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History The Roman Rottweiler was created during recent years because several breeders wanted to recreate the larger Rottweilers that were existing in Rome centuries ago. The Romans used these mountain dogs to protect and herd cattle during the Middle Ages. It is said that the closest relatives of these dogs are the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
Some specimens of Roman Rottweilers ended up in Germany because Romans had chosen to settle in that area with their cattle and some dogs. This is because the roads were impassable. The Germans then refined the breed and made the dogs smaller. Modern Roman Rottweilers are now similar in size to the large mastiff, but still have the colouring of a Rottweiler.
Appearance Roman Rottweilers looks like other Rottweiler breeds. The Roman Rottweiler may also resemble Mastiffs. These Roman Rottweilers have a big, broad head that has wrinkles leading to their wide, square muzzle. The almond-shaped eyes of these dogs are small and are slightly set back in their big head. The ears of these dogs lie close to the side of their head, and their neck is covered with excess skin. These dogs have muscular legs and huge feet. Their tail is usually docked to become very short. The coat of these dogs is thick and may either be smooth or plush.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include black and brown, red and tan, black, and shades of red.
Temperament These dogs are loyal to their family members. They are very protective of their family and will be aggressive to strangers, especially to those that they see as a threat. These dogs can get along well with children in the family, but they should not be left alone with children that they are not familiar with.
Weight Roman Rottweilers come in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes. Small male Roman Rottweilers are 26 1/2 to 27 inches tall, while small female Roman Rottweilers are 24 1/2 to 25 inches tall. Medium-sized male Roman Rottweilers are 27 1/2 inches high, while females are 25 1/2 to 26 inches high. Large male dogs of this breed have a height of 28 to 29 inches, while females belonging to the same size range have a height of 27 to 28 inches. Extra large male Roman Rottweilers stand at 30 inches or more, while extra large female Roman Rottweilers stand at 29 inches or more.
Problems The common health problems affecting Roman Rottweilers include eyelid entropion and hip dysplasia. These dogs may also have a tendency to overeat and snore.
Living Conditions It's alright for these dogs to be kept inside apartments if they are given enough exercise. It's advisable, though, that they be given at least a small yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements These dogs thrive on exercise. They should be given work to do, and even though they already have tasks to do, these dogs should still be taken out for a long, daily walk or jog.
Training Requirements Obedience training and socialization should commence early on. These dogs can be very intense guard dogs, but with the right kind of training, they can be very sweet and loving. Owners should make sure that they train these dogs using firm and consistent methods. They must also know how to display strong leadership skills so that these dogs will come to see humans as pack leaders.
Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for around 10 to 12 years when properly taken care of.
Grooming The coat of Roman Rottweilers is easy to care for. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs by using a firm bristle brush. Bathing these dogs should be done only when they're excessively dirty or smell bad already.
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