After bringing Sahrabis home, I was still unfamiliar about Rottweiler’s, their average size, temperament, potential health problems, etc. Knowing more about the breed was something that I thought was important. I began researching and familiarizing myself with Rottweiler, and this is some of the general health and welfare information that I found.
Rottweiler’s are large, muscular dogs. You will also hear them called Rott or Rotties. They generally have large heads with broad shoulders. They usually have a docked tail, although more recently, breeders have stopped docking their tails. Rottweiler’s are black and have distinct marking that are either a brown, tan, or mahogany color. Their coats are short and thick.
There are two different types of Rottweiler’s: German and American Rottweiler’s. While there are many different variations of features, German Rotts are said to often be shorter, stalkier, and have a bigger “block” head as compared to an American Rott. American Rotts often have longer legs and a smaller head. The height and weight of most Rottweiler’s generally depend of the breeder. Most females range from 85-115 lbs and males range from 95-145 pounds. Of course, there are always the runts and giants of the litters that may fall out of these ranges.
Rottweiler’s have a very unique temperament. While they are very strong and powerful animals, they thrive on interaction and guidance. Rotts are very strongly devoted to their owners, and rely on firm and consistent commands. They are not a breed that is suitable for a first time dog owner, as they can quickly develop bad habits. They are natural protectors and are naturally fierce, if needed. With the right amount of work and obedience, they are very calm relaxed dogs. Socialization is very important with Rotts. They need to be acclimated to other dogs at a young age. Dog parks and adventures into public serve a lot of good to this breed, if the handler has the confidence to control them in a public setting.
Exercise and living conditions are very important for this breed. They need to have a yard where they can reside, although they often prefer to be indoors for the most part. They need a lot of exercise that includes walking, running, and swimming. It seems like they can never get enough exercise.
The life expectancy of Rottweiler’s is about 8-11 years, depending on their genetics and the care they receive throughout their lives. They are susceptible to a number of health problems. Some of the main health problems that affect this breed include torn ACL’s, hip dysplasia, and problems with their eyelids.
Overall, having a Rottweiler may take a lot of work, but it is worth is. Coming from my experience, I spend about an hour a day exercising and caring for my dogs. While it is a lot of work, it is something that I enjoy. The Rottweiler will give you all of the love and devotion that one could possibly want, and owning one is very rewarding.
I would love to hear from everyone, what is your favorite breed of dog? Have you owned a Rottweiler before?