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Firstly, lets take a look at the breed’s histories.  The actual origin of the Rottweiler is a little bit murky, but is incredibly interesting. Many people state that the breed was around when the Romans brought their dogs with them during their invasion of Europe. These dogs were said to have then been crossed with native breeds like the Entelbucher and the Great Swiss Mountain Dog. Rotties were most often found in Southern Germany and in Switzerland and were given their name because of the fact that so many of them were left in the town of Rottweil in Germany’s southern region of the Black Forest. Their main role in this area was to herd and guard livestock. They were seen as extremely loyal and courageous dogs and this gradually spread across to other parts of the country. They became popular with butchers who would use the impressively strong dogs to pull carts and they actually became known as the Butcher’s Dog. By the 19th Century, Germany had outlawed cattle driving which meant that the Rottie population declined and it was not until 1914 when they began to be valued for their work as war dogs. In 1882, the first Rottie was shown in Germany and Rottweiler clubs were established in 1907. By 1910, the Rottweiler due to its incredible strength, determination, guarding nature and high prey drive became Germany’s official police dog. They were brought to the UK in 1936 and were bred by a handful of enthusiasts of the breed. Rottweilers today are very popular for their guarding abilities, but also for their loyal and kind natures which has increased their popularity as family pets in many countries across the world.  The Dogo Argentino is a descendant of the now-extinct Fighting Dog of Cordoba which was  a large, fierce dog bred for fighting. A man named Antonio Nores Martinez from Argentina was after a fearless hunting dog that could handle the terrain of his homeland, as well as being a loyal companion to him. In the 1920s, Martinez started using selective breeding and aimed to reduce the dog's desire to fight so it could cooperate in a pack. Also, he worked to replace the fighting instinct with the need to hunt. Several breeds were mixed to achieve the desired traits that are seen in the Dogo Argentino breed. Martinez created a trustworthy companion dog with a strong prey drive and muscular build, ideal for hunting in the harsh terrain of Argentina or being a loyal family guardian. Sadly, the breed is still sometimes used in dog fighting rings because of its strength and fearless nature. Now the size of the two breeds are slightly different, but not by much. The Dogo Argentino tends to be between 60 and 68 centimetres at the shoulder and between 36 and 45 kilograms in weight. They are large dogs with the males usually being slightly taller than the females by about an average of an inch. Their body is slightly longer than it is tall, and they have large broad heads that resemble that of the American Bulldog or the American Pit Bull Terrier. Male Rottweilers tend to be between 61 and 69 centimetres at the shoulder weighing between 50 and 60 kilograms, whilst female Rotties tend to stand between 56 and 63 centimetres and weigh around 35 to 48 kilograms. Rotties are large, well-proportioned and very muscular dogs. They have broad heads with slight wrinkling on their heads and when they are alert their skin tightens. They are very different to the Dogo Argentino when it comes to coat colour: the Rottweiler is a black and tan coloured dog whilst the Dogo Argentino is all-white that will occasionally have a black spot on the head.  The Dogo Argentino is predisposed to a few health problems. One of the major issues is deafness, with about 10 percent of dogs in the breed being deaf in one or both ears. This is called pigment-related deafness and can be commonly found in other mostly white coloured dogs, including Dalmatians, white Boxers, and white Bull Terriers. The breed may develop other conditions, including hypothyroidism, glaucoma, and laryngeal paralysis. Dogo Argentinos may also suffer from hip dysplasia, which is common among most larger dog breeds. The average lifespan of a Rottweiler is between 8 and 10 years when they are properly cared for and fed an appropriate amount. It's essential that breeders only use "temperament-tested" dogs in their breeding programmes which helps ensure their offspring inherit their kind natures. It's worth noting that, like other breeds, the Rottweiler is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues with the conditions that seem to affect them the most being cancer, eye problems, Ectropion, bone and muscular problems, bloat, hip and elbow dysplasia and skin issues. The Dogo Argentino is a very loyal breed with a tendency to be highly territorial, making them excellent watchdogs. They are fierce defenders of their human families including the children though their strong prey drive which does make them poor companions for other animals like cats or smaller dogs. Their prey drive does make them great hunters, with the ability to take down wild boars with their ferocity and strength. They are independent dogs that need an experienced owner to handle their training needs, especially when it comes to socialisation, as the Dogo Argentino is known for being very wary of strangers and other dogs. They are strong-willed and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation and it is best to begin their training early as puppies. This is similar to that of the Rottie. Rotties are one of the most intelligent dog breeds and learn new things very quickly. This does mean that they can pick up bad habits easily and need a firm and consistent hand in training. Rottweilers need to be well socialised from puppyhood and it cannot be stressed strongly enough that their training must start as early as possible too. Failing to socialise a puppy or train a young dog correctly is not fair on either the Rottie or their owners. They are extremely intelligent, but they also have a very dominant side to their characters meaning they need to be taught their place in the pack and who is alpha dog in a household in order for them to be well-rounded dogs.

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