Questions to ask yourself before you adopt a Rottweiler

Adopting a Rottweiler is a great way to get a loyal, fun companion, but there are many serious questions to ask yourself before adopting a Rottweiler. Many beautiful Rotties are out there waiting for a home, but not every home is right for a Rott. But before you go to a shelter, here are some questions to ask yourself before adopting a Rottweiler.


Where did the dog come from?

Knowing the dog’s history can give you some insight into their personality and behaviour. If they come from a shelter, they may have had a difficult start to life which could make them more reserved or timid. If they come from a breeder, you may be able to find out more about their parents and grandparents, which can give you an idea of what to expect in terms of temperament and health.

Why is the dog being adopted out?

The reason why a Rottweiler is being adopted out can tell you a lot about their personality. If they were abandoned, it could be because they were too much work for their previous owner. If they were surrendered to a shelter, it could be because of behavioral problems. Knowing the reasons why the dog is being adopted out can help you to decide whether or not they are the right fit for you and your family.

Has the dog been re-housed before?

This is an important question to ask because it can give you some insight into the dog’s personality. A dog who has had multiple homes may be more anxious or stressed and may have some behavioural issues. If you’re considering adopting a dog who has already had multiple homes, you’ll need to be prepared to put in the time and effort to help them settle into their new home.

Time and Commitment:

Do you have the time to devote to a Rottweiler

Rottweilers are large, active dogs who need plenty of exercise and attention. They are not the best breed for someone who is away from home frequently or does not have the time to commit to daily walks and playtime. If you are considering adopting a Rottweiler, make sure you have the time to give them the attention and exercise they need.

Are you prepared to commit to owning a Rottweiler for the animal’s entire lifetime?

Rottweilers have a lifespan of 10-12 years, so adopting one is a long-term commitment. Make sure you are prepared to care for the dog for their entire lifetime before you adopt. This includes providing them with regular vet care, including vaccinations and routine check-ups.

Dogs find it stressful to be rehoused, so when you adopt a Rottweiler you need to be really sure you’re ready to commit to it, rather than give it up, so make sure you’re able to find the time needed to care for it.


Is the Rottweiler potty trained?

If the dog is not potty trained, are you willing to put in the time and effort to train them?

Rottweilers are intelligent dogs who can be easily trained, but they do require patience and consistency. If you are not willing to put in the time to train your Rottweiler, then this may not be the right breed for you.

Do you have experience training dogs?

If you do not have experience training dogs, are you willing to learn?

Training a Rottweiler requires patience and consistency. If you do not have experience training dogs, it is important that you are willing to learn. There are many resources available to help you learn how to train your Rottweiler effectively.

Has the dog had any formal training?

Rottweilers who have had formal training are typically easier to train than those who have not. However, it is important that you are willing to continue this training in order to maintain the dog’s good behaviour.

Are you prepared to deal with potential behavior problems associated with Rottweilers?

Rottweilers are large, powerful dogs. While they are friendly, they are also very confident dogs and require firm, consistent training and an owner that can provide strong direction. If you are not prepared to deal with potential behavior problems, then this may not be the right breed for you.

Do some research on the Rottweiler breed before you make a decision to adopt one. This will help you to be better prepared for the time and commitment required to care for a Rottweiler. Remember, when you adopt a Rottweiler, you are making a lifetime commitment to the animal.

Affordability and care

What is the Rottweiler’s health status?

Rottweilers are generally a healthy breed, but like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. Be sure to ask the shelter or rescue organization about the dog’s health status and whether or not they have been spayed or neutered.

What vaccines has the Rottweiler had?

Rottweilers require a regular schedule of vaccinations to stay healthy. Be sure to ask the shelter or rescue organization about the dog’s vaccination history and whether or not they are up-to-date on their shots. Essential shots for Rottweilers include rabies, distemper, and parvovirus.

Can you afford to provide proper care for a Rottweiler?

Proper care for a Rottweiler includes regular vet check-ups and preventive care, including vaccinations, routine deworming, and tick/flea/heartworm prevention. Additionally, Rottweilers require a high-quality diet and plenty of exercise.

They are big dogs with big appetites, so be prepared to spend a bit more on food than you would for a smaller breed.

Are you prepared to handle unexpected medical expenses?

Like all dog breeds, Rottweilers are susceptible to health problems. Some of these conditions can be expensive to treat. Be sure you are prepared to handle unexpected medical expenses before you adopt a Rottweiler. Finding good pet insurance for your Rottweiler can help offset some of the costs associated with unexpected medical bills.

Common health problems include hip and elbow dysplasia, osteochondrosis, and bloat.

Rottweiler Temperament

What is the Rottweiler’s personality?

Rottweilers are intelligent, confident, and loyal dogs. They are protective of their family and can be territorial. But, when you adopt a Rottie you must ask about the personality of the specific dog you are interested in. Every dog is an individual and their personality will be influenced by their past experiences, socialization, and training.

You need to think about the environment and whether or not a Rottweiler would be a good fit. They do best in homes with a large yard where they can get plenty of exercise. They are also better suited for families with older children as they can be too rowdy and exuberant for younger kids.

Does this Rottweiler get along well with children and strangers?

Rottweilers are generally good with children, but it’s important to remember that every dog is an individual. The best way to know if a Rottie would do well with your kids is to ask the shelter or rescue organization about their specific personality and whether or not they have been around children before.

If you have children in the house, make sure you teach them how to interact with the Rottweiler in a respectful and gentle way. Always supervise your dog until you’re confident they can be left alone together.

Does this dog get along with other dogs or other pets?

Rottweilers can be aggressive towards other dogs if they are not properly socialized. But, with early socialization and training, most Rotties can learn to get along with other animals.

When you adopt a Rottweiler, be sure to ask about their previous experiences with other dogs and animals. If they have not been around other animals before, be prepared to do some extra socialization work with them.

Can you handle a dog with a strong personality?

Rottweilers are intelligent dogs with strong personalities. They need an owner who is confident and assertive. If you’re not experienced with handling a dog with a strong personality, you may want to consider another breed.


Are you prepared to provide the Rottweiler with adequate exercise?

Rottweilers are high-energy dogs that require plenty of exercise. They need room to run and play, so a large yard is ideal. If you don’t have a yard, you’ll need to take them for long walks or runs daily. A Rottie that doesn’t get enough exercise can become destructive and even aggressive.

Home setting

  • Do you have a Rottweiler-friendly home?
  • Do you have a backyard that a Rottweiler can enjoy?
  • Do you have other pets that will get along with a Rottweiler?

Worst case scenarios:

If you find you cannot keep your Rottweiler for any reason, are you prepared to find them a new home? Will the shelter or rescue take the Rottweiler back if it doesn’t work out? What is the return policy? What kind of support can you expect from the shelter or rescue if you have questions or problems?

Final thoughts

If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then you may be ready to adopt a Rottweiler. However, remember that every dog is an individual, so even if you meet all of the above criteria, there’s no guarantee that a Rottweiler will be the right fit for your family. Be sure to spend some time getting to know any potential adoptee before making a final decision.

About Tamsin de la Harpe 17 Articles
Tamsin has worked extensively in dog behavior problems and is passionate about canine nutrition. She has worked with trainers who specialize in Shutzhund and protection training, and worked with many Rottweilers. Her passion for dogs shows in her writing and she loves sharing her knowledge with Rottie lovers!