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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How to Avoid Rottweiler Behavior Problems

Rottweilers have developed a bad reputation for being dangerous.

The Rottweiler has a reputation for being a dangerous attack dog, but that is not their true nature. To be vicious, they must be trained that way. With the proper training and socialization from puppyhood, a Rottweiler is an even-tempered, incredibly loyal dog that will protect his family fearlessly. That makes the Rottweiler a wonderful watchdog.

The American Rottweiler Club tells us that “owning a Rottweiler carries a great deal of responsibility and commitment. It is not a dog for everyone. They require a calm, stable, and firm ‘pack leader’ or they will assume that role for you. They need socialization, exercise, and stimulating mental challenges. With these things, you will have a wonderful companion.”

Rottweiler behavior problems happen when they are not properly trained and socialized from an early age. Without the right training, your Rottweiler could turn into a challenging pet. You must teach your Rottweiler from puppyhood that the human is the alpha in the relationship. Be your dog’s respected leader. Begin training as early as six weeks old to help your Rottweiler establish good behavior before any bad habits can form.

Training Your Rottweiler

Training your Rottweiler is an ongoing daily commitment. It takes time and patience. In addition to learning to follow your commands, it is important to make sure that your Rottweiler is comfortable with other people and other pets. Social contact with other people and other dogs will shape your Rottweiler puppy into the kind of dog he will become.

During your training, make sure that you reward your Rottweiler with a treat, a toy or praise. If you get frustrated during the training process, walk away and come back later. Never show frustration and anger. This causes the dog to become fearful and discourages them from learning the command.

The secret to training is consistency. Everything must be black and white with no shades of gray. Otherwise, the dog will test you. If you let things slide, your Rottweiler will try to get away with whatever he can. You must earn a Rottweiler’s respect by setting boundaries and teaching him that there are consequences for his actions. You need to show your dog that you are in charge.

Training your dog from puppyhood will reduce the possibility of any Rottweiler behavior problems. But that is not to say that you cannot adopt an adult Rottweiler without experiencing behavior problems.

Adopting an adult Rottweiler can be easier than dealing with training a puppy. Rescue dogs have already been trained, and their personalities have already been established. There is no guesswork here – what you see is what you get. As an adult dog, any Rottweiler behavior problems would be on full display for you to see. When you meet an adult Rottweiler, you will be able to see right away how they interact with people and with other pets. So adopting from a shelter or rescue organization is probably the safest way for families with children to add a Rottweiler to the family.

Rottweiler Behavior Problems

Rottweilers may look tough, but they are a very sensitive breed. They are highly intelligent and they form a very close attachment to their humans. That means they can be prone to separation anxiety. Rottweilers do not like being left alone for long periods of time. They prefer being in the company of their favorite humans. So, if you need to leave your dog alone for long periods of time, you may experience some behavior problems.

Boredom is another source of Rottweiler behavior problems. These energetic dogs need a lot of exercise as an outlet for their energy, and their intelligent minds need to be occupied with distractions like puzzle toys. This is especially true for young pups who are bursting with energy. Without an appropriate outlet for that energy, you may experience behavior problems like chewing furniture and pillows. The powerful jaws of a Rottweiler can cause a lot of damage in your home, even at a young age, so make sure to keep your Rottweiler occupied with safe, appropriate outlets for their energy.

Socializing your Rottweiler should also start at a young age. To determine your dog’s level of socialization, start by introducing him to new people and pets while on a leash and see how your Rottweiler will react.

If your dog was not properly socialized as a puppy, he may never be completely comfortable around strangers and other pets, but you can teach him not to act aggressively toward them.