noun, often capitalized
rott·​wei·​ler | \ ˈrät-ˌwī-lər How to pronounce rottweiler (audio) , ˈrȯt-ˌvī- \

Definition of rottweiler

: any of a breed of tall powerful black-and-tan short-haired dogs of German origin that are commonly used as guard dogs

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Recent Examples on the Web Rott n' Grapes Wine Club Rott n' Grapes, an uptown wine bar named after the owners' love for rottweiler dogs, has multiple levels of wine club memberships. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here are 5 metro Phoenix wine clubs worth trying in 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 Hopefully the search will pull out a rottweiler which barks early – and bites. Washington Post, "Wanted: Rottweiler to Lead New U.K. Audit Watchdog," 20 Sep. 2019 The Gilbert resident was used to calls from people at odd hours wanting to surrender their rottweilers to her pet-adoption charity, Rotten Rottie Rescue. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018 The 26 breeds represented range from retrievers and rottweilers to terriers (Scottish, cairn and Jack Russell), pugs and Pomeranians. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Style Radar: Farm-focused fashion, pooch pins and Rodarte," 15 Feb. 2018 Someone spotted the 9-month-old rottweiler mix puppies trying to stay warm on a filthy blanket. CBS News, "High school football players help rescue puppies abandoned in cold weather," 3 Jan. 2018 Nisel, a one-year-old rottweiler, really enjoys chasing her pet ducks in the backyard in Hopewell Township. CBS News, "Dramatic video shows officers save dog from frozen pond," 21 Dec. 2017 But in 2013, Farmers Insurance decided to limit liability coverage for American Staffordshire terriers, rottweilers, and wolf mixes in the state of California. Tom Junod, Esquire, "The State of The American Dog," 14 July 2014 The dogs involved include Kato and Kleo, a pair of Rottweilers who have been held since being ordered destroyed in 2012. Washington Post, "Animal advocates challenge Connecticut’s dog death penalty," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of rottweiler

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rottweiler

German, from Rottweil, city in Germany

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The first known use of rottweiler was in 1907

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“Rottweiler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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