A weekly brushing will keep this coarse, dark coat sleek and shiny
Rottweilers love their people and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are musts. Rottweilers must be exercised daily, but require minimal grooming maintenance.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Rottie is a large all breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Obedience training, preferably to include group participation, is mandatory at an early age and should be on-going throughout the life of the dog. Rottweilers love to show off and please their owners. Be certain to select an instructor who has knowledge and understanding of the breed, one who practices reasonable training methods. The personality of the Rottweiler may range from very friendly to very reserved. It is not uncommon for them to behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends. Frequently, the Rottweiler will follow its owner from room to room, preferring to keep its favorite person in view. For this reason, and many others, Rottweilers do not thrive in a kennel environment. Although a fenced yard is a must for the dog to safely experience some freedom of movement, no Rottweiler should spend all its time alone, banished from the family. Rottweilers are ‘people’ dogs. If maintained in isolation they can quickly develop unpleasant traits. No Rottweiler should be tied or chained. Left alone for long periods of time, the Rottweiler is capable of extremely destructive behavior which may indicate boredom or anxiety.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Rottweilers are subject to some genetic problems that can be passed on to any puppies they produce. Such defects include hip and elbow dysplasia (a malformation of the joint that can be crippling), several eye problems, bleeding disorders, heart defects and cancer.
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Rottweilers are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Rottweiler can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.