Big. Brown. Bold. Beautiful.
Those are just some of the ways we describe the Rottie puppy. We've compiled some fun facts about these big beauties and broken them down into categories. Take a look!
- Rottie puppies require early socialization, which includes exposure to various people, places, pets, and things. This will help to ensure that your Rottie puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.
- Rottweilers need to have an established leader in their training. This person should be someone who is assertive and truly has time to devote towards training.
- They require firm and consistent training. They don't respond well to harsh discipline, but rather one sharp word.
- Romans used Rottie puppies to drive cattle and to pull carts for farmers and butchers.
- They were also used to protect money the cattlemen received. This was done by cleverly putting the money in a purse and tying it around the dog's neck.
- The first Rottie puppy came to the United States in the late 1920's, with a German emigrant.
- Even as a Rottie puppy, they have the inherent desire to protect their family and property. With this in mind, they should never be allowed to be aggressive.
- Both are known to be affectionate, but female Rottie puppies are more-so. Male Rotties tend to be a bit more watchful and constantly surveying his surroundings for threats.
- Rotties are not highly excitable dogs, but they possess a strong desire to work.
- They are prone to hip dysplasia, like many dogs. This is a genetic condition in which the thigh bone doesn't fit snugly into the hip joint.
- The Rottie puppy is prone to gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). This is also called bloat and is a seriously life-threatening condition. This can happen when a dog rapidly ingests a large meal, consumes massive volumes of water, followed with vigorous exercises. Essentially the stomach is distended with gas or air and then twists.
- Elbow dysplasia is a genetic malformation of the elbow joint that also affects Rottie puppies.
Other Fun Facts
- Purchase some earplugs, because your Rottie puppy will probably snore right into adulthood!
- Rottweilers have a double coat and shed heavily in the spring and the fall.
- The Rottie puppy and adult dogs are prone to obesity, because they have a tendency to overeat and gain weight rather quickly. Like humans, it's not always easy to shed those unwanted pounds, so always monitor their food intake and provide them with high quality nutritional meals.
- Though Rotties are good with children, they have a natural instinct and tendency to herd, like the Corgi. The Rottie puppy is substantially larger, so they may bump the toddler causing him to fall. Firmly teach your Rottie that this behavior is unacceptable.