Rottweiler: Is It The Right Breed for You?

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Rottweiler laying in grassRottweilers are thought of as being one of the most dangerous dogs, but with proper training, they can be one of the most loyal and affectionate breeds. You could be the perfect family to take a Rottweiler in and show them unconditional love. They enjoy exercise and are incredibly beautiful with their black fur and brown markings. Learn more about this amazing breed below.

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The History Of Rottweilers

The AKC recognized Rottweilers in 1931, and they are the 8th most popular dog breed. Unfortunately, their origin is not documented, but it is believed that they are most likely descended from ancient Rome. They were originally “drovers,” which means their job was to protect livestock. In the early 1900’s Rottweilers were used as police dogs.

Rottweiler Appearance

Rottweiler laying on grass in the sunRottweilers are medium to large size dogs with males reaching 24 to 27 inches and females 22 to 25 inches in height. Males weigh 110 to 130 pounds on average and females 77 to 110 pounds. Their coats are black with rust, mahogany or tan markings and are straight, coarse, dense and medium length. They need occasional grooming and experience seasonal shedding. Rottweilers should have docked tails.

How Healthy Are Rottweilers?

The majority of Rottweilers are healthy and have a lifespan of 8-12 years; however, some do experience some health problems.

These illnesses include:

  • Rottweiler standing proudHip and elbow dysplasia
  • Vision and eye problems including progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, eyelid deformities and more
  • Bleeding disorders including Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison’s disease
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Folliculitis
  • Heart defects including cardiomyopathy, subaortic stenosis and more
  • Cancer
  • Canine bloat

The Temperament Of Rottweilers

Rottweilers are people dogs and are affectionate and loyal toward their families. They tend to follow their favorite person from room to room, so they are always within eyesight. They are good with children and other dogs, but should still be supervised.

Tip: A fenced yard is better than a kennel environment, and they shouldn’t be chained or tied for extended periods of time. This is because they do not do well in isolation and can develop unpleasant traits.

These are social dogs and should be around people and other dogs if possible. They are capable of destructive behavior which could be due to boredom or anxiety. Rottweilers bark when necessary and can be reserved around strangers. Rotties are sensitive due to their intelligence and close attachment to their family.

However, many liability insurance companies will not cover Rottweilers because they are considered a “bad breed.” Learn more about dog liability insurance.

How Much Exercise Do Rottweilers Need?

Rottweiler jumping over wallRottweilers are medium to high energy dogs, and it is recommended to give them two workouts daily. (Perhaps you could do a short walk in the morning and a long walk in the evening.) Rottweilers can be extremely playful, so it’s a good idea to have some doggie toys around the house.

Are Rottweilers Smart?

Rottweilers are one of the ten smartest dog breeds. They respond well to training and is encouraged to get them the proper training needed to be a companion dog.

Video Of Funny Rottweilers

This compilation of Rottweilers is priceless. My favorite is the Rottie sitting on the ottoman watching TV.

You May Not Know This About Rotties

Rottweilers are beautiful dogs and can be great companion animals if trained properly. It’s important to know ahead of time that Rottweilers are among the most expensive dogs due to the training needed and the cost of initially adopting one. However, they are great family members and are considered to be great guard dogs for families as well.

Do you have a Rottweiler or are you thinking about getting one? What do you love most about this breed?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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July 29, 2020 6:00 pm

I’m going to see a 2-year-old Rottie tomorrow to adopt. Why do they say a Rottie is one of the most expensive to have because of training? I have trained 2 german shepherds and they were so smart.
I trained them myself and they were great.

July 5, 2020 2:09 pm

I’m trying to get a Rottie puppy but I already have a cat around 3-4 years old. Do you think is a bad idea … what can I do to make this work out?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 6, 2020 10:17 am
Reply to  Nora

Here is an article regarding introducing a dog to your cat.

May 13, 2020 2:20 pm

I have a dominant male German Shepherd who loves little dogs, but not big dogs. We are scheduled to get a male Rottie puppy. There were no females available in the litter. Is it a bad idea to have them both together, especially when the Rottie starts getting his full size?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
May 13, 2020 9:36 pm
Reply to  Daniel

Here are some recommendations for introducing current dogs to new dogs.

Angela Cook
December 23, 2019 10:33 am

Angi cook I adopted a six year old Rottweiler/Bernese in April this year he settled immediately hasn’t destroyed anything and has become so affection with me and my husband. I’ve had all kinds of dogs over the years and was always wary of Rottweiler’s I am happy to say that I was wrong to mistrust them he still isn’t good around other dogs but is nowhere near as aggressive as he used to be he is a work in progress and the hard work we have invested in him is paying off. This boy is a truly wonderful dog he spends most of his time asleep on my lap and I am more than happy to suffer the numb feet and legs. I hope he stops trying to attack mobility scooters soon that’s the one thing We are having difficulty deprogramming him from it’ll come with patience and time. Thanks for reading

Madalynn Deberry
December 12, 2019 3:11 pm

My dog Bella a rottweiler is such a sweet girl so yeah they can’t do that there wrong pit bulls only do that stuff
so caninejournal is wrong.

January 17, 2020 8:03 am

Pitbulls I’ve had my entire life around kids and everything.. pitbulls are fine… They aren’t aggressive.. don’t spread lies

September 6, 2019 8:18 pm

I’ve had Rottweilers for over 30 years. My current is 5 and just as sweet as the others. Best and gentlest friend ever. He loves my grandchildren as well as his 2 other canine buddies. They are so loyal it saddens me that unresponsible people have caused miss information. I’m a slight woman with commanding presence. A point of a finger or a voice command controls all 3 dogs. Don’t take on more than you can handle and handle what you take on

June 4, 2020 3:06 pm
Reply to  Susan

Our rottweiler died 2 years ago and she has been truly missed. I’d love another rottweiler pup now but I’m 70 and worried I’m too old now to fully look after her.

July 16, 2020 5:15 pm
Reply to  Joyce

Adopt an older Rottie. I’m 76 and on my 5th Rottie. All have been big gentle babies and all of my dogs live with 3 cats. This can be done but only if the dog has been socialized around cats.
Belle is now 6 and I will look for another Rottie when she crosses the Rainbow Bridge!

November 18, 2019 1:26 am
Reply to  Susan

Wow do you have pictures of it

September 6, 2019 5:33 am

Bella is my second rottweiler
Paddy my first past away 3 years away he was amazing me and my family miss him so much he was 13 he had brain tuma it was so said I paid so much to try and make him better iv got photo album with all our good memories in the living room. Bella is amazing to. very protective as I run a pub shes good with people and family she is 3 and gets on well with my staff dexta best dogs ever

Bob M
September 4, 2019 9:35 am

I have 5 year old female and she is one of the great things that ever happened to me

August 6, 2019 11:06 am

My 3 1/2 year old little girl has her best friend Sasha by her side ALL THE TIME, If she moves so does Sasha. She is her first bff and they share a bond like nothing I have ever seen in my life.

Madalynn Deberry
December 12, 2019 3:13 pm
Reply to  Stacy

that is the most adorable thing i’ve ever seen so cute!

July 25, 2019 5:51 pm

Have 15 month female rotty, everything as described above ^. Strange in a way that so highly trainable and picked things up like a sponge and remembered them even if not practiced for a while, but did test boundries and take little bit of time to figure out what can and cant do in the house (like chew up skirting boards or destroy a full lyno floor in the kitchen). By time she was 8 months she was absolutly perfect and no destroying things or potty accidents, is alone for 7 hours a day abd no issues since then. Great dog though so happy got one shes SUPER affectionate, loves people, loves dogs and great dog in general. Neighbours and everyone around love her she may have more friends than i do!

May 23, 2019 12:08 pm

My rottweiler has an ear infection that is slowly becoming worse. I clean his ears about seven times a day and nothing is helping. The medicine the vet gave me isn’t doing anything for him. He wakes up in the middle of the night crying and I don’t know what to do. I feel like it’s the food I feed him. If you can give me any solutions to try that would be awesome I love my puppy and I fear that the infection is causing hearing problems

usmc raid
March 1, 2020 5:49 pm
Reply to  Heather

Use EcoEars on Amazon. They all suffer from ear infections and this is perfect.

November 12, 2019 7:37 pm
Reply to  Heather

Take him to a Allergy Specialist/Dermatologist. My Rott had the same exact problems with recurring ear and skin infections for about a year. Turns out he has allergies that were causing these problems. The dermatologist will figure out what is wrong and give you a solution.

July 30, 2019 10:53 pm
Reply to  Heather

Go to the vet and they would give you medicine to put in his / her ear and it really helped my rotty

Tamara Rand
July 24, 2019 5:59 pm
Reply to  Heather

If your vet didn’t take a sample from his ears for examination and analysis, have it done. If your vet won’t do it, find another. Your baby might need a different antibiotic. Ask about seasonal allergies, as well. Congestion from allergies makes it hard for the ears to drain. I would also take him to a groomer once a week to have his ears thoroughly cleaned out. Good luck with your little guy!

Laura F Oneil
April 4, 2019 9:35 pm

I’ve had Rottweilers all my life they are the sweetest loving dogs you’ll ever have. Very smart and want to please their owners. Ours never chewed furniture, shoes or anything of ours. However she would go out to the log pile and shred logs. She hates water (pool) but when my nieces would come over she would watch them a like hawk. One time the girls where getting close to the deep and she actually got in the pool. The bad part is shedding, no other dog sheds like ours.(buy a furmenator) They need lots of love and walks. When they have a routine they like to stay on schedule Best with lots of family.

February 24, 2019 3:22 pm

We have a Rottweiler who turned two in December. He’s a mommies boy. He is also very protective. Right now he weights about 160 lbs and he is starting to fill out. He is so loving Which is go as I work out of town. He is playful and very loving. But he also thinks he’s a little human. He throws a little fit when he doesn’t get his way. He also enjoys stretching out on the bed and using pillows the same way we use them Raul is our first Rottweiler other other dogs have been labs and a collie mixed I was not thinking about getting another dog so my wife made the decision to get one. I miss my other dogs but I’m sure not sorry she found Raul

February 4, 2019 5:12 am

Hi all,
My name is Aim, from Padang, Indonesia. A friend just gave me 2 puppies of Rottweiler. We love these funny cute dogs. However, we just a newbie to handle these dogs. Can any one give me reference where we can learn (books/video/etc) how to care them ? Something like (how to train, how many times a day for milk/food, can they take a bath with shampoo ?, how to maintain the cage….something like that….just simply a complete guidance because we really want to have and taking care of them well). Do we need to cut their tails ? We saw almost all Rotts in Youtube are short tail. Thank you

Hazel Owens
August 13, 2018 11:46 pm

That’s good to know that rottweilers don’t do well if they are isolated and if they are socialized they do well with children and other dogs. This seems like a dog I’d like to have since it seems like it’d be really good with people and would be really affectionate. My husband and I will have to look around to see if we can find any puppies for sale since it seems like this breed of dog would do well at our home since we really don’t want it to have to be locked up in order to behave.

King Rottweilers LLC
June 21, 2018 3:27 am

Thanks for sharing this post about Rottweiler Breed.Great Job….Keep it up

May 6, 2018 12:13 am

Rottweiler dogs are truly sweethearts. They are loyal, loving, and very protective. With proper training and endless love, they are warriors for you. My family just put our Rott down and losing him was very hard for he was more than a pet. My advice to others is to not be afraid of Rottweilers, they may not look the most approach friendly animals, but they have a loving soul and care for their humans with everything they have. Definitely respect the breed and recommend the beautiful doggers!

July 7, 2019 10:43 pm
Reply to  anonymous

Sorry for your loss we lost our Bernese last yr Dogs are family friends protectors and even Drs and therapists They are truely God’s gift just wish it wasn’t so hard losing them some are alike but each is their own

November 10, 2017 4:29 pm

I have a Rottweiler and she’s the sweetest most loving animal ever, they often get a bad reputation for being bad dogs but that’s so not true!