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What Are The Characteristics Of The Rottweilers?

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What Are The Characteristics Of The Rottweilers?

Life Span: 10 – 12 years
Special Skills: Excellent watchdog and guard dog, also a great working dog if trained properly.
Suitability with Children: Yes
Suitability with Other Pets: Yes
Living Conditions: May do fine in a small living space with plenty of walks, but the ideal situation is a home with a large yard.
Trainability: Rottweilers make wonderful pets if trained properly. They will need consistency and reinforcement and will train easily.
Intelligence: High. Once used as police dogs in Germany.
Exercise Required: High. Although Rottweilers will settle down as they age, Rottweilers puppies and young adults will need plenty of exercise.
Cost of Maintenance: Low
Common Ailments: This large dog is prone to ACL injuries because of weight bearing down on knees as they are playing or fetch. Also prone to Hip Dysplasia, which may lead to arthritis in older Rottweilers.
Breed Characteristics: The Rottweiler’s stoic appearance, with black fur and brownish-red markings, a large muscular frame and a large broad head, may make humans intimidated at first. But, for those who already own a Rottweiler, they will tell you that these are loving, loyal and protective family dogs who definitely have more bark than their bite. The beauty of the Rottweiler is that when properly trained, they can make both a wonderful family pet, as well as an excellent watch and guard dog. Keep in mind that because of their serious and stoic nature, if not properly trained to be a family pet, they may be prone to a more aggressive nature. Firm and careful training is essential for this breed, otherwise you may end up with a very powerful and overly aggressive dog.

An average size of 90-100 pounds should not throw potential owners off, though, as they really can be extremely mellow and laid back, once they have been trained and are no longer puppies. Rottweilers are the happiest when socialized to be part of the family, although they may always have natural watchdog instincts to bark at passing neighbors or someone ringing the doorbell. While a Rottweiler may settle down in later years, they are always happiest when they receive plenty of exercise such as swimming, running in the woods and fetching. They absolutely love an opportunity to play off of the leash though this is best confined to areas where your rottie will be on his own or with other dogs that he knows well. The public perception of the Rottweiler has, unfortunately, been tarnished due to the behaviour of some badly bred/trained dogs – and their (the public’s) negative actions may trigger unnecessary conflict.