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How to Care for a Rottweiler

Contrary to the belief that they are highly aggressive and ferocious, Rottweilers are in fact obedient and good-natured dogs that make very good pets when they are properly cared for.
DogAppy Staff
Because of its strength and compact, muscular appearance, a Rottweiler may appear quite intimidating to someone who is not aware of the true characteristics of this dog breed native to Rottweil, Germany.
Traditionally, the dog was employed to herd livestock and pull carts laden with meat and other products. Today though, you are more likely to find this breed serve as guide dogs for the blind, guard or police dogs, and in other similar roles. The fact that the Rottweiler is among those canine breeds who are extremely devoted to their owner's family, comes from its inherent nature.
A male may seem to have a quiet and stoic nature. It may attack a perceived intruder without any warning signs. A female, on the other hand, is more into barking when protecting her home and young. The Rottweiler is not an easy dog to train or care for, and this is the reason why it does not present a positive prospect for novices. But, if the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Rottweiler Care Guide
Feeding is an important aspect of Rottweiler care. An ideal diet for this breed includes meat, fish, milk, vegetables, and cereals. Most people are of the opinion that this dog can only live on meat and blood. Contrary to this, a Rottweiler has the ability to do well with a complete vegetarian diet. However, you need to ensure that it receives ample amount of protein and other dietary elements. The canine loves to feed on raw meat rather than cooked one. However, consider giving him raw treat only if you are certain that the food is of a high quality.
It is important to train the dog from a very young age, so as to make the animal develop a social attitude towards people and other pets. It is more likely to become stubborn and unmanageable if it is not disciplined properly from the beginning. In fact their temperament is such that, if not conditioned properly, it can pose a threat to the whole family―especially when small children are around.
As Rottweiler hails from an athletic and fairly energetic family, its daily need of exercise has to be met without fail. It is a good idea to have a 20-minute walk or run with your dog every day. Including occasional game sessions helps in enhancing their mental health. The Rottweiler is an active breed and requires good space to roam around. So, having a large backyard is a definite advantage.
The coat of this canine is easy to care for, so occasional brushing is more than sufficient. You will have to brush its topcoat and undercoat only when it is required. Unlike most dogs, the Rottweiler is a mild shedder and sheds twice a year. As for nails, you should trim them every two to three weeks. Additionally, you will have to provide adequate water and shelter to your pet Rotweiler in warmer months to prevent problems related to overheating.
Keeping an eye on the ailments which can affect your dog is very important. Conditions like canine hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, and panosteitis are some of the major concerns for the animal's health. Ailments like hypothyroidism and allergies, on the other hand, are the minor ones.
The Rotweiler has a lifespan of 10 - 12 years. For the first few years, your pet Rottweiler may give you a tough time. However, with sheer dedication and love, you will be able to turn it into a obedient pet. In the end, there is nothing like having a pet Rottie as a part of your family.