The Rottweiler: thinking of getting a Rottweiler?
Rottweilers make loyal, protective and loving companions, but they do need their fair share of training!
Let’s take a closer look at the Rottweiler.
Place of origin: Germany
How big do Rottweilers get? 56 – 69cm
How heavy are Rottweilers? 35 – 60kg
Life Expectancy: 8 – 10 years
Colour: Black, Tan, Mahogany
Please note: A dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.
How much exercise does a Rottweiler need?
Rottweilers have lots of muscle and like to use it! They’ll need 2 decent-sized walks every day, one in the morning and another later in the evening.
They’re naturally wary of other dogs, so keep them on the lead when walking through a populated area. Luckily, Rottweilers tend to stay near their owners anyway so they shouldn’t mind this.
Training: how to train a Rottweiler
Rottweilers tend to be very protective of their owners.
They’re naturally strong-willed, so begin their training at a young age and be patient, using reward-based training all the while. A well-trained Rottweiler will make for an incredibly loyal and affectionate pet, so all of your efforts will pay dividends in the long run.
Rottweilers are fairly moderate shedders, despite their short coats. They’ll moult especially during moulting season, more than some dogs and less than others.
Brush your Rottweiler twice a week or so, with a bath every few weeks. As Rottweilers are quite sizeable dogs, you could always seek the assistance of a professional groomer.
Well-trained Rottweilers make for sweet-natured and loyal pets, but they’re not for everyone.
Rottweilers aren’t the easiest to train, so they’re not best suited to first-time owners. Likewise, if you already have pets, a Rottweiler might not be the best addition to the family as they’re often suspicious of other pets.
That said, a properly trained Rottweiler will be a calm-natured, sociable companion. They’re often loyal pets who tend to be really good with children – if a little protective.
When considering the lifetime cost of owning a Rottweiler, remember to take into account:
- Canine nutritional needs
- Veterinary care
- Pet insurance
- Kennels or dog sitters
- Regular grooming costs
- Toys and equipment
As a rough guide, allow between £120 and £160 a month to cover the ongoing costs of owning a Rottweiler.
Need more info?
For more info on finding the best dog breed for you and your lifestyle, have a chat with your vet.