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Despite their size, the Rottweiler is a gentle, loving dog who will do whatever they can to make you happy. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about these big friendly dogs.

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What is a Rottweiler?

The Rottweiler is a large breed of dog belonging to the working group. They were originally used in Germany to herd livestock and pull carts with butchered meat to the market. Since then, their roles have evolved and they can frequently be found working as rescue dogs, guide dogs and sometimes police dogs. They’re often referred to as a ‘Rottie’ - despite this funny nickname and external appearances, these pups are big cuddly dogs with a soft centre.

How much exercise does a Rottweiler need?

Baby is a black and tan dog with a wide head, lying down in the park

They are an active breed of dog, and according to The Kennel Club, require more than two hours of exercise a day. A Rottie can never have enough exercise, and thrive off all forms of it - running, swimming and playing fetch. If you have plenty of time for exercise and like big, soppy dogs, a Rottweiler might be the ideal dog for you.

“Storm is full of muscle and needs lots of exercise. He likes to swim, chase balls and sticks, and is used to getting a lot of exercise every day.” - Beverley, owner of Storm.

What is the temperament of a Rottweiler?

The Rottie is good-natured, devoted and eager. Despite appearances, they are known as a very gentle dog breed. They are protective of family and are often described as brave, confident and courageous. As such, Rottweilers make loyal guard dogs. They’re very loving dogs with a real calming nature.

“Riley is a cuddly, gentle giant! He likes long walks, exploring, meeting new dogs, playing with his ball, being close to you and getting LOTS of fuss and attention.” - Emma, owner of Riley.

Are Rottweilers easy to train?

Lexi is having a fun day at the beach! She's a sturdy looking dog with a wide smile and short, black and tan hair

Obedience training and socialisation are required in Rottweilers from an early age, but they pick things up quickly. They’re a highly intelligent breed, hence their work in care, military and with the police and they thrive off leadership.

“Oscar is very intelligent and extremely good at doing tricks. He will do anything you ask in return for a piece of cheese.” - Claire, owner of Oscar.

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ Rottweilers have:

Audrey, owner of Hank

He may weigh 7.5 stone, but Hank thinks he’s the size of a Chihuahua and will often try to snuggle up on your lap.

Samantha, owner of Rory

Rory is a very cheeky pup who always ends up getting into some kind of mischief and then gives you the saddest puppy dog eyes so that you don’t get mad.

Fiona, owner of Duke

Duke loves country pubs that provide dog treats!

Most common Rottweiler names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Roxy
  • Bella
  • Rocky
  • Ruby
  • Max
  • Bruno
  • Zeus
  • Lexi
  • Lola
  • Tia

Does your Rottweiler pull on the lead? Follow this simple, quick and easy training tip to teach them to heal.

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Rottweilers. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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