Rottweilers are loyal, loving family dogs that need daily interaction with their people, moderate exercise, and nutritious food.
Do Rottweilers shed? Rottweilers are double coated and have a moderate year-round molt, with heavier molts occurring in the fall and spring. To reduce shedding, brush your dog once or twice a week and every day they shed their undercoat. Using a product like Furminator can reduce shedding. Bathing a Rottweiler is not recommended more than once a month, and shaving a Rottweiler is not recommended at all.
Brush your dog’s teeth at least two to three times a week to eliminate the buildup of tartar and bacteria that lurk inside it. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Exercises for the Rottweiler
Rottweilers are moderately active dogs. You need at least 30 minutes of exercise, whether it’s brisk walking, running or playing with toys! Some Rottweilers love the water, and swimming is a great moderate exercise. Rottweiler puppies are not good running partners. They should be fully grown (at about 15 months of age) before vigorous exercise so that their bones and joints can grow normally. Chewing is an important mental exercise that can be supported by giving your Rottweilers chew toys that promote healthy chewing and mental stimulation.
Teaching a Rottweiler is relatively easy once you have gained your puppy’s trust. This cautious breed carefully considers everything before doing anything – games, friendships or training. Once your Rottweiler learns that learning is fun, he will be a willing learner who excels at various canine activities.
The Rottweiler respects the authority of experienced handlers and is naturally docile. Early obedience training is ideal, and positive reinforcement methods such as clicker training work very well. Chew rewards are a hit with Rottweilers – just make sure they can withstand the dog’s powerful jaws!
Since the Rottweiler is naturally reserved in new situations, early socialization helps to better prepare these dogs for getting comfortable with strangers and trips to the vet or dog park. These smart dogs learn quickly from positive experiences as well as fearful or negative ones.
Poorly socialized or trained dogs are much more likely to develop aggressive behavior.
Rottweilers can be a good companion for potential owners who properly train and socialize their puppy. They require experienced care and training. Consistent, energetic pet owners will get a loving, loyal and intelligent friend for life!
Behavior with strangers
A well-bred Rottweiler is neutral towards strangers. But when one of them approaches the owner, he takes a wait-and-see attitude and works on command.
The dog doesn’t have to be friendly. The disposition to strangers is not characteristic of the Rottweiler. However, signs of unmotivated aggression and nervousness at the sight of oncoming passers-by or guests in the house should be alarming and immediately eradicated.
Please note: an adult dog remains dangerous even in a deaf muzzle. When attacking a person, the animal knocks him down. At the same time, the force of the impact in the jump is enough to break his ribs or limbs.
If the animal does not know how to control emotions and distinguish between a threat and ordinary everyday communication, urgently contact a dog handler.
Behavior with children
Like any moving object, the child will arouse the dog’s interest. However, it is not entirely correct to talk about a negative or positive attitude towards children. The Rottweiler treats kids the way his owner taught him. At the same time, proper education does not guarantee safety. A large dog may knock a child down while playing or take it for prey. Therefore, contact with preschool children should be stopped – ideally, so that the dog treats babies neutrally – and young and middle-aged children should be taught to interact with the animal in such a way as not to provoke it to aggression.
Behavior with other animals
The Rottweiler is a breed that needs early socialization. The dog must get acquainted with the outside world and learn to interact with relatives from the first days of quarantine. But despite the efforts of the owner, it is impossible to predict the further attitude towards other animals. It all depends on hereditary traits.
Rottweilers of aggressive lines are prone to dominant behavior by nature. It is enough to observe the behavior of puppies in a group with mates: the most lively and cocky will remain so in adulthood.
Rottweilers with a calmer nature are curious about other four-legged animals, and with the right upbringing get along with cats and other dogs. Especially when they grow up with them or when the animal that appeared in the house first is much older.