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.

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

Rottweilers 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:

  • Hip 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. 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?

Rottweilers 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.

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 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.

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Susan
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
Maggie
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
I have 5 year old female and she is one of the great things that ever happened to me
Stacy
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.
Mike
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!
Heather
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
Tamara Rand
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!
Karissa
Go to the vet and they would give you medicine to put in his / her ear and it really helped my rotty
Laura F Oneil
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.
Glen
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
Aim
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
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
Thanks for sharing this post about Rottweiler Breed.Great Job….Keep it up
anonymous
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!
Chris
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
Crystal
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!