If you're the proud new owner of a Rottweiler puppy... congratulations :)
Your wonderful adventure is just beginning..... and everything you need to make it smooth sailing is right here.
Or perhaps you're still trying to decide which breed is the best 'fit' for you? No problem.
Rottweilers definitely aren't for everyone, but this page will give you all the information you need to decide if they ARE the breed for you.
Deciding to add a puppy to your family is so exciting that it's easy to make an impulsive decision and go home with the owner of the first set of 'puppy-dog eyes' that you see.
That's not the best way to start out! A puppy is going to grow up into a dog, and that dog will be part of your life for a long time, so it's important to make the right choice.
But don't worry, you'll find all the information you need to decide whether a Rottweiler puppy is the perfect match for you right here on my site.
The time you spend doing research, and learning all about your chosen breed, is time well spent so take your time and have fun ....
Becoming a 'puppy parent' is a big step, and many a human/dog relationship has broken down because the prospective parent/s didn't realize the size of the commitment they were making!
Caring for a puppy of any breed is a big responsibility, but when it comes to a Rottweiler puppy it's even bigger.
Why? Because your adorable little Rottie pup is going to grow into a BIG dog, a dog who has a mind of his own and the strength and intelligence to use it.
Unless you understand the breed, and are prepared to bring him up responsibly, your story could be one that doesn't have a happy ending.
Now, I LOVE Rotties (duh! the name of my site is a dead giveaway there), and I honestly don't think there's a better dog on the planet, BUT I don't believe everyone should own one.
They're not the best choice for a first-time dog owner for example, or for someone who is physically weak/frail, or who isn't confident in their leadership or dog-owning skills.... and they're definitely not the right choice for someone who just wants a 'guard dog' or a big, macho-looking pooch to walk down the street.
The Rottweiler breed has been a victim of it's own popularity (like so many other breeds before it), and due to the huge number of dogs that have been bred indiscriminately, not every Rottweiler puppy today is going to show the characteristics of the true Rottweiler dog - either physically or psychologically. So you need to be extra-careful when choosing your new puppy.
It's also important to learn enough about the breed to be able to separate fact from fiction. Again, like several other breeds, Rottweilers have been misrepresented and misunderstood to the extent that they now carry around a 'reputation', one that twists and warps the true nature of the breed.
Make sure that you know what a REAL Rottweiler should look like, and how it should act. Check out my Rottweiler Dogs and Rottweiler Facts pages to learn all about this breed - its' origins, history, breed standard and more.
If you've decided that the Rottweiler IS the breed for you, then the next step is to find the perfect puppy. This is the fun part!
But although it's fun, it's still vital that you don't rush out to buy the first pup you see advertised. To be certain that you're getting a happy, healthy, well-bred Rottweiler there are a few steps that you should follow.....
Choose a breeder carefully
Not everyone who breeds dogs does it responsibly. That affects the health, temperament and overall quality of the pups they produce.
It's important to talk with the breeder, see the parent dogs, and make sure that the appropriate health screening and care is in place.
Buying a pup with 'papers' guarantees nothing, except that both the Sire and Dam of the litter in question are purebred. I strongly recommend taking a look at the tips and advice on my Choosing A Rottweiler Breeder page as they will help you tell the difference between a good breeder and a 'backyard breeder'. It's a very important distinction to make!
Learn how to recognize a healthy puppy
All puppies are irresistible, but if you don't know how to recognize potential problems you could end up taking home a puppy who is in less than perfect health.
Do you want a puppy for show or pet?
Buying a puppy as a show prospect requires a lot more research and consideration than it does to buy a puppy purely as a pet. That doesn't mean that a 'pet' quality puppy is inferior to one who has been judged to be 'show quality'. It simply means that the 'show' puppy conforms more closely to the Rottweiler Breed Standard (at this point in time).
Bringing home a new puppy is very much like bringing home a new baby, and you need to have all your preparations taken care of before the 'Big Day'. Puppies require that you invest a lot of time, energy, patience and money in their care. When it's a Rottweiler puppy that you're bringing home, everything you buy needs to be bigger and more durable, plus you need space for that fast-growing little bundle of fur.
f you thought that choosing your Rottweiler puppy was the tricky part, just wait until you get that little black bear cub home!
I always say that raising puppies is very much like raising children, and there's a whole lot of things that you need to do, and do correctly, if you want your puppy to grow up to be a happy, healthy adult.
Your Rottweiler puppy is a very smart little guy (or girl), but he wasn't born knowing how to live by the rules and standards set by us humans - after all he's a dog.
Luckily, he wants to please you, and as long as you show him lovingly but clearly what is expected of him, he will do his best to live up to those expectations.
Rottweilers are very loyal and bond closely with their family, often choosing one person in particular and becoming that persons shadow.
They need to be a part of the family and don't do well, or reach their full potential, if they're isolated or ignored.
These are very smart dogs, and if you don't give them guidelines and appropriate supervision, they'll be inclined to make up their own rules. Not what you want.
Taking care of a puppy involves lots of time, attention, love, patience, money (and then some more patience!), but you'll be rewarded for your trouble with a healthy, happy, well behaved, and much-loved member of the family.