Rottweilers – Choosing a Rottweiler

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Osteochondrosis is a joint disease that can lead to pain, limping and arthritis.

Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas that results in inadequate production of insulin.

Parvovirus is a devastating gastrointestinal virus that primarily affects unvaccinated puppies.

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that typically arises in the bones of the limbs, or the appendicular skeleton.

Retinal dysplasia is a congenital disease of the retina.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

Retinal detachment is the separation of the retina, the innermost layer of the back of the eye, causing blindness.

Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye and can lead to blindness.

Ruptured cranial cruciate ligament is a problem that results from tearing of the cruciate ligament in the knee, causing lameness that may be severe .

Other health concerns for the Rottweiler include kidney failure, muscle and nerve diseases, skin tumors and elbow dysplasia.

In addition, although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:

Aortic stenosis – is a disease caused by stenosis of the aortic valve and causing symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.

Congenital Hypotrichosis – is a congenital disease causing symmetrical hair loss.

Atlantoaxial subluxation is a condition in which the first two cervical (neck) vertebrae are not firmly attached.

Average Lifespan of Rottweilers

The average lifespan of the Rottweiler is 10 to 12 years of age.

We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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