If you want a larger breed dog, one that will serve
as a watchdog yet have a gentle nature, you should
consider a Rottweiler. Sadly, this particular breed
has been given a bad rap but the truth is,
Rottweiler dogs are great pets. When purchased from
a good breeder and raised in a good, loving home,
you will have a constant companion, one willing and
able to do whatever it takes to please. To help you
understand the Rottweiler better, we have provided
information on some of the top questions asked.
1. When shopping for a Rottweiler puppy, how can
temperament be determined?
Interestingly, about 40% of a puppy’s personality
and temperament comes from the mother. Therefore,
you want to see the mother so you can get a better
feel for her own temperament. The puppy gets very
little temperament traits from the father but if you
can see him too, that would help.
2. I have always heard that Rottweiler dogs are
unpredictable – is that true?
No, that is not true. The problem is that because
the Rottweiler has an assertive nature, this breed
has often been used for fighting, thus giving it a
bad name. When a Rottweiler is bred and raised by
someone reputable, and then socialized and trained
by the owner when young, this breed is loving and
3. How much should I expect to pay for a
The price for this breed of dog varies although for
a quality Rottweiler, you would expect to pay
between $500 and $1,000. Sometimes, you can find a
deal. For instance, if a breeder is married and that
spouse has been transferred to another state after
the birth of a litter, the breeder may need to
reduce the price to sell quickly but this is usually
the exception, not the rule.
4. Are Rottweiler dogs prone to hip dysplasia?
All big dogs are prone to hip dysplasia to include
the Rottweiler. With this, the hip joint is weakened
and damaged, causing significant pain. Sometimes,
medication can help but in severe cases, surgery is
required. When buying a Rottweiler puppy, make sure
it is certified against this disease in that hip
replacement surgery will cost from $1,000 to $3,000.
5. Are there any other conditions my Rottweiler
puppy should be tested for?
Yes, we recommend you purchase your puppy from a
breeder that has had the dog tested for the hip
dysplasia, as mentioned, as well as any heart
condition, which is done with a test known as SAS.
6. Are Rottweiler puppies difficult to train?
Not at all - in fact, Rottweiler dogs are extremely
smart and very willing to please its master.
Training should be consistent and reinforced with
positive things such as favorite treats and lots of
7. What is the history of the Rottweiler?
This breed is a descendent of the Roman drover dogs.
Sometime around 700 AD, a Christian Church was
constructed over the former Roman baths. During the
building of the church, red tiles were uncovered, at
which time the town was named das Rote Wil, meaning
“the red tile”. This breed of dog, originally called
Rottweil Metzgerhund was popular but with the
industrial revolution, its popularity declined. By
the 20th century, the Rottweiler, now renamed, again
became popular, although used primarily by Law
8. Does the Rottweiler need much exercise?
This particular breed of dog is actually content
just about any place his family is but because the
breed is large, daily exercise is recommended. Keep
in mind that some people will use the Rottweiler as
a running partner but this would be a great dog even
if given only 30 minutes of walking exercise daily.
The key is to make sure the dog does not become
obese, which could lead to health problems such as