ROTTWEILER

Rottweilers are good-natured, loving, loyal and a fearless dog breed having a strong natural instinct to protect their loved ones. Initially bred as a working dog, they have inherited their ancestor's strength and energy to toil hard. Rottweilers are therefore happiest when they have a task to perform.

Fast Facts On Rottweiler

  • Origin

    Germany
  • Weight

    Male: Male: 50 - 60 Kg
    Female: 35 - 48 Kg
  • Height

    Male: 61 - 69 cm
    Female: 56 - 63 cm
  • Coat

    Double Coated, Short, hard and thick
  • Skin Colour

    Black and Tan or Black and Mahogany
  • Life Span

    8 - 10 years

Boxer Characteristics

  • Energy Level

    Medium
  • Exercise Needs

    Medium
  • Playfulness

    Not Very playful
  • Affection Level

    Reasonably Affectionate
  • Friendliness With Other Dogs

    Reserved
  • Friendliness Toward Strangers

    Reserved
  • Tendency to Bark

    Moderate
  • Tendency to Drool

    Moderate
  • Watchdog Ability

    High
  • Guarding Potential

    Very Protective
  • Grooming Needs

    Low Maintenance
  • Cold Tolerance

    Medium Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance

    Low Tolerance
  • Veterinarian Visit

    Rare

What Are The Best Foods For Rottweilers?

Food For Newborn Rottweilers (Birth to 8 Weeks)

Newborn Rottweilers can be fed with milk replacers every 3 to 4 hours or as mentioned by the manufacturer of the food. Following are some of the foods you can feed your newborn Rottweiler puppies:

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Food For Rottweiler Puppies (8 Weeks To 2 Years)

Puppy Rottweilers need a protein content of 24 to 28% in the diet for developing good muscle mass and strength. Calcium and Phosphorus are also key elements for a healthy bone and joint function in pups. Some of the best foods for Rottweiler puppies are:

  1. Acana Puppy Large Breed 11.4 Kg
    Acana Puppy Large Breed 11.4 Kg
    ₹6,499.00
  2. 6% Off
    Arden Grange Puppy Junior Large Breed Dog Food 12 Kg
    Arden Grange Puppy Junior Large Breed Dog Food 12 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,056.00 Regular Price ₹6,375.00
  3. 10% Off
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed 4kg
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed 4kg
    Special Price ₹2,070.00 Regular Price ₹2,300.00
  4. 14% Off
    Royal Canin Rottweiler Junior Dog Food 3 Kg
    Royal Canin Rottweiler Junior Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,957.00 Regular Price ₹2,250.00

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Food For Adult Rottweilers (18 Months To 7 Years)

Adult Rottweilers too require an extensive protein content ranging between 22 to 26%. Their diet should also contain an adequate amount of fats and carbohydrates for giving them a condensed source of energy and also to keep good skin and coat health. Below are some of the best foods for adult rottweilers:

  1. 6% Off
    Arden Grange Adult Dog large Breed 12 Kg
    Arden Grange Adult Dog large Breed 12 Kg
    Special Price ₹5,770.00 Regular Price ₹6,075.00
  2. Orijen Original Dog Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Original Dog Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,299.00
  3. 10% Off
    Royal Canin Rottweiler Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Royal Canin Rottweiler Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,764.00 Regular Price ₹1,960.00

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Food For Senior Rottweilers (7 Years and Above)

The activity level starts decreasing as Rottweilers reach their seniorhood. A little amount of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in their diet can offer them an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. Following are some of the best food for Senior Rottweilers:

  1. 5% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Special Price ₹2,100.00 Regular Price ₹2,200.00
  2. Orijen Senior Dog Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Senior Dog Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,299.00
  3. 15% Off
    Royal Canin Maxi Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Royal Canin Maxi Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,432.00 Regular Price ₹7,480.00
  4. 10% Off
    Royal Canin Rottweiler Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Royal Canin Rottweiler Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Special Price ₹1,764.00 Regular Price ₹1,960.00

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What Is A Rottweiler’s Behaviour Like?

Rottweilers are self-assured dogs possessing a great natural instinct to protect their family as well as territory. Proper socialization is therefore necessary for keeping away the breed from being overprotective. Rottweilers raised along with children do well with kids being around them. They have a tendency to get aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. Rottweilers have a “wait and see” towards everything. They won't react instantly to a sudden change in the environment. One thing that makes great guard dogs is that they behave in accordance with the reaction of their owners. They are often reserved and aloof when known visitors come into the house. They will take charge once they feel their owner is under threat. American Kennel Club describes Rottweilers as clownish, as they are known to repeatedly do things which makes you laugh. They are one of the breeds which are extremely sensitive to human beings.

Are Rottweilers Easy To Train?

Rottweilers are relatively easy to train. Obedience training is mandatory for these dogs to build a strong bond between them. This breed exhibit dominant traits, therefore, one should be firm and confident while training them, but not too harsh. It is ideal to start training when they are between 6 weeks and 6 months. Positive reinforcement by giving them treats and appreciation work wonders while teaching them commands. Often give them a tummy rub, which is also a positive gesture towards them.

Do Rottweilers Shed?

Despite having a short coat, Rottweilers can shed a ton. They have a double coat, where the undercoat is a little softer to keep them warm during the winters. They shed their undercoat during the spring and again in the winters. It may sound a little bothering to the Rottweiler owners, however, there are ways you can eliminate shedding. Use a soft-bristled hair brush which will help in removing all the dead undercoat in the dog’s coat. This clears out most of the excessive hairs which contribute to shedding. On regular grooming, the hair volume you will get will be lesser and lesser.

How Much Physical Activity Does A Rottweiler Need?

Rotties are a moderately active breed and require physical activities up to 11/2 to 2 hours a day. Proper exercise is needed for this breed not just to stay active and healthy but also to eliminate excessive chewing in them. Daily walking of up to 45 minutes also acts as mental stimulation. Making them accustomed to unknown things and unknown people outside can also thoroughly socialize them. Playing fetch games with them is a good way to release their pent up energy.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Having A Rottweiler?

Pros

  • Loyalty and immense courage of the Rottweiler make it one of the best guard dogs in the world.
  • They are a highly intelligent breed which helps for easier training.
  • Rotties, when socialized with children at puppyhood, works as good babysitters.
  • Rottweilers are hypo-allergenic, which means they are less vulnerable to allergies.

Cons

  • Rottweilers if not trained and socialized properly may exhibit very aggressive behaviour.
  • The breed should not be left alone for a lengthy period, as they can chew and destroy things.
  • The breed needs physically fit owners as they can be dominant at times, requiring great control over them while walking.
  • Rottweilers tend to snore loudly making them difficult to be kept inside the house especially at night.

Some Interesting Facts About Rottweilers

  • The early ancestors of Rottweilers were used to pull carts, guard homes and herd animals.

  • Rottweilers were used as rescue dogs in New York after 9/11.

  • Industrialization almost wiped out the Rottweiler Breed as their breeding was discontinued because of lack of herding purposes.

  • They are named after the town Rottweil in south-west Germany, as the breed is originally from Germany.

  • Rottweilers can from 39 Kg up to 58 Kg.

  • Even though Rottweilers are large, they are generally inactive indoors.

History Of Rottweilers

Rottweilers are one of the oldest herding breeds. They have a history dating back to the Roman Empire, as they are believed to be the descendants of the old Roman driver dogs, a mastiff type dog that was dependable and had good guarding instincts. During the pursuit to conquer Europe, Romans travelled in huge numbers across the whole continent. A lack of refrigeration meant they had to carry foods with them. They brought their eatables on cattle and the Roman dogs were used to herd and guard them. The Roman dog continued to herd the cattle even after the Romans were eliminated by the Swabians. These dogs have been said to have used by travelling butchers during the Middle Ages to guard money pouches tied around their necks. They nearly became extinct in the late 18th Century as railroads became the most prominent way for moving stock into the market. Nevertheless, the build-up to World War 1 saw a great need for police dogs which revived the people’s interest in Rottweilers. During the course of both World War 1 and World War 2, Rottweilers gave services in various roles like ambulance, messenger, drought and guard dogs.

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