Rottweiler : 10 Most Common Questions
If you want a larger breed dog, one that will serve as a watchdog yet have a gentle nature, you should consider a Rottweiler. Sadly, this particular breed has been given a bad rap but the truth is, Rottweiler dogs are great pets.
When purchased from a good breeder and raised in a good, loving home, you will have a constant companion, one willing and able to do whatever it takes to please. To help you understand the Rottweiler better, we have provided information on some of the top questions asked.
- 1. When shopping for a Rottweiler puppy, how can temperament be determined?
- 2. I have always heard that Rottweiler dogs are unpredictable – is that true?
- 3. How much should I expect to pay for a Rottweiler puppy?
- 4. Are Rottweiler dogs prone to hip dysplasia?
- 5. Are there any other conditions my Rottweiler puppy should be tested for?
- 6. Are Rottweiler puppies difficult to train?
- 7. What is the history of the Rottweiler?
- 8. Does the Rottweiler need much exercise?
1. When shopping for a Rottweiler puppy, how can temperament be determined?
Interestingly, about 40% of a puppy’s personality and temperament comes from the mother. Therefore, you want to see the mother so you can get a better feel for her own temperament. The puppy gets very little temperament traits from the father but if you can see him too, that would help.
2. I have always heard that Rottweiler dogs are unpredictable – is that true?
No, that is not true. The problem is that because the Rottweiler has an assertive nature, this breed has often been used for fighting, thus giving it a bad name. When a Rottweiler is bred and raised by someone reputable, and then socialized and trained by the owner when young, this breed is loving and gentle.
3. How much should I expect to pay for a Rottweiler puppy?
The price for this breed of dog varies although for a quality Rottweiler, you would expect to pay between $500 and $1,000. Sometimes, you can find a deal. For instance, if a breeder is married and that spouse has been transferred to another state after the birth of a litter, the breeder may need to reduce the price to sell quickly but this is usually the exception, not the rule.
4. Are Rottweiler dogs prone to hip dysplasia?
All big dogs are prone to hip dysplasia to include the Rottweiler. With this, the hip joint is weakened and damaged, causing significant pain. Sometimes, medication can help but in severe cases, surgery is required. When buying a Rottweiler puppy, make sure it is certified against this disease in that hip replacement surgery will cost from $1,000 to $3,000.
5. Are there any other conditions my Rottweiler puppy should be tested for?
Yes, we recommend you purchase your puppy from a breeder that has had the dog tested for the hip dysplasia, as mentioned, as well as any heart condition, which is done with a test known as SAS.
6. Are Rottweiler puppies difficult to train?
Not at all – in fact, Rottweiler dogs are extremely smart and very willing to please its master. Training should be consistent and reinforced with positive things such as favorite treats and lots of praise.
7. What is the history of the Rottweiler?
This breed is a descendent of the Roman drover dogs. Sometime around 700 AD, a Christian Church was constructed over the former Roman baths. During the building of the church, red tiles were uncovered, at which time the town was named das Rote Wil, meaning “the red tile”.
This breed of dog, originally called Rottweil Metzgerhund was popular but with the industrial revolution, its popularity declined. By the 20th century, the Rottweiler, now renamed, again became popular, although used primarily by Law Enforcement.
8. Does the Rottweiler need much exercise?
This particular breed of dog is actually content just about any place his family is but because the breed is large, daily exercise is recommended. Keep in mind that some people will use the Rottweiler as a running partner but this would be a great dog even if given only 30 minutes of walking exercise daily.
The key is to make sure the dog does not become obese, which could lead to health problems such as hip dysplasia.
Read More About Rottweiler
- Rottweiler Breed Information
- Rottweiler Training Guide
- Rottweiler Health Guide
- Owning a Rottweiler : Breeder Recommendations