Q: Is there honestly such a thing as a German Rottweiler and an American rottweiler?
I got my puppy from a girlfriend, and she said the dad is German and the mom is American ...They both looked alike to me.
Why are they called two different names if both are the same dog?
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Answer by Julie D.
A Rottweiler is a Rottweiler. Maybe the Sire was a German import.
Answer by Erica
The only difference I've really seen between American Rottweiler lines and German Rottweiler lines is a slight difference in size. German lines tend to be slightly bigger then the American lines I've seen. Past that, I don't think there's really any difference, a Rottie is a Rottie either way.
Answer by Angie l
Generally, the German Rotts are bigger and weigh more, I have had both and noticed the difference. Other than that they are the same.
Answer by Rochelle T
Rottweilers are cattle dogs originally bred and developed in Europe, specifically Germany. The show breed, and closest to the breed's standards tend to be smaller in stature, a shorter snout, and thicker in the body.
However, some dogs have bred to be bigger as to what the breeder wanted.
The "American" standard is taller, but not as heavy.
The "Gomesberg" Rottweiler, from Germany, tends to be among the biggest in breeds, believe it or not, weighing in at an average of 135 lbs for females, 150 and upwards for males. These Rotties are highly desired by American Breeders and may contain a more mastiff background than the original breed, thus obtaining the bigger build.
Overall, there really is no way to tell that I know of. (except maybe DNA)
Answer by RALPH GOMEZ
I started the Gomesberg Rottweilers in America… I used nothing but the best dogs from Germany…..Specially from the Eulenspiegel line…
Answer by cm30324
Technically no. There is one breed. However, the standards may differ.
The German standard FCI/ADRK
Shoulder height for males is 61 – 68 cm (24.01-26.77 inches)
61 – 62 cm (24.01-24.4 inches) small
63 – 64 cm (24.8-25.19 inches) medium height
65 – 66 cm (25.59-25.98 inches) large = correct height
67 – 68 cm (26.37-26.77 inches) very large
Shoulder height for bitches is 56 – 63 cm (22.04-24.8 inches)
56 – 57 cm (22.04-22.44 inches) small
58 – 59 cm (22.83-23.22 inches) medium height
60 – 61 cm (23.62-24.01 inches) large = correct height
62 – 63 cm (24.4-24.8 inches) very large
The AKC/ARC breed standard
"Size, Proportion, Substance –Dogs–24 to 27 inches. Bitches–22 to 25 inches, with preferred size being mid-range of each sex. The correct proportion is of primary importance, as long as the size is within the standard range.
The length of the body, from the prosternum to the rearmost projection of the rump, is slightly longer than the height of the dog at the withers, the most desirable proportion of the height to length being 9 to 10. The Rottweiler is neither coarse nor shelly.
The depth of the chest is approximately 50% of the height of the dog. His bone and muscle mass must be sufficient to balance his frame, filing a compact and very powerful appearance.
Serious faults–Lack of proportion, undersized, oversized, a reversal of size characteristics (bitchy dogs, doggy bitches.)"
Here's how. The breed standard that the American Kennel Club (AKC) has established for Rottweilers is extremely similar (almost identical) to that of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub (ADRK aka the Rottweiler Club of Germany). The only inconsistency between the two standards is the height allowance. The AKC's standard is a few centimeters different than that set by the ADRK.
Answer by Herding Dog Lover
There is only one type of Rottie, the father was probably a german import. A puppy is a big commitment!
Answer by sexy-star
One from Germany and the other from America.
Answer by King Les The Lofty
"German" and "American" are adjectival nouns, denoting the PLACE OF ORIGIN or usage.
"Rottweiler" is the proper noun denoting the breed-name.
So a "German Rottweiler" is a Rottie that came from Germany (many breeders/owners count a pooch both of whose parents are German imports as also being German – they are wrong, although it is probably more "German-type" than "American-type").
And an "American Rottweiler" is a Rottie that was born somewhere from Baffin Island to Tiera del Fuego.
As for "They both looked alike" – that is because all YOU "see" is the coat and the tail, and possibly the musculature (and that the head is different to the head of a Dobermann that has the same coat & tail). If you ever become an aficionado of the breed, you will start detecting differences in type that are identifiers as to where they probably came from, whether they are superb examples or crap.
Be aware that evidence of BOTH parents having passed a temperament test is important before accepting a Rottie pup. And that YOU should be in a proper training club's weekly classes (forget pet-shop play-groups) for a year starting from when Pup is 18 -22 weeks old, so that YOU get coached on how to be an effective trainer; at the same time Pup learns to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing.
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Answer by good_fatrabbit
he will bark in german.
Answer by T. M
One barks in an American accent and the other in a German accent!
No – seriously All Rotties originated in Germany a long way back, so maybe what they are saying when they say German Rottie the dog comes from more direct german breeding lines.
Answer by SureKat
The Rottweiler was originally bred in Germany. They are all the same, other than some are born in Germany and some In America now. Either way, all their ancestors came from Germany. All the best;~)
Answer by honeychild
The difference is that neither of those breeds exists. The Rottweiler, however, is a breed.
Answer by kaadish
First of all, ALL rottweilers ultimately come from Germany regardless of where they are born. It's where the bred originated. Rottweilers that are kept to the German breed standard are generally shorter and thicker than American bred dogs. They have larger heads and shorter muzzles. Also, Americans tend to dock tails shorter than Germans did before the ban.
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I didn’t see anybody mention that the other name for the dog of Rottweil is “metzgerhund” , meaning butcher hound/dog, served in that role just as the Boxer dog has. All of the other jobs mentioned came about in different times in history but after wartime a well-known purpose for these dogs was as Metzger hummed and 4 wearing the money in a pouch around his neck cuz who’s going to fool with one of those dogs to steal money from the butcher? Similar to the Bouvier de Flandres/Dog of Flanders, with the carting and guarding money, hauling to market, herder, drover, Livestock Guardian Dog, protector of the homestead and his homies.