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Breed Origin

Rottweiler, a breed of working dog which is thought to be descended from drover dogs (cattle-driving dogs) left by the Roman legions in Rottweil, Germany, after the Romans abandoned the region during the 2nd century CE. The Rottweiler accompanied local butchers on buying expeditions from the Middle Ages to about 1900, carrying money in a neck pouch to market. It has also served as a guard dog, a drover’s dog, a draft dog, a rescue dog, and a police dog.

"Are your dogs German?"

Technically, all Rottweilers are German because the breed originated in Germany. Therefore, any Rottweiler, regardless of where it was born, are of German descent.


Tail Docking

We do not dock tails at our camp for a couple reasons, but primarily because tails of any breed dog are used to express emotion and mood. We view the Rotties tail similarly to a human’s eyebrows or smile. Also, tail docking and ear cropping is illegal in Germany, where the breed originated. The International Canine Federation (FCI) only authorize hunting dogs have docked tails (ex: pointers and spaniels). Rottweilers having docked tails is strictly a cosmetic procedure that is primarily done in America.


The American Kennel Club (AKC) shows typically favor Rottweilers with docked tails. “Ear cropping and tail docking, as prescribed in certain breed standards, are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving breed character, enhancing good health, and preventing injuries” states the AKC. Docking a Rottweiler tail is an American practice that doesn’t preserve the breed’s character; instead, it is solely a cosmetic surgery intended to create more intimidation factor like ear cropping in Dobermans.