Rottweilers – The Irreverent Vet’s Opinion on the Rottweiler

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The Rottweiler is the 15th most popular breed in the United States according to data of registered dog breeds provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Rottweilers are often portrayed as aggressive watch dogs in the media and films. They are also ear-marked as a breed that mandates higher home insurance premiums in some states.

The personalities in the Rotweiller vary tremendously. Some can be the most gentle and sweetest of dogs and others quite aggressive. This is a result from the genetics of the breed line, their training and their experiences with people.

When you see a sweet Rottweiler – there is almost no sweeter dog. In this situation, you can almost feel the love the dog has for you. They are loyal and eager to please. They can be easily trained if you take the time and devotion.

Some rottweilers can be aggressive toward other pets – especially pets they don't know. It is important to socialize them during their critical ages of 8 weeks to 6 months – exposing them to lots of different types of people and animals to help create a well adjusted dog.

Rottweilers are large dogs and require a substantial amount of space and exercise. It is important to ensure they have a dedicated play time on a regular (daily) basis to minimize behavioral problems that can results from boredom.

When shopping for a Rottweiler – ask to see the parent dogs and determine if their personalities are in line with what you hope to have in a dog. Some breed lines have hip dysplasia. Ask about the genetic line if the parents to determine the risk to your dog.

Other common medical problems include shedding, drooling and a propensity to pass "gas" – flatus.


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