The Difference Between an American Rottweiler and German Rottweiler

Have you always wondered what the difference between an American and a German Rottweiler is? We all know that the Rottweiler breed came from Germany, originally from Rome. Where did the American Rottweiler come from then, and how do you find out if your own Rottweiler is American or German?

American Rottweiler and German Rottweiler
American Rottweiler and German Rottweiler

Rottweiler breed owners and specialists alike love to discuss and quote on how a particular dog might have the right size head or not, the right body length, whether its legs are too short or too long, and whatnot. A thorough research shows that there are several solid standards that define the type of Rottweiler that you have. A Rottweiler is a German Rottweiler simply because it was born in Germany. If your dog’s papers show that, then there is no doubt that he or she is a German Rottweiler. The ADRK, however, have strict standards that make the breed for what it is.

They want the Rottweiler breed defined as having a calm and mild personality, and a sharp mind, ideally suited for being helpful human companions. The ADRK, or The Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub takes pride in the fact that their breed can be used as guide dogs for the disabled and the blind, companion dogs, working and security dogs, guide dogs, and family dogs. Temperament is a major factor to play in this breed. The ADRK also does not recognize a dog as a Rottweiler if it has a docked tail.

An American Rottweiler then, is a breed that originates from America and not Germany. There are also differences in how the AKC, or the American Kennel Club, and the ADRK requires a dog to be classified as a Rottweiler. The AKC recognizes a dog as a Rottweiler even if it has a docked tail. Tail docking is a surgical procedure that removes an animal’s tail. It is done by cutting the tail off using surgical scissors, or through the use of a special band that stops the blood flow to the tail, causing it to fall off.

In conclusion, the dilemma of whether a Rottweiler is an American Rottweiler or a German Rottweiler is as simple as checking where your companion came from. If your beloved Rotty came from Germany, then it is a German Rottweiler. If he or she was born in America, then it is an American Rottweiler. The ARDK and the ADK might have some technical differences in what constitutes a Rottweiler, but no one can deny that this breed is a great companion for humans as a pet or a working dog, hardy and possessing a sweet nature.

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