Owning a dog is a big commitment. A healthy large breed dog can live 10+ years. Make sure that you are willing to dedicate the next decade of your life to this dog. There is considerable expense involved as well. A good quality feed will run you about $45.00+ a month. Your puppy will need to complete his immunizations, and then need yearly vet exams. If your home is not fenced and you do not plan on installing a fence or adding an underground containment system, you need to make the commitment to take daily walks of at least 20 minutes with your dog rain or shine in hot and freezing weather.
There is nothing more charming than an adorable little fuzzy Rottweiler puppy. But he will not stay little very long at all. He will accomplish most of his physical growing in the first 24 months of life. Then he will be a very large dog that is not always cognizant of his size. He will try to crawl in your lap as though he were still a 15 pound puppy, and I have had my feet stepped on plenty enough times barefoot to tell you exactly what 124 pounds feels like!
Another common factor for destructive behavior is boredom. Just like leaving a child alone without any constructive activities, a dog that does not get enough exercise will decide to entertain himself. This could mean finding out exactly what the inside of your sofa is made of or whether or not it really is possible to dig to China. If your dog is exhibiting destructive behavior is it more than likely due to separation anxiety or boredom, both which can be corrected with increased activity and giving your dog a job. Rottweilers are working dogs and need to feel like they have a purpose. Even if it is as simple as bringing you the paper or carrying his own food and water in a dog backpack when he goes on a walk.
As you may know, for centuries, the Rottweilers’ main job was that of a cattle herding dog. Although the Rottweiler has had no need to perform these tasks for many generations, it is still hardwired into their genes. Many Rottweilers have a high “prey drive” which is simply the desire to chase moving objects. Sometimes this is also referred to as “high ball drive” or just “high drive.” When you have a pup or dog with higher drive, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE A GREATER DESIRE TO CATCH/CHASE small animals, HOWEVER, if they are not trained and socialized it can lead to this habit. Just as a bored child simply needs a constructive outlet, it is the same with a drivey puppy. Teach it to play ball or Frisbee, etc. and not only will you have a highly focused, hard working dog, but you will also have a dog that has learned that not all moving objects are for chasing, just the ones he/she has been taught to chase- like teaching your budding Piccaso that not all surfaces need to be colored on, just those designated. By socializing your pup at a young age with small dogs, cats, and any other small animal you have access to, you also teach the dog that these are other members of the pack and not toys. Just like a cat that catches mice and birds for sport (the cat does not sit there blood thirsty waiting on its next kill, it just feels compelled to chase and catch the moving objects) a dog also chases for sport. They do not “hate” cats, squirrels, etc. but rather see them as great fun. But with proper socialization at a young age, you teach the dog that kongs, balls, etc are toys, not kitties! Another necessary trait was the ability to herd which was accomplished by “bumping” into the ones that got away, or herding them to a desired location. For some Rottweilers more than others these character traits are stronger and must be corrected in order for them to be safe and gentle with small children or the elderly. A Rottweiler puppy must be taught proper etiquette from the beginning. Again, just like teaching a child that we do not jump and tackle grandma for hugs the same way we do daddy or that baby brother is not a couch, bed, or trampoline!
Rottweilers are often purchased for this specific task only for the owner to realize too late the responsibility both morally and legally. Again, just as with dominance and aggression, the degree of protectiveness varies with each individual dog. Understand that your Rottweiler might not be able to distinguish between a boisterous bear hug and an actual attack. And again, correct training and socialization is needed in the beginning to help your puppy understand what is acceptable behavior. Although a Rottweiler will rarely bite without provocation or warning, often, just being cornered by one can be a very unnerving experience. I already know that Diesel will not hesitate in the protection of his children, so because of this, I usually put him up when a repair man will be over and in the area where “his” children are playing. He is supposed to make an intruder feel uncomfortable, that is his job. But that does not mean I need to force the cable guy to have a 120 pound Rottweiler follow him all over the house. Sometimes there is as much common sense involved as actual training.
I do NOT recommend putting your Rottweiler up EVERY TIME you have a visitor. Without training, discipline and socializing, your dog will never learn what is expected of him. Putting a dog up that was never taught as a puppy not to jump on people will not correct the behavior of jumping on people. This must be addressed to be corrected. However, if your dog is not lacking is social skills or training and is simply doing his “job” of keeping a close eye on a repairman that is wondering around the house, then putting the dog up will give peace of mind to the poor repair man.
As I mentioned before, character traits vary from dog to dog, and what is an excellent temperament for a family with small children and cats will be different than the temperament the military would prefer. These dogs, however, might be siblings or even littermates. At Guardian Rottweilers, our puppies are handled regularly by all our children and family members from the time they are three days old. They are further socialized with all our other pets to include all other adult rotties, 2 pot belly pigs and 2 kitties from the time they are four weeks. Because of our interaction with our puppies, we can start to see personalities, and try to help guide you to the perfect puppy for your situation. NO BREEDER CAN GUARANTEE WHAT A PUPPY WILL LOOK LIKE OR ACT LIKE AS AN ADULT. That having been said, we can start to see personality develop as early as four weeks. Although strong bloodlines and good breeding have an influence on your puppy, THE SINGLE GREATEST DETERMINING FACTOR IN HOW YOUR DOG WILL TURN OUT IS YOU. We carefully scrutinize our breedings and placement of our pups, but we can not take credit for all of our success stories. These dogs have all been raised with love, affection, patience, and most importantly, discipline. Or as Cesar says “exercise, discipline affection!”
Owning a Rottweiler carries a lot of responsibility and requires a big commitment of time and patience, but can bring rewards that could never be measured. I still firmly believe that a good Rottweiler, well bred and raised properly, is the best companion available to anyone of any age. I have had the opportunity and pleasure to work with many dogs breeds, and none compare to the Rottie. They are funny, intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and of course adorable. They love unconditionally and will lay down their life in protection of their family without hesitation. At least 80% of our customers are previous Rottweiler owners, because as one gentleman put “everything else is just a dog.”
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It is and always has been the Guardian Rottweiler policy to not offer refunds, of any amount. All sales are final, so please take this into consideration prior to contacting us. A Rottweiler is not an “impulse buy” nor is he disposable. He is not a fleeting decision. He will become a part of your family and love you unconditionally from the moment he meets you. He will lay down his life for you and everyone in your family with unwavering loyalty. Purchasing your Rottweiler is only a drop in the bucket of the expense that will be required to raise one correctly. You will need quality food, excellent vet care, training, toys, etc. on a regular basis, and you must also be financially prepared in the event of illness or injury to adequately care for your new family member. If you are not yet ready to make the commitment, then please take whatever time you need to make sure your finances, household, job, time, etc. are optimal to do right by your new family member.
Using the absolute best bloodlines available in the world, carefully choosing each breeding pair, ensuring only the healthiest representatives of the breed are considered when breeding, and specifically breeding for character consistently produces the quality that Guardian Rottweilers has become known worldwide for producing. When you purchase from a breeder that has put their entire life into hungering after knowledge to better themselves as a breeder and to better this breed, a breeder that has traveled the world learning directly from world class breeders, trainers, handlers, medical experts, nutritionist, behaviorists, and those that literally wrote the books on this breed, you are buying access to their knowledge and experience as well as the superior quality of dog they can both produce and raise because of the volume of knowledge accumulated. You are also able to take advantage of this knowledge and experience when it comes time to evaluate puppies, apply the breed standards, expected growth and development based on bloodline knowledge, expert evaluation of character and temperament, and accurate assessment of the puppy both physically and mentally. When you buy from a caring, dedicated breeder, you are getting a puppy that has had round the clock care and nurturing from the moment s/he was conceived, with early neurological stimulation that is paramount in both the development as well as initiating the human bonding process so that we are just as much an integral part of their life and pack as their own mother. There is always a waiting list for our puppies, from the very first litter I had from Diesel more than 2 decades ago. The sooner you get on the waiting list, the higher your priority for picking. It is very rare for us to have puppies that are still available by the time they are ready to go home that did not go to someone on the waiting list. After they are born, it will be 8 weeks until they go home. During those 8 weeks, we will be contacted daily from people all around the world looking for a Guardian Rottweiler. Therefore, by the time the pups are old enough to go home, there is a good possibility that there are already enough people on the waiting list for that litter. If you are looking for fast food style in quality, price or time, where you order a cheaply bred, mass produced puppy off the value menu and then pull around to the side of the building to pick it up, then we will not be the correct breeder for you. However, if you understand that finding the perfect puppy for your family and your situation is worth the wait, then it will be my pleasure to schedule an interview with you.