5 Things about Your Rottweiler Puppy - A New Owner's Guide

The Rottweiler puppy is one of the cutest puppies and is fondly called a rottie, however this breed does not remain cute for too long and as it grows (the adult Rottweiler can weigh up to 50 to 60 kg) and if you decide to get a puppy, it is important to know what to expect. First of all, this breed originates from Germany and it was originally used to herd cows to the market. This herding quality is one that comes out often and can be aggravating, but it is balanced out by the fact that the Rottweiler is one of the most loyal dogs out there. To help you make your decision, here are 5 things you need to know about Rottweiler puppys.

1. The Size and Weight

Before you go out and get a puppy you need to realize that cute little darling you see now will grow into a huge dog that can be up to 69cm in height. If you do not have a lot of space in your home, then you really should reconsider and get another breed. After the first 24 months, the dog becomes really large and is not always aware of its size, which makes it a little clumsy.

2. Potentially Destructive Behaviour

Rotties because of their size could be potentially destructive particularly if the dog has not been house-broken. This is often the case with puppies that have not been well trained. If you do decide to go for a puppy, you need to take the time to properly train the puppy. If you allow destructive behaviour while the dog is still small and cute, in a few months you will have a really huge dog that does not know how to behave and this destructive behaviour will be exhibited on a large scale.

3. The Need for Dominance

Like all pack dogs, rotties have the need for dominance and would seek ways to overthrow your authority. You need to be firm with your dog and let him know that you are the Alpha. Do not allow your dog to disrespect you even as a puppy. Establish a privilege system so that he knows that he is not allowed on your bed or on the sofa. This is not to say that your dog cannot share your space if you so choose, but he needs to know that you are the one who decides when and how.

4. The Need for Companionship

A Rottweiler is a combination of strength, courage, affection and sweetness, above all they are highly devoted and will show off in a variety of ways. Some known behaviours are almost always a Rottie will follow you everywhere, lean against you if you are standing still, and as a puppy the will be more dependant. Showing much love and attention towards your Rottie will no doubt encourage it to grow confidence and obedience

5. The Need to Protect

A Rottweiler can get really aggressive towards perceived danger to her family. This is instinctual and is a natural part of the makeup of the breed. It is important to learn how to curb that aggression and turn the need to protect into something positive. The most effective way is to train your dog to socialize very early so that she learns what behaviour is acceptable.

There are those who train dogs and you might want to get your rottie from a dog trainer. However If you would rather have a puppy that will grow with your family then you need to take the time to patiently train that puppy.