Rottweiler Breed Inormation

Rottweilers, often called Rotties, are a courageous and devoted breed. Their temperament is known to be very reliable, and they have proven to be quiet trainable. The Rottweiler is prized for its natural abilities as a guard dog, as he isn’t afraid to protect his family with fierce force.

The Rottie loves his family and does not mind the company of children or other household pets. When he is brought up with the proper care and training, he is a fantastic and affectionate companion.

However, due to their high need for socialization, companionship and consistent training, Rottweilers do not make ideal pets for first time dog owners.

History of Rottweilers

 Rottweilers are believed to be the descendants of mastiff-type dogs known as drover dogs that were popular in ancient Rome. The term “Rottweiler” actually translates to “rotten and vile”. However, Rotties were not named for the meaning, as the breed originated in the town Rottweil which is now apart of southern Germany.

During the mid 19 th century the cattle trade thrived in Rottweil, and so did the Rottweiler Metzgerhund. The dog was used to drive cattle to the market for their masters, and returned to their owners with filled purses around their necks. As time passed and trains became the primary method of trading cattle, Rottweilers were used less and less often.

However, the Rottweiler wasn’t forgotten, and was used as a police dog in the early 1900’s. Rottweilers gained great popularity as a police dog, but were also becoming a popular family pet. Due to their popularity, a number of different Clubs were formed. Eventually all the clubs were merged into one in 1921 which became known as the Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub (ADRK)

Although Rotties were recognized by the American Kennel Club in the 1930’s, the breed didn’t actually become popular in the U.S. until the 1980’s. Today they are one of the AKC’s top five most poplar dog breeds.

Intimidating and Loyal Rottweilers

 Rottweilers are large dogs that reach an average height of 24 – 27 inches and weigh anywhere from 95-130 pounds. The Rottie is recognized as being part of the Mastiff or Working dog group and usually lives 10-12 years. They are a relatively healthy breed but are prone to hip dysplasia, entropion, and torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligment), which is a health condition concerning the knee joint of the dog.

Believe it or not, Rottweilers make excellent family dogs and are affectionate to just about everyone. When properly socialized, and treated well from a young age, this also includes children and other family pets. They are wonderful guard dogs and are extremely calm and alert. They usually tend to follow their owners around the home and keep a careful watch over their loved ones.

The Rottweiler requires serious obedience training. They must be well socialized and consistently trained from puppyhood. If you do not train this breed, they can become extremely aggressive towards others and be hard to control. This is a danger you will want to avoid.

Rottweilers do need plenty of exercise, but they are quite inactive when indoors. Therefore, if they are provided with sufficient exercise (IE. at least two 20 minute walks a day plus the freedom to run), they will be fine living in an apartment. Other exercises that are great for this breed, and which they will greatly enjoy, include swimming, fetch and running along side a bike.

Rotties are easy to groom and require a good brushing once every week or biweekly. You can bathe the dog on occasion (usually twice a year). Rottweilers are average shedders.

There is more to Rottweilers than meets the eye. The Rottweiler is a beautiful breed that does make an excellent companion when properly suited to the right owner. You should never consider owning a Rottie unless you have done extensive research on the dog, and are committed to training and teaching him to be a well loved member of your family and community.

Rottweiler Breeders – Why You Should Choose Your Breeder Carefully

There are many different Rottweiler breeders currently taking an active role in the breeding business. Unfortunately, not all of these breeders have yours or the Rotties best interest in mind. It sad to say, but for many dog breeders, the only aspect of breeding that truly interests them is money.

Therefore, it is your job as a responsible, potential owner, to find responsible Rottweiler breeders. How can you do this? You can start by carefully inspecting the background of each breeder that interests you to find out what they are all about and how long they have been in the business. Your goal is to ensure that that the breeder is not running a puppy mill or is a backyard breeder.

To give you an idea of what to look for, the following are some warning signs that usually indicate if Rottweiler breeders are irreputable:

  • Breeders that sell their dogs directly over the internet or through ads in the newspaper – Any reputable breeder will never sell their dogs directly to people without first screening and meeting the buyer. A good breeder will want to ensure that their pups are going to a loving home and will be provided with the care and commitment they require for their lifetime. If someone is willing to sell the dogs they breed online, or in the newspaper without making a meeting a mandatory part of the sale, this breeder should not be trusted and should be avoided.
  • Breeders that give their dogs to pet stores – Legitimate Rottweiler breeders would never sell any dog from their litter to a pet store. Any pet store that sells dogs has received their canines from puppy mills. Dogs bred in puppy mills are often malnourished and have behavioral problems due to the conditions under which they were bred and kept. If you want a Rottweiler that will be with you for a long time, and grow to be a credit to his breed, do not buy a dog from a pet store.
  • Breeders should not operate out of their backyard – A trustworthy breeder will provide the dogs they breed with a safe, warm and loving environment. The dogs will be well looked after and kept in a clean environment.
  • Don’t rely only on registered papers – Just because Rottweiler breeders or a pet store provides you with papers that claim the dog is a purebred and has been registered with the national kennel club of your nation, doesn’t mean the dog you are receiving is healthy. If you were to research your kennel club what you will discover is that most of them will claim that registration papers from them do not mean they are claiming the dog that has been registered is healthy.

The only way you will be able to tell if Rottwieler breeders are worth your time and effort is if you take the time to visit their premises and check them out yourself. Don’t take the easy way out and trust their claim of credibility just because they tell you so. Ask for their references, see the puppies, and interview them, because owning an unhealthy and ill bred dog is not worth it.

Rottweiler Dogs – Choosing Kennels

Although your Rottweiler dogs will want to be with you wherever you go, unfortunately there will come a time when this will not be possible. For instance, while there are many destinations where your Rottweiler can travel with you, sometimes bringing your Rottweiler dogs along wouldn’t be fair to him or you if you won’t be able to spend time with him. In addition, some locations you travel to, will not permit you to bring your canine pal with you.

At such times you will need to put your Rottweiler dogs care in the hands of others. If you do not have the luxury of having a good friend or family member dog sit your pooch while you are away, you’ll need to put him in a kennel.

If a kennel is the only option for your Rottweiler dogs, keep the following tips in mind:

  • References – Don’t just choose the first kennel you find. Speak with your vet or other friends or family members whom you trust that have dogs, and ask their opinions. You should also go through your phone book and search the Internet for all of the kennels located in your area, so you can have as many options as possible.
  • Phone Calls – Once you have selected a few kennels for your Rottweiler dogs, call each location and ask them a few questions about their services, as well as general questions about the kennel such as how long its been operating, how they take care of the dogs, where they keep the dogs, etc.
  • Unannounced visit – After you call the Kennels pay them an unannounced visit. This is how you can get a first impression without warning the kennel of your coming. This will give you an overall “feel” for the place so you can get a hint of how they operate are on a regular basis.
  • Meet the staff – When you pay a visit to the kennel, make it a point to meet different staff members who will be caring for your Rottweiler dogs. If you do not feel comfortable with these individuals, you will feel uneasy leaving your pet with them. Don’t be afraid to take your business elsewhere if you are not impressed.
  • Overall impression of the facilities – After you meet the staff, take a good look at the establishment where your dog will be staying. Is it clean, orderly and spacious? Can you tell by looking at it if all of you dog’s specific needs will be met. Even if a kennel has a great staff, they must also have a great facility.
  • Emergency Plan – Should an emergency occur while your Rottweiler dogs are at the kennel, find out what emergency steps the kennel will take. If your pet should need Veterinarian assistance is there one close by? If so, who is this Vet and can they be trusted with your dog? On the other hand, if the Kennel provides their own emergency services, does it meet your approval?
  • Pre-trip boarding – Once you decide on a kennel, make sure you board your Rottweiler dogs there for a night or two before going on your trip to see how the environment suits him. If your dog responds poorly to the experience, you may want to hire a pet sitter so your dog can remain in an environment he is familiar with.

It is imperative that you find a kennel or a care giver that is ideal for your dog. Noting good will come of boarding your Rottweiler dogs at a kennel where he will be treated poorly, or be extremely unhappy during the time you are away. You must always keep your pet’s best interest at heart, just as you would your child.

Rottweiler Rescue vs A Shelter

Have you ever wondered what the differences between a Rottweiler rescue and an animal shelter are? If you have, below you will find the basic differences between the two. First will begin with the rescue:

Rottweiler Rescue

 Most Rottweiler rescues are small, independent organizations that operate out of the homes of volunteers. Because rescues are run by volunteers they are non-profit organizations and rely on the community to help keep their good cause alive.

Many of the dogs they rescue come from local shelters. They take the dogs from shelters because they are in danger of being euthanized, due to the fact that the shelter simply doesn’t have the capacity or funds to care and keep the number of dogs they take in.

Dogs that are cared for at the Rottweiler rescue receive health care and individual care and attention from their foster parent and other volunteers. The goal of a rescue is to find every dog they save a new, loving home.

Animal Shelters

An animal shelter is usually much larger than a Rottweiler rescue and may be a funded organization with actual workers, as well as volunteers. However, some animal shelters are also non-profit organizations, so you should find out about the one in your area.

Animal shelters usually take in dogs that are strays or have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners. Due to the high number of unwanted dogs, many animal shelters may euthanize dogs they can not care for if they dogs are not adopted or taken off their hands by rescues within a certain amount of time. That being said, you should know that some animal shelters, particularly human societies, have a “no kill” policy.

Animal shelters usually care for more than just dogs. They may also have other pets such as cats, rodents and birds. Therefore, unlike a Rottweiler rescue, the dogs they care for will not receive one-on-one attention.

In essence, if you are looking to adopt a Rottweiler, it’s a good idea to check out a rescue before you visit the animal shelter. The reason is because a Rottweiler rescue puts more care into each and every dog they save and have for adoption. Therefore, they have a good idea of what a dog’s temperament is like, and will be able to set you up with a Rottie best suited to your personality and lifestyle.

More Rottweiler Training Advice

When it comes to Rottweiler training, this dog requires serious and careful obedience training. There is no exception to this rule. You should never try to train this dog on your own unless you have plenty of experience with the breed and the dog you have now isn’t the first one you’ve owned of his kind. Not providing effective training will only result in a dog that is overly aggressive and protective.

Rottweiler training and socialization should begin at a very earl age when your dog is small, and hasn’t yet established any lasting bad habits that will be hard to break when he becomes older.

Although your dog will require serious Rottweiler obedience training, the following is one lesson that should be made a part of your Rotties training. The lesson is how to teach your dog to “Heel”.

In order to teach your Rottweiler the Heel command, you will require a few treats, a leash and plenty of praise. The following are the steps you can put in to practice to achieve this aspect of Rottweiler training:

Step 1 – Put your dog on a leash and take him and the treats outside to a quiet area with few distractions.

Step 2 – Have your dog sit directly beside you on your left. He should be facing the same direction you are.

 Step 3 – Hold the treat in your left hand in front of your dog and give him the command “Heel” and begin to take a few steps forward while keeping the treat in front of your dog so that it is lined up with your left hip.

Step 4 – The next part of this Rottweiler training is to have patience. It may take several different tries before your dog will focus his attention on the food. As soon as he does and walks forward, immediately praise him and give him the treat.

Step 5 – Continue the lesson but do not give your dog the treat as soon as he walks forward. Try and get him to walk a little further beside you before you praise him and reward him. Remember to always say the command “Heel” before you move forward.

Step 6 – When you feel he is ready, attempt the lesson without food and use only the command. Always remember to praise your dog.

Keep in mind that all Rottweiler training, regardless if you are in a class or reviewing lessons or teaching him new tricks at home, require patience. Training is an ongoing process that takes plenty of time in order to be successful.

Stop Rottweiler Puppy Biting

Once you bring your Rottweiler puppy home, one of the most important lessons you need to teach your dog is not to bite. Even though it may appear to be a cute act when he nips at your fingers, toes or clothes while playing, it is teaching him an extremely bad habit that will not be so cute once he gets older and bites harder.

If your Rottweiler puppy does anything as a pup that will be unacceptable when he is older, you must let him know while he is still a pup that this behavior will not be tolerated. It is much easier to prevent your dog form developing bad habits when he is a puppy than it is to train him out of it when he is an adult.

If your puppy appears to be forming a biting habit, the following are two methods you can try to give him the message that biting you and others is wrong.

MethodOne – Your Rottweiler puppy, like all puppies, will love to play with you whenever he can, and never looks forward to being alone. Therefore, as soon as your puppy begins to bite or nip at you or your clothing, say “OUCH!” in a voice that sounds like yelp, glare at your puppy directly in the eyes and walk away from him and ignore him. After a minute has passed, get a toy and go back to playing with your puppy. You should encourage your puppy to play with the toy. However, should he go to bite you again, repeat the same maneuver – yelp and walk away.

Method Two – If the first method doesn’t have an affect on your Rottweiler puppy, you can try a more physical approach. When your dog bites, begin by yelping ouch as you did in the first method, but as you yelp, grab your puppy by the loose skin on the back of his neck and give him a firm (not aggressive) shake and say “No Bite!” in a firm tone. This should startle your puppy. Release him after you’ve given the command and turn his attention back to his toy. If this method seems to work, eventually you can remove the physical aspect from the training and just use the verbal command.

It is in your best interest to try the first method before trying the second. The reason is because in some cases, the second method will have the opposite affect on your Rottweiler puppy. Instead of becoming startled and associating your action with discipline, your pup may associate it with aggression and continue to bite you.

In addition, there are certain games you should avoid playing with you pup as they encourage biting. They are as follows:

  • Tug of war
  • Games involving chasing and tackling
  • Dangling toys or treats above the dog’s head, encouraging him to jump up and snap at the item to get it.

Finally, if you find that regardless of what method you use, your Rottweiler puppy is still biting, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a behaviorist, and have your dog analyzed by his Vet. There could very well be a reason why your dog is biting. Furthermore, make sure your children know never to tease or hurt your pup, and that your dog is well socialized and brought up in a trusting and loving environment. One bad experience is all it takes to give your dog the wrong idea and make him become aggressive or defensive.

Choosing Rottweiler Puppies

When looking at Rottweiler puppies, you’d never think that these sweet little dogs grow up into large, powerful canines. The only characteristics that puppies seem to have in common with standard adult Rottweilers, is their physical appearance (with the exception of size of course).

The physical appearance of Rottweiler puppies is something you need to be aware of when looking for that special pup to call your own. The reason is because the breed standard is what separates a dog from being a purebred or a mutt. Every dog breed has their own standard, and the following is the basic criteria for the Rottweiler that you need to look for in your pup.

Rottweiler puppies should have a straight, dense and coarse coat of medium length. The coat should lie flat, and the undercoat should be present on the thighs and neck. As the dog grows, the coat will be shortest on the legs, ears and head, and at its longest on breeching. The coat is primarily a solid black color, but features mahogany or rust markings usually on the paws and face. The coloring of Rottweilers is one of the breed’s distinctive features.

The head of Rottweiler puppies should be medium in length and is quite broad between the ears. Like the head, the ears are a medium size. The ears fold down, are carried forward, and have a triangular shape. When the Rottweiler is on alert his ears appear level with the top of the skull.

The eyes of a Rottweiler are almond shaped and are a nice shade of dark brown. The eyes of Rottweiler puppies convey the dog’s self-assurance and alertness.

Rottweilers have broad muzzles equipped with strong upper and lower jaws. The jaws should feature perfect teeth that form a complete scissor bite. Like their muzzle, the nose is also broad. The nose should be black and round.

The legs of Rottweilers are muscular and heavy boned. The legs should appear straight. The feet of Rottweiler puppies should not turn in or out. The toes are well arched, nails are black, and the pads of the feet are thick. The back feet are slightly longer than the front, and the dewclaws should be removed. In addition, the tail of the Rotweiler is docked.

As your Rottweiler pup grows, you will see him develop a powerful body that features a deep and broad chest, straight back, and short, deep, muscular loins.

To get a good idea of what the Rottweiler puppies from the litter you are interested in will look like when they are fully grown, find out what the sire and/or dam of the litter look like. The parents of a litter will give you a good indication of how your pup will turn out.

Rottweiler Care

Knowing The Common Foods That Could Be Dangerous To Your Dog’s Health…

Rottweiler care is something you should take to heart. Providing your dog with the care he needs is more than just giving him a warm place to sleep, exercise and food. Care is also about knowing what can harm your dog, and keeping him protected from these dangers.

Your Rottweiler, even when he is an adult, is very much like a child. In other words, he doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to his diet, because he doesn’t know any better. Therefore, it is your job, as part of Rottweiler care, to ensure the food your dog eats won’t hurt or kill him.

The following is a list of some of the foods that can be harmful or even fatal to Rottweilers and dogs in general:

  • Avocados – Everything avocado related (plant, fruit and pit) is hazardous to dogs, and can cause damage to your Rotties heart, lungs and other tissue.
  • Onions – This food, in all its forms, actually destroys your dog’s blood cells, and over time can cause serious damage in your dog.
  • Garlic – Dogs like garlic, and small amounts won’t hurt them. However, as part of Rottweiler care, you should never allow your dog excessive amounts, as garlic can have the same negative affects as onions.
  • Grapes and raisins – These foods can cause your Rotties kidneys to fail
  • Fatty or fried human food – This can cause pancreaitis.

Other dangers foods that should be avoided when considering Rottweiler care include, but are not limited to:

  • Tomatoes
  • Chocolate
  • Walnuts
  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine
  • Nutmeg
  • Fruit pits and seeds

You will also discover when you investigate Rottweiler care that many large breeds can develop a condition called “Bloat” if they eat salty foods and drink too much water after. Bloat is a deadly condition that causes the dog’s stomach to fill with gas and twist.

Make sure you find out about all the foods that are a health risk for your dog, and keep them out of his system. However, should your dog ingest harmful foods, the best action you can take for Rottweiler care is to call your vet or poison control.