Long snout v's short snout!!!

by Shirl
(Charlotte NC)

I have temporary custody of my sons rottie, Princess Jenna, while he proudly serves in the USMC...

Everywhere we go I get asked if she is mixed with german shepherd because she does not have the short snout, she was purchased as a pure breed and we have papers on her showing her lineage.

I see pictures all the time and not all appear to have the short snout but the question still comes up. Is it normal for them not to have the short snout?

Hi Shirl
Just because a dog is purebred, it doesn't mean it's going to look exactly like all the other dogs of the same breed. Bloodlines and genetics mean that there can be a lot of variety!

However, there is a Rottweiler Breed Standard which describes the 'ideal' Rottweiler. Generally the better the lineage of the dog, the closer it will be to this 'ideal' while allowing for individual breeders' preferences.

The muzzle should be fairly short, deep and wide. It shouldn't be like a 'hound' muzzle (long and narrow). It's a little difficult to describe in words, but the length of the muzzle should be roughly 40% of the total length from occiput (back of the head/skull) to nose.

Even if your sons' dogs' muzzle is narrow or longer than the 'ideal', it's a cosmetic issue and since she's not a show dog or being used to breed, it shouldn't matter one bit. Princess Jenna is no less special because of the shape of her muzzle.

Hope this helps. Best of luck with Princess Jenna and best wishes for your sons' safe return home.

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Apr 18, 2016
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by: Joan Whitaker

Looking for a long nosed Rottweiler Pup with good breeding in Adelaide South Australia also must have a tailsiests

May 18, 2014
Proove it! NEW
by: Ay

I also have a long snout rottie.They say its mix,doesn't matter much.

Feb 19, 2010
You're Welcome :o)
by: Sue from A Love Of Rottweilers

You're welcome Shirl, I'm glad I could help.

Rotties are a great comfort to have around as they tend to 'stick to you' and love to be loved. I'm glad that you have her.

If you take a look at some of my more general Rottweiler breed pages you'll learn about the history of this breed and you're right in saying many of the dogs, even going back to the early 1900's, had longer muzzles and were lighter than the Rottweiler breed standard now recommends.

I'm certain that your sons' girl is just perfect as she is. Best of luck to you all.

Feb 15, 2010
by: Shirl

Thank you very much for answering my question and for the well wished for my son. She has grown on us very quickly and has really been my therapy through his deployment. I have done some reasearch and found that the Roman Rotties tend to have the longer snouts, and there are MNAY pictures that look just like her. So maybe this is her true family, who knows. But thanks again!!!!

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