Purebred dogs are measured against a breed standard of
perfection, a written description of what the ideal specimen should look like. Each
dog-registering organization has its own set of standards, one for each of the breeds it
recognizes; however, these standards may vary, in the way they are worded, from registry
to registry and from country to country.
The ideal Rottweiler is a large, robust and powerful
dog, black with clearly defined rust markings. His compact build denotes great
strength, agility, and endurance. Males are characteristically larger, heavier
boned, and more masculine in appearance.
His head is of medium length and is broad between the
ears. His almond-shaped eyes are moderately deeply set and the iris is of uniform
color, from medium to dark brown. His bridge is straight and broad at the base with
slight tapering towards the tip. His topline is firm and level, extending in a
straight line from the arch and without loose skin. His legs are strongly developed
with straight heavy bone.
The Rottweiler should possess a fearless expression with
a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate
friendships. He has an inherent desire to protect home and family, and is an
intelligent dog of extreme hardness and adaptability with a strong willingness to work.
Reference: Rottweilers by Anna Katherine
Nicholas #1 Best Selling Rottweiler Book