Oftentimes, the Rottweiler is chosen by people who want to have an evil bodyguard, ready to tear up anyone who even looks askance in their direction. And raise the dog accordingly. This leads to sad consequences – first of all, for the very unfortunate owner. In this case, the Rottweiler can turn into an evil, insidious, uncontrollable creature, hardly able to protect the owner. The owner and members of his family will be the first to suffer.
Modern Rottweilers are not bloodthirsty creatures at all and are not snooty. A properly grown Rottweiler behaves calmly and shows militancy only in a truly critical situation.
A Rottweiler can be acquired only if you are ready to show exactingness without despotism, rigor without cruelty, and at the same time be attentive and sensitive in the process of training and education.
Consider if your home has enough room for a large dog. Are you ready for the inevitable mess, scattered scraps of fur, and, accordingly, more frequent and thorough cleaning?
Do you have the opportunity to walk your dog for a long time and actively?
Who will the Rottweiler stay with if you have to go on a business trip or vacation?
Are you or your family members allergic to dogs?
Are you ready for considerable financial expenses? Good food is expensive, and you also have to pay a veterinarian and training instructor.
Inquire about the kennel where you intend to acquire a Rottweiler puppy. Do parents have a certificate of absence of genetic diseases? How long do dogs from this kennel live? How did the puppies from previous litters perform?
If possible, visit several nurseries.
Evaluate the conditions of the bitch and puppies. The room should be clean and dry, and the puppies should be able to play and get acquainted with the world around them, and not sit in four walls around the clock.
You can only trust the breeder who willingly answers your questions and asks his own. If the information is reluctant and the answers are vague, it is worth looking for another breeder.
If you have your first Rottweiler, it is better to take a female – she is more docile and efficient, affectionate and less aggressive, but at the same time her guarding qualities are no worse than that of a dog.
However, there are also difficulties. Female Rottweilers tend to be aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex. In addition, they are in heat 2 times a year, and the owner is required to be vigilant to prevent unwanted pregnancy of the dog.
If you choose a dog, you should tune in to the fact that you will need more firmness in raising a Rottweiler.
When choosing, evaluate the appearance of a Rottweiler puppy. The eyes should be clean, the limbs should be strong and powerful, the dewclaws should be docked. Make sure there are no signs of a hernia on the tummy. The coat should be short, not wavy. The markings must be well-defined and symmetrical.
Rottweiler puppies, even from the same litter, differ in character, so it is worth watching them. A bold, independent puppy reacts with interest to unfamiliar sounds (for example, clapping his hands). Observe how the puppies play with each other, how they behave while eating.
Don’t be afraid to take on an obedient, level-headed puppy. Such a Rottweiler will still be a good watchman, but at the same time, it will be easier to educate and train him. But it is better not to take a shy or timid puppy.
Check how many puppies are in the litter. If there are more than 6 of them, the risk of getting an undernourished puppy increases.
It is desirable that the mother of the puppies is not older than 8 years old, but not younger than 2 years old You cannot take a puppy from a litter if less than 1 year has passed since the previous birth of the female.
It is better to take a Rottweiler puppy at the age of 2 – 3 months. If you are taking a Rottweiler puppy over 3 months old, you must be absolutely confident in your pedagogical abilities, as in this case more knowledge and patience will be required from you to properly educate.