Want to adopt a Rottweileror Rottweilermix ? These dogs are in your area!
Rottweilers and Rottweiler mixes are often described as powerful and calm, very courageous, highly trainable and extremely loyal to their family members.
Despite what some consider an intimidating appearance, these powerful dogs are often muscular teddy bears at heart.
Remember that when dealing with a dog this size training should begin at a very young age. This dog should be taught that the person is the alpha in the relationship. A well-trained Rottweiler can be a good playmate for children and welcomes family and friends with exuberant affection. Most Rotties will be tolerant of cats and other dogs if socialized from an early age.
Rottweilers need plenty of exercise; in fact, they thrive on it! In addition to a daily walk or two a Rottie usually loves to fetch, swim, and jog alongside of you. To their credit, Rottweilers usually expend their energy outdoors. They tend to be calm and inactive when indoors and can therefore do very well living in an apartment if sufficient walking and exercise are provided daily.
This breed is likely to ‘blow’ their undercoat twice each year with the change of seasons. At these times the hair loss is substantial and noticeable anywhere the dog chooses to rest! But at other times of the year this breed would be considered an average to slightly above-average shedder. This can be managed with regular brushing.
Rottweilers may be inclined to obesity if allowed to overeat or if not provided enough exercise.
Like many large breeds, Rotties are also sometimes prone to hip dysplasia. Maintaining your dog’s proper weight helps him avoid joint problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Find a Rottweiler available near you!
Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Rottweiler puppy (or, gasp! find a Rottweiler puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Rottweiler puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Rottweiler (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Rottweiler puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Rottweiler rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Rottweiler adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Rottweiler, even a Rottweiler puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Rottweiler puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Rottweiler if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Rottweiler would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Rottweiler rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Rottweiler you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Rottweiler to their family!