Rottweiler: A Complete Guide

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If you are looking for a large dog with a muscular body and an intimidating look, yet can be very loyal to his family and even goofy at times, the Rottweiler could be the pet you are looking for.

Rotties are a breed that is popular in all parts of the world and you can find them in every country on the planet.

They are most popular for their ability to be excellent protection dogs and their reserved and strange varied attitude.

On the other hand, they are also known for being clown dogs and their playful nature when their human family is around them.

But, since this is such a popular working, as well as a family dog breed, choosing a puppy that is both healthy and with a good temperament can be a difficult task.

Learning all about the breed and knowing what to expect demands plenty of research, and finding a reputable breeder is complicated and there are certain things you should be aware of.

To help you out in your perfect Rottweiler puppy search quest, we decided to write an in-depth guide that will let you in on all the secrets.

Let’s start with the things you need to know about the Rottie pups.

Rottweiler Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Rottweiler puppy lying down
Rottweiler can either be a scary beast or a gentle giant.

When looking for a puppy of any breed, the first thing you need to know is what price range to expect so that you know if your budget can handle it.

Then, once the budget “gives” you the green light, you have to find a reputable breeder so that you can rest assured that the puppy you bought is in great shape.

What price are the Rottweiler puppies?

For a Rottweiler puppy that comes from a great genetic bloodline and parents that are show quality, or that could be used for breeding champion puppies later, the price range you should expect goes $2,500 to $4,000.

But, if you are looking for a Rottie pup that will be just your pet and you are not interested in taking him to a dog show, that range drops down to approximately $2000.

How to find reputable Rottweiler breeders?

When you are looking for high-quality puppies that haven’t got any temperament or health issues that might appear later in the pup’s life, the most important thing is finding a reputable breeder.

You will recognize such a breeder by his love towards the breed and the general behavior with his dogs.

Also, a reputable breeder will offer you advice about the breed handling, as well as what you can expect from his pups in particular when it comes to their genetic heritage.

You should ask for health test clearances for both the puppy and both parents.

If the breeder shows them to you without a problem or even before you ask him to, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a breeder that is reputable and cares about the well being of the breed.

On the other hand, if the breeder has many litters available and doesn’t seem to know much about the breed, you are most likely dealing with a puppy mill and low-quality puppies.

These puppies probably live in improper conditions and their parents were hardly tested for genetically heritable diseases.

Avoid such “breeders” at all costs!

3 Little-known facts about the Rottweiler puppies

Let’s take a look at some interesting, yet not well-known facts about Rottweiler puppies.

This section will give you a better insight into what to expect from the first few months with your Rottie pup.

  • They are always black and brown, however…

Rottweiler pups will always come with black color and the same brown patterns on their face, paws, and chest.

However, the brown shade can be different and it can go from mahogany, tan, to a rust color.

  • They are very energetic and big right from the start

Rottweiler pups are big pups right from the start and they are energetic from the moment they are born. So, you will have your hands full even though you are dealing with a puppy.

  • They are strong-minded pups

The Rottweiler is a very strong-minded breed, and that implies for their pups as well. Even while they are young, they will show you that they are in charge.

Therefore, you need to start the training with your puppy early and change show him that you are the Alpha of this “Pack”.

Physical Traits of the Rottweiler

A Rottweiler in the woods
Rottweiler is a working dog.

Now, we will talk about the Rottweiler’s size and life expectancy. Hint – They are big and not lightweight at all.

How big is a full-grown Rottweiler?

When it comes to size, if you happen to have a male pup, you can expect him to grow up into a 27-inch-high muscular dog.

As for the weight, your male Rottie can be anywhere from 110 to 130 pounds.

They can get even heavier if you don’t pay attention to his diet, but that is not healthy for them as their muscles and joints will suffer huge amounts of stress.

The females, on the other hand, are a bit smaller and lighter, and their size goes up to 24 inches in height, and they can weigh from 77 to 105 pounds.

What is the life expectancy of the Rottweiler?

Considering their size, many would think that Rottweilers are not a long-lasting breed.

Even though they don’t live long like some other breeds, for example, up to 18 or even 20 years as the Shih Tzu, they are a relatively long living breed.

You can expect your dog to stick around for the next 12 to 14 years. But, those will be 14 years filled with love and laughter when he goofs around.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Rottweiler

A Rottweiler resting its head
Rottweilers are always black with various shades of brown, tan or mahogany.

The Rottweilers can be described as confident, calm, and courageous, and at the same time reserved and not that easy on making new friendships.

Of course, they are not all the same, and you will see some serious looking Rottweilers, but you will also see the ones that are just clowning around.

But, generally speaking, this breed tends to be more of an “I will wait and see what happens” type of a dog.

They won’t react right away to strange sounds, but they will react if they discover it’s a threat.

Also, there are plenty of cases where if a Rottweiler grows up with a cat in the same household, he will protect her when he grows up, yet he will be aggressive to any other cat.

They simply love showing their dominant side.

Speaking of dominant sides, most Rottweilers are dominant and will challenge you for the role of the Alpha in the family.

But, if you show your Rottie who is in charge right from the start, he will respect you for as long as he lives and follow your lead anywhere and no matter what.

If a Rottweiler grows up with an owner that has a strong character, he will turn out to be a great companion.

However, if he is the most dominant one in the “pack”, it will turn out that he is too much of a boss for your home.

This is an intelligent breed and they love to learn if stimulated properly. They can be great working dogs, but they don’t like being pushed around during the training.

The best advice would be to be calm, strong, and persistent if you want your Rottweiler to grow up into a role model citizen.

Also, since they are especially bossy and strong headed in their adolescent “years”, they will make you work hard to show them that they have to listen to you.

You will need to constantly prove that you mean what you say.

Furthermore, if you are looking for a dog with whom you would just hang around and relax in the yard, this might not be the right breed for you.

Rottweilers are working dogs and you constantly need to challenge both their minds and their bodies.

When it comes to socialization, Rottweilers should be exposed to friendly people and animals constantly, so that they realize that there are beings that are good and shouldn’t be treated as a threat.

If you fail to do so, your Rottweiler will become suspicious of everyone when he grows up, and that can be a problem if you have friends who like to come unannounced.

All in all, this can be a great breed even for families, but you need to be ready to work hard to train your Rottie and socialize him so that he doesn’t consider everyone as a threat.

But, if you can be dedicated and show him a whole lot of love, your Rottie will soften up and show that he has a gentle and loving side as well.

The Rottweiler Diet

Your Rottweiler will need a diet that consists of around one or two percent calcium, twelve percent fat, and some 25 percent protein.

Good sources of protein are meat and eggs, and they simply love them! Therefore, you can feed your dog with meat, fish, eggs, and add grains and vegetables in the meal as well.

This way, your Rottweiler will get his daily amount of proteins, fat, and vitamins. As for calories, an adult Rottweiler needs, depending on the level of activity, from 2.1K to 2.5K calories per day.

How much Exercise does a Rottweiler need?

While they are young, Rottweilers will need a proper amount of exercise to stay fit and healthy.

But, you need to keep in mind that their bones, ligaments, and joints are still developing and that too much exercise means too much stress.

While your Rottie is still a pup, light walks around the block and regular playtimes during the day will do just fine.

On the other hand, once your pup is no longer a pup, but an adult dog, he will need more exercise.

However, you shouldn’t overdo it even then because Rottweilers are not meant to be running for miles. A mile a day of light walking and occasional running will be enough.

And, remember not to exercise your dog during hot and humid days because they can overheat easily.

A good suggestion for exercise, both physical and mental, would be obedience, tracking, and protection training.

Rottweiler Health and Conditions

In general, if taken care of properly and if the diet is right, Rottweilers will be healthy.

However, certain health issues are known to trouble this breed and you should be concerned for the following:

  • Bone cancer
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis
  • Ligament rupture
  • Eye disease
  • Heart diseases
  • Colitis

This is why you must ask the breeder for pups parents’ health test clearances for these issues.

My final thoughts on the RottweilerA close up of a Rottweiler's face

With the health and condition section, we have come to the end of our Rottweiler guide.

So, what have you learned about this really interesting working dog breed?

In case you are still not sure if this is the breed for you or not, here is a summary of everything that you learned here today so that you can make your choice easier.

The muscle highlighted Rottweiler is a dog that can either be a scary beast or a gentle giant. It all depends on the personality he inherited from his parents, and on the way you treat him.

In general, a Rottweiler needs time to get friendly with strangers as they are very protective of their family.

But, if you socialize him from his puppy days and get him used to have other than family people around, he will show his playful and loving nature.

Also, being a working dog, and having a temperament, he has, the Rottweiler needs serious training and an owner that is calm, persistent, and with a strong personality.

However, if you truly like this breed and want to have one as a pet, know that they can be family-friendly and gentle.

All you have to do is to be firm and fair, and not aggressive, but patient, and your Rottweiler will respect and love you forever.

Thank you for reading our guide!

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