The Breed Standard

The Bermudian Rottweiler Standard

General Appearance

The idea Rottweiler is an above medium-sized, robust, and powerful dog. Black with clearly defined rich tan markings. His compact build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. Males are characteristically larger, heavier and more masculine in appearance.



Coat and Colour


Of medium length, broad between the ears, forehead line seen in profile is moderately arched. The length of the muzzle should not exceed the distance between the stop and the occiput. The skull is preferred dry. However, some wrinkling may occur when the dog is alert. The bridge of the muzzle is straight and broad at the base with slight tapering towards the lip, but not snipe. The nose is broad rather than round with black nostrils. The lips are always black with the corners tightly closed. The flews should not be too pronounced. The inner mouth pigmentation is dark. A pink mouth is to be penalized. There are 42 teeth (20 in the upper jaw and 22 in the lower. The teeth (Bite) should be correctly placed with the lower incisors touching inside the upper incisors. Eye should be of medium size moderately deep set almond shaped with well fitting lids. The iris should be a uniform color from medium to dark brown. The darker the shading is always preferred. The ears should be pendant, proportionately small and triangular in shape, set well apart and placed on the skull which makes it appear broader when the dog is alert. The ear should terminate approximately mid cheek level. When correctly held, the inner edge will lie tightly against the cheek.


Power, well muscled and moderately long with slight arch without loose skin.



The topline is firm and level extending in a straight line from the withers to the croup. The brisket should be deep reaching the elbow. The ribs are well sprung. The loins short, deep and well muscled. The flank should not be tucked up. The croup is broad of medium length and slightly sloping.


The angulation of the hindquarters balances that of the forequarters. The slope of the pelvis from the horizontal is between 20-30 degrees. The bone of the upper thigh is fairly long and the thigh is broad and well muscled. The stifle joint is moderately angulated. The lower thigh is long powerfully muscled leading to a strong hock joint. The metatarsus is perpendicular to the ground. Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are straight and perpendicular to the ground. The feet are somewhat longer than the front feet with well arched toes turning neither in nor out. Dewclaws must be removed.


The tail is normally carried in a horizontal position giving the appearance of an elongated topline. It is carried above the horizontal when the dog is excited. The tail used to be docked short close to the body. In its natural state, the tail is level in extension of the topline. When relaxed in may be hanging down. A kinked or ring tail is undesirable. The set of the tail is more important than it's length.


The Rottweiler is a trotter. The motion is harmonious, sure, powerful, and unhindered. A strong fore reach and powerful rear drive. Front and rear legs are not thrown either in or out. The imprint of the hind feet should touch that of the forefeet. During  a trot the forequarters and the hindquarters are mutually coordinated while the back remains firm. As speed increases the legs will converge under  the body towards the center line.


The foregoing is a description of the ideal Rottweiler. Any structural fault that detracts from the ideal must be penalized to the extent of the deviation. Included as faults are as follows:

      Pink mouth, Wavy coat, Insufficient markings, Undercoat showing through outer coat.

Serious faults are as follows:

      Lack of proportion, under-size, oversize, level bite, yellow eyes, eyes not of the same colour, eyes unequal in size or shape, hairless eyelids,      excessively short coat, curly or open coat, lack of under coat, white marking any place on the dog (a few white hairs do not constitute a marking), excessive markings, light colored markings.


Overshot undershot or wiry bit,  Missing teeth, Long coat, Any base color other than black and total absence of markings.

The shoulders blades should be long and well laid back at a 45 degree angle. The elbows are tight and under the body. The distance from the withers to the elbow to the ground is equal. The legs are strongly developed with straight heavy bone. They are not set close together. The pasterns are strong and springy, almost perpendicular to the ground. Feet are round and compact with well arched toes turning neither in or out. Pads are thick and hard. Nails are short, strong, and black. Dewclaws may be removed.

Dog 24-27 in. (60-68) cm. Bitches 22-25 in. (55-63 cm).

Proportion should always be considered rather than height alone. The length of the body, from the breastbone (sternum) to the rear edge of the pelvis (ischium) is slightly longer than the height of the dog at the withers. The most desirable proportion being as 10 to 9.fifty Depth of the chest should be fifty per cent of the height.

The Rottweiler should possess a fearless expression with a self assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. He has a strong willingness to work. In examining a Rottweiler, one should bear in mind that this dog reacts with alertness to his master and his surroundings. When performing his function in life, the Rottweiler is not expected to submit to excessive handling by strangers. However, the judge shall dismiss from the ring any shy or vicious Rottweiler. A dog shall be judged fundamentally shy if it refuses to stand for examination and shrinks away from the judge. If it fears an approach from the rear, if it shies at sudden or unusual noises to marked degree. A dog that attacks or attempts to attack without provocation, either the Judge or its handler is definitely vicious. An arrgressive or belligerent attitude towards other dogs shall not deemed viciousness.

Outer coat is straight, coarse, dense, medium length, lying flat. Undercoat must be present on neck and thighs. The Rottweiler should be exhibited in a natural condition without trimming,except to remove whiskers if desired. The colour is always black with rick mahogany markings. The borderline between the black and the colour should be clearly defined. The markings should be located as follows: a spot over each eye on the cheeks as a strip around each side of the muzzle, but not on the bridge of the nose or throat. A proportionate triangular mark on either side of the breastbone not to exceed 25% of the fore chest. On the forelegs from carpus downward to the toes and on the inside rear legs showing down the front of the stifle and broadening out to the front of the rear legs from hock to toes but not eliminating the black from the back of the legs under the tail. Black penciling markings of the toes. The undercoat is gray or black. Quantity and location of markings are important. Insufficient or excessive markings should be penalized.