In general Rottweilers are very loyal dogs to those they love but can be cautious of strangers. This means it may take a while for a Rottweiler to warm up to someone, but once they’ve built that trust they will be bonded for life. It’s important to socialize your Rottie pup well at a young age to ensure that dominance and territorial instincts are managed responsibly.
The Rottweiler is a dog that really doesn’t know his own size, so if you’re considering adopting one of these smart but soppy dogs, expect to have your endurance tested by a pooch who loves to lean on you, and even curl up on your lap!
Rottweilers sadly suffer from a bad reputation as being aggressive and ferocious. This is because a sudden surge in the popularity of these dogs during the mid 20th century led to irresponsible breeding as people tried to advertise the dogs as tough guard dogs.
In fact, if raised well by responsible breeders, the Rottweiler is a wonderfully even mannered dog. Depending on its heritage, the Rottweiler’s temperament can vary significantly, so it’s a good idea to make sure you can meet both parents of a puppy or spend some time with an adult dog to asses its personality traits before adopting one.
Perfect for more active families who love spending time outdoors.
- Large (56cm to 69cm)
- Typically weighing between 35kg and 60kg
- 8 to 10 years life expectancy
Exercise and nutrition
Rottweilers are large dogs that can never get enough exercise, they’ll happy walk, swim, or run around all day if given the chance, but it’s recommended to give them around 2 hours of physical exercise a day. If getting enough exercise, they will usually be calm and relaxed whilst in the home, and only unleash the full pelt of their energy whilst outdoors.
As incredibly intelligent dogs, Rottweilers need adequate mental exercise as well as physical. Many Rotties excel at Agility training, which combines both mental and physical exercise, but there are many other activities that will stretch your dog’s mind. Some ideas include advanced obedience training, hide and seek or tracking games.
As Rottweilers have a tendency to overeat and put on weight their diet should be carefully controlled and be low in fat. Talk to your veterinarian about the best diet for your specific Rottie, as every one is unique.
Common health problems and illnesses
Rottweilers do have their share of health issues, which is why it’s a good idea to take out insurance for your Rottie while they’re still a puppy.
Bloat is a serious health problem which can lead to gastric torsion, a condition whereby the dog’s stomach twists and cuts off circulation to the stomach and spleen. This condition can be fatal if left untreated, so it’s important to recognize the signs and seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.
In a Rottweiler Club health survey of over 1000 Rottweilers, 43% of them lost their lives to cancer. The most common cancer in Rottweilers is bone cancer, which can be horribly painful for such an active dog. Close treatment will be required as well as pain management for your dog.
Rottweilers sadly suffer from orthopedic diseases disproportionately compared to other breeds, this occurs when the head of a bone doesn’t fit properly in its socket. A huge 21% of Rottweilers will suffer from hip dysplasia and an even bigger 39% are affected by elbow dysplasia.
Rottweilers can be prone to many eye diseases including cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and eyelid deformities. Some of these can lead to blindness but swift treatment can slow down this process.
Aortic stenosis and right ventricular cardiomyopathy are two of the most common heart problems affecting Rottweilers. Cardiomyopathy is an inherited condition that causes bleeding in the heart and is sometimes known as an arrhythmia. Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows and obstructs the normal flow of blood in the heart. A veterinarian can normally identify if your dog is suffering from one of these conditions during a routine check-up. If diagnosed early, aortic stenosis and cardiomyopathy can be easily treated with medication.
- The Rottweiler can be traced all the way back to Roman times when they were used to drive the herds that fed the army as it travelled through Europe.
- The Rottweiler has won the hearts of several celebrities with owners including Will Smith, Bruno Mars, Leonardo Di Caprio and Robbie Williams.
- Rottweilers love having a job to do, whilst in the past they herded cattle and pulled carts, today they are used as search and rescue dogs, guard dogs, and police dogs.
- It’s not all about the muscle, Rottweilers have also been known to make excellent therapy dogs due to their sensitive natures.
- The Rottie litter is pretty big. Due to their large body size mother Rotties can carry on average 8-12 puppies, but many larger litters have been known.