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.