Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Rottie; Rott; Rottweil Metzgerhund
One of America's top ten most popular purebreeds, the Rottweiler appeals to disciplined owners who can provide loving training to a powerful, somewhat dominant dog. The properly socialized Rottie is a highly regarded watchdog with a deep loyalty to its family. However, the busy or easily intimidated pet owner may not be able to keep the upper hand with this strong-minded breed. You'll need to bring your top dog psychology skills to the Rottie.
The combination of capable nerves, physical strength, and high intelligence means that Rottweilers are often top picks for jobs like herding, police and military work, and guarding. Unfortunately, irresponsible owners with poorly controlled dogs have attracted undesirable attention to this breed. In some areas, they may be banned. Even if the law allows them, your insurer may drop your homeowner's insurance if you own a Rottweiler. Check out the situation in your neighborhood before you take home a puppy you won't be able to keep.
Appearance / health:
The Rottie is a muscular dog, medium-large in size and with a powerful, athletic appearance. The very build of the Rottie suggests power, agility and endurance. Their features are far more muscular than lean. The head is broad with a rounded forehead; eyes are dark and should display dedication and good intentions; the muzzle has a scissors bite; nose is black; ears are triangular in shape and carried forward on the head; the inside of the mouth is dark-colored and lips should be black.
Rottweilers are a rather heavy shedder but this shedding is easy to manage by brushing them several times a week with a firm bristled brush or giving them a fun, vigorous massage with a damp towel. Bathe them whenever necessary, but use a quality shampoo that will not dry the skin.
Because of their tendency to become obese, as well as their need to burn that excess energy, exercise is a vital part of your Rottie’s day. Don’t over exercise your Rottie puppy with rough sports that have the potential to damage or over-stress soft bones that are still growing, ligaments and joints. However, because of the necessity of minimizing exercise until they are fully mature, the young Rottie is likely to be full of energy and they are certainly awkward. A great method of combating this energetic awkwardness is to use the time for bonding with and training your Rotie.
Avoid exercising them strenuously in hot and/or humid weather to avoid overheating and make sure your Rottie has access to drinking water during any activity, even if you have to carry a bottle of water with you for that purpose.
Rottweilers tend to overeat which can lead to health issues such as obesity and heart disease. Overweight Rotties will live far shorter lives than a lean, muscular, well-exercised Rottie. Common health issues include a proneness to hip and elbow dysplasia, susceptibility to anterior cruciate ligament damage, narrowing of the slit between the eyelids (known as “entropion”), kidney problems, cancer, and bone and joint diseases.
Rottweiler puppies are more prone to parvovirus than any other breed. It is crucial to make certain your puppy is not taken anywhere outside your home, other than to the Vet, and that her feet do not touch any ground outdoors, including your own yard, until they have been fully immunized. Remember, parvovirus lives in the ground for at least two (2) years and is one of the most easily caught fatal diseases of puppyhood.
Behavior / temperament:
The Rottie is a calm, courageous and devoted breed with a reliable temperament where family members are concerned; however, he is very protective and will defend his family and territory with ferocity. With proper training and consistent handling techniques, they are loving and rewarding companions. The Rottie must have owners who can handle their size and strength. Because of this size and strength, training should begin young, while the dog is still a puppy. Diligent care, including not allowing any rough play, must be taken to ensure that your Rottie does not become vicious. Rotties require extensive socialization and the companionship of their family to be happy. They are very territorial and are ideal for protection, but must be properly trained in areas of protection.
Rottweilers are brave, hardworking, calm and affectionate dogs (with their family), but they are also a very determined dog even to the point of being stubborn. They are superior watch/guard dogs and are very suspicious of strangers, so they should never be fenced in an area that receives walk-by traffic. Rotties have a naturally dominant nature. They require daily mental challenges and frequent exercise. Before getting a Rottweiler pup, check with your City Ordinances as they are banned in some areas and check with your Homeowners Association. It is very important to check with your homeowner/renter insurance Agent as some policies specifically disallow Rottweiler ownership due to the amount of people who are uncomfortable around Rottweilers and the high rate of lawsuits due to any actual or perceived misbehavior of this breed.
The Rottie is rated low on learning rate, obedience and problem solving; accordingly, training the Rottweiler can be a challenge, but they are trainable if they have a firm handler who understands proper training and who utilizes patient, kind and consistent training techniques. With this proper training and firm handling, the Rottie makes a very competent guard dog; however, this working dog has a naturally dominant nature and requires an owner with the dedication to continue training and correction well into (and sometimes, throughout) their adulthood. Extensive exposure as a puppy to friendly people will ensure your Rottweiler learns the difference between someone acting normally and someone acting abnormally. A failure to ensure this extensive and early socialization will, many times, result in either a fearful (defensive) Rottweiler or, worse, one who is not hesitant to bite.
It is important to never play rough with your Rottie, even when he’s a puppy, and to not allow anyone else, including your children to do so either. What may now be an adorable roly-poly puppy will one day be a large, powerful, energetic dog and allowing rough play will not teach him to calm down.
Rottweilers seldom bark except under conditions of strangers and strange animals being nearby, which will kick in their natural guarding abilities and cause them to bark in warning. A well-trained and mentally stimulated Rottie is not known to be a nuisance barker.
natural protector, gentle large breed, loyal affectionate dogs, GREAT guardwatch dogs, loving animal
dog aggression, hip dysplasia, high prey drives, long socialization period, negative reputation
reputable breeder, early socialization, big intimidating dog, responsible educated owner
A Rottweiler -very loyal
Prissy was my birthday present the year I turned 16. She was a beautiful dog and extremely. She was my companion through my dating years and I learned very quickly that I could tell the quality of the person I was dating by the way she reacted to them. She chewed my boyfriend's cigarette's on one occasion. I dated another guy who would not come into the house because Prissy would growl at him. She had a fantastic sixth sense about her. When I met my husband, I knew I could keep him (my husband) because Prissy liked him. She would get excited when he came over. If we hugged she would push in between our legs so she could be part of the hug! I know Rottweiler have a bad reputation but I had two as a kid, both were extremely loyal animals who welcomed you like family once you were in the house. I believe that investing in socializing and training these dogs is a key part to making them a successful member of your family but I think that is true for most dogs..
From rachel Sep 11 2017 3:18AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
From petlover2 92 days ago
$ 4899 ($0.15/Count) $53.99
FREE Shipping on eligible orders
$ 4985 ($0.15/Count) $55.49
FREE Shipping on eligible orders
$ 2449 ($0.15/Count) $24.49
FREE Shipping on eligible orders