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All Rottweilers are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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Rottweiler registration; how to register your Rottweilers or to dual register your Rottweiler with the United Canine Association.

The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Rottweiler in 2002.


Breed Characteristics: 
The Rottweiler is a medium large, robust and powerful dog. 

Rottweilers are predominately black with clearly defined rust or mahogany markings.

The Rottweiler is compact and  its build denotes great strength, agility and endurance.

The breed is thickly built and muscular. 

The Rottweiler is a true working dog.  The Rottweiler is most content when its performing a task such as police work, agility, competing in obedience events.

The Rottweiler makes a superior pet and exceptional guard dog when properly trained and socialized. and cared for.

Country of Origin:  Germany


Original Purpose: 
Droving, herding dog, livestock guardian and guard of property and person.  

Today's Uses: 
Working guard dog, agility, obedience and companion. 

  The Rottweiler averages between 90 - 110 pounds in weight.

The Rottweiler is about 22 - 27 inches tall at the withers.

  Medium length, coarse and lying flat with undercoat on neck and thighs.

The Rottweiler is predominately black with clearly defined mahogany or rust colored markings.

Temperament:  The Rottweiler makes a loyal and wonderful companion but can be  protective and determined.  Rottweilers are dedicated, courageous, steadfast, and affectionate with family.  Rottweilers can be suspicious of strangers.  The Rottweiler is distinguished as an exceptional guard dog and excel as protectors of property and persons.  The Rottweiler is very trainable but can be strong-minded, dominant, and willful.   The breed is a good all round working dog.

With Children: 
When properly socialized as a pup the Rottweiler does fine with older children.

Other Pet Compatibility:  When properly socialized from puppyhood the Rottweiler can do well with other pets however certain Rottweilers may show some aggression towards other dogs

The Rottweiler is a dominate natured dog that requires a firm, patient and constant training regimen. 

Female Rottweilers tend to be more gentled natured than the males of the breed and may be more responsive to training.

Activity Level:
The Rottweiler requires hearty exercise on a regular basis.  A  larger yard with a fence is favored for this breed.

Life Expectancy:
  Rottweiler have an average life expectancy of 8 - 10 years of age

Breed Standard: Rottweiler

General Impression:  The Rottweiler is an above average sized dog. Rottweilers are black, with well defined mahogany brown. 

Rottweilers are powerfully built, compact and powerful.   The Rottweiler's well proportioned structure allows for great strength, athleticism and endurance. 
A well-built Rottweiler should give the impression of great strength, endurance and agility.

Head and Skull: 
The Rottweiler's head is medium in length, the top of the skull between the ears is broad.

The forehead line is moderately arched as seen from the side. 

Occipital bone well developed but not conspicuous.

The Rottweiler's c
heeks are considerably boned and well muscled but not prominent.  The zygomatic arch of the cheeks is well defined.

The skin on the head should not be too loose so as to allow it to form excessive  wrinkling of the skin.  Moderate wrinkle when the dog is attentive is allowed.

Nose:  The nose of the Rottweilers is broad and black in color.  The Rottweiler's nose should be well developed with proportionately large nostrils.

Eyes:  The eyes should be of medium size and almond shaped.  The Rottweiler's eyes are dark brown in color. The eyelids are closed tightly.

Ears:  The ears are small proportionately and triangular in shape.  The Rottweiler's ears set high and wide on the head, lying flat and close to the cheek with inner edge of the ear against the head.

Muzzle:  The Rottweiler's muzzle is fairly deep with topline level and length not longer than the length from stop to occiput.  
The Rottweilers muzzle broad at the base and narrows steadily towards the tip.

Mouth:  The teeth are strong and white.  The bite is a scissor bite.  The incisors of the Rottweiler's lower jaw must touch the inner surface of the upper incisors.

Neck:  The neck should be of moderate length, powerful and very muscular. 
The Rottweiler's neck is slightly arched and free from any throatiness.

Forequarters:  The Rottweiler's long shoulder blades are well laid back with the elbows well let down, but not loose.

The legs of the Rottweiler are muscular with substantial bone and substance. 
The front legs seen from all sides must be straight and not placed too closely to one another.

The pasterns of the Rottweiler should be bent slightly forward.

  The chest cavity should be sizeable, broad and deep with the ribs well sprung.

The depth of brisket will not be more, and not much less than 50 percent of the shoulder height.

The back of the Rottweiler should be straight, strong and od medium length; ratio of shoulder height to length of body is to be 9 to 10.

The Rottweiler's loins are short, strong and deep, the flanks are not be tucked up.
The croup is broad, of proportionate length, and slightly sloping.

When measuring the body of the Rottweiler the distance from the withers to the elbow should be the same as the distance from the ground to the elbow. 

The upper thigh not too short, broad and powerful with well defined muscle.            

The Rottweiler's lower thigh is muscular at the top and strong and sinewy lower down.

Stifles are well bent with good angulation.
 The hocks are sturdy and properly angulated. The rear pasterns are nearly perpendicular to the ground.

Feet:  The feet are strong, round and tight with well arched toes.  The hind feet of the Rottweiler are somewhat longer than the front.  The pads should be hard and thick.  The toenails are short strong and black in color.  Rear dewclaws may be removed.

Gait:  The movement of the Rottweiler should convey an impression of flexibility, strength, endurance and purpose.  The Rottweiler's back is firm and stable.  
When viewed from the rear there is a powerful hind thrust and good stride.

The Rottweiler's movement should be unrestricted, balanced and positive.  As speed increases, the Rottweiler single tracks.

Tail:  The tail can be either natural or docked both are acceptable, without preference.   The tail is short, strong and not set too low. 

docked, it is done at the first or second vertebrae. 

The Rottweiler's tail is to be carried horizontally. 

The carriage of the Rottweiler's tail should
give the impression that the tail is an extension of the topline.  When relaxed the tail may be hanging.

Coat:  The Rottweiler's coat consists of top coat and undercoat.  The coat is to of medium length, coarse and flat. 

The coat's under coat is essential on the neck and thighs, should not show through the outer coat.  The hair on the forelegs and breechings may be slightly longer.
  The hair is shortest on the head, ears and legs.

Color:  The color is black with clearly defined markings on the cheeks, muzzle, chest and legs, as well as over both eyes and the area beneath the tail. Color of markings ranges from rich tan to mahogany brown.

Size:  The height at the withers should be: Dogs are between 25 -  27 inches tall, Bitches are between 23 -  25 inches tall.  A proportionally balanced mid-range size is preferred.

Note:  All male Rottweilers should have two seemingly normal testicles fully descended into the animals scrotum.


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