Rottweiler Dog Breed
Rottweiler Physical Characteristics
The Rottweiler is a large strong dog that was originally used to herd livestock and pulling carts for butchers, now they are very much a popular family dog that’s intelligent loyal, caring, and bundles of fun. Here we look into everything you need to know before buying a Rottweiler from what they should eat, temperament, and general care.
Rottweilers are longer than they are tall, known for having their massive blockheads and tight ears hanging down, these dog breeds are known for their distinctive looks and colours, rottweilers should always be black and tan, their mouth is square yet strong and can be known to dribble and considerate amount due to loose flaws (lips).
They can be slow at maturing with many not reaching full size until 2-3 and being very much full of life. These dogs do seem to have a bit of a reputation of being aggressive and overprotective but if well socialised and trained properly from a young age they actually make very loving dogs that suit families with children.
Age and Size
The average life span for a rottweiler is 10-12 years, Feeding them good quality pet food (more on this below), supplements and probiotics from an early age will give your pet the best start in life. Your pet will also need proper, regular exercise to keep them fit and healthy for longer.
The Rottweiler is classed as a large dog breed, the average height is 54-69cm and usually weighs between 35-60kg, these dogs tend to mature slowly with most not been fully grown until about 2-3 years although height wise by 1 year they are fully grown it’s them filling out around the chest and broadening which is gradual.
Food and Diet
Rottweilers’ diets depend on their age and health conditions, feed them a complete dog food to keep them slim and healthy. The four main types of dog food available are kibble (dry biscuits), canned or wet food, semi-moist, and frozen.
The type you choose will ultimately depend on your lifestyle, how much time you have to prepare their food, and your dog’s preference. It doesn’t hurt to try out a few different types first to see how they respond to each one. If they don’t like the taste or smell, your pooch simply won’t eat it. obesity can cause other health problems for your retriever so keeping them in shape is very important.
if you would like any advice on feeding your dog its best to discuss it with your veterinarian they will be able to tell you how much your Rottweiller should be eating but also recommend the best food for them. its also recommended that you split their daily allowance meal into two meals a day for them – remember to leave a gap before exercising your dog once eaten and dogs love routine so try and feed them at the same time every day.
when giving your dogs treat, they should be given in moderation, snack and treats can be high in calories and can unbalance their diet, When giving your dog snacks and treats remember to take it into account of their daily amount or reduce their amount of food, treats should not make up any more than 10% of their daily calories intake.
As Rottweilers can naturally be possessive over items they can get very guarded over their food, ensure it is a safe and quiet environment and that your dog doesn’t feel any need to guard their food.
Unfortunately, this dogs breed seems to have an unfairly bad reputation for their temperament, yes some of these traits are true, but in most cases, Rottweilers are actually very loving gentle family dogs, how your dog behaves is usually due to how it was brought up and whether it was socialized and trained properly as a puppy.
Rottweilers need a lot of work put in during the training process, because Rottweilers were originally working dogs they do like to protect, they can be very protective over the family wanting to guard them as well as becoming protective of possessions such as toys and food.
However if well trained and socialised as a puppy these bad habitats can be squashed and these breeds tend to be very gentle and loving and can show no signs of aggression.
These dogs are suitable for families but not with young children, you should always watch young children around dogs, however, some recommend an experienced handler for this breed as the work required for training and to show you are the ‘leader’.
Rottweilers have a lot of energy and need a lot of walking its recommended that they have a minimum of two hours of exercise a day so need owners who are able to give them this time, they are also very intelligent and love learning so you need to be able to create new games to play with them to keep them mentally stimulated. it’s also essential to make sure you have enough garden space for them to run around freely and this breed is very energetic even into adulthood.
Their coat is easy to look after and very low maintenance, it’s recommended brushing weekly to keep it healthy and shiny and remove any loose hair, most rottweillers are short to medium length but occasionally you do get some long-haired Rottweilers, although they don’t need trimming they do shed a lot of hair and are known for their colour of black and tan coat.
Rottweilers are not known for their barking but because they are protective of their family home and who they live with they will let you know if someone is approaching the house.
with any dog and purebred dog, their always some common health problems they seem to suffer from, here is a list of the most common health problems seen in Rottweilers:
- Elbow dysplasia – This is where the elbow joining doesn’t fit perfectly together, eventually it will lead to arthritis
- Hip dysplasia- This is when the hip joining doesn’t fit perfectly together, eventually, this does lead to arthritis.
- Heart problems
- certain cancers
- cruciate disease
Now that you have all the tips and advice you need to effectively care for your Rottweiler, it’s time to go ahead and have some fun with your new companion.
The Rottweiler makes a wonderful loving and gentle companion. By following the right steps, you and your pooch can lead a long, happy life together.