One look at Rottweiler dogs (informally called Rotties), and you’d think they’re the fiercest breed in the world. However, the truth is they’re a complex combination of sweet and protective, loyal and dependent. With proper obedience training, they’re also the best buddy one can ever hope for.
Rottweiler Dogs Are Not What You Think They Are
Rottweiler Dog Personality
- Wary of strangers and other animals
- Prone to boredom and anxiety
Rottweiler dogs, like other muscular and sturdy breeds, have been subject to a bad rep for a very long time. While they certainly need responsible and committed parenting and training, they are mellow, sweet, and affectionate. They are dogs that always want to have something to do.
In fact, these dogs can be very dependent on you! They have the tendency to seek your attention and follow you around. When you’re not there, and they’re left alone for a long time, they can get bored and anxious, exhibiting destructive behavior.
Although originally bred as working dogs, this breed can also make an excellent guard dog. Not only are they physically strong and big, but they are also protective. They can bark loudly and, yes, they can bite (and they have a strong bite!). However, this is because they are cautious with strangers and other animals, especially if they are of the same sex.
Thus, Rottweiler dogs need socialization as early as possible. People with kids and animals should consider adopting a Rottweiler puppy, as they’re easier to handle and can be socialized. They also require extensive obedience training, particularly when dealing with children. This breed used as a herder of cattle, so many of them tend to bump their heads on humans. Little children, therefore, can fall or experience a more serious injury.
Rottweiler dogs are smart and can assert their alpha personality if you’re weak. You, therefore, need to be consistent and firm (but not harsh) with your discipline and training throughout the dog’s life.
Will the training be difficult? It all depends on your knowledge and commitment. If you think it’s something you cannot do alone, you can always choose a trainer. Either way, Rottweiler dogs are obedient and eager to please you.
Size & Color
Rottweiler dogs are purebreds that are classified as medium-large dogs. Their height at the withers is between 24 and 26 inches, with the males taller than the females. They can get very heavy, with both genders weighing an average of 80 pounds. Some of them can be as much as 130 pounds. An 8-week-old can already be at least 8 pounds, and by the time they’re 3 months old, males have grown 18.5 inches and females 19 inches.
There’s only one color for this breed, black, but Rottweilers have distinguishable brown markings in certain parts of their body, such as their cheeks, eyes, and legs. This shade can range from tan to mahogany.
Rottweiler dogs are prone to the following health conditions:
- Panosteitis – Also known as wandering lameness, this is a painful inflammation affecting the shaft of one or more of the long bones of their legs. It affects mostly large breeds that tend to grow very fast. Although the condition is self-limiting, which means it should go away as the dog matures, when it attacks, it can be very painful, causing moderate to severe lameness. The treatment is supportive.
- Von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD) – This is an inherited blood disorder characterized by von Willebrand factor (vWF), which plays a huge role in platelet binding or clotting. Because the blood doesn’t clot, the dog has the tendency to bleed profusely when it is injured.
- Lymphoma – Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer among dogs, but some breeds like Rottweilers have a higher risk. This cancer affects the lymph nodes, which contribute to the filtering of the body’s toxic waste. Depending on the severity of the condition, dogs can live only between 4 and 6 weeks without treatment.
- Hip Dysplasia – This refers to an abnormality of the hip joints. As to what causes it, nobody knows, but science has identified genes associated with the condition. Although it can affect any breed, this condition is more common among dogs of large size. Depending on how serious it is, it can lead to discomfort, pain, limping, or lameness.
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) – Osteochrondritis Dissecans is a disease of the ankle joint’s cartilage. This disease can progress, affecting the joint and causing osteoarthritis. The pain can be mild to severe, and it can be chronic, despite surgery and other forms of treatment. The condition can occur even when Rottweiler dogs are still puppies.
The Rottweiler life expectancy is about 8 to 10 years, which is shorter than that of other large breeds such as the German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher, which can live up to 13 years.
Rottweiler dogs are active and energetic. They can also become bored. You need to channel this energy through regular exercise. They may need at least 30 minutes of walking twice a day. You can also make exercise fun by setting up an obstacle course or taking them to a dog park. This serves the dual purpose of also improving their socialization skills. Dogs with joint issues may not need a lot of exercise, as too much activity can worsen their condition.
Food & Diet
Good Rottweiler health begins very early. Puppies should eat at least four times a day with the correct formulation. This is to prevent conditions that can appear around this age, such as hip dysplasia. Usually, you keep the same frequency of feeding until they’re 18 months to 2 years old.
When your pup matures, you can decrease the food intake to 1 to 2 meals per day. Rottweiler dogs need a well-balanced, high-quality dog food due to their predisposition to many diseases. You can then support their basic diet with dog treats, especially those that improve their oral health, and supplements.
- Bathe as needed
- Brush hair once a week (more during shedding)
- Trim nails regularly
- Brush teeth weekly
Rottweiler dogs are considered low maintenance. They don’t need frequent visits to the groomers, and many of the routine grooming needs can be done on a weekly basis. These include brushing their teeth to avoid tartar buildup and brushing their hair. However, these dogs can be heavy shedders during spring and fall. Around this time, you may have to increase the frequency of hair brushing to two times a week, sometimes daily.
Bathing should be only when necessary. Otherwise, their shiny double coats can become dry. To maintain their lustrous look, you can massage their coat during brushing to bring out the natural oils. Since the nails of the Rottweiler dogs can grow very fast, trimming nails should be done regularly. You also need to check the ears and the eyes once a week.
Price Of A Rottweiler Puppy
Rottweiler dogs are not cheap. A Rottweiler puppy can cost you around $2,000. If it’s in perfect health and show quality, the price can double. Always buy from responsible breeders.
Rottweiler dogs are purebreds that originated from Germany. Some experts believed they have descended from the drover dogs that accompanied the Roman soldiers as they moved toward the country. These dogs eventually bred with the local dogs.
This breed is a working dog. It is famous for herding cattle toward the market, as well as pulling carts that carried the meat. In fact, their name means the Rottweil butchers’ dog (Rottweil being a town in Germany).
Their number experienced a huge decline when faster and newer modes of transport came. Then people bred them again during the World War II to be guard dogs.
It’s unclear how the breed ended up in the United States. Some believe that in the 1920s, German immigrants brought them in the country. In European countries like the UK, many of the early Rottweiler dogs for breeding were imported.
Despite the negative press, a lot of people love Rottweiler dogs! They are one of the top 10 most popular breeds in the country according to American Kennel Club (AKC).
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If you’ve been scared of Rottweiler dogs your whole life, then you’ve been missing an incredibly awesome breed. To say Rottweilers are loyal and loving is an understatement. They love to take care of you and make you happy.
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