Is a Rottweiler right for you?
Many people find out too late that the answer for them is no! It's important to know what you're getting into BEFORE you bring a Rottweiler into your family as they are not for everyone.
If you are a responsible dog owner and are willing to invest the time and energy to properly train and socialize your Rottweiler, living with one is truly a rewarding experience! If you are unwilling or unable to invest time and share your house, family and life with a large dog then this is NOT the breed for you. Unsocialized, untrained, bored and unhappy Rottweilers perpetuate the negative stigma attached to this noble breed....and eventually end up in shelters or euthanized
Whether your Rottweiler is a puppy or an adult, he or she should live in your house. They are intelligent and social dogs that want to be part of the family. Rottweilers left outside all day will create their own entertainment, including digging, chewing and barking. A minimum 6' fence or wall is required and NEVER keep a Rottweiler on a chain.
Guess what?! They shed. Yes...they do shed. Depending on the climate a weekly brushing with a de-shedding tool will suffice. Regular grooming is a great social exercise that can build a stronger bond and get your dog used to being handled for trips to the vet, nail trimming etc.
Rottweilers can weigh more than some adults. Keep this in mind before allowing your dog around children and the elderly since even a well meaning, friendly Rottweiler can knock them down. And NEVER leave any dog unsupervised around small children and not just for the child's sake. Your Rottweiler may need to be protected from the unsupervised child as well.
Rottweilers have a diverse background and excel in a variety of activities. One of the easiest titles a Rottweiler can earn is the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) offered by the AKC. This program merely requires the dog to demonstrate good manners in real world type situations. They also do well in obedience, tracking, herding and agility.
Sadly, some homeowners insurance companies will not insure or have significantly higher premiums for Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Pit Bulls and several other breeds. And although there are far more dog friendly rental communities these days, many prohibit these breeds. It's important to remember this if you think you'll be relocating. Many Rottweilers are turned in to shelters because their owners couldn't find or afford adequate housing with their dog.
Before bringing home a Rottweiler, or any breed, do your homework and make sure that the things that are uniquely Rottweiler are compatible with your lifestyle.