Some dog breeds can be difficult to tell apart, but the unique features of the Rottweiler make it easy to identify from other types. Many of the features are common with other breeds of working dog, but there are also individual traits that stand out on Rottweiler dogs. A full technical description of this strong breed will show how the body of the Rottweiler is well built for physical tasks and how the history of the dog has created a powerful specimen that is at home both in herding livestock as well as in police or guarding situations.
Almost universally, the coat of the Rottweiler will be primarily black with tan markings. In many specimens, the tan markings can be found on the mouth, chest, feet, or neck areas. The face of the dog is one place where the distinctive aspects of the breed can be seen. Classic Rottweiler dogs should have a broad black nose that shows large nostrils to the front. In addition, the jaws of the Rottweiler are very strong and show form a broad palette at the front of the dog’s face. Dog breeders usually try to select specimens that have a perfectly shaped head to make them more attractive for owners that plan to show the Rottweiler dogs in competitions.
The body of the Rottweiler seems to lean forward a bit, as if the dog is standing at attention. This is partially because of the natural shape of the dog’s body, which features a straight back and broad chest. The front legs of the animal in the standing position are straight, while the back legs show a high ankle joint that supports the hefty weight of the Rottweiler body. This form creates a strong working dog that will not be prone to injuries. In movement, Rottweiler dogs are not awkward and have a gliding gait. The Rottweiler is considered to be a medium or medium/large breed of dog, depending on the kennel agency, with an average weight of 90-130 pounds.