Is Adopting an Adult Rottweiler for you?

Photo Credit: Southern States Rottweilers

The number of homeless dogs in the United States is overwhelming, and many people never think of adopting an adult dog. Instead, they want to get a puppy that they can raise on their own. I will admit it, I am one of those who prefer to get a new puppy in order to raise it and train it the way that I want to. As time has gone on, my opinion on adoption has changed. It is a big decision to adopt an adult rottweiler, and there are many things that you should consider prior to making that commitment. Rottweiler rescues around the country have dedicated themselves to bring in unwanted and abused rottweilers, rehabilitating them, and finding their new forever homes.

You have to keep in mind that although very loving and loyal to their owners, rottweilers are very strong and smart dogs. Their size and determination to have their way may be a problem for someone who is inexperienced in owning a dog, especially if you are adopting an adult rottweiler. There is always a reason why dogs in a shelter have ended up there, and it is important to know as much of their story as possible. For example, a rottweiler that has been abused and neglected may not do as well in an environment with children, while another rottweiler that just had too much energy for their previous owner may thrive in a home with children to play with. It is all about getting to know the dog you are adopting, and making sure they are the right fit for your home, prior to adopting. Before you proceed in the process of adopting, first you should consider your situation, and if you have the time for a dog. lists a number of things you should consider before going forward in the adoption process.

Photo Credit: North East Rottweiler Rescue & Referral
Photo Credit: North East Rottweiler Rescue & Referral

When making the decision to adopt an adult rottweiler, it is important to find a rescue that you feel comfortable working with. There are several rottweiler rescues throughout the United States, and all of them are dedicated to the breed. The staff of a rescue want the absolute best for their dogs, so the adoption process can be lengthy. Generally, the rescue will ask you a number of questions about your living conditions, working hours, experience with rottweiler/ other breeds, why you want a rottweiler, as well as many others. In addition to the questions that you will be asked, the rescue will probably also want to do a home visit so they know what living conditions the do will be in. While all of this may sound like a lot for a dog, they want to do everything they can to ensure that the dog you adopt will be in their forever home. A-love-of-Rottweilers has a good list of Rottweiler Rescues to check out at:

Overall, adopting a dog can be a long process, but I’m sure it is also very rewarding to know that you saved the life of a rottweiler, that otherwise may have ended up in an even worse situation. The benefit of adopting a rottweiler from an established rescue is that they will come with all of their vaccinations, micro-chipped, spayed/neutered, and have completed an obedience/training course. Of course, there are still adoption fees from rescues, they are not outrageous like some fees that breeders charge for a puppy. The adoption fees that rescues charge go directly back to the rescue, to care for other dogs that they will take in. When I am ready for another rottweiler, I will definitely be adopting an adult rottweiler from a rescue that I have found in Northern California.

I encourage everyone to open their minds to adoption. The two pictures of the rottweilers shown above are currently up for adoption, take the time to check out their story! Do you think adopting an adult rottweiler it is something you can handle? Please leave a comment.


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