Driven, tenacious and agile, the American Rottweiler is often used for fighting duties, but is primarily a personal protection breed and property guardian. Due to indiscriminate breeding practices, a large number of dogs have health issues and temperament problems, but this isn't a rule that can be applied on the entire American Rottweiler population, because there are some very handsome and healthy dogs to be found all over the country. Fairly easy to train and devoted to its owner, the American Rottweiler makes an amenable pet, but it needs early socialization and firm handling. Even though the fanciers of the German Rottweiler have nothing nice to say about the American variety, it should be noted that quite a few of these dogs have good temperaments and can be excellent companions. Leaner than its German counterpart, this is a very fast an agile breed.
The coat is dense, short and flat, usually black-n-tan in colour, with some white markings allowed on the chest and paws. Some red-coated dogs exist, but are rarely classified as Rotties. Average height is around 27 inches, but smaller, as well as much taller dogs are commonly encountered as well.