Rottweilers are built with a broad chest and a heavy muscled body that displays true strength and stamina. Despite its appearance and many stereotypes, The Rottweiler is affectionate and loving at heart. They will do anything to protect their families, so much so that they walk a fine line between protectiveness and aggressiveness – an issue which can be attended to during training and early socialisation. Although Rottweilers are aloof towards strangers, they are never timid. Their personalities exhibit an attitude that observes a situation before acting out on it. The Rottweiler is a great companion in the right hands, but without ongoing companionship, exercise, obedience training, and supervision, they can become too much to handle.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite their size, Rottweilers should remain indoors with their family as they may become destructive and aggressive when left outside alone for too long. They are inactive indoors but will love it when you take them for brisk walks and romps in the park. Mental exercise is even more beneficial and appreciated - channel your inner love for fetch with them. The energy level of these dogs ranges greatly, from lazy couch potato to rowdy and exuberant. Be sure to tell the breeder what kind of energy level suits you so she can help you choose the best puppy for your lifestyle. In terms of grooming, give them a good brush down regularly with a rubber glove during spring and autumn when they shed the most.
Common Health Issues
Rottweilers are prone to: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Aortic Stenosis/Sub-aortic Stenosis (AS/SAS), Osteosarcoma, Gastric Dilatation-volvulus (GDV), Panosteitis (Pano), Hypothyroidism, Allergies.