Facts about Rottweiler Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Rottweiler puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!

Rottweiler Breed History

There is some confusion about the origin of this breed. What is known is that the breed as we know it today was developed in the German town of Rottweil.

It's believed some of its ancestors were Mastiff-like dogs used by the Romans as cattle dogs. One of the routes the Roman army traveled took them through the town of Rottweil. There, the dogs the Romans brought with them were crossed with other dogs and the rest is history.

Rottweiler Dog Pictures

By the end of the 1800s, the breed was virtually extinct. It made a nice comeback in the early 1900s and today the Rottweiler is one of the most popular breeds in the world.

This is an all-purpose dog that has been used in military and police duty, as a guard, cattle drover and a companion.

Physical Characteristics of Rottweiler Puppies

This is a large and powerful dog.

It has a large and muscular body with a deep chest, a broad head with a short and broad muzzle, a black nose and small drop ears. The eyes are dark and almond shaped. The tail is usually docked.

It has a short and smooth coat that is black with mahogany or rust markings.

    Height Weight
  Male 24 - 27 inches 95 - 130 pounds
  Female 22 - 25 inches 75 - 110 pounds

Rottweiler Behavior and Temperament

This is an intelligent, courageous and hard working dog.

It's affectionate with its family and those it knows well but wary with strangers. It's courageous and a fierce fighter, seemingly immune to pain, and will fight to protect its family.

The Rottie has very strong guarding, herding and prey instincts and requires puppy socialization training while he is still young.

With proper leadership and training, he will accept other family pets and be a very good and loyal companion.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Rottweilers require experienced dog owners.

When handling them, establish a pack order, with you being the pack leader and other members of your family being right behind you.

Dogs that know their order in the pack are easier to handle and get into trouble less often.

Some Rottweiler breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

With enough exercise, this breed can adjust to an apartment lifestyle.

If you have a fenced yard or can take him to a safe area, your pet will enjoy running off leash.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap, easy to install, and will prevent your pet from escaping an unfenced yard.

If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, take your pet along (on-leash).

At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.


These dogs are average shedders.

Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Rottweiler is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, kidney problems, and overeating. Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health problems.

Feed your pet several smaller meals instead of one large one to keep his weight under control.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Rottweiler breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for healthy Rottweiler puppies is between 10 and 12 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Rottweiler rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Rottweiler Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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