how old should my rottie be before bringing home a new one

by Dillys mom
(pa, usa)

dilly boy

dilly boy

I’m wanting to get a second rottie my boy is 11 months old now house broke and is doing well.

Wanting to get another pup as a playmate what is a good age to add a new pup?

A BEST age (in my personal opinion) would be once the first dog is fully adult, and for Rottweilers this is somewhere between 2 and 3 years old.

The adolescent period can be pretty challenging by itself (that will last until around 18 months to 2 years, especially in males, so adding a new pup at this stage MIGHT cause some dominance issues, bad behavior and so on.

BUT, so much depends on an individual dog’s personality, training, behavior, dominance/submissive levels and so on that there’s no hard-and-fast rules about it. You know your Rottie best and are in the best position to judge how he might react to a new pup in the house.

There is one hard-and-fast ‘rule’ that I would recommend following though… and that’s to add a puppy of the opposite sex!

Dogs generally accept a puppy with few problems, but as that pup grows dominance issues can show up and they’re much more obvious and problematic with two dogs of the same sex. So it makes sense to sidestep that pitfall!

Obviously you will want to be sure your dogs are spayed/neutered to prevent pregnancy though.

Hope this helps. Good luck with it all. ~ Sue

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone