from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a German breed of dog having a stocky body, short black fur, and tan face markings.

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  • n. Alternative capitalization of Rottweiler


German, after Rottweil, a city of southern Germany.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "The rottweiler is probably descended from the Italian mastiff.... It was bred in the German town of Rottweil in Wurttemberg. Practically extinct in 1800, the breed became popular in the early twentieth century due to enthusiastic breeders centered in Stuttgart." (Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980)

    Uhh... did anyone else catch the weird connotations of 'enthusiastic breeders'?

    February 21, 2007