This breed of sturdy working dog developed from a Roman cattle dog introduced into South Germany more than 1,900 years ago.It stands from 213/4 to 27 in. (55.3–68.6 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 75 to 90 lb (34.0–40.8 kg). Its short, flat-lying, coarse coat is black with markings ranging in shade from tan to mahogany on the cheeks, muzzle, chest, and legs and over both eyes. The tail was docked close to the body. Named from the German town of 'Rottweil' a livestock center in the Middle Ages, the Rottweiler was used both as a cattle drover and as a guardian of traveling merchants carrying there valuables around the dogs neck in a purse or in a satchel on the back. When the driving of cattle by dogs was outlawed in Germany at the turn of the 20th century the Rottweiler was used as a draft animal in the German army to pull artillery guns and supplies and later as a police dogs. Its police-dog ability saved the breed from extinction. Today the breed is still much used in police work and is also raised as a pet. With its natural ability to guard and there intelligence and loving nature the Rottweiler makes for the ideal companion and family pet. Take NO heed to what you may have heard about this wonderful breed being vicious and unpredictable all dogs can be unpredictable and vicious it is the owner that is the cause of this and there RESPONSIBILITY to assure correct training and guidance