The addition of a Rottweiler puppy to your home isn't a decision that should be made lightly. Nor any dog, for that matter. But their size and the temperament assigned to them by their breed can make for an unpleasant experience for you and your new and beloved chum if you and your home are not prepared, and lack of careful consideration may result in the mutual trauma of you having to relinquish ownership and find the unlucky dog a new and more suitable home.
Preparation also continues with the research into and selection of a responsible and reputable breeder. A dog of good stock will be certified by various veterinary health boards as being free from common health problems such as inherited eye disease and Hip Dysplasia, and a responsible and invested breeder will be active in the world of canine competition and training.
Originating in Germany and having been bred primarily as farm and guard dogs, Rottweilers are very loyal and discerning, but can also be domineering, independent and therefore difficult to control. Generally pretty sizeable creatures, their genes carry a tendency towards aggression, but they are slow to rile unless they feel that their territory is under direct threat.
The aforementioned factors mean that your Rottweiler will require structured and formal socialisation and obedience training if he or she is to live successfully alongside you in your home; the training that you do give them should be picked up quickly, though - working dogs are not only hardy and strong but intelligent and quick to learn, too.
As in the case of us humans, it is very important to train and socialise a Rottweiler from a very young age. Especially crucial in the first two years of its life, you must be able to interact with it all the time and offer yourself as a constant companion if it is to become a happy and well- adjusted adult.
When it comes to other animals in the house, although Rottweilers are known for their protectiveness over other pets with whom they share their territory, a Rottweiler puppy can be rather rambunctious, chasing whatever he can around the house… Best to check with your breeder and enquire as to your puppy's temperament before you buy.
Be a responsible owner and fence off your back garden. Even as a pup, if your Rottweiler detects a potential intrusion, they will bark, snarl, and corner their perpetrator, and although they have a bit of a bad rep in this area, it will take a lot for them to actually attack, but the experience will still be incredibly distressing for their unfortunate target.
A young Rottweiler puppy possesses boundless energy, and you must ensure that you are able to give them plenty of space, exercise and stimulation. Your young dog will be quite bitey at first, as pups of many other breeds are. They will nibble and chew hands, furniture and various other objects in order to try out their teeth and gauge their strength; this is not aggression, but simply a reflex test, so you should be prepared with lots of chewy bones and toys. A good dog insurance plan will often cover you for damage to furniture caused by an unruly animal, but try not to let it get to that stage!