The Rottweiler is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). When properly trained, these dogs may have a carefree attitude as well as a certain degree of courage, intellect, and commitment to their owners.

The Rottweiler male is generally 24″ to 27″ tall, while the female is 22″ to 25″ tall. The typical weight of a Rottweiler puppy is 80 to 135 pounds, but don’t be shocked if yours acts like a lap dog. Because they are “leaners,” Rottweilers lean into their owners to demonstrate affection.

As more dog lovers realize how lovable and magnificent this breed is, Rottweiler popularity continues to rise. Check out these interesting Rottweiler facts.

The Rottweiler breed is named after the town of Rottweil

Per the Rottweiler Club of the United Kingdom, ancient Roman troops with their herder dogs camped around the Neckar River in Germany about 73 or 74 AD. Large, strong dogs were utilized as herders and even for bear hunting throughout the Middle Ages. This location later grew into a tiny town known as ‘das Rote Wil,’ which became Rottweil. The Rottweilers we know today are descended from these canines and are named after the town Rottweil in Germany.

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest dog breeds

The herding dogs used by the Roman legions to herd and guard cattle can be traced back to ancient times. The contemporary Rottweiler is thought to have descended from Asian mastiffs bred to herders in the past.

Germany is Home to One of Oldest Rottweiler Clubs

In 1917, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub (ADRK) was established. It is one of the oldest clubs for this breed still in existence. The ADRK is the only national association for the breed in Germany, with its headquarters in Minden.

Fast fact: The American Rottweiler Club was founded in 1973 and is the only Rottweiler club that is a member of the American Kennel Club.

They were dogs of Butchers

In Germany, the Rottweiler Metzgerhund was its name. This refers to the dogs’ role as cattle herder and even cart puller for slaughtered livestock while they traveled to market in Rottweil.

Rottweilers were on the verge of becoming extinct.

The Rottweiler breed may have become nearly extinct as a result of industrialization. Rottweilers were herding dogs, and if cattle aren’t needed, the dogs aren’t required. This occurred around the middle of the 1800s, when railroads and highways were developed to make it easier to transport herds. Fortunately, Rottweiler fans strove to keep the breed alive, and by the 1900s, a new job for these “working” dogs had been formed. Both military and police began to use Rottweilers.

After 9/11 in New York, Rottweilers were used as search and rescue dogs.

Rescue dogs and handlers were dispatched to the Twin Towers site shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Along with other breeds such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers courageously searched.

Wynd, a Rottweiler, won the 2015 AKC Human Fund ACE Award.Wynd, a Rottweiler, won the 2015 AKC Human Fund ACE Award

Wynd is a therapy dog from Virginia. Wynd received the AKC Award for Therapy Dog in 2015. This incredible Rottweiler has worked as a therapy dog for military families at TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and is a regular at the Hampton Veterans Hospital, where he helps veterans with PTSD and substance abuse issues. Wynd also volunteers with the BARKS reading program run by the Suffolk Humane Society.

Rottweilers are popular among celebrities

Numerous celebrities adore dogs of all types, but some have a special affection for Rottweilers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Hayden Panettiere, Bruno Mars, and Will Smith are among the celebrities who have Rottweilers. Will Smith and his family own a number of them.

Lives On in the Fiction World

Alexandra Day’s children’s book series, Good Dog Carl, has immortalized the Rottweiler in fiction literature. The first book featuring Carl the Rottweiler was published in 1985, and there are now over 20 novels involving him.

Popular in America

The Rottweiler is especially popular in the United States, where the American Kennel Club ranked it the most registered breed in the mid-1990s. The Labrador Retriever has subsequently surpassed it, but it still ranks in the top ten.

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