So You Want a Rottweiler?

cute RottweilerThere are a lot of considerations that need to be made if you’re deciding to bring home a dog. Do you have enough space for a dog? Do you have the time and ability necessary to train them? Do you have small children or other pets? The answers to these questions can often influence your decision as to what breed to choose.

It’s important to find a dog that acceptably fits into all of this criteria, otherwise you could run into issues later on down the road. Rottweilers are a breed that can often cause a family to pause as they are large and can be quite imposing. However, there are few breeds that are more loyal and loveable than a Rottie. If you’re thinking of bringing a Rottweiler home, here’s what you need to know.

Big Dog That’s Slow to Trust 

According the American Kennel Club, they describe Rottweilers as “a calm, confident, and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.” Rotties, unlike a lot of other dogs, tend to wait and see, preferring to watch their environment before they decide how to react. Rotties are slower to build up a friendship than other breeds, which makes training them a little more challenging than say, a Labradoodle, who loves everyone as soon as they meet. Rotties are also territorial which means, like every other breed of dog, they require socialization training. This helps to lower the potential for aggressive behavior and makes them adapt better to family life.

It’s important to understand that when you have a territorial breed, especially a larger breed like a Rottweiler, it requires a strong owner, Rotties like to test their boundaries as well as your limits, however, if you train them properly when they are young with consistency, your rottie will come to respect you, giving you a big dog who’s fiercely loving as they are loyal. Rotties can even get along well with smaller breeds and cats with the right training.

Bigger Dog Means More Exercise

Some dogs need more exercise than others, and Rotties are on that list. Your Rottweiler will need regular exercise which includes brisk daily walks, as well as plenty of time to romp and play. One of the biggest reasons for the extra exercise is that Rotties are very intelligent, so by engaging them physically and mentally you can keep them from becoming bored. Intelligent dogs such as Rotties and poodles can become destructive when they’re bored, making their own fun, so it’s very important to keep this from happening.

One of the downsides to having a Rottweiler is having a 150+ pound dog who thinks they’re a lap dog. Rotties love to be close to their people and will try to sit on your feet, lap, or lean against you. This is another reason why it’s so important to train them properly while their still small, otherwise you might find yourself getting knocked over by your dog.

All in all, a Rottweiler can make for an incredible family pet. The are smart, loving, loyal and make a great deterrent against unwanted guests. However, for such a strong dog, you have to be a strong owner. If you’re new to training dogs, or a timid trainer, a Rottie might not be a good breed to start off with. However, if you have experience training and working with large breeds, a rottie will be the perfect addition to your family.


+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.