There is a huge misconception that Rottweilers are these big service dogs that are used to protect property from burglars and little else. In truth, this breed is one of the kindest and most family-friendly dogs you can find, and any other breed can hardly match their mild temperament and loyalty to the whole family.
Rottweiler dogs are quite large, and they need some space to stretch their legs and exercise, but if you can meet their requirements and keep them healthy and well trained, they will be able to accomplish all sorts of tasks.
Regardless whether you need a Rottweiler as a service dog, a guard dog, an emotional support animal, or just as a pet, this breed is an excellent choice for everyone.
Overfeeding is one of the most significant problems with Rottweilers, as they puppy eyes are known to beg out additional food even from the most strict of owners. You need to make sure to give your dog just the amount they need and not more.
Rottweilers are strict carnivores, and they start eating meat as soon as they stop suckling on milk. The best possible diet for a Rottweiler would be raw meat that has a significant amount of fat, which usually means pork or veal. As this type of dog’s diet can be quite expensive, you will need to supplement their meals with canned wet food or dry kibble, and when you are doing this, you will need to make sure that the dog food doesn’t contain any wheat, soy, or corn.
If there are carbs as supplements, they should never be the primary ingredient and should be whole grain or oats, but never more than 20% of the meal. If you notice that the dog food you are giving your Rottweiler doesn’t contain any vitamins and minerals, you may add those as tablets, powder, or treats.
Rottweilers are probably one of the easiest breeds to groom, as they only require brushing once a week to remove any loose hair and extra oil from the coat. This breed has a summer and a winter coat, and they will start shedding extensively twice a year, where you will need to brush them every couple of days.
As for bathing, you shouldn’t prepare a doggy bath before they start to smell, or unless they get really dirty somewhere. For this, you will need to make sure only to use shampoo for dogs as not to irritate their skin, as well as to try to avoid their eyes and face.
Rottweiler puppies are even easier, as they will not shed as much while they are growing, and they will only need a bit of brushing once they are more than three months old. You may want to start petting them with the brush earlier for them to become accustomed to the practice, but from a grooming standpoint, this will not be needed.
Rottweilers are one of the most physically demanding dogs on the planet, and unless you like to be outside and exercise yourself, they will probably be overwhelming for your taste. Unless we are talking about a very young Rottweiler puppy or a very old adult dog, it will often seem like this breed has unlimited energy.
They will always appreciate playing fetch, as well as extensive running. You may want to get a laser pointer and to make the dog chase the dot. If multiple people are taking the dog out, playing ‘’hide the toy” is also a good choice for this dog.
Rottweilers enjoy playing ‘’tug of war’’ as it is good for both their teeth and their muscles, but unless you yourself are physically brawny, this might not be the best idea, as you will lose, and lose often.
Training Rottweilers should start as soon as possible and last their whole life. This breed is generally playful and will enjoy constant obedience training, especially if it is with treats and praise. While all dogs like being called a good dog, Rottweilers really love to hear this from their owner.
Treat should be something small and something they don’t regularly receive in their food, such as doggy treats or bits of cheese. Just make sure not to use anything spicy.
You can train this dog to be anything you want, from a high alert watchdog to a cuddly emotional support animal, but it is advisable to get some professional help with this, as not everyone is knowledgeable about training and you may unintentionally make the dog stressed about something.
If you are starting to train a Rottweiler pup to be an emotional support animal while in need of such animal, hire a trainer to go with you and provide support until the Rottweiler puppy is ready.
As with other large breeds, elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia are very common, and they can be a result of either injury at birth or adult obesity. Additionally, Rottweilers are very prone to eye problems and related health problems that are usually the result of eating something that they shouldn’t.
This breed has a good hide and shouldn’t be prone to infection, but you should still inspect their ears and eyes regularly just to make sure. If a Rottweiler has become obese, you will want to start their weight loss slowly and cut down on their calorie intake as well. Long walks should speed up in tempo as the health of the dog improves.
The Bottom Line
A Rottweiler is not a dog to be messed with if you are not its owner, as they are very strong and very fast. But, if you have formed a connection with the dog you can be at ease as they will never attack or in any way harm their owner or family.
Finally, if you have access to a good trainer, or are ready to spend time training the dog yourself, the Rottweiler might just be the best dog you have ever owned.