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The Roman Rottweiler

Harvie Dent Apr 12, 2016
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Roman Rottweiler, an extracted breed from the core dog breed Rottweiler, is exactly the replica of standard Rottweiler, only more mastiff-like/flock guardian-type in appearance. Standing in the 9th position for the most popular dog breed, Roman Rottweilers are strong built, massive, confident guardian, loving, loyal and bigger in size than the standard one. As their name resembles, the originality of this breed belongs to the Roman Empire. This cattle guarding dog breed also contributed its share in fighting in the Roman wars. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC.

Height (average)Male: 61-69 cm (24-27 in), Female: 56-63 cm (22-25 in)
Weight (average)Male: 50-60 kg (110-130 lb), Female: 35-48 kg (77-106 lb)
Life Expectancy8 to 10 years
Best EnviromentDoes great with a yard. can adapt to apartment environment.
Temperamentintelligent, quick learner, determined, obedient, aggressive and eager to work

Origins of the Roman Rottweiler

originThese over-sized Rottweilers are one of the most ancient dog breeds in our history, it existed hundreds of years ago. There are a bunch of breeds behind this gene of Rottweiler. One is Emily Tiscarenio from Colossal Rottweilers who was successful in getting the type recognized with the Academic Kennel Records under the name Roman Rottweiler. This re-creation of the original Rottweiler is a descent from the Tibetan Mastiff and possibly Italian mastiff.

These ancient Roman ancestors were inbreeding with local shepherd dogs and fighting dogs. In 74 A.D., they were found in writing for the very first time. These mountain dogs were used during the Middle Ages by Roman soldiers to protect the cattle that fed the Roman legions. The guarding personality and the physical stability of these dogs made them stand even in unstable situations during wartime. Later on, these dogs were sent to Europe with the Roman legions.

General Appearance & Distinguish Marks

appearanceAs I’ve said earlier, The Roman Rottweiler is genetically almost exactly the same as the Rottweiler, only more mastiff-like/flock guardian-type in appearance and temperament. The dog is full of abundant strength and power, black coated with clear tan markings and an exceptional appearance. The balance of all such traits makes it one of the best working/guard dogs.

The dog has a broad and heavy head with some wrinkles making heavy folds on the face. The muzzle is broad enough with the full opening along with the sharp edges giving it the square shape. Lips are thick and well-grown with large flews and pendulous lower lips. Teeth form a scissor bite due to the square shape of the muzzle. Eyes are almond-shaped, expressive, well separated, darker in shade (resembles the coat color) and dense enough. Ears are flappy, shorter in length and broad from the bottom and form a triangular shape at the tip. Other than that, they are set well apart on the head and carried forward.

The color of the nose is determined by the base color of coat like red coat means red nose or brown coat means brown nose. The neck is of fair length with fewer skin folds as compared to the face. It is also slightly arched and free from the throat. the tail can be docked at the first or second joint or left natural. The Roman Rottweiler contains different coat color combinations like black-tan, black-dark rust, black-mahogany etc and the hair coat is short and straight.


temperament2The Roman Rottweiler is born intelligent, quick learner, determined, obedient, aggressive and eager to work in nature. Their appearance is natural and rustic with steady and fearless behavior. They react to their surroundings with great alertness. An early age training is a must for such dogs to control or to make a good hold on them in their adult stage otherwise, you may end up with an aggressive, annoying and destructive dog.

As this dog breed is a born athlete, a regular exercise routine of 30-40 minutes is necessary to meet the requirements including jogging, running, hide and seek, fun games etc. Other than that, proper socialization is also required from an early age. The bonding and understanding power between the family members and dog can make the dog very gentle, playful, protective and an excellent watch and guard dog that will protect its family from any unknown threat.

Exercise And Activity Level

temperamentThe energy and the activity level of the Roman Rottweiler are somewhat equivalent to the German Shepherds. Like them, they also require plenty of exercises. Many dogs owners believe that these dog breeds are born athletic and intelligent, they don’t need much attention for this corner which is not true. The Roman Rottweilers require daily exercise schedule of approx. 30-40 minutes including jogging, running, ball throwing etc. They can also act as our companion while you are riding your bicycle or swimming. Regular exercise makes them happy and cheerful throughout the day and the between the owner and the dog also improves.


Roman RottweilerRoman Rottweilers usually remain healthy and disease free due to their high activity level. Hip dysplasia is the most common problem in these large dog breeds. Dog’s having rapid growth rate can also face problem like steochondritis
dissecans, a condition affecting the shoulder joints. Other common problems are entropion (narrowing of the slit between the eyelids) and parvovirus (a highly contagious and deadly disease of puppies and young dogs). As with any breed, hereditary conditions occur in some lines. The Rottweiler is very prone to cancer which is among the most common causes of early death in Rottweilers.

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