Facts about Rottweilers

Here are some interesting facts about Rottweilers that you might not have heard before...

facts about Cute RottweilersThe very earliest Rottweiler standard allowed various coat colors including red, blue, grey and 'tiger striped'. White markings were also common. (Learn about rottweilers with red coat color on Red Rottweiler Page)

Rottweilers are slow to mature, and aren't usually considered adult until around 2 years of age. (Sometimes until around 3 years of age)

The average life expectancy for a Rottweiler is somewhere between 7 and 10 years.

Many Rotties 'talk'. It's a low, grumbling sort of sound - not to be confused with growling. I love it when mine do this, and it seems to me that it's a bit like a cat purring!


Rottweilers shed - A LOT! They may have a short coat that looks like it's wash-n-wear, but don't let that fool you. You'll need to groom your Rottie regularly and loose dog hair will become a part of your life.

The Rottweiler tendency to lean against people is a throw-back to the days when they were cattle drovers. They used to lean against the cattle to get them to move in a particular direction.

Between the 12th and 29th Centuries the Rottweiler was also known as the 'Metzgerhund' or 'Butchers Dog' as he was used to protect the Butchers' money on trips to and from markets.

Rotties are working dogs, and they're happiest when they have a job to do. Some activities that your dog can excel at include obedience, tracking, carting, and Schutzhund (a mixture of advanced obedience, protection and tracking.

Rottweilers make great service dogs and many of them work as Police, Search & Rescue, Customs, Guide or Therapy dogs./a-love-of-rottweiler/