Roman Rottweiler โ€“ Your Complete Guide To The Largest Rottweiler Breed

Does size really matter when it comes to Rottweilers? As an avid fan of Rottweilers, I find Roman Rottweilers for their size, intelligence, and strength fascinating and remarkable. Hence, getting one for myself, I decided to tell you all about the largest Rottweiler breed in this article.

So what exactly is the Roman Rottweiler? The Roman Rottweiler is a large dog with its origin in the Tibetan Mastiff and the Italian Mastiff dog breeds. They trace their roots to the Roman times where they helped the Romans in fighting wars. They became well known when they were further nurtured by the Germans and used for herding cattle and pulling carts to meat markets.

In this article, I will talk about all the important information you need to know about the Roman Rottweilers. I will go into details about how long Roman Rottweilers live, how to take care of a Roman Rottweiler, the temperaments of a Roman Rottweiler, and finally the grooming tips for a Roman Rottweiler.

But first, letโ€™s see how massive do Roman Rottweilers get.

How Big Do Roman Rottweilers Get?

The biggest breed of the Rottweiler is the Roman Rottweiler. This breed commands a great physical presence and their height is classified as either large or giant (extra large) size. Roman Rottweilers can get very big as they grow and attain the considerable size of a giant dog. They are widely regarded to be one of the biggest dog breeds existing on the planet.

The male Roman Rottweiler has a minimum height of 23ยฝ inches and some can grow up to the giant size of 30 inches.

On the other hand, the female Roman Rottweilers are not as large as the male ones. They have a height ranging from a minimum of 24ยฝ inches to a giant size of 29 inches.

How Much Do Roman Rottweilers Weigh?

A typical Roman Rottweiler weighs 95 lbs on average. The female Roman Rottweilers are generally lighter than the male ones.

Specifically, a male Roman Rottweiler can weigh from 95 lbs to 130 lbs while a female Roman Rottweiler usually weighs from 85 lbs to 115 lbs.

What Does A Roman Rottweiler Look Like?

Roman Rottweilers generally appear in either black and tan, or black and mahogany coat color. They are robust, muscular, powerful, and may appear fierce depending on how they pose. They have a broad and muscular head including the upper and lower jaw.

Their eyes are well spaced, almond-shaped, deep, and dark brown. Their upper and lower jaws are broad with scissor bite teeth. Their ears are long, triangular, broad, and curvy. It points downwards and extends to the midline of the head.

Their necks are muscular and slightly arched. Their body is stout and together with their straight forearm and muscular hind legs, they have a well-balanced stance.

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How Long Do Roman Rottweilers Live?

The lifespan of a Roman Rottweiler typically ranges from 10 to 12 years on average. However, the female Roman Rottweilers are known to live up to 14 years, a lot longer than their male counterparts.

Due to their big size, Roman Rottweilers are found to have a shorter lifespan compared to the other smaller regular-sized Rottweilers. They are also prone to common health Issues that specifically affect big canines because of their size.

The size of a Roman Rottweiler not only affects their lifespan but also affects their well-being. Some of the common health issues affecting Roman Rottweilers are:

Hip Dysplasia

In hip dysplasia, the head of your poochโ€™s thigh bone and the socket in the pelvis do not grow at the same rate. Hence, an unstable hip joint results which cause arthritis and pains to your furry companion.

Having your dear buddy maintain minimal body weight and exercise regularly is a good way to prevent hip dysplasia.

Osteochondritis Dissecans

Osteochondritis Dissecans is another known health issue, affecting Roman Rottweilers, happens when cartilage which is needed for joint formation detaches from the bone due to little or no blood supply entering the bone.

This usually affects the shoulder bone of your canine friend. Less frequently, they may affect other joints like the elbow, hip, or knee.

Other Diseases Affecting Roman Rottweilers

Aside from hip dysplasia and osteochondritis dissecans, Roman Rottweilers are also prone to having ACL tear which causes dislocated knee joint, entropion which causes their eyelids to roll inward affecting their vision, and finally due to their large size, Roman Rottweilers are prone to overeating and obesity.

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How To Take Care Of Your Roman Rottweiler?

You should take care of your dear fido by engaging them in regular physical exercises to keep them in shape, feeding them a healthy diet to meet their daily nourishment needs, and investing in dental water additives to improve their oral health.

It is important to take care of your canine buddy. Doing so will ensure that they live longer, become less susceptible to health problems, and can live up to their innate capabilities as expected.


Roman Rottweilers love lots of physical exercises because they have many calories to dissipate. Also, due to their highly intelligent nature, they are happily engaged in exercises that involve stimulating their cognitive abilities.

It is highly recommended to provide moderate physical exercises of about 30 to 40 minutes walk daily for your dear Rottie.

For mental stimulation exercises, I recommend engaging your four-legged furry companion in fetch or frisbee activities. To do this, you should take them to walk for about 15 to 25 minutes in the morning and let your furry companion play the fetch or frisbee game in the afternoon.


A healthy diet rich in multivitamins, proteins, and other essential nutrients is recommended and required for the well-being of your canine buddy.

One of such diets having all these qualities and that I recommend is the Pet Plate nutritional package. It is loved by many canines, as well as pet parents, for its delicious taste and human-grade nutrients.

The Pet Plate meal is grain-free, highly protein-rich containing the essential amino acids, and recommended by veterinary nutritionists.

Dental Water Additives

Taking care of your Rottie friend involves taking care of one of the most important aspects of your doggie life, its dental health.

Your canine buddy must have well-formed teeth as it uses its teeth for activities, such as crushing strong bones and eating foods, playing fetch and disc games, and all other complex tasks like carting.

The dental water additives are fortified with calcium and phosphate minerals for strengthening and protecting the properly formed teeth of your Roman Rottie.

Are Roman Rottweilers Friendly? Temperaments Of Roman Rottweilers

Contrary to peopleโ€™s opinion, the Roman Rottweiler is a friendly, loving, and caring canine who would do anything for their owner to be safe. From the earliest of times, these dogs have been known to be guard dogs and from this ability springs forth other qualities that are notable for a Roman Rottweiler.


According to Stanley Corenโ€™s ranking list of dog intelligence, like the regular Rottweiler breed, Roman Rottweilers are equally smart, and possess exceptional intelligence and reasoning abilities because of their well-developed brain.


The cognitive abilities of Roman Rottweilers make them naturally inclined to learn and as such are very easy to train. They are teachable, attentive, and very submissive when learning.

The submission and attention they display when learning are very remarkable, letting their owners know that they are eager to have new knowledge and learn new skills.

To train your Roman Rottweiler, ensure that you begin early in the first two months and keep the training sessions short for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Donโ€™t punish them for every failed training, rather create a positive environment that rewards their good behaviors. It will make them love the training and make such behaviors part of them.

Finally, let the training be fun and keep being consistent, it will all soon be part of their behaviors.


From their head to their feet, the Roman Rottweilers are very athletic. Their broad head, muscular body, vertical forearms, and powerful hind legs give them exceptional balance when standing and running.


The Roman Rottweilers are very courageous, confident, and fearless. They are the dogs for war, and to date, the police and military still make use of them.


They are natural guard dogs who will do anything to protect their owners. Their large body size and vigilant behavior make them great guards.

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Do Roman Rottweilers Shed? Grooming Tips For Roman Rottweilers

Yes, Roman Rottweilers shed their coats throughout the year and how badly they shed depends on the time of the year.

During winters, Roman Rottweilers shed their undercoats in little amounts. However, in the summer, they shed their undercoats in considerable quantities.

Hypoallergenic Nature 

Roman Rottweilers are not hypoallergenic. And their fur can trigger allergic reactions in people and in particular to allergy sufferers.

Importance Of Grooming

Allergy sufferers and Roman Rottweilers owners can avoid this allergic reaction by properly grooming their four-legged furry companion.

Proper grooming that involves deshedding, and bathing is important for a healthy canine buddy and a healthy you.

Deshedding Tool

Nowadays, there are special tools that help with deshedding your furry friend.

An example of such a tool that I recommend is the popular de-shedding tool, the Furminator Undercoat Tool also known by vet experts for its quality and safety on pets.

Having used many of such deshedding tools for my Rottie companion, I also found this de-shedding tool outstanding and indispensable for many reasons not limited to the fact that:

  • It is very ergonomic without making your arms feel tired during your dear fido grooming routine.
  • It never damages the top coat of your furry companion.
  • Its gentle texture on my Rottieโ€™s body causes no damage or bruises to their skin.

Bathing Frequency

Another part of the grooming routine I never miss is bathing my dear Rottie every 3 or 4 weeks with the Pro Pet Works All Natural 5 In 1 Oatmeal Shampoo.

I recommend this shampoo particularly for its hair detangling effect that makes the de-shedding process very easy. It is also able to remove the wet smell, and itโ€™s suitable for sensitive, itchy, and dry skin of any Rottie buddy.

How Much Do Roman Rottweilers Cost? Roman Rottweilers are expensive. And depending on where you purchase them, a Roman Rottweiler can cost between $1,000 to $5,000 or even higher for distinguished bloodlines of Rottweiler stud dogs. They are cheaper when purchasing from a puppy mill than from rescue stores and ethical breeders.

Are German Rottweilers Bigger Than American? Yes, German Rottweilers are slightly bigger than the American Rottweilers. They also have broader heads than their American counterparts. In contrast, the American Rottweiler has slightly longer legs than their German counterparts, despite the German Rottweiler being taller.

Can Roman Rottweilers Swim? Yes, Roman Rottweilers can swim to a little extent but it is very unnatural for them to swim. The instinct of a Roman Rottweiler is to guard their owners on land and perform heavy-duty tasks hence, they donโ€™t like being on the water. However, being highly intelligent, Roman Rottweiler can learn to swim if the need arises.

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