This large, powerful dog can be a steady and gentle companion.
- 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, strong dogs and need substantial socialization and training from early puppyhood.
- Even when you train and socialize your Rottweiler, be prepared to be put through to sometimes unfounded advance judgments about your dog, probably even having false accusations made about him and his activities, by those who fear him.
- Due to the existing misjudgment against dogs like Rottweilers and claims that they can be harmful, you might have to carry extra liability insurance to own one, based upon the laws in your town. In certain areas, you might not even be able to own a Rottweiler, or might be forced to give up any that you have.
- Rottweilers love people and want to be with their families. In case they are left alone for long periods of time or do not receive enough exercise, they might become destructive.
- If raised with children, well-bred Rottweilers go along fine with them. They must be taught, nevertheless, what is suitable behavior with children. Rotties have a natural impulse to herd and may “bump” children to herd them. Due to their size, this “bump” might cause toddlers to fall down and injure themselves. Furthermore, a few Rottweilers have a strong prey drive and could get excessively excited when children run and play. At all times supervise your Rottweiler when he’s around children.
- In case you have an adult Rottweiler, bring in new animals, in particular dogs, cautiously. Rottweilers can be aggressive toward strange dogs, specifically those of the same sex. Under your leadership, nevertheless, your Rottie will most likely learn to coexist in harmony with his new companion.
- Rottweilers are smart and are extremely trainable if you’re firm and consistent.
- Rottweilers will test you to see if you actually mean what you say. Be specific in what you ask, and avoid leaving any loopholes for them to take advantage of.
- Rottweilers need a couple of 10- to 20-minute walks or playtimes every day.
- Rottweilers have a double coat and shed heavily in the spring and the fall, moderately throughout the rest of the year.
- A lot of Rottweilers snore.
- If their food intake isn’t monitored, Rotties tend to eat way too much and can put on weight.
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