How To Care for a Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a loyal breed that makes a wonderful companion.  Rottweilers are a powerful breed that requires proper car and training in order for them to thrive.  Because of their protective nature and large size, the Rottweiler is not the breed for just anyone.

Veterinary care is vital in keeping a Rottweiler puppy and adult dog healthy.  Rottweilers are very susceptible to Parvo virus, which can lead to death.  Puppies and adult dogs should be vaccinated against Parvo and other diseases in order to keep them healthy.  Along with getting your Rottweiler vaccinated, they need to be on heartworm prevention as well as flea prevention.  If the Rottweiler is not going to be bred, then it is best to have the dog spayed or neutered.  Doing so will help with behavioral issues as well as lessen their chance for testicular and uterine cancers.  Rottweilers are prone to cancer as they get older and are especially prone to bone cancer.  It is important to have regular check-ups for the aging dog to catch health problems early.  Routine veterinary care for a Rottweiler can help them live a long and healthy life.

Rottweilers are a strong and powerful breed that must be well socialized and trained.  Rottweilers should be socialized around other people and animals as early as possible. Getting a puppy or adult Rottweiler into an obedience class will give them the confidence and knowledge to be a better dog and member of society. Rottweilers were bred to work, so they need exercise and mental stimulation. Daily walks are ideal as well as playing a game of fetch.

It is important to care for a Rottweiler's nutritional needs.  Rottweilers should be fed the highest quality pet food that their owner can afford. Rottweilers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia as well as arthritis in old age, so it is important not to over-feed a Rottweiler, which can lead to these problems.  Always make sure that a Rottweiler has access to fresh water.

Grooming care for a Rottweiler is minimal.  Rottweilers need to be brushed once or twice a week to keep shedding to a minimum.  Their nails should be trimmed every two to three weeks as needed, and their teeth should be brushed daily.  Baths for Rottweilers should be kept to no more than two a month to keep their coat from becoming dry.


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