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What Colors And Patterns Does A Rottweiler Come In?

Rottweilers may not have the best reputation when it comes to temperament but they are still among the most popular of all dog breeds especially in America. These big, furry balls of muscles and energy make for great working dogs and are also pretty awesome companions with socialization and training.

When it comes to Rottweiler aesthetics, most people are only familiar with the glossy black short coated and brown eyed Rotties. However, there are many rare and beautiful types including the White, Black, and even Blue Rottweilers. Let us take a look at some other awesome varieties in terms of length, colors, and patterns.

9. Wire Haired, Long Haired, Rough Coat

Long, wire-haired Rottweilers are actually purebred Rotties despite popular misconceptions. In fact, 2 purebred Rottweilers with the trait are required to breed to produce the puppies with this coat type. This is because the genes responsible are recessive.

The long, wire-haired trait is considered undesirable and non-standard by many kennel clubs including the American Kennel Club. They are therefore conspicuously absent in dog show circles despite being so fluffy and beautiful.

8. Short Haired

According to American Kennel Club’s breed standards, Rottweilers should have short and straight coats. The coat itself is dense and double layered with both the undercoat and the top coat lying close to the skin.

The short haired Rottweiler has a coarse coat which may come as a surprise given how glossy and silky smooth the coat looks from a distance. They also happen to shed more than the longer-haired variety.

7. Black & Mahogany

The black and mahogany Rottweiler is one of the most common variations when it comes to coat color combinations. The mahogany markings have a rich, dark-brown shade to them and must be well demarcated from the rest of the black coat.

The pattern of the markings varies from dog to dog. However, there must be a single, mahogany spot over each eye. The rest are distributed in different densities on the face, cheeks, necks, chest, and legs.

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6. Black & Rust

The black and rust Rottweiler is another one of the most common color combinations seen with the dog breed. may be a bit difficult to differentiate from the black and mahogany kind. The rust markings have a bit more of a reddish-brown hue to them that is lighter than the deep brown mahogany.

Something interesting about this combination is that Rottweilers are among very few breeds that have the coat trait.

5. Black & Tan

Of the bicolor Rottweilers, the Black and Tan variation has the lightest markings. The tan ranges from light brown hues to almost golden shades. They follow the same standard markings as other bicolor Rottweilers with markings on the face, neck, chest, and legs.

The lighter shades of brown in this combination brighten up the pooch and create beautiful contrast with the black coat. This also complements the shiny nature of the coat especially with short-haired Rottweilers.

4. Red

Red is not considered a standard coat color for Rottweilers. In fact, many red Rotties tend to be mixed breeds. However, it is very likely for the variation to occur naturally in purebred Rottweilers. This is because the genes responsible for the color are both rare and recessive.

The red in this case appears very similar to the rust markings in the Black and Rust Rottweiler. While the color typically occurs alone, it is possible to have special markings including black tips as is the case with Red Sable Rottweilers.

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3. Blue

Blue Rottweilers are more gray than they are blue. They get their trait from mutations in the genes that code for black coat coloring. The result is watering down of the black pigment which gives these parts of the coat a pale and powdery look to them.

This can occur in all-black Rottweilers or in bicolored variations. With the latter, there is poor demarcation between the dark main coat and the tan, rusty, or mahogany markings.

2. Black

Pure, solid black Rottweilers are very rare. The trait manifests in the presence of two copies of a rare recessive gene. It is not considered a standard breed by the American Kennel Club as a result of the complete lack of markings.

In order to produce these dogs, most breeders practice inbreeding. This makes the Black Rottweilers very sickly due to inheritance of undesirable traits including several diseases. This is why their selective development is considered unethical.

1. White (Vitiligo)

Though these doggies are known as White Rottweilers, they are not all white. In fact, they usually have a combination of 3 colors including white, black, and markings that can either be red, tan or mahogany.

The trait is as a result of vitiligo where the coat progressively develops lighter patches. These patches first appear on the face then the rest of the body in random patterns. They mostly affect the black parts of the coat but could also cause loss of pigmentation over markings.

Related Questions

What Color Is A Purebred Rottweiler? Most purebred Rottweilers have black coats with either tan, rusty, or mahogany markings for bicolor coats. However, these are not the only possible colors with blue, white, and black coats appearing with purebred Rottweilers. On the other hand, Red Rottweilers may be purebred but are also commonly as a result of mixed breeding.

How Much Does A Full Blooded Rottweiler Cost? Rottweiler puppies cost about $1,000 but can go up to between $800 and $2,500 or even more depending on the breeder. Other factors that affect the price include the dog’s specific colors and markings, their lineage, and whether or not they are trained. Rare Rottweilers and those that are specially trained tend to be the most expensive.

What Color Are Rottweilers Eyes? Rottweilers have uniformly dark brown eyes. This appears with all coat types. It is also possible to find other eye colors on Rottweilers including yellow and blue. However, these are not only rare but also considered undesirable as they are often associated with other health issues including pigment abnormalities like albinism.

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