Differences between German and American Rottweiler

According to history, the Rottweiler is a breed of dog that originated in southern Germany in the 19th century as a dog for handling and driving cattle (cattle dogs) and as a guard. This is an animal with a powerful body and jaws, which can offer formidable protection. It is popular as a family and guard dog, as it is easy to train in obedience.

However, the Rottweiler can show a bad temper but in general it is a loyal, self-confident, calm, brave, independent, careful and protective dog. He is a guard with great instinct and is considered the best guard dog in the world for being tough, strong, powerful and very resistant. He is also very territorial and protective of his home and family.

There are different kinds of Rottweiler such as the German Rottweiler, the American Rottweiler and the Roman Rottweiler, but this article aims to point out the differences between the German Rottweiler and the American Rottweiler, for this, in the first instance, we will define them briefly.

german rottweiler

Rottweilers are part of the group of working dogs recognized since 1931 by the AKC (American Kennel Club), which is an American kennel club that certifies the purity of the specimens of the different breeds of dogs. They are medium sized dogs with endurance, agility and strength.

Rottweilers come in black and brown colors, with a wide head and floppy ears. The ADRK (German Rottweiler Association) establishes certain weight and size parameters to certify the purity of the breed. It should be noted that, since 1999, this association requires that the tail be intact, which is why it is prohibited to cut the tail of these dogs in Germany.

The true German Rottweiler is one born in Germany and has to adhere to strict protocols when it comes to breeding. This is why they generally produce offspring that are superior in conformation, temperament and health than elsewhere.

american rottweiler

Rottweilers, as has already been said, are a breed of dog known as working dogs that are characterized by being faithful and obedient dogs, although they have a very strong character. However, American Rottweilers, in particular, are slightly taller, leggy and lack the distinctive “block head” found in the Rottweiler breed.

On the other hand, indiscriminate breeding in the United States has caused the spread of many specimens that do not conform to the breed standard determined by the AKC (American Kennel Club). Likewise, in the United States of America, the docking of the tail of dogs of this breed is allowed, so it is very common to see specimens with their tails docked. US born Rottweilers can be of the same quality as German born Rottweilers if they have excellent pure ancestry lines (up to 4 or 5 generations). It is important to note that they all have German blood in their family tree.

As can be seen from what was previously stated in the definitions, the official difference between a German Rottweiler and an American Rottweiler is the country of their birth, however, given the breeding conditions of these animals, it can be observed, in the recent years, some physical differences between which are mentioned:

  • Most American Rottweilers are larger than German Rottweilers in both height and weight, reaching and even exceeding the upper limits of the breed standards.
  • Some of the American line Rottweilers have slightly longer muzzles than German Rottweilers.
  • In America, Rottweilers have a short tail, since breeders or owners cut it off shortly after birth, but in Germany since 1999 the practice of this surgery has been prohibited, so currently German Rottweilers have long tails.

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