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My puppy is very big but not fat is this ok.

by Carlo Bottiglieri
(chatham, kent, england)


Hello my name is Carlo Bottiglieri I have a five month old puppy called Boycie. I have spoken to a lot of people online and they all say he is over weight.

He has a clear waist you can feel his ribs but not see them. This I am told is how he should be.

Here are his monthly weights.
3 months-44Lb
4 months-55Lb
5 months-63Lb
I think myself he is just a big boy but I would much value your opinion, my veterinarian says he is fine. I have uploaded a picture for you.





Hi Carlo
I wouldn't worry too much about your pups' weight from what I can see above.

According to the weights you give me, he is slightly above average in pounds for his age, but all puppies and dogs are different and he's not way out of the ballpark at all. Plus, he's gaining approx 10lbs a month which is perfect.

From the photo he looks fine to me. He's fairly stocky in build and with good bone size, and although it's very difficult to say anything definite from just a photo, it looks as though he's carrying the right weight for his body type.

If your veterinarian says he's fine, then I would trust that evaluation as he's seeing your pup 'in person' and is a professional who knows what he's talking about! Just make sure that you only feed your pup a premium puppy food and monitor his weight-gain and shape as you are doing.

You can learn more about weight gain and development in Rottie pups on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart

Hope this helps, best of luck with that good-looking pup.

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Will my rottie be small?

by Tania Wahl
(Canada)

I have a 4 month old male rottie and he only weights 30 lbs. Is this an indication that he may be on the smaller side?

The vet did say he's a little under weight but healthy.



Hi Tania
30lbs at 4 months is a bit below 'average', but as long as he's healthy and eating a nutritious diet I don't think it's anything to worry about.

Like all breeds, Rotties can vary widely in height, bone structure, weight and so on - so much depends on bloodlines and genetics. Generally you can expect a pup to mature to be somewhere between the adult size of his mom and dad. Males closer to the dads' size, females to the moms'. But this is just a guideline, not written in stone. My Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart has lots of info. on Rottie development.

Rottweilers are slow to mature, taking anywhere between 18 months and 3 years to reach their full potential. The bigger males seem to be among the slowest of all, and again there's a genetic component with some lines growing more slowly than others.

Size is definitely not everything when it comes to Rottweilers, and although some people breed 'giant' Rotties, that's not healthy and this breed was never meant to be a 'giant' dog. The German Rottweiler Breed Standard (the 'Gold' standard for Rottweilers) puts the preferred weight of an adult male at 110lbs, height at 26cms. That's not huge.

It's also best to keep a growing Rottie a bit on the lean side (of course that doesn't mean you want to underfeed or anything like that!), rather than trying to add extra weight. Trying to get a dog to put on more weight than comes naturally to him only results in health problems such as joint/bone issues, heart problems and so on. See my Caring For Big Dog Breeds page for more on this.

I wouldn't worry too much at this stage, your pup has a lot of growing to do, and it sounds as though you're doing a good job of keeping him healthy and happy. That's the most important thing. I'm sure he's going to be an awesome dog whatever size he eventually reaches.

Best of luck to you both.

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Rottweiler puppy with a very low weight gain from 16 weeks - 19 weeks

by connie lunn
(midlothian, tx, usa)

My rottie at 10 weeks weighed 16.6 lbs, 13 weeks 23.8 lbs, 16 weeks 31 lbs and at 19 weeks 32.6 lbs. so where she should gain approx 7 lbs in a 3 week period she only gained 1.6 lbs.

Nothing changed in her diet or daily living. she has not changed in her activity level. she is up to date on all shots, de-worming so is this ok for her to have such a low weight gain during her puppy stage or could it be a sign of an internal problem?






Hi Connie
I doubt you've got anything to worry about at this point. Weight gain in puppies isn't a smooth upward curve, but tends to go in 'fits and starts'. Appetite does the same thing.

Your pup is likely just going through a period where the growth has slowed down a little, and it will catch up later on down the road.

As long as she's happy, healthy, active and eating and drinking normally then it's unlikely to be symptomatic of any health problem. However, if she does seem unwell or 'out of sorts' in any way, a trip to the vet is to be recommended.

You can learn about 'average' growth and development in Rottweiler puppies on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page. But do bear in mind that all puppies are different and there really is no such thing as an 'average' puppy :o)

Best of luck with your pup.

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Worried about size of Rottweiler pup!

by Kim
(B.C. Canada)

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Hi ... our male rottie Harley is 8 months old and is 26" tall, and weighs about 85lbs. He is a great dog.

My husband is worried he is going to be small like his mom, who was only 90lbs but his dad was 135lbs...needless to say we haven't got him fixed yet, but want to soon!

Any thoughts on weight and height?
Thanks
Kim from Canada






Hi Kim
From that photo Harley looks like a gorgeous dog, and his structure and bone size don't look 'small' or 'light' to me.

At 8 months old he's still very much a puppy and will continue to grow until he's 2 years old, or older. Rotties are slow to mature, and the biggest males take the longest, he will also get his full height before his full weight and so may look a bit 'out of proportion' for a while. It's very important for the health of a pup that they be kept 'lean' and fed properly to avoid too rapid growth, or excessive weight gain that often leads to bone/joint problems.

At 85lbs he's on the upper edge of the 'normal' weight for an 8 month old pup and is doing just fine. Rottweilers were not originally bred to be an X-large or giant breed, and a lot of the desire for huge Rottweilers is a fairly recent development... and not one that is really beneficial to the breed as a whole. Extra big dogs tend to have more musculo-skeletal problems in addition to other health issues, plus they are not as agile or active as a working dog should be - and that's what Rottweilers are, working dogs.

I would definitely recommend having Harley neutered just as soon as possible, it won't affect his growth if that's what your husband is concerned about, and it can literally be a life-saving procedure. Neutering (and spaying) early - preferably before 6 months of age - gives significant protection against all sorts of reproductive order diseases including cancer.

You can find out more about 'average' Rottweiler puppy growth and development on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page, but bear in mind there really is no such thing as an 'average' dog :o)

Rottweilers are an amazing breed, they look gorgeous and their personality, intelligence, temperament and abilities are superb. Size is just one part of the package and shouldn't be a major consideration or worry, unless it's a health-related problem.

Hope this puts your minds at rest. Best of luck with Harley, he's a beauty.

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My big boy Rottie - is he big enough?

by priscilla
(houston texas)

I have a 9 month old Rottie named Max. I have a concern bout his size - he's about 23 inches in height and pushing 70 pounds.

I want to know if that too big or is he small for his age, he's a big boy in my eyes but i feel like he's still short or is he just about right?

Please respond




Hi Priscilla
All pups are different, and bloodlines play a huge role in their adult size. Nutrition is also very important as these big pups have very specific nutritional needs, and they need to be getting one of the best puppy food choices in order to meet those needs.

70lbs and 23 inches at 9 months is just about right, it may be a little (just a little) below average in weight, but male Rottweilers - especially the big ones) tend to grow the most slowly.

The best indicator of his eventual size is that of his parents. A pup will usually end up somewhere between the weight/height of his parents, with males being closer to the sires size, and females the dams'.

He won't be mature until he's at least 18 months to 2 years old, and it can take up to 3 years at times. The correct weight for an adult male is somewhere around 110 - 120 lbs, height between 24 and 27 inches, and I'd say your male will get there on both counts.

Owners often equate size with quality when it comes to Rottweilers, especially the males, but an oversize dog isn't a 'better' dog. You want solid bone structure, good muscle development and proper 'gait' (movement), and an overweight or oversized dog doesn't necessarily have those.

Don't ever be tempted to overfeed your pup in an effort to make him bigger, or give supplements to help him 'grow faster', these can lead to all sorts of health issues. Just make sure he gets the best possible nutrition and enough exercise, and allow time and nature to do the rest :o)

You'll find more information on Rottie growth and development on my Rottweiler Growth Chart page, and info. on the Breed Standard (both German and American) on my Rottweiler Breed Standard page. You might find both of them interesting.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your pup.




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16 week Rott 35 lbs...

by francis
(Honduras)

Is this weight right? for this age? he's a slender, lean rottie, very humble and playful....



Hi Francis
As luck would have it I have just answered an almost identical question from Tania, who's Rottie is the same age as yours, and a few pounds lighter!

If you check out this page Will My Rottie Be Small? you'll find all the answers you need.

I will say though that at this age it's not necessary to worry about how much your pup weighs as long as he's healthy and happy - which it sounds as though your puppy is. He's got a lot of growing time ahead of him.

Hope the info. on the page I linked to above will answer all your questions. Best of luck with your pup.

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Rottweiler puppy weight gain?

by Chloe
(Connecticut)

Hello,
We have just adopted two rottweiler puppies.

They are now 12 weeks old. Can you tell me what weight gain they should have per week?

Many thanks



Hi Chloe
Many new owners seem to worry about Rottweiler puppy weight gain, and the sort of growth they should expect, so you're not alone in this concern!

It's difficult to give any sort of exact figure in terms of weight gain, because so much depends on the size/weight of your puppies' parents and their bloodlines. At 8 weeks old some Rottweiler puppies may weigh 7 or 8 lbs, while others can be anywhere between 12 and 15lbs. Either is within 'normal' limits.

A Rottie pup could gain anything between 2.5 - 4lbs per week after 6 weeks of age, and the most rapid growth phase will be between birth and 5 months of age. These big dogs mature slowly, and aren't generally fully grown until they're between 18 months and 2 years old. Males seem to develop a bit more slowly than females.

Also, they will reach their full height before they reach their full adult weight. This means that during adolescence they may tend to look a bit gangly and awkward, even skinny at times, but this is also normal. Don't be tempted to overfeed your pups in an effort to make theme 'bigger' or grow faster, that only causes health issues. He'll get there by himself in the right time.

There are a couple of pages that might help you with prospective weight gain, growth etc., but there is no hard-and-fast rule about this as all pups are different and even Rottie puppies from the same litter even can grow at totally different rates, and end up quite different in size.

I'd recommend taking a look at my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page as it has tons of information and advice that will help you figure out where your pup is headed in terms of size.

Because the diet that you give your puppy is so important to his future growth and development, I'd also suggest that you check out my Feeding Puppies page. You'll find lots of useful tips and advice there too.

Hope this helps. Congratulations on your new puppies, I wish you the best of luck with them.

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correct weight for 6 month old Rottweilers?

by richard
(nottingham)

what a brilliant site this is.

just wondered if u could tell me if my two male rottweilers are under weight.

they are nearly 6 months old, one weighs 24kg and the other weighs 26kgs. if so would u be able to advise me what to do please. thank you.

richard




Hi Richard
I'm happy that you're enjoying my site and hope it's been helpful to you.

It's very difficult to be accurate about height/weights with growing puppies as it can vary tremendously. All sorts of things factor into this, including bloodlines and 'type', diet, exercise, overall health plus of course the fact that every puppy is different and unique from all others - even those of the same breed, or even from the same litter!

Rottweilers were never meant to be giant-sized dogs, and the ADRK Breed Standard (the German 'gold standard' for Rotties) puts the ideal weight of a full-grown adult male at 110lbs.

As far as your Rotties go, I would say they're about right. Between 5 and 6 months old, an average weight would be somewhere between 53 and 63lbs, your boys weight around 53 and 57 lbs, which is within the average. Bear in mind that certain bloodlines produce heavier bone structure than others and that can add weight without it being necessarily noticeable. The 'average' weights and growth pattern for Rottweiler puppies is shown on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart

At this age Rottweilers are still in that 'tween' stage and have a lot of gangly, out-of-proportion youthful growth spurts to go through. A Rottweiler may not reach his full mature adult size until he's 2 1/2 or even 3 years old During this adolescent stage it's important not to try to get your pup to put on weight just so he'll be bigger. It's not healthy and in fact it's much better for a pups long-term health for him to be kept 'lean'.

Diet is hugely important though, and it's not so much the quantity of food that a pup eats as the quality of that food. You can learn more about this on both my Feeding Puppies and Best Puppy Food pages.

As long as your pups are getting a nutritious diet and are healthy and happy, I wouldn't worry too much about their weight at all right now. I would be that they're going to grow up to be just the right size :o)

Best of luck with them.

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Size of Rottweiler puppy

by Shannan
(Norwich ON Canada)

How big ( on average) should a german rottie be at 4 months old?





Hi Shannan
As you obviously already understand, there can be a huge difference between puppies of the same age and breed, even between pups from the same litter.

However, there are some 'average' figures, and you can find this information on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page.

At 4 months an average Rottweiler pup could weigh around 46lbs, but it could be more, or less. Size is mostly determined by genetics, although diet and healthcare play their own roles in puppy development and growth. Rottweilers weren't originally bred to be X-Large or giant dogs, and many owners worry needlessly over the size of their puppy/dog.

However, feeding a puppy more in an effort to make him grow faster/bigger is strongly discouraged as it WON'T make his structure (ie bone size) bigger, and carrying excess weight is likely to cause bone/joint/ligament problems and can even lead to heart conditions later on.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your puppy.

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my rotties are small

by Joshua
(Trichy ,Tamilnadu, India)

Hi
I have two rotties Rusty (male) & Neena( bitch). Neena is a month older than Rusty, but my query is that both are small, they are about 14 months old and they only weigh 30kgs.

Both the rotties are almost related as seen in the certificate of KCI, they both have champion lineage in one side. help me out

Joshua







Hi Joshua
At 14 months old your pups are still young, with a lot of growing to do, but they are lighter than average.

However, there's a lot more to Rottweilers than their size, how big they are is definitely NOT the most important thing. Health and temperament should be the first priorities and if your pups are healthy and they have good, stable temperaments, then you have great dogs.

Having 'champion' bloodlines, especially on just one side of a pedigree isn't any guarantee of quality or health or temperament... and unless the champions are in the first or second generation and go back consistently, they really don't have a whole lot of bearing on breeding.

Ideally a pup should have both conformation and working titles starting with their parents, on both sides of the pedigree, and in each generation. Of course, this isn't VITAL in order to produce healthy, good tempered puppies, but it is important.

Your pups will continue to grow in both height and weight until they are 2 years of age, or even older, and until that time they won't have reached their full potential. Don't be tempted to overfeed them in an effort to make them 'bigger', it will only make them fatter and can seriously affect their health negatively in the future.

Keep your dogs well fed, exercised, socialized, trained and loved, and don't worry so much about how big they are. Best of luck with your pups.

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the heaviest a rottweiler can be

I had a rottweiler that was 187 lbs is this rare ? or normal ?


Hi
That's very rare, and unless your Rottie had the bones and general skeletal size of a Great Dane or Cane Corso, he could well have been considered overweight.

The German Rottweiler Breed Standard (the 'gold standard' when it comes to Rotties) gives the preferred weight for an adult male as around 110lbs. Generally a well-bred adult Rottweiler will weight somewhere around this, perhaps deviating 10lbs or so either up or down.

Now, some breeders do advertise 'giant Rottweilers' and the like, but healthwise that's definitely not to be recommended. An average Rottie doesn't have the bone size/strength to cope with the sort of weight you mentioned and bone/joint/ligament damage can easily result. Not to mention the stress on the heart and other organs can cause Canine Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes and so on.

Of course, your dog may have had the frame to support this weight, and just have been an unusually BIG guy, but still healthy. It is most definitely unusual though!

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How kg should be a 2 months purebred rottweiler ?

by Kelsi
(Tirana,Albania)

How kg should be a 2 months purebred rottweiler ?







Hi Kelsi
This can vary quite a bit depending on the bloodlines, size of parents, sex of puppy and so on. However an average weight would be somewhere between 5.5 - 7kg at this age.

But there are plenty of happy, healthy pups who are above, or below, this range.. As long as your pup is healthy, his weight shouldn't be of any great concern at this point.

For more information on puppy growth, check out my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart

Best of luck with your pup.

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growth in rottweiler puppy

How long does it take for a puppy to grow into an adult?




Hi
Rottweilers are a breed that tend to mature slowly. They don't reach adulthood until around 2 years of age... and males may take even longer, up to 2 1/2 to 3 years before reaching full maturity.

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weight and shyness in Rottweiler female

I recently purchased a 2 year old rottweiler female she was underweight because she had a male companion who always ate all of her food.

She should be coming in heat in january and I wanted to breed her but she's only about 60 pounds and she is really skittish but very obedient what can I do to change these things?




Hi
Unless your Rottweiler is a show quality dog, and you have excellent reason to want a puppy from her, then I would strongly recommend that you don't breed her.

A dog who hasn't received adequate nutrition is unlikely to be 100% fit and healthy, plus her skittish temperament could have a genetic component. Even if it is purely situational (due to lack of socialization etc.), it's never a good idea for a dog with this tendency to have puppies as she will could pass that on to her pups either genetically, or by her behavioral example.

Rather than worrying about breeding her, I would suggest that you concentrate on getting her up to optimum healthy by feeding only a premium dog food and also work on socializing and training her so that she can overcome her lack of self-confidence. She obviously has had a bit of a rough start and deserves to be the center of attention for a while.

Best of luck

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my rottie is kinda overweight, how do i help him lose the weight he seem hungry all the time

by ali
(cannelton indiana)

My 3 year old rottie is more than a little over weight, but he seems hungry all the time. i feel bad denying him food when he seems so hungry.

I've tried spreading the food out so he eats often, doesn't help. we walk and he plays a little each day, but he would rather sleep and eat.

What should i do to help him, i want him to be healthy and be around for a long long time.





Hi Ali
You're right to want to help your dog lose some weight, as carrying too much weight around can cause joint problems, heart problems and more.

You obviously love your Rottie very much, and I know it's difficult to NOT feed a dog who looks as though he's starving - even if you know he isn't! But you will need to harden your heart to some degree, it's for his own good.

The first thing I'd do is take your Rottweiler to your veterinarian for a check up, and have him weighed. Your vet will be able to tell you how much weight he needs to lose, and give you some helpful tips and advice too.

Here are the two most most important things that you can do:


1. Make sure you get him onto a PREMIUM dog food (the quality foods have a lot less 'fillers and junk' ingredients and will give your dog the nutrition he needs in smaller portions, and without 'empty' calories. Check out the nutrition information on my Caring for Big Dog Breeds page to learn more about how to find the best dog food for your Rottweiler. There are also foods specifically designed for overweight dogs, and you can find these online or even at your vets' office.

2. Increase the amount of exercise your dog is getting. Now, don't go overboard and start him on some kind of super active regimen, but increase the length of his walks, or add another daily walk, and try to get him to run around a bit - either by playing ball, or 'tag' or with a frisbee. Whatever it is that he prefers. Eating right and exercising more are the keys.

One other thing to think about is whether or not he gets extra treats or tidbits during the day. If he gets dog treats, cut those down to a minimum
and if he gets table scraps or other tidbits cut those out altogether. He doesn't need them and they're not good for him.

I hope this helps some, use this information and talk the whole situation over with your vet and I'm sure that you'll be able to help your dog trim off those pounds so that he has a longer, healthier life.

I wish you both lots of luck.

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My 18 week rottie puppy only weighs 29 pounds!

I am concerned that my Rottwiler puppy is a "tea cup"!

He is now 18 weeks old and only weighs 29 pounds. The vet does not seem concerned that he is so tiny because he is growing at a steady pace and is "very healthy".

We knew he was the runt of the litter when we bought him (from local pet store)and knew he would never be a HUGE dog...but at this rate the charts are showing he may only get to be about 70 pounds!

He is pure and we have "papers" to prove it. My question is "has anyone else had a puppy this small - growing this slow - and STILL end up with a "normal" size dog"?

We love him no matter what his size - just concerned.






Hi
As with any breed, there is a range of adult size that's considered 'normal', but many dogs will fall either above, or below, that range. As long as they're healthy this is nothing to worry about.
There is also often a variation in the rate of growth from one pup to another.

Your vet is happy with your pup as he's growing at a 'normal' rate and is healthy, that's excellent news, but I do understand your concern as many Rottweiler owners have the same misgivings because they expect a Rottie to be BIG.

Your pup is on the small side for an 18 week old male, but he's the runt of the litter and that means he probably started out below average - maybe by quite a bit. The smallest pup in the litter is always called the 'runt' but most of the time they're perfectly healthy, and don't necessarily end up as the smallest adult.

Rottweilers grow and mature slowly, not reaching adulthood until they're around 2 years old or more. Many of the larger males take up to 2 1/2 or 3 years to reach their full potential. They go through a period of adolescence where they tend to look awkward and out of proportion, even scrawny, but eventually it all evens out.

The most important thing you can do is to make sure that you're feeding a premium puppy food specifically designed for large breed pups, see my Feeding Puppies and Best Puppy Food pages for lots of tips and advice on this.

Don't be tempted to overfeed him or encourage him to gain more weight than comes naturally. That leads to joint/skeletal problems and can even contribute to heart disease later on. It's better to keep a growing pup a bit on the 'lean' side in terms of his longterm health and wellbeing.

I really wouldn't worry about this too much right now, just enjoy your happy, healthy puppy and accept the size he is. Bigger isn't always better, and Rottweilers weren't originally meant to be 'giant' dogs. I personally prefer the shorter, stockier 'look', and they're stunning dogs no matter what size they end up. Just give him a nutritious diet and the right health care and be patient, I think you'll find he will hit a growth spurt a bit later on and surprise you.

Of course there's a limit (both lower and upper) to his height/weight already hardwired into his DNA and that depends on his parents and lineage. But where he falls within that limit has a lot to do with diet and general health, so to maximize his potential just take excellent care of him and love him to bits!

I hope this has put your mind at rest a bit, and I wish you the very best of luck with him.

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Shape of Rottweiler body

by Nishal
(kerala)

How can i make my rottweiler good shaped?




Hi Nishal
The basic 'shape' or your Rottweilers' body (also known as 'conformation') depends mainly on genetics. Your pup is a combination of both his mother and fathers' genes and will inherit traits from each of them.

If you want to know what he's most likely to look like as an adult, look at both parents and expect him to be somewhere in between in terms of size/build/color. Obviously this isn't an 'exact science' but gives you a good idea.

To learn about Rottweiler growth and development, visit my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart. Also, to see what a well-bred Rottweiler will look like as an adult, check out my Rottweiler Breed Standard page.

Rottweilers are a breed which are very slow to grow and mature, and aren't adult until at least 18 months to 2 years of age. The bigger males can take up to 3 years to gain their full weight.

Please don't be tempted to overfeed your Rottweiler puppy to try to make him/her grow bigger or faster. This will only cause health problems such as canine hip dysplasia or eventually even more serious conditions such as canine congestive heart failure due to obesity etc.

Feed only a premium quality puppy food to make sure that your pup gets the best possible nutrition so that he can reach his full potential.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your puppy.

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head size in Rottweiler

by jorge diaz
(miami,fl)

i have an eleven months old rottie and his parents have huge heads and my dogs still pretty little compare to his parents.

His body is still not wide. How long would it take for his head and body to grow...




Hi Jorge
I'd recommend that you read my Feeding Puppies and Taking Care Of A Puppy pages to learn more.

A Rottweiler is much more than just the size of his head (or body!), he's a loving, loyal and intelligent animal who loves you unconditionally. Don't get too 'hung up' on how big he is right now and just appreciate who and what he is. Best of luck, enjoy him :o)






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Does he look to be right size??

by Nathaniel
(California)

He is exactly 5 months old in the pics just wondering if he looks a good size, his head, his body and height? He currently weighs 49 lbs is that good just let me know what you think?

I am asking because I have seen pics of his dad at 6 months and to me his dad looks a lot bigger - is that normal for offspring to be smaller than parents?

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Hi Nathaniel
From the photos your pup looks to be well built and I wouldn't say he looks undersized at all. He has good bone size and a nice head.

At 5 months old he's still very much a baby, and although he's slightly under the 'average' weight range for this age, that really doesn't mean anything in terms of his eventual (adult) size.

All puppies are different and grow at different rates, and this rate of development can vary according to different bloodlines etc. The biggest males usually take the longest to mature. He will be growing both in height and in weight until he's at least 2 years old, most probably longer.

Don't be tempted to try to get him to grow faster or put on more weight as that can lead to all sorts of health issues and in fact reduce his potential rather than increase it. Make sure he's getting a high quality, premium puppy food, good veterinary care and appropriate exercise and then let nature take it's course.

I personally think new owners worry too much about the size of their Rottie pup, and it's usually totally unnecessary. He will most likely grow up to be close to his fathers height/weight, but of course he could be slightly smaller, or bigger. He's a different dog.

However his size isn't the most important thing, his overall health is number one, his character/temperament is number two.... and then his size/shape/conformation. Rottweilers have a whole range of things that make them so special and were never originally bred to be 'XL' or 'Giant' dogs. Just enjoy him for the amazing animal he is :o)


You may find these pages helpful....


Feeding Puppies

Best Puppy Food

Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart

Best of luck with your pup.

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How big will my Rottie get?

by Heather
(West Plains, MO, USA)

Dante & Damon

Dante & Damon

I've got 2 male Rotties that are 4 months old. I've been trying to find them "the perfect collar".

I don't want to spend a bunch of money on nice collars only to have them outgrow them in a couple months. Can you give me an estimate as to how big the average neck size is for a male Rottie?






Hi Heather
That's an impossible task I'm afraid because they're all different - even siblings. Also at 4 months old your pups are still 'toddlers' and have a whole lot of growing to do before they're adults. You are going to go through several collars by then.

Adult Rottweilers need strong, sturdy collars and I personally prefer leather ones. However, there are tons to choose from and you'll find a great selection on my Big Dog Collars page.

But at this young age you certainly don't need to be spending lots of money on expensive collars unless you want to and have the money to spare :) Simple woven nylon collars are fairly inexpensive yet are strong and durable, probably just stick with those for another year or so.

By the way, Dante and Damon are adorable - what a pair. They'll keep you on your toes for sure! Best of luck with them both.

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my rottie is kinda overweight, how do i help him lose the weight he seem hungry all the time

by ali
(cannelton indiana)

My 3 year old rottie is more than a little over weight, but he seems hungry all the time. i feel bad denying him food when he seems so hungry.

I've tried spreading the food out so he eats often, doesn't help. we walk and he plays a little each day, but he would rather sleep and eat.

What should i do to help him, i want him to be healthy and be around for a long long time.





Hi Ali
You're right to want to help your dog lose some weight, as carrying too much weight around can cause joint problems, heart problems and more.

You obviously love your Rottie very much, and I know it's difficult to NOT feed a dog who looks as though he's starving - even if you know he isn't! But you will need to harden your heart to some degree, it's for his own good.

The first thing I'd do is take your Rottweiler to your veterinarian for a check up, and have him weighed. Your vet will be able to tell you how much weight he needs to lose, and give you some helpful tips and advice too.

Here are the two most most important things that you can do:


1. Make sure you get him onto a PREMIUM dog food (the quality foods have a lot less 'fillers and junk' ingredients and will give your dog the nutrition he needs in smaller portions, and without 'empty' calories. Check out the nutrition information on my Caring for Big Dog Breeds page to learn more about how to find the best dog food for your Rottweiler. There are also foods specifically designed for overweight dogs, and you can find these online or even at your vets' office.

2. Increase the amount of exercise your dog is getting. Now, don't go overboard and start him on some kind of super active regimen, but increase the length of his walks, or add another daily walk, and try to get him to run around a bit - either by playing ball, or 'tag' or with a frisbee. Whatever it is that he prefers. Eating right and exercising more are the keys.

One other thing to think about is whether or not he gets extra treats or tidbits during the day. If he gets dog treats, cut those down to a minimum
and if he gets table scraps or other tidbits cut those out altogether. He doesn't need them and they're not good for him.

I hope this helps some, use this information and talk the whole situation over with your vet and I'm sure that you'll be able to help your dog trim off those pounds so that he has a longer, healthier life.

I wish you both lots of luck.

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10 MONTH OLD PUPPY why so SMALL......

by SOORYA
(INDIA)

is this head is ok

is this head is ok

is this head is ok
Head


My 10 month old female have 24 inch height, and 31 kilogram weight. is it ok. and her head is too small. is her head sized after ten months. here i attached her photos. can i use any calcium tonics, or tablets???

Her food details mention here

350 gram Beef And .650 gram Rice. per day as twice
that means 125+325 X 2 per day.

Is this ok?





Hi Soorya
Your girl is only 10 months old, she's still a pup and is similar in terms of development to a human teenager. She has a lot more growing to do, and probably at least another year or so in which to do it.

Rottweilers are not meant to be X-Large or 'giant' dogs. An adult Rottie female should reach somewhere between 22 and 25 inches (at the shoulder) by maturity and your girl is already 24 inches tall so she's doing fine there. Usually they gain all their height, before getting their full adult weight, and although she is a bit below average in weight for her age she looks totally in proportion to her body structure.

Bone type and size, and head size, pigmentation etc. are all determined by genetics, and diet, exercise or supplementation (not recommended unless the diet is lacking) will not change that. Her head doesn't look small in proportion to her body, and although it will fill out along with the rest of her as she gains weight, it's simply her body type.

She is a nice-looking female and given time I think will develop into a well-built adult, maybe a little taller than average and perhaps a little 'light' in frame, but nothing to worry about and it's a bit early to really say what she is going to look like later on.

As for her diet, your best bet is to use a premium large breed food and avoid supplements as they can cause problems. I'd recommend that you check out this webpage for info. and advice on finding an appropriate food, or providing a well-balanced home made diet... Feed Program For Overseas

Hope this helps, best of luck with your pup.

22 - 25 inches 68lbs now, 92lbs adult

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KAISER 85 days old puppy,How do you rate?

by MANUEL SIJO KJ
(Cochin.Kerala.INDIA)





He is very playful character. His grand father is Ch.Zap flash rouse.

Feeding rice with beef lever & ROYAL CANIN JAINT Babydog with milk daily. can i continue still 6 months?





Hi Manuel
Lovely pup :o) Good bone structure, color and eyes and he looks sturdy and healthy.

As for feeding him, you can use puppy food up until he's at least 18 months, if you're also adding home-made ingredients make sure that they're well balanced.

I'd recommend using my Feeding Puppies page as a guideline, and also check out this page Feeding Program For Overseas as it has lots of tips and advice that I think you'll find helpful.

Best of luck with your beautiful boy.

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behavior and head development

by Cristian
(Tijuana BC mexico)

I have a 6 month old rottie and i spoiled him ever since i got him at 3 weeks old . and then we got him a little sister a pitbull blue she's 6 months old too, and they get along good. they always get excited when i get home.

But my rottie its acting like his depressed, he's not excited to see me anymore and he just lay down in front of the door. i was told that his head may started developing. please help me i love my dog his name is logan.

Thank you in advance..


Cris C. From Mexico





Hi Cris
First of all, whenever there's a change in behavior with a puppy or dog, it's important to have them properly checked out by your veterinarian to make sure that there isn't any kind of underlying health issue that could be causing the problem.

If your vet finds your puppy to be in good health, then I would guess that he is feeling a bit upset at having to share you with the new dog. It's good that they get along (and choosing a female was a good decision as there is less likely to be any real squabbling that way), and I'm sure he will appreciate having a canine friend to play with. However, as he's been an 'only dog' since he was a tiny baby, it's natural that this would be a bit of an adjustment for him.

The best thing you can do is to give him lots of love and attention, and make sure that he gets treated as the 'top dog' as that will help reinforce his position in your 'pack' (family) and help him to feel secure and not be jealous of the new arrival. Give him plenty of one-on-one time with you, so that he still gets your undivided attention. Rottweilers tend to be 'one person' dogs and he needs to know that he's still YOUR best friend.

Other than that it will probably just take some time for him to adjust to the new family dynamics, but I'm sure that he will soon start to feel better about things and his personality will come back.

I doubt that this has anything to do with his head. He is an adolescent now and has at least another year, possibly 18 months or even longer, before he's fully grown. During that time he will go through the stages that are similar to human teenagers, with some rebellion, a bit of 'attitude', and increasing independence. As long as you continue to love him, and give him loving discipline and guidance he will turn out just fine.

You might find my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart interesting as it tells you about the growth and development you can expect from your pup.

Do remember to have him checked over by your vet though just to make sure that this is an emotional issue rather than a physical one. Best of luck with your pup.

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Size of Rottweiler head - 8 month female

by Moren Mj
(Slc, Utah)

I have a 8 month old female rottweiler she has a small head and massive body that don't match will she grow into it ?




Hi Moren
Generally a puppy's bone size is what determines the skeletal frame, including the head. So if she has a big, heavy bone structure then her head should be in proportion.

Is it possible that her body is too big because she's overweight? Sometimes owners think that if they feed their Rottie (or other large breed pup) a LOT of food they will get bigger.... they won't, they'll only get FATTER! As long as the pup isn't starving to death or totally deprived of nutrients, feeding too much won't affect the size of the bone, which is what the entire body structure is based on.

If you think your pup may be overweight, please check out my Feeding Puppies and Best Puppy Food pages for advice and information on making sure your girl gets the right nutrition to support her growth.

It's also worth remembering that Rottweilers are very slow to mature, and she's still very much a puppy right now. She won't be fully grown until at least 18 months, and it could even be two years or more before she's considered adult. She has a lot of growing to do before that time.

Adolescent Rottie pups (as yours is now) are often a bit 'out of proportion' and awkward or gangly - that's normal. She'll gain her full height before her full weight.

Adult size and the size/type of bone, shape of head etc. are all determined by genetics there isn't anything you can do to change the genes she has. As long as she's healthy and has a sound temperament, I wouldn't worry too much about this. Rottweilers are much more than just the size of their heads (or bodies for that matter!). I'm sure she's a beautiful girl and there are many, many things to love about her regardless of whether or not she eventually has a huge head :)

Best of luck with your pup.

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Growth and weight

by James
(Kalamazoo ,Michigan)


I have a 7 month old male Rott. He weighs 85 pounds. He was 12 pounds at 8 weeks. We have started in Shutzhund training and the teacher said he wanted to see more rib. Implying my pup is slightly overweight. The vet said he looked fine. He is a rott not a german shepherd.

The other dogs in the class look very thin to me, on some of them you can see every rib they have. IF he is right and my pup is to heavy have i damaged his joints. what is the margin of growing too rapidly, being too heavy and damage to joints and when do joints close and growing stop.






Hi James
From the photo above, your Rottie looks just about perfect to me - but size/weight can be a bit subjective with different people having different opinions. However, although you should be able to FEEL your pups' ribs (under a layer of fat), in my opinion you shouldn't be able to see them clearly.

At 7 months your pup is an adolescent, a teenager basically, and he looks to be growing in height faster than he's putting on weight, which is normal. He legs are fairly long, but his bone size looks heavy and big enough to support that sort of skeletal 'framework', he will gain his full height before his full weight and may look gangly, or awkward, or a bit out-of-proportion for a while as he grows.

I definitely don't think he looks overweight, so I doubt very much that there's any problem with his bones/joints. As long as he's eating a properly balanced diet designed for a large breed puppy, and he's not exercising to an extreme where he could damage his joints, then I doubt you have anything to worry about. I'd take your vets' advice in terms of your pups weight/health.

Do bear in mind though that I'm not a veterinarian and I'm just giving my own personal opinion!

Rottweilers are slow to mature, and his bone and joint development will continue until he's about 18 months old. After that he'll keep putting on weight and developing muscle until he's fully grown. All pups are different and the bigger males can take up to 2 1/2 to 3 years to reach maturity.

Hope this helps some, best of luck with that beautiful boy.

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Hi I haveOne rottweiler Max (Male) his weight 9.650 Kms and his age 57 days is it good ?

by Ahmed
(Cairo)

Hi I have One rottweiler Max (Male) his weight 9.650 Kms and his age 57 days is it good ?






Hi Ahmed
If I'm converting that right and you mean 9.65 kgs, then that is about 20lbs which is big for a 6 week old pup.

As long as his bone size and frame are appropriate for that weight it shouldn't be a problem, but if he is fat or overweight for his bone structure you will need to be careful as carrying too much weight can damage growing bones, ligaments and joints.

Make sure he's eating a premium puppy food specifically designed for large breed puppies so that he gets the right balance of nutrients. You can see my Feeding Puppies page for more info. on this.

Best of luck with your pup.

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female rotwieler growth

what age will my female rottweilerl stop growing? she is 10 months old and only weighs 65 pounds.





Hi
I'd recommend that you take a look at my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart as it has all the answers you're looking for.

Rottweilers are very slow to mature and develop, and usually aren't considered adult until anywhere between 18 months and 3 years old. Also, Rotties aren't meant to be giant dogs, and although your girl is a bit below-average in terms of weight right now, that doesn't mean she won't catch up later on. Sometimes the biggest pups are the slowest to mature.

Also, if you've seen her parents, you will have some idea of how big she'll be as an adult. Genetics is a major part of what determines adult size in a dog.

Hope this helps, best of luck with your pup.

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curvy bones

by vijay
(trichur-kerala-india)

hi,
i have a 6 month old rottie which is very active but recently i noticed that it's back hind legs are not strong enough and both hind legs tend to touch while walking and left front leg is seen twisted while he runs....

from viewing from front he is absolutely normal-jumps does all sorts of stuff..... am giving vitamins and calcium supplements.... anything serious?please advice






Hi Vijay
At 6 months old your Rottweiler is a puppy and is growing very rapidly, with a lot more to do. The abnormalities you mention could cause him serious problems later on and I think you need to look closely at his diet and the type of exercise he has.

First of all, only feed a premium puppy food that has been specifically designed for large breed puppies because that has the balance of nutrients your pup needs to grow at the correct rate. It sounds as though he may be growing too quickly and may have either too much protein, or too much calcium (or both) in his diet. It's also possible that he's not getting enough of certain other nutrients.

The position of the rear legs could also be something called 'cow hocking' and it can be an inherited tendency, perhaps this pups' mom or dad had the same issue?

I'd recommend carefully reading my Feeding Puppies and Best Puppy Food pages as they have a lot of information to help you. If you have difficulty obtaining the foods mentioned, or want to feed a home made diet (and if you do this, it MUST be correctly balanced in terms of nutrition), then take a look at this article Feed Program For Overseas as I think it will be very interesting and helpful to you.

As for exercise, don't allow him to jump from any sort of height (or out of a truck, down steps, off retaining walls etc.) as this can really damage his growing joints and ligaments. Also don't let him jog or run for any distance on hard surfaces such as concrete - again this can cause problems. And finally, once he's on a good diet, keep him lean and don't overfeed him as carrying too much weigh while the skeletal frame is still growing can cause deformities.

I hope this helps some and wish you the best of luck with your pup.

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about my rottie - when will her head fill out?

My rottie is a year old when will her head fill out?


Thanks, Tammy








Hi Tammy
Rottweilers are very slow to mature and will continue growing until at least 18 months, quite possibly longer.

Usually they gain their full height and adult bone size, before they finish developing muscle size and putting on weight.

At one year old, your Rottweiler is still a pup and has some growing to do yet. The skeletal shape of the head won't change too much, but it should grow at the same sort of rate as the rest of her body.

Conformation is mostly hereditary and if your pups' parents had large, solid headpieces, then so should your pup. But narrow muzzles, less 'fill' under the eyes, ear-set etc. etc. is also passed on, so you'll get a better idea of how she will look as an adult by looking more closely at her parents.

Rottweilers are much more than just 'big heads' (and big bodies!!), and I wouldn't worry too much about her conformation at this point. If she's a pet rather than a show dog it's much more important that she's healthy and happy, and has a sound temperament than whether or not her head is huge.

You can learn more about Rottweiler growth and development by checking out this page Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart. Best of luck with your pup.

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Growth Rate between 8 week and 12 week

by Girish
(India)

Reference to even different growth chart for larger breeds,

example
8 weeks 12.0 lbs - 15.8 lbs
3 months 33 lbs - 38 lbs

8 weeks to 12 weeks it seems almost putting on 20 LBS ?? (10 kgs)

where as ahead its normal 10 lbs per month on average (5 kgs)

is any specific reason for that 8 weeks (2 months) to 12 weeks (3 month) higher growth rate ? almost double than the regular 10 lbs per month ?

We got 10 lbs increase from 8 week to 12 week duration, so overall it resulting a backlog of 5 kgs ahead in the average

more inquisitive to know about why all charts reference shows 8 week to 12 week a higher jump? any specific reason






Hi Girish
This period is a sort of 'transitional' period for puppies and is when they are moving from that 'baby puppy' stage into the 'tween' puppy stage.

Large breeds grow quickly, but often unevenly rather than in a smooth upward curve! They're also slow to mature, so their growth is spread over a long period of time.

Between 8 and 12 weeks many large breed puppies go through a growth spurt where their rate of growth speeds up. These growth spurts will occur several times as the pup grows and matures.

Of course, all puppies are different, and their growth rate, as well as their eventual adult size, can vary quite a bit - even within the same breed, or the same litter. Not all puppies will have their growth spurts at exactly the same age, but you can generally expect one during that 8 - 12 week window.

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my rottweiler needs fat in his body

My rottweiler puppy of 3 and half months got cured of an illness that made throw up a transparent liquid and a lot of diarrhea after a long treatment he was cured.

but if you looked at him he didn't look like the dog I bought, he was really really skinny his big head shrunk to skinny face but than a month and almost e months gotten much better but he is still skinny he has waist in the morning.

I wanna how long it would take to fattened up his body and his face?






Hi
It sounds as though your puppy survived Canine Parvovirus (see my Parvo Symptoms page to learn more about this horrible, and often deadly disease).

Rottweilers are very, very vulnerable to this condition and if your pup survived he's a strong boy, and a fighter. Parvo really decimates a puppy and although the most acute phase lasts somewhere between 7 and 10 days, it can take several months for a pup to fully recover. What you describe is absolutely normal in this situation.

Your pup needs a very nutritious diet and lots of rest, other than that it will just take time for him to regain his body weight, strength and energy. It can be difficult to believe at first, but your pup will get back to normal given time.

I hope this puts your mind at rest. Best of luck with your pup.

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SMALL PUPPY

by BRANDON
(SOUTH AFRICA)

MY PUPPY I GOT FROM A BREEDER THE MOTHER HAD 18 PUPPIES, BUT MY PUPPY CAME OUT LAST AND IS SMALLER THAN THE OTHERS.

I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF HE WILL GROW UP LIKE THE OTHERS AND AS STRONG AND BIG AS FATHER?






Hi Brandon
18 puppies is a HUGE litter, and even though Rottweilers do tend towards having big litters, this is extreme.

In that situation, it's likely that several of the puppies (if not the majority of them) will be below average in size to begin with. This is due to the limited space in the mommas' womb. Also, in many litters (regardless of how big it is), there's a 'runt' or especially small puppy.

Sometimes the runt is smaller simply due to it being squashed into a small space within the momma dogs' womb, or getting less in utero nutrition. Other times there are underlying health issues, such as heart defects, which cause it to be small, weak and sickly.

It's important to have a new puppy checked out by your own vet within a day or two of bringing him home, that way you can be sure he's healthy and is up to date on his puppy vaccinations and deworming etc. As long as he's perfectly healthy, then it's possible that he will grow up just as big and strong as his siblings. The runt of the litter at birth, isn't necessarily going to be the smallest dog at maturity.

However, each pup is unique and has his/her own bone structure and genetic make-up, a mixture inherited from both parents. Within any litter, there will be a range of size, weight, structure, conformation, coloring etc. etc.

Rottweilers are large dogs, but they're not meant to be 'giants', it's important to feed Rottie pups a premium puppy food (see my Feeding Puppies and Best Puppy Food pages for more on this) and not to overfeed in an effort to make a pup grow bigger, or faster. This can have serious health consequences, including bone and joint problems and even heart problems.

Rottweilers are slow to mature, and the bigger males are the slowest of all. Your pup will gain his full height probably by around 18 months to 2 years, but won't reach his full adult weight for several months after that. Just feed him well, exercise him, train him and make sure he gets the best veterinary care, and be patient....

Hope this helps. Best of luck with your pup.

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1 year old male rottweiler and growth

by Danny
(Penngrove CA USA)

Hello, i bought a german rott from Vom Eschenhagen Rottweilers about a year ago. He is currently about 1 year and one month old and he is a male and not neutered. His dad is named Lord von Bickesheim II and he is about 115-125 pounds. His mother is 100 pounds.

This breeder is a real good German rottweiler breeder and she told me that her lines grow real slow physically. She said that they grow in height up to a year and a half but keep filling out in width till they r 3-5 years old. My pup is only 78 pounds at just over a year old and was wondering if that is normal or if he is just on the small end?

Thank you for your time.





Hi Danny
The breeder you bought your pup from is definitely a good one, and their dogs are awesome. Your pups' sire is a beautiful dog and I'm certain your 'little' guy is from the same mold!

In general Rottweilers are slow to mature, and in my personal experience the biggest males are the slowest of all. At best, a Rottie is mature somewhere between 18 months and 2 years, but taking up to 3 years is perfectly normal. Personally, I would say 4 - 5 years is pushing the limits, but if you're talking about muscle development and so on, then it's possible. Breeders like this know their own dogs and bloodlines inside-out, and if they say it could take 3 years plus, then I'd take their word for it.

I have a huge male that took all of 3 years to grow into his bone structure and head - in fact he looked like a 'bobble head' toy for a lot of that time. But he eventually matured into a stunning dog. I would imagine you may see something similar with your pup.

At just under 80lbs at 13 months, he could be considered a little bit lighter than average, but with bloodlines known for slower-than-average growth I wouldn't be worried about it at this point at all. Height also factors into this, and if he's on the lower end of the height range for Rottweilers, then he can be expected to weigh a bit less than a dog of the same basic 'type' and lines, who is a few inches taller. I actually prefer the slightly stockier, and shorter body type, but it's a personal thing and as long as the dog is well balanced that's all that matters.

Given the weight of the parents, I would imagine your pup is going to weigh close to what he sire weighs once adult, probably around 120lbs. . Bigger isn't always better and that weight is just about perfect.

Hope this helps. Best of luck with your pup.




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Growth stage of Bishop

by Cal & Ange
(Guelph, Ont, Canada)

Bishop @ 8 months

Bishop @ 8 months

I have an American Rottweiler, His name is Bishop. He is now just over 10 months and 81lbs. He is in great shape, may look a little thin but I think this is part of a growth stage?

He is fed 3 times daily (2 cups per feed) He is NOT food aggressive but he does not chew his food at all. I have tried everything I can think of to slow down his eating but have come out unsuccsessful.

Also do you know at what stage he will stop growing up and start filling out? Thanks
Ange.



Hi Ange
Bishop does indeed look in great shape, and yes the 'lanky' appearance is just because he's an adolescent. Once his bone structure is mature, he wills start to 'fill out' that frame.

Have you tried feeding him in a very wide, shallow dish rather than a regular dog food bowl? Even something like a baking tray works. It makes it more difficult for the dog to gobble down his food, which is important for large breeds as 'speed eating' can be a factor in Canine Bloat. Sometimes hand-feeding a pup like this helps, just fill your palm and let him eat it that way. You can do it one piece of kibble at a time, but you need a LOT of time to feed a Rottie that way :o) I'd also suggest that you feed him twice a day now, rather than three times, just divide the total amount of food he gets per day into two servings, rather than three.

As he matures, and his growth slows down his appetite will probably diminish some, and his eating will slow down.

As for when he'll be mature, some of that depends on his individual bloodlines, but in general Rottweilers aren't fully grow or adult until somewhere around 18 months to 2 years of age. Males can take even longer, sometimes up to 3 years before they gain their full size.

I would say by about 14 - 16 months old your pup will have reached his full height, after that he will slowly build muscle and gain weight until reaching adulthood - however long that takes. There's definitely 'room for error' here and it could take longer, but you can check out my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page to learn more about Rottie development.

Hope this helps some. Best of luck with Bishop.

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GROWTH OF PUPPY ROTTWEILER

by RAVI
(INDIA)

I OWN A MALE ROTTIE. AGE 12 MONTHS WEIGHT- 42 KG

I WANT TO KNOW THAT HE WILL GAIN MORE WEIGHT, AND WILL HIS HEAD SIZE GROW, AND UP TO WHAT AGE?




Hi Ravi
At 12 months old your Rottie is still a pup, a teenager really, and he has more growing to do. Rottweilers don't reach maturity until they're between 18 months and 2 years old, for big males it can take even longer.

Pups get their full height before they reach their full height, so they tend to look a bit out of proportion, even underweight, for a while. But, at 42 KG (just over 95 lbs), your pup is well within the normal weight range (see my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart ) for his age.

The bone size and structure is what determines height and head-size, and contributes to weight. This is a genetic trait, and your pups head size and shape, will depend on his parentage. Not all Rottweilers are going to be X-Large size dogs, and in fact they shouldn't be, they weren't originally bred to be super-sized.

Overfeeding or trying to make a pup/dog bigger by putting on extra weight isn't healthy and contributes to bone/joint, and even heart, problems. Just make sure that you feed your pup a well-balanced, premium large-breed dog food, and he will grow appropriately.

It's very difficult to say without seeing the pup, or his parents, and this would have to be a guess, but from my personal experience and given the weight of your pup right now, I would imagine he will grow to weigh somewhere around 120 lbs as an adult. Of course, it could be more, or a little less, but only time will tell.

Hope this helps. Best of luck with your puppy.

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