Raising two male rotties from the same litter??


I got two rottie puppies from the same litter, they are well behaved but everyone keeps saying that’s not a good idea..

I raised rottweiler before, father and son no problem, what do you think?

In general, having two pups of the same sex can be problematic as they mature. From personal experience I’d say that two females are worse in this respect than two males, but it’s not always the case.

Of course, all dogs are different and just because it can often cause problems, doesn’t mean that it will ALWAYS be that way. It seems as though you were fortunate the first time around with your father/son Rotties, and you could also be lucky this time and they will continue to get along. However, it’s also perfectly possible (even likely) that they will become combative as they mature.

But, as you are familiar with raising this breed you may be able to handle any squabbling and posturing that goes on and help them to overcome their differences so that they can live together long term. Again, a lot will depend on the individual dogs and their personalities. There are no guarantees one way or the other.

For first time owners, or those not familiar with the breed and perhaps not confident in their ability to deal with problems, I would definitely say do not try to raise two pups of the same sex together. However, for you the situation is a bit different and I think you’ll have to follow your gut on this.

Until they reach adolescence they should be fine, and you can always re-evaluate the situation should problems arise. Of course, you would have to be prepared for the worst outcome, which is the they can’t/won’t get along and you find you can’t keep them both. But that may or may not happen, only time will tell.

I’m sorry I can’t give you a more definitive answer, but there are so many variables with each unique situation. I do wish you the best of luck though and hope it all works out well for you.

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Oct 05, 2016


Raising Rottie Littermates NEW
by: Tonya My husband and I adopted 2 male Rottie 8 weeks old (litter mates). They are keeping us busy but we love them.
We want to raise them properly but there are a few questions

1. When feeding they have separate bowls but insist on eating together. Should I allow them to eat together or continue to separate?

2. Fighting – when playing becomes more aggressive should I stop their fighting? How??

3. Both still use the Pee pee pads buto they are chewing the and I see plastic in their stools What should I do?


Mar 21, 2016


Terrible twos… NEW
by: Anonymous I need advice please…I have 2 rotties from the same litter, male & female.7 weeks old, when allowed to play together they get aggressive.., after they both ignore us…we now have separated them and they have shown less aggressive behavior.. How long should I keep doing this? I was told about 4 months until they develop their own personality’s..

May 15, 2011


Brotherly love
by: Marlene I also have two Rottie pups from the same litter. The plan was to only have one, but when taken from the litter, he got sick (separation anxiety/stress) so his brother had to come along and belongs to my friend; we agreed that they would never be separated so they have dual residency. They love each other something fierce, usually touching at sometime during sleep, either at the start of sleep, or sometine during sleep. Just like little boys, they wrestle and play but one will always nip the other a little to hard and there will be a brief scrap and they start playing all over again. I’ve heard that the older they get the more aggressive they will become with each other (alpha male business). At some point my friend will be taking his to train him differently and I believe mine will become depressed. They are always together and worry about each other when one is out of sight (i.e. at vet’s office when one is taken out of the examining room to be weighed.) They are very entertaining.

May 09, 2011


2 rotties 1 home
by: Heather My husband and I are currently raising 2 male rotties (littermates). They are now 7 months old and still get along great. I’ve not had any previous experience with rotties but my husband had. Our boys are very well mannered buy occasionally both want the same toy. We distract one of them with a similar toy and this solves the problem. One has bonded closely with me and the other has bonded with my husband, I don’t know if that had any effect or not. Good luck with your boys. I hope they stay best buddies.

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