Rottweilers, often referred to as 'Rotties', are robust, powerful dogs known for their distinctive black-and-rust coat. The breed originated in Germany as drover dogs, which is reflected in their sturdy, muscular build. Despite their formidable appearance, Rottweilers are generally good-natured and fiercely loyal. Rottweilers fit well into many roles: as working dogs, they excel in search and rescue, as guide dogs for the blind, and in other forms of service. In family settings, they make protective companions and gentle playmates, if properly socialized and trained. Rottweilers generally have a short double coat that's black with clearly defined rust-colored markings. They do not come in size variations, but adult males can weigh up to 135 pounds, and females up to 100 pounds. Rotties require regular exercise and mental stimulation due to their intelligent, energetic nature.
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