Interested in Owning a Rottweiler? Here’s What You Should Know

If you’re interested in owning a Rottweiler, you should first acquaint yourself with the characteristics of the breed to make sure that it is a good fit for you. While Rottweilers are popular family pets, it is important to understand both the positive and negative characteristics of this breed before deciding to own one.

When choosing a breed, it is best to consider such factors as size, temperament, compatibility and health problems, and to see how this breed would (or would not) fit into your family lifestyle.

About Rottweilers

A Rottweiler is a medium to large dog. Just remember, that cute little puppy will grow into an adult that is about 22 to 27 inches high with an average weight of between 90 to 135 pounds. That’s a lot of dog, and most of it is muscle. The Rottweiler possesses great strength and has a broad, deep chest. It lives for about 10 to 12 years and is genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia.

Rottweilers have short, coarse hair and should be brushed about twice a week. Brushing encourages the growth of new, healthy hair and removes older hair that is ready to shed. Brushing also allows you to bond with your Rottweiler. Beginning this regimen while your pet is a puppy is an excellent way to begin a close, trusting relationship.

Rottweilers are prone to obesity. It is important that your Rottweiler gets enough exercise and eats a healthy diet.

The Rottweiler is an intelligent dog. They are strong, powerful and fearless, making them good watchdogs. The Rottweiler is an extremely loyal dog and will instinctively guard his family and territory.

With the right training, the Rottweiler is a wonderful companion. But without continued socialization, companionship, supervision and obedience training a Rottweiler can be too much dog for many households.

The breed is considered a working dog and guardian, and it is believed to be a descendant of the herding drover dogs of the ancient Romans. This is a breed that needs a job to be happy. They do well as police dogs and therapy dogs. You have to keep a Rottweiler entertained with physical activities, especially walks, exercise and outdoor activity. Without these needed distractions, a bored Rottweiler may become destructive.

With Rottweilers it is important to remember that they need extensive and continuous socialization to be good family companions. Training should start as a puppy, as early as six weeks of age.

Rottweilers have a reputation for being a dangerous dog, but this dog will only become vicious if it is trained to be that way. Still, certain regions have passed legislation banning this breed; so make sure to check for local regulations before you purchase a Rottweiler. In addition to legal regulations, you may also have trouble getting renting a home or getting a homeowners insurance policy if you own a Rottweiler.

Owning a Rottweiler

If you’re interested in owning a Rottweiler, do your homework. Buy from a reputable breeder. Learn all that you can about the breed. When looking for the right Rottweiler, do a careful search to avoid over-aggressive or unstable lines. Observe the dog’s behavior and ask the right questions.

Raising a Rottweiler from a puppy allows you to train and socialize him. If a Rottweiler puppy is raised with children, friends and other pets it is more likely that he will become a well-socialized dog.

It is important that you commit to training your Rottweiler and that you be very consistent. Most Rottweilers are inclined to be dominant but they will respect an assertive owner who knows how to lead a strong-minded dog. You’ll need to teach your Rottweiler puppy social skills and to harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way.

Young Rottweilers can be very rambunctious. They are rowdy and enthusiastic jumpers. Unsupervised, they can become nuisance barkers and diggers.

If a young Rottweiler is raised with other pets in the home, they are usually good with them, but Rottweilers can be very aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex – and they can see cats as prey.

A Rottweiler may not be a good choice for first-time dog owners. If you are fully committed to training and socializing your Rottweiler puppy, it can become a very loyal and loving companion and a great family pet.

If you are interested in owning a Rottweiler, take the time to familiarize yourself with characteristics of this breed and make sure they are a good fit for you and your family. Owning a Rottweiler requires a commitment to training and socialization, so make sure that you are prepared to put in the required effort.

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Are Rottweilers Good Family Dogs?

The Rottweiler is a large, stocky, muscular dog that can appear very intimidating. In TV and film, the Rottweiler often is depicted as a vicious aggressor and an attack dog. With those negative images in mind, many people jump to the conclusion that a Rottweiler will not make a good family pet and that he will not be good with children. This simply is not the case.

Are Rottweilers good family dogs? The answer is yes, they can be.

A Rottweiler should not automatically be ruled out as a family pet. When correctly trained, socialized and cared for, the Rottweiler can make a wonderful family pet – loyal, loving and calm.

Are Rottweilers Good with Children?

The Rottweiler has a very strong bond with his family, and that includes the children. If you raise your Rottweiler pup around your children, he will be loyal and protective of your children.

A Rottweiler can be very happy living in an active household with children and other pets. They enjoy playing and interacting with the children in the family and consider them to be members of their pack. Rottweilers can be very protective of their children, seeing themselves as their protectors and guardians.

A Rottweiler lives for playtime and they love playing with children. But do not assume that just because your Rottweiler loves your children he will also love other children. Rottweilers can be wary of humans they don’t know. If a Rottweiler feels that his children are being “hurt” in any way he will rush in to protect them.

Until the Rottweiler is fully trained and socialized, you should supervise him around children. If Rottweilers are not exposed to children from the time they are puppies, it is likely they will not do well in a family setting. A Rottweiler that has never been exposed to children will likely be potentially dangerous if they feel threatened by a child.

Rottweilers and Other Pets

When a Rottweiler is introduced to other household pets from a young age, he is likely to accept them as part of his pack and he will enjoy their company. Rottweiler puppies are large and they grow rather quickly, so they can be very unaware of their own size and strength. That’s why it’s a good idea to supervise play sessions that involve multiple pets until you’re certain that they’ve all adapted to one another.

This is not a breed who will immediately initiate play or interaction with new dogs.

A Rottweiler can become aggressive with other dogs, particularly those of the same sex. If he is provoked or made to feel that his family or territory is threatened, a Rottweiler can easily become assertive and dominant. And while a Rottweiler can get along with the family cat that he has grown up with, he is otherwise disposed to see cats as prey.

Rottweiler Temperament

Rottweilers have a wide range of temperaments. There are different breeding lines that are bred for different purposes, and each has a different temperament. With a Rottweiler, you must know what you want before visiting the breeder. You need to ask the right questions so that you don’t wind up with a pet that is simply too much dog to handle.

The Rottweiler Home Environment

Rottweilers are powerful dogs that require a lot of space to play and exercise, and plenty of things to do. A home with plenty of secure outdoor space is ideal for a Rottweiler. In smaller spaces and with too little human interaction and guidance, a bored Rottweiler can develop behavior problems.

These affectionate dogs prefer to be with their family members. They do not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time. They enjoy being in the same room as their family members. And despite their size, they love to cuddle in your lap and lean against your leg.

A wary breed, the Rottweiler is not immediately accepting of strangers. He must take his time to decide who is worthy of his affection. As part of his socialization, your Rottweiler should be introduced to friends and family members from an early age. It is important that you provide your Rottweiler with enough socialization so that his protectiveness doesn’t turn into aggression.

A Rottweiler is a strong-willed dog with a mind of his own. That’s why it takes a confident owner to take charge and show him who is the boss.

Although they are well respected as guard dogs, the Rottweiler loves the family life. The Rottweiler is a very sweet dog and his priority is always his family. With the right training and socialization, the Rottweiler can make a great addition to any family.