits in mind. Since Rottweilers are considered large dogs, a large breed dog food is a smart way to help maintain his ideal body condition. 

Best Dog Food For Rottweiler Puppies

As with puppies of all breeds, Rottweiler puppies have specific nutritional needs. Because they are large dogs, they may require puppy food until they reach 18 months to 2 years of age. Look for a puppy food formula containing DHA to nourish brain and vision development and antioxidants to support their developing immune system during these formative years.

History

The Rottweiler is descended from mastiffs of the Roman Army. One of the oldest working breeds, they were originally bred to herd cattle while the army was on the move.

After the Roman Empire’s collapse, these dogs became guardians for traveling butchers who settled in the cattle town of Rottweil where the breed got its name. The full name, “Rottweiler Metzgerhund”, means “Butcher’s Dog of Rottweil.”

In the 1800s, Rottweilers’ popularity as herding dogs waned, as railroad cattle cars took over the transport of livestock. Ever the hard workers, Rottweilers found new roles as police dogs, personal guardians and guide dogs. More recently, Rottweilers were called upon for search-and-rescue work at the sites of the Oklahoma City and World Trade Center attacks.

Facts

  • The Rottweiler is the 8th most popular out of the 194 dog breeds recognized by the AKC. 
  • The breed was formally recognized by the AKC in 1931.
  • Rottweilers were some of the first Seeing Eye dogs.
  • A Rottweiler named “Stinky” was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2011 for saving an ex-soldier’s life by supporting him through PTSD.
  • The Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding breeds, with a history dating back to the Roman Empire.
  • Rotties are thought to have been used as guard dogs to traveling butchers in the middle ages.
  • The Rottweiler was a popular police dog during World War I.

Russell Terrier

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About the Russell Terrier

Bred to go to ground to hunt vermin, the Russell Terrier is a small, robust dog with a confident personality. The breed has three coat varieties: Smooth, Broken and Rough. Energetic, curious and playful, he is a good match for active families. The keen, intelligent Russell Terrier thrives on being outdoors and needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. His dense, weatherproof coat requires minimal grooming.

Russian Blue Cat Breed

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About the Russian Blue Cat Breed

The Russian Blue is gentle, quiet and even shy around strangers, but she’s affectionate and loyal toward her people. She’ll follow you around and even ride on your shoulder.

She can entertain herself while home alone but loves to play games of fetch with her people. You may also find her jumping and climbing so she can observe everything from above. If you need an alarm clock, this feline relies on routine and will wake you each morning so she doesn’t miss breakfast. She’s tolerant of children and other cat-friendly pets.

Saint Bernard

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About the Saint Bernard

A massive, powerful dog, the Saint Bernard was originally bred to rescue freezing, stranded travelers during snowstorms in Switzerland. The breed has two coat varieties: Shorthair and Longhair. He has a gentle temperament, making the noble, intelligent Saint Bernard a superb companion and devoted family dog. This breed drools heavily, and his coat sheds frequently, requiring regular grooming.

Saluki

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About the Saluki

An avid hunter with great strength and endurance, the Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds. This sighthound originally was used by the Arabs to bring down gazelle. Graceful, independent and loving, the Saluki does best with daily exercise. Salukis can be coated, with feathering on the legs, or smooth. They shed little but need weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

Samoyed

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About the Samoyed

An ancient Siberian sledge dog bred to herd and guard reindeer, the Samoyed is characterized by his hefty, weather-resistant coat and signature smiling black lips. This working breed thrives on having a job to do. A perfect companion for families with children, he is kind, gentle and devoted. The highly intelligent, active Samoyed needs daily exercise and will retain his puppy-like playfulness throughout his lifetime.

Savannah Cat Breed

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About the Savannah Cat Breed

The Savannah Cat’s personality is playful, adventurous and loyal. Unlike most cats, she loves to play in water and can even be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch. Don’t be fooled by her dog-like personality, though.

Savannah Cats have strong hunting instincts, so they aren’t always suitable for households with pets like fish, hamsters, and birds. Her temperament is mild, though, so she’s a great companion to other cats and dogs, children and other humans in her home with proper socialization as a kitten.

Schipperke

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About the Schipperke

Curious, confident and faithful, the Schipperke originated in the Flemish provinces of Belgium. Protective of family and property, the breed is an excellent house dog with a fondness for children. An active breed, the Schipperke benefits from obedience classes and should receive regular exercise. The Schipperke’s harsh coat sheds several times a year but needs only weekly brushing and an occasional bath.

Scottish Deerhound

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About the Scottish Deerhound

An outstanding hunter, the dignified Scottish Deerhound is a lofty, slender sighthound developed in the 16th and 17th centuries. He is gentle and loving with his human family, yet fearless and determined while hunting in the field. This agile, athletic breed needs frequent leash walks or exercise in a fenced area. The Scottish Deerhound’s harsh coat requires minimal brushing and occasional bathing.

Scottish Fold Cat Breed

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About the Scottish Fold Cat Breed

The smart and friendly Scottish Fold loves playing with challenging, puzzling toys to test her intelligence. She also loves human interaction with her people and loves attention. Scottish Folds prefer the company of their humans or other cats (or cat-friendly dogs), rather than being left alone for hours at a time.

You may find this outgoing feline perched in strange postures, like lying flat on the floor with her legs splayed out, on her hind legs, sitting up like a meerkat or lying on her back, paws in the air.

Scottish Terrier

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About the Scottish Terrier

Affectionately called the “Scottie,” the Scottish Terrier is a compact, sturdy vermin hunter noted for having short legs and a shaggy beard. Charming and gentle, he takes pride in being a beloved pet and loves to be near his human companions. The playful, spirited Scottish Terrier needs plenty of leashed walks or fenced exercise. His hard, dense coat requires brushing twice a week and clipping every other month.

Sealyham Terrier

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About the Sealyham Terrier

Bred to hunt badger, otter and fox, the Sealyham Terrier is a proud, determined dog with a compact, sturdy body distinguished by his bushy beard and mustache. This cheerful, charming breed has an unexpected loud bark for a small dog. Although less energetic than other terriers, the Sealyham Terrier requires daily brisk walks. His lightly shedding, wiry coat needs to be brushed twice a week and trimmed once a month.