A properly raised and trained Rottweiler becomes an integral part of its family. Therefore, it is important for every caring owner to know how long his pet can live on average and what can be done in order to prolong this period as much as possible.
How Long Do Rottweilers Live on Average?
Born of purebred parents, kept in acceptable conditions, receiving proper nutrition and timely medical care, Rottweilers live no longer than 12 years. Of course, there are cases in history when dogs of this breed lived up to 18 years old, but this is a big exception.
Important! The officially registered record belongs to a representative of the breed named Tarra. She did not live up to her eighteenth birthday for 3 months.
What Determines the Life Expectancy of a Rottweiler?
The primary reason that the lifespan of these four-legged animals rarely reaches 12 years is their large size. Like all types of large breeds, they grow much faster, which is why the body’s metabolism is much faster than that of small dogs. Too fast metabolism causes early aging, and if a small Pekingese goes into the category of retirees after 10 years, then a Rottweiler is considered elderly as early as 7-8 years.
Also, the presence of hereditary diseases that were obtained at the genetic level from the parents affects the life of the animal. In order to protect themselves from buying a sick Rottweiler, a potential owner should carefully look for a nursery. Before buying a vending puppy, you must study all the necessary documentation. The breeder must have pedigrees and medical documents, both for the baby put up for sale and for his parents.
Even if Rottweiler was healthy from birth, he still has a predisposition to various kinds of diseases that significantly affect the quality and duration of his life. The list of such diseases includes:
pathology of the liver and kidneys;
dysplasia of the hip joint;
pathology of blood vessels and heart.
An important role in the lifespan of a Rottweiler is played by how the owner treats him and in what environment the dog lives. If a pet is not paid attention, is not engaged in its physical and psychological development, is not socialized – nothing good will come out of such a Rottweiler. Characterized by a fine mental organization and a completely balanced psyche, the dog needs the care and love of the owner.
Important! If a Rottweiler witnesses too frequent domestic scandals, as a result, he may show aggression even towards the owner and the rest of his family.
The Rottweiler is by nature a dog of one owner. Moving from one person to another can significantly shorten his life span. Not every pet will be able to recover from such a shock, especially such a devoted and loyal one. Often, an adult Rottweiler who was taken to another family becomes withdrawn, refuses food, and behaves inappropriately. A stressed dog can get sick and even die without getting out of depression.
How to Prolong the Life of a Rottweiler?
In order for the dog to be healthy, happy and stay with the owner for as many years as possible, he must approach its maintenance with all responsibility:
For a Rottweiler, it is necessary to create comfortable living conditions. It is impossible to keep this breed on the street, and even more so on a chain. It is great if the dog lives in his house and has free access to the exit to the street. But in the cold season and in the heat, the dog should always have a place where he can hide.
Many diseases in representatives of this breed arise from an improperly composed diet. The Rottweiler must be fed with either premium-class dryers or high-quality and fresh natural, specially prepared food for it.
Quite often, Rottweilers become victims of diseases resulting from a complete lack or inadequate care of the skin and hair, eyes, or ears. These dogs, as well as representatives of other species, need to be bathed, cut, hygienic procedures of a different kind should be carried out.
The obvious symptoms of the disease should not be ignored. If your dog looks lethargic, refuses food or water, or does not behave as usual, take it to your veterinarian. Vaccinations and preventive examinations should be carried out on schedule.
One of the main responsibilities of the owner of a Rottweiler is education, socialization, and training. A person who does not have the skills to handle such dogs is obliged to entrust the training of the dog to a professional. This is necessary not only for the health and long life of the Rottweiler but also for the people around him.