Things to Know Before Owning a Rottweiler
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Those that share their home with Rottweilers and Rottweiler mixes often describe them as both powerful and calm, very courageous, highly trainable and extremely loyal to their family members. 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. Most Rotties will be tolerant of cats and other dogs if socialized from an early age. A well trained Rottweiler can be a good playmate for children and welcomes family and friends with exuberant affection.
Rotties need plenty of exercise, they thrive on it! In addition to a daily walk or two a Rottie usually loves to fetch, swim and jog alongside of you. Yet a Rottweiler usually knows to spend its energy only when 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 with enough exercise. Like many large breeds Rotties are also sometime prone to hip dysplasia. Maintaining your dogs’ proper weight helps him avoid joint problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Rottweiler for sale from a store, or Rottweiler Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Rottweiler dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Rottweiler breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Rottweilers. There are also Rottweiler rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Rottweilers. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Rottweiler rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Rottweiler dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Rottweiler dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Rottweiler Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Rottweiler focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Rottweiler focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!