Origin of Rottweiler

1905–10; < German, after Rottweil city in southwest Germany; see -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a breed of large robustly built dog with a smooth coat of black with dark tan markings on the face, chest, and legs. It was previously a docked breed
  2. (often not capital) an aggressive, ruthless, and unscrupulous person

Word Origin for Rottweiler

German, named after Rottweil, German city where the dog was originally bred
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Word Origin and History for rottweiler



1907, from Rottweil, town in Württemberg, southern Germany.

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