Is a Rottweiler the Right Breed for You?
Do you need a protective dog that is intelligent and devoted to its
owners? If so, you may want to consider buying a Rottweiler. These big
dogs were bred to be very versatile working dogs. They guard their homes
and families, excel in agility training, and think that they are tiny lapdogs
when they are with their owners.
The Rottweiler is fairly large and very muscular. These powerful dogs
weigh between 85 to 130 pounds and stand 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder.
A Rottweiler has a sleek black and brown coat and deep, soulful brown eyes.
The Rottweiler is a part of the American Kennel Club's Working Group.
These powerful dogs are often used as guard dogs. Unfortunately, some Rottweiler
owners have mistreated their dogs in an attempt to make them more aggressive.
These abused Rottweilers have given the breed an undeserved reputation
as a dangerous breed. Rottweilers that are bred and raised properly are
actually wonderful, loving family pets.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for an apartment. These dogs are
big and powerful and they need room to run. Ideally, Rottweiler owners
should own a home with a fenced
yard. If you do not have a fenced yard, you should be prepared to take
your dog for frequent runs in the park to burn off excess energy.
The Rottweiler is an extremely intelligent dog and this breed does best
when it has something to do. Give your Rottweiler a job, such as keeping
pests out of the garden, and you will have a happy
dog. It is important to begin training a Rottweiler puppy at a young
age, as these dogs quickly grow into large, powerful animals. Also, puppy
obedience classes are a wonderful opportunity for you to provide your Rottweiler
with plenty of socialization at a young age. Luckily, this protective breed
enjoys learning, as long as the trainer uses love and patience. These dogs
respond eagerly to new challenges, which is why the Rottweiler does well
in agility trials.
Because of their size and strength, Rottweilers may not be the best
choice for a family with a toddler. A six month old puppy may not realize
his own strength and could accidentally injure small children while he
is romping around. If your heart is set on a Rottweiler puppy, you may
want to wait until your children are old enough to walk well.
Of course, a dog with the size and energy of a Rottweiler can burn up
quite a few calories. You should be prepared to buy quite a lot of food
for your puppy. Also, it is important to make sure that your puppy's
nutritional needs are being met, since Rottweilers can develop joint problems
when they are older.
Since a Rottweiler has such a short coat, grooming
one of these dogs is not very time consuming. Brush
your dog once a week with a slicker brush to keep his coat looking
shiny and glossy. Also, be sure you take the time to check
your dog's nails to be sure they become not too long. When your dog
is a puppy, you may also want to accustom him to having his teeth brushed.
If the thought of having a hundred pound dog attempt to crawl into your
lap as though he weighs ten pounds horrifies you, then a Rottweiler may
not be the breed for you. After all, not everyone wants a dog who has the
appearance of a killer and the heart of a marshmallow.