VCA Animal Care Associates

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Basic Rottweiler Information

  • Lifespan: 8 - 11 years
  • Height: 22 - 27 inches
  • Weight: 80 - 135 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Rottweilers


Rottweiler Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


Rottweiler History

  • In ancient times, Roman drover dogs guarded and drove the cattle that accompanied Roman troops on long marches. Some of these dogs were left behind in southern Germany, where they remained valued as cattle drovers.
  • The town of Rottweil became a center of cattle commerce, and the drover dogs played a vital role driving the cattle to town, protecting them along the way, guarding the money earned from their sale, and even pulling carts of supplies back from town. Some dogs lived in town as butcher's helpers, a job at which they especially excelled. They became known as Rottweiler metzgerhunds (butcher dogs).
  • In the mid 1800s, cattle driving was outlawed and dog carts were replaced by donkey carts and railroads, forcing the Rottweiler into near unemployment.
  • Realizing the breed was on the brink of extinction, fanciers set about to revive it in 1901. Little by little the Rottweiler regained its footing, and by 1931 the AKC recognized the breed.
  • In the early 1990s, the Rottweiler rose to become the second most popular breed in America. It has since fallen dramatically in popularity.
  • The Rottweiler has been a target of breed specific legislation in some communities.


Rottweiler Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and protective companion.
  • Playful and generally good with children, but may be overly protective of them when around strangers.
  • Tends to be aloof toward and even suspicious of strangers. Early socialization is essential.
  • Not friendly toward strange dogs, and may not be good with small pets.
  • The Rottie learns quickly, but can be stubborn. It tends to rebel against forceful methods.
  • Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.
  • Some owners train their dogs in Schutzhund, a sport that combines obedience, tracking, and protection.


Rottweiler Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm and alert housedog.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog, or energetic games.
  • The Rottweiler enjoys cold weather and may overheat easily in warm weather.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.


Rottweiler Grooming

  • Coat is short, straight, and dense. Rarely, a long coated Rottweiler occurs.
  • The coat needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.


Suggested Rottweiler Nutritional Needs

  • Rottweilers tend to stay in good weight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate but not final size. This has been shown to decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following local emergency veterinary centers;

  • Deer Run Animal Medical Center - Midlothian, VA - (804) 639-3900
  • Dogwood Emergency and Specialty Center - Richmond, VA - (804) 716-4700
  • Veterinary Referral & Critical Care - Manakin-Sabot, VA - (804) 784-8722
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