Rottweiler

A complete guide to Rottweiler dogs

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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.