Rottweiler Health and Nutrition

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Rottweilers, due to overbreeding, have become susceptible to many diseases. Rotties mostly suffer from dysplasia. This is because of their weak bones. It is also a well-known fact that Rottweilers are the type of dogs who are always hungry and would eat anything. This makes them prone to obesity. While we have a tendency to spoil our dogs, we have to control ourselves when our dog is a Rottweiler. Letting the Rottweiler eat whatever it wants, whenever is very dangerous. Again, dogs of this breed have weak bones. If they become overweight, it is detrimental.

Health and nutrition is very important to them. You have to feed them right and control how much they eat.

What to feed your Rottweiler?

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While you can customize what to feed your Rottweiler, you have to keep in mind one thing: They need protein. Protein is not stored as fat. If you opt to feed your dog kibbles from the market, make sure that it has high protein content. Look into its ingredients. Be careful because most dog foods in markets, especially the dry ones, are made out of grain. You can also choose a raw diet for your dog. Be sure to educate yourself first before you try experimenting with raw diets. Remember to ask your vet for advice as well. Also, remember that a dog’s nutritional needs vary depending on its age.

Some dog owners mix premium dog food with raw meat. Some feed their dog kibbles on a certain day of the week and raw meat in some days. Breeders do it differently and it depends on who you want to believe more. You just have to understand that one important thing. Rottweilers need protein. We mean real protein. However, that doesn’t mean that you skip other nutrients every dog needs!

When is enough, enough?

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While fat Rotties may be cute, it’s a death sentence. If you truly care about your dog, you will not overfeed it. Knowing that they have a tendency to overeat, make sure you control their food portions. It still depends on what kind of food you choose to feed your fur baby. Dog food labels usually have portion recommendations. You can also do your own research. Even if you want to experiment with your dog’s food, do not feed it indiscriminate portions.

It takes research and probably some experimenting to find the perfect dog food for your Rottie. Narrow down your options until you find the best. Provide your dog with healthy and nutritious options and let your dog be the tie-breaker if you can’t choose what best to feed him.Of course, in choosing a dog food for your pet, you have to consider it’s preference as well. Your pet’s health and nutrition must be an educated and shared decision.

How to Keep a Clean Home when Living with Rottweilers

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Rottweilers are big and powerful. Sometimes, people would even refer to them as giant breeds. This dog breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners or a household with kids or senior citizens. This is not because Rotties are dangerous. This is because of their size and temperament. You can’t fault these furry canines with that. They are actually gentle giants when trained right. They are just not recommended for first-time dog owners, or kids, or seniors, because they are so strong they could easily bump you and cause damage without intending to do so. Although they are generally a confident and calm breed, they can have a playful mood. Rottweilers are not very aware of how big they actually are and they might mess up your house really bad.

Rotties are special because they are not for everyone. Should you decide to get a Rottie or if you already have one and you are having some difficulties, remember that dogs are dogs. They have natural tendencies. Rottweilers have a distinct personality and their owners must make the necessary accommodations. Even if we love our dogs so much, we must also make sure that our home is clean and livable according to our human standards. How can you make these accommodations, though?

Compartmentalize

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A good dog owner will designate certain spaces in their home where their dog can play around and expend all that energy. Your lawn may be a good idea, but make sure to designate a space where there are no plants to be destroyed, for example. You can also have an indoor dog room. You can’t stop your dog from playing. Rottweilers need exercise. If you give them the proper space where they can do that, they won’t ruin your home. You can maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of your home because your dogs can make a distinction of where they can play and where they can not. Make sure your dog knows.

Train

Make sure they get training and learn obedience at a very young age. Rotties are large and they can be difficult to manage when they grow big and remain untrained. Teach them your house rules while they are still cute little puppies. Train them how to behave when they are inside the house and where to do their business. Don’t wait for them to get big. Note that Rottweilers also grow up really fast.

Manage Shredding

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Rotties have seasons where they would shred a lot. They have a double coat. Brush your dog outside every day. That way, you get rid of the loose fur already. When they come inside to play, they won’t leave as much fur. If they are shredding so much, keep them in a place that’s easy to clean. Have a pet hair vacuum ready. Sometimes, fur may stick in your carpet or couch.

Living with a dog, Rottweiler or not, takes a lot of work. It’s a responsibility, but it is also very fulfilling. Just remember to be patient!

10 Things You Need to Know About Rottweilers

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Want to know more about Rottweilers? Here are some quick facts!

1. Rottweilers are an ancient breed

Being an ancient breed means that they’ve been around for a long time. Back when they were still used as herding dogs in Europe and then becoming transportation dogs, and later, as security dogs. They were bred to work and protect. AKC classifies Rottweilers as “Working” while UKC classifies this dog breed as “Guardian” dog.

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2. They were almost extinct

When people started to move on to a more advanced society, these working dogs were no longer bred as much. They weren’t meant to be house pets in the first place. Thus, they almost became extinct.

3. They were later overbred

Because they were about to go extinct, dedicated breeders, thankfully, bred them. This project resulted to overbreeding of Rotties for the past 10 years. Because of this, they are more prone to diseases such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, osteosarcoma, bloat, and allergies.

4. They will eat anything

That’s right. Rottweilers will eat everything you feed them. They will even eat what you don’t feed them like your cables, wires, tubes- you name it! This breed is known to have a strong tendency to be obese.

While fat Rotties are adorable, they are unhealthy. A good owner must make sure that the Rottweiler stays fit with exercise and proper diet. The diseases above could be countered by making sure that the Rottie stays within the normal weight range.

5. They only come in black and tan

All Rottweilers, generally, have the same markings. They have a black coat with tan markings on their chest, paws, eyebrows, and mouth. Their lips are, however, black.

6. They actually have a double coat

Their fur is short but don’t mistake this breed as easy to groom. It’s actually a double coat. They shed a lot and fur will be part of your everyday life if you get a Rottweiler.

7. Some cities do not allow them

These states have cities that ban Rottweilers:

  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington

If you live in one of these states and you plan to get a Rottweiler, check first if the place you live in allows the breed.

8. Some insurance companies won’t cover owners with Rottweilers

Some insurance companies already blacklisted Rottweilers and will deny homeowners insurance if you keep one.

9. Rotties are classified as a dangerous breed

Rotties have a long list of recorded fatal attack cases. This is why they have a bad rep and are blacklisted by some cities and insurance companies.

10. But they are actually just misunderstood

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Rottweilers are not for everyone. They are a strong breed. They were meant to be protectors. These aggressive Rotties were, sadly, not because of the Rotties themselves. It is because of people who want to own Rottweilers without trying to understand them. This is because of people who want to own the breed but are not willing to put in the work. If trained properly, Rottweilers can be the perfect, all-around family pet!