Rottweilers were originally dogs bred to drive cattle to market. Later they were used to pull carts for butchers. They were among the earliest police dogs and serve with honor in the military. Most important, they are popular family guardians and friends.
Dog Breed Group:Working Dogs
Height:1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:85 to 130 pounds
Life Span:8 to 11 years
- Rottweilers are large, powerful dogs and require extensive socialization and training from early puppyhood.
- Even if you train and socialize your Rottweiler, expect to be subjected to sometimes unfair advance judgments about your dog, maybe even having untrue allegations made about him and his activities, by those who fear him.
- Because of the current prejudice against dogs such as Rottweilers and claims that they can be dangerous, you may have to carry extra liability insurance to own one, depending upon the ordinances in your town. In some areas, you may not even be able to own a Rottweiler, or may be forced to give up any that you have.
- Rottweilers love people and want to be with their families. If they are left alone for long periods of time or don’t receive adequate exercise, they may become destructive.
- If raised with children, well-bred Rottweilers get along fine with them. They must be taught, however, what is acceptable behavior with children. Rotties have a natural instinct to herd and may “bump” children to herd them. Because of their size, this “bump” may cause toddlers to fall down and injure themselves. In addition, some Rottweilers have a strong prey drive and may get overly excited when children run and play. Always supervise your Rottweiler when he’s around children.
- If you have an adult Rottweiler, introduce new animals, especially dogs, carefully. Rottweilers can be aggressive toward strange dogs, particularly those of the same sex. Under your leadership, however, your Rottie will probably learn to coexist peacefully with his new companion.
- Rottweilers are intelligent and are highly trainable if you’re firm and consistent.
- Rottweilers will test you to see if you really mean what you say. Be specific in what you ask, and don’t leave any loopholes for them to exploit.
- Rottweilers require a couple of 10- to 20-minute walks or playtimes daily.
- Rottweilers have a double coat and shed heavily in the spring and the fall, moderately throughout the rest of the year.
- Many Rottweilers snore.
- If their food intake is not monitored, Rotties have a tendency to overeat and can gain weight.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.