rott·​wei·​ler ˈrät-ˌwī-lər How to pronounce rottweiler (audio)
often capitalized
: 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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Examples of rottweiler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owners of certain breeds, including pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, boxers, and huskies, have been given one month to surrender their pets. Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 June 2023 The Sasbs got Jack, and Terry Asten Bennett got Cha Cha the rottweiler. Kevin Fisher-Paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2023 Rounding out the Ttop 10 are the golden retriever, German shepherd, poodle, bulldog, rottweiler, beagle, dachshund and German shorthaired pointer. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 15 Mar. 2023 The Blue Hole, formerly a limestone quarry on Big Pine Key, continues to be a stop-off to catch a glimpse of miniature Key deer and for the memory of Grandpa, a 400-pound alligator that lived there until 1993, when it was removed after supposedly eating a rottweiler. Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Oct. 2021 For more than a year, come rain, snow, cold or heat, Hatch and his labrador-rottweiler mix head outside between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. to meet up with a core group of eight other doggy daddies and their pooches for a 45-minute walk around the Saybrook subdivision in north Naperville. Suzanne Baker,, 18 June 2021 And in 2018, a New Mexico man told CBS affiliate KRQE-TV that he was shot by his dog, a 120-pound rottweiler mix named Charlie. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2023 The fourth, a black and brown rottweiler who was tethered to the fence in the front yard greeted the visitors with a tail wag. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2022 In June 2019, Kovu, a pit bull-rottweiler mix, had been picked up as a stray after a car crashed through Nieves' fence, creating a hole the dog was able to escape through, WFMZ reported. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 10 July 2021 See More

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Word History


German, from Rottweil, city in Germany

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rottweiler was in 1907

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“Rottweiler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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