Rotties are calm and trainable dogs. They are courageous and loyal to their family owners. Devoted and protective, the breed will fiercely defend their families if necessary. They are serious and even-tempered, brave and confident. They generally require a strong-minded master who is calm but firm.
Like most gigantic breeds of dog, Rottweilers tend to live shorter lives than smaller dogs. To be more specific, the breed only has an average lifespan of about 9 or 10 years. Some of the health conditions associated with Rotties include eye problems, heart diseases, cancer, OCD, seizures, thyroid problems, and allergies.
Members of the Rottweiler breed generally require a safe and spacious place to exercise and play. Because they are a large breed, they need a large dwelling area, though a small yard can be good enough. Apartment-living will be fine so long as sufficient exercise is provided. Taking the breed on a walk or jog every day is important. To make them very happy, owners can let them swim, retrieve a ball, and run in the woods or any open country.