Breed group : Sporting, Working
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GENERALBreed group: Sporting, Working Type: Hybrid
Talent: Guarding, Herding, Narcotics detection, Obedience, Retrieving, Search & rescue, Tracking, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Large Weight: 70 - 115 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 9 - 12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
A powerfully built dog with a quiet, self-assured manner, the Rottweiler is often cited for its aggressiveness, aloofness and strong tendency to protect its home and owner. Descended from Roman legion dogs, probably mastiffs, bred with German herding dogs in the town of Rottweil, the Rottweiler was originally an all-around working dog, herding livestock and pulling farmer's carts to markets, while guarding their owners from thieves and robbers. The Labrottie, a cross between the Rottweiler and the more family-oriented Labrador Retriever, is a dependable, loyal and hardworking animal that is nevertheless protective of who it considers as family. It is not active indoor animal, but will benefit from daily activity of at least an hour. The Labrottie, with formal obedience training and constant socialization, is a stable-tempered guardian around people and children it knows.
The Labrottie would be black with tan or rust markings around its paws, muzzle and eyes. This distinctive coat is of the Rottweiler. Solidly colored Labrotties (black, brown, etc.) usually take more after the Labrador parent.
A double-coated dog, the Labrottie has a medium-length overcoat and a shorter, softer undercoat. The overcoat can be coarse, but straight and flat. The undercoat can be of a different color, either gray or tan.
The Labrottie, when raised with a family and given firm training as early as possible, is an affectionate, biddable, and loyal animal. Nevertheless, other dogs and animals might not be readily accepted due to its territoriality; constant exposure and socialization will ensure a happily diverse household. Strangers not properly introduced or other strange animals can pique the Labrottie's protective instincts, though. Labrotties can get too attached to their owner, and they are best not left alone for too long. Otherwise, they are of good disposition and are hardy, tireless workers.
The double coat can quickly overheat a working dog; care should be taken to cool off the dog and not over-exercise. Shedding can be significant; regular brushing is needed, although shampooing too often can strip the coat of its protective oils. A big dog such as the Labrottie can be prone to bloat, or gastric torsion. Mealtimes should be well-spaced, and of smaller quantity, instead of just one big serving.
The Labrottie is an intelligent and trainable animal. They need to be started early, however, to curb natural aggressiveness and properly direct protective instincts. Firm, consistent commands will yield a dog that loves tricks during play and can be taken on unleashed walks.
Regular exercise is needed, especially if the Labrottie inherited its Labrador parent's propensity for eating. It is not active indoor dog, so care must be taken that the dog does not become overweight or obese.