Rottweiler

A complete guide to Rottweiler dogs

The Rottweiler, or "Rottie," is a muscular and hearty dog with impressive intelligence. Though it is known to many as a dangerous breed, the vast majority of Rottweilers are calm and loving. Rottweilers do have the potential for territorial behavior, so it is essential that they receive good training from a strong owner.

Appearance

Height: Males measure in between 24 inches and 27 inches, females between 22 inches and 25 inches.

Weight: The average male Rottweiler weighs about 110 pounds. The average female weighs about 90 pounds.

Coat: Rottweilers have a coarse coat that generally lies flat. Most are predominantly black with rust-colored markings on their cheeks, chest, legs, above the eyes and under the tail.

Ears and Eyes: Ears are medium in size, triangular and spaced far apart. Eyes are dark down and almond-shaped.

Tail: Rottweilers have naturally short and stumpy tails that hang when the dog is at ease.

Disposition

Rottweilers tend to be quiet, even-tempered dogs. You might even describe them as serious or contemplative. They are also faithful and very brave. They will not pause in defending the ones they love against a perceived threat. If they are kept busy, they are generally very well-behaved. Problems can arise if they are not trained properly or if they become bored.

AKC Group: Working

Training: Good training and socialization is essential for Rottweilers because of their strength and the potential they have to injure.

Ideal Environment: Rottweilers are best placed in an environment where they are supported by an experienced dog owner. They are not suitable for a small apartment or condo, as they require exercise and work to maintain a calm disposition. A home with a large yard is ideal.

Health and Care

Feeding: Rottweilers should eat two meals a day. They are hard-working dogs that require a robust diet in order to meet their calorie needs. Be careful not to overfeed, as this can cause a Rottweiler to become susceptible to ligament injuries and hip dysplasia.

Grooming: Rottweilers have a low shedding rate and only require basic grooming. Brushing once or twice a week should be sufficient.

Exercise: Rottweilers are naturally hard-working. They require daily exercise. Some say that it's impossible to tire out a Rottweiler.

Health Problems: Rottweilers are generally healthy. The most common health problems they face are typical among many breeds: hip dysplasia, eye conditions, ligament issues, heart disease and cancer.

Average Lifespan: The life expectancy of a Rottweiler is 10 to 13 years.

Buying a Rottweiler

Rottweiler puppies are not cheap. You can expect Rottweiler breeders to charge around $2,000 for a purebred Rottie. You may want to consider adopting, as many families find that they are unable to provide the support that their Rottweiler requires and abandon them at a shelter.

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Posted by MrsO'connor on December 30,2012 at 08:05 AM
I have a question, We have a 1 yr old rottweiler male who we have had since 8 weeks, we went to see him every week and sent time with him since he was born, we just purchased a female red nose pittbull bull mastiff mix, we were told she is almost 4 months old, she was the last one of the 9 babies born in that litter, She has been home with us for 3 days now, and is very loving and cuddly but she seems very very shy and wont really move around, if we take her off the couch or bed she just climbs back up and thats where she will stay as long as you leave her there, we try calling her with the food bowl, with snacks, with toys and she just looks at us and puts her head down, I guess i just need to know if this is normal and if there is anything we can do to help her feel more secure so she will start to come out of her shell, our Rottie was comletly different, he came in and owned the house,and was very comfortable right off the get go,another thing is, she was also an outside dog with her mother, so now she is mostly in our home, our dogs only go out to walk,play, but generally if we are in the home our dogs are and they sleep inside, never left outside, so I dont know if that is part of the reason for her shyness or if we can do anything to hel her? any suggestions please, thank you
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