Rottweilers almost became extinct near the late 1800s when smaller dogs assumed many of their functions and were easier to maintain.
Male: 85-135 lbs.
Female: 80-100 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 26 in.
Female: 24 in.
Floppy ears (naturally)
Exercise Requirements: >60 minutes/day
Energy Level: Bred to work
Longevity Range: 8-11 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Moderate Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Low Social/Attention Needs: High
Cattle drover, guardian, draft
Colours: Black with tan markings
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
AKC Classification: Working
UKC Classification: Guardian Dog
The first impression of a rottweiler is of solid strength, and that is quite accurate.
Rottweilers are slightly longer than tall, large dogs, ranging in height from 22 inches for a small female to 27 inches for a large male. Weights go from 80 to 120+ pounds (36 to 54+ kilograms).
As is common with the larger breeds, rottweilers can be slow maturing. Many do not reach full adult size until 2 or 3 years of age, although adult height is often set by one year of age. These dogs will fill out, broadening their chests and becoming the massive dogs we expect with age.
Rottweilers have been selected for guarding and protection work, and this must be kept in mind at all times. Well-socialized rottweilers get along nicely with people and other dogs, but males in particular can be a bit aggressive and dominant. Active, intelligent dogs, they are fully confident enough to act on their own, so they need guidance right from the start.
If left to their own devices, rottweilers can become nuisance barkers or diggers, and with their size they are capable of much destruction. Bred to work, Rottweilers do best with training and jobs to do, even if just as a child's companion. Unless you put the work in you could potentially end up with behavioural issues aggression can be 1 of the problems.
Rottweilers are fairly easy to keep for such large dogs and, in fact, have a tendency to be overweight if not exercised enough. Coat care is minimal; a quick, weekly grooming will suffice most of the time. Some rottweilers do drool a bit.
One of the most important things to remember with rottweilers is that they continuous socialization to be good family companions. Training is a must and should start in early puppy hood. Rottweilers love to work and will happily compete in virtually all dog sports from obedience to herding and weight pulls.
Man trailing and scent work are good activities for this breed
Ideally, a rottweiler will be exposed to other pets, including dogs, right from the start, and also to children. Rottweilers are often very protective of their children and should be supervised when with a group of children. This breed is definitely one that should only be purchased from a reputable breeder. Rottweilers live about 12 years.
Rottweilers rank as one of the most ancient breeds. They accompanied the Romans through Germany, driving their cattle and guarding outposts. Many were left behind and, in the town of Rottweil in southern Germany, they became the breed we know today.
Rottweilers were working dogs from the start, driving cattle to market, pulling carts, guarding the homestead, and even carrying money to and from the market in money belts tied around their necks. .
Rottweilers are intelligent and active dogs that require plenty of things to keep them active in body and mind. Consistency is key with training. You'll need to have plenty of time to spend with your dog if you're considering this breed.
If supervised and well socialised they should be OK with teenagers and young children under supervision.
As with any dog, you can expect a Rottweiler to make a bit of noise every now and again. They’re protective and will alert you to comings and goings. Don't allow a funny yap to turn into an annoying bark. Your neighbours wont appreciate it.
Because they’re so powerful, Rottweilers need an experienced owner who understands them and knows how to train them or get them enrolled in training asap.
Rottweilers will need socialising from a young age so they grow up to be confident and calm. They need positive reinforcement when being trained. Rottweilers are intelligent and you will find they pick up new things quickly. With the right training they will be loyal, well-mannered dogs.
Rottweilers are very active and will need lots of exercise and training to keep them happy and occupied.
You should give your Rottweiler at least 1 hour of exercise every day. This should include going for walks with extra playtime, having time in a secure garden and plenty of thinking games on top. You can find activities you can do together
Rottweilers have short coats that are fairly low-maintenance. A weekly brush should be enough to stay on top of any dead hairs and keep their coat looking shiny. They don’t shed too much, but will shed more in spring and autumn so you may want to brush them more often during these times.
Rottweilers bond strongly with their family but need to be treated with respect. Given enough daily exercise and training, they can make great pets for families with older children and will devote themselves to all of you.
As long as they are well socialised from a young age, Rottweilers should get along fine with other dogs.
Your breeder will give you all the information required. Ensure that you don't overfeed as this can lead too obesity or joint issues Make sure wherever you feed your dog is a quiet environment and that they don’t feel they need to guard their food.
Having a Rottweiler could potentially cost around £100 per month
Costs you’ll need to think about include:
In the price you will receive the following included in the price of a puppy plus a lifetime of support
Included in ALL our Rottweiler puppy litters sales are the following.
1st 12 months puppy insurance which we are currently in negotiations with insurance company that will allow our puppy owners continuous lower pet insurance. This will be paid by us before the 5 weeks puppy insurance is finished. Giving you peace of mind as your pup grows rapidly in the 1st year. Due to insurance cover for Rottweilers being high we are pushing to secure reduced insurance for new owners this may mean that we pay 50% of the 1st year insurance to you once it is in place.
Puppy Pod access- This access will support you again through the most important early months of your puppies lives with qualified staff and fantastic support in many areas
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