The American Rottweiler is a very intelligent and good-humored dog. Hundreds of years ago they were known as working dogs and are happiest when performing a task. The American Rottweiler is very possessive of its owner and his possessions and, therefore, will make a good guard dog.
The American Rottweiler is taller and thinner through the face and body. Both the American Rottweiler and the German Rottweiler are black with distinct tan markings over both eyes, cheeks, muzzle and chest. Both have coats that are medium length, coarse and straight and both have a double undercoat.
The females are smaller than the males weighing between sixty to one hundred pounds, while the males weigh between eighty-five and one hundred thirty-five pounds. These dogs do not realize the strength in their size and are sometimes referred to as a gentle bears.
American Rottweilers are very intelligent dogs and will take over the home if not trained properly. The cute little cuddly puppies grow into giant animals that need to know who the boss really is. These dogs can be stubborn but will learn very quickly from obedience training and should be trained at a very early age. If the American Rottweiler is not trained and socialized early he can become a bully, which will create further behavior problems. These dogs excel in sports such as flyball, carting, herding and agility.
They are now becoming known as excellent therapy dogs and are very good with the physically challenged. They are being trained much more in these therapy programs and the results have been incredibly positive. The Rottweiler is a good dog with a great sense of humor. He likes to work and he likes to please, therefore, he is happiest when performing tasks. He is a relatively healthy dog but should be checked immediately if any lumps or moles suddenly appear on his skin.
Reputable American Rottweiler breeders should not be difficult to locate. They can normally be found on the Internet, through recommendations from other Rottweiler owners, through your veterinarian and from the American Kennel Club. These breeders should be socializing their puppies with their own families to get them customized to humans.
They should be able to answer all of your questions about the breed and will normally turn the tables on you and ask you many questions to see if you are ready to own an American Rottweiler. There are German Rottweiler breeders and American Rottweiler breeders and if you have done your homework sufficiently, you will know the distinct difference between the two. Having a discussion with the breeder about the two types of Rottweilers is a good idea.
These dogs make great pets and because of their size will become excellent guard dogs. They are not aware of their size and when their humor comes through it is quite silly.