Difference Between American and German Rottweilers
By Andrew Parker - March 15, 2023

Rottweilers are a popular dog breed for a reason, but did you know there are several varieties? Rottweilers are divided into two types: German and American. Their names explain the fundamental distinction between a German and an American Rottweiler in their origins. However, the differences don’t end there.

Chart Summary
Classic German Rotties are purebred to be black and tanAKC Recognized colors include black and tan, black and mahogany, black and rust
It is about 22 to 27 inches tall and 100 pounds on average.It is about  22 to 25 inches tall and weighs under 100 pounds.
German Rottweiler sitting on road

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German Rottweilers are designated as such since they were born in Germany. If your Rottweiler was born in Germany, you may assume they are classified as a German Rottweiler. However, there are other factors to consider when defining a German Rottweiler. The Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub (ADRK) has very rigorous breed requirements.
The American Rottweiler is a Rottweiler breed that originated in America. The American Kennel Club (AKC) mandates the breed and permits practices such as tail docking.

American vs. German Rottweiler

Many German Rottweilers are the same height and weight as Americans, yet they handle themselves differently. German Rotties have a stockier, more muscled appearance and more significant body shape. German Rottweilers should have short hair and require little care. The American Rottweiler is slimmer, leaner, and narrower than the German Rottweiler. They have a thinner nose and a more athletic build, and German Rottweilers are the breed’s gold standard of behavior. They are the peak of devotion and protection, calm, steady, and trustworthy dogs.

Furthermore, the German Rottweiler is peaceful, easygoing, playful, and excellent with children. They create strong ties with other animals when nurtured among other pets. However, American Rottweilers can be reserved around unfamiliar people and animals and frequently show hostility toward canines of the same sex. Interactions with any unknown person or animal should be closely watched.