The ideal Rottweiler is an above medium-sized, robust, and powerful dog, black with clearly defined rich tan markings. His compact build denotes great strength, agility, and endurance. Males are characteristically larger, heavier boned and more masculine in appearance.
The Rottweiler should possess a fearless expression with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. He has a strong willingness to work
Outer coat is straight, coarse, dense, medium length, lying flat. Undercoat must be present on neck and thighs. The Rottweiler should be exhibited in a natural condition without trimming, except to remove whiskers, if desired. The colour is always black with rich tan to mahogany markings.
Rotties have an intense guarding instinct that should not be underestimated. Only experienced dog owners should own Rottweilers as their tolerance to children and strangers is variable. They have a herding technique called “bumping” which can be hazardous around the elderly or infirm. Hip and elbow dysplasia are common in this breed.