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Have you been thinking about getting a dog, specifically a Rottweiler for your home? If so, then you must have wondered about Rottweiler prices.
What’s the price of a Rottweiler? Rottweiler puppies cost between $500 to as high as $2500 depending on several factors, including where and who you are buying from, the age of the dog you are buying, and if it’s a pure or mixed breed.
In this article, we are going to look at everything there is to know about preparing to get a Rottweiler and the factors that affect the price of one.
Factors Determining the Price of a Rottweiler Puppy
The prices of Rottweiler puppies are going to differ depending on various factors that I’m going to explain below:
Where and who you’re buying the animal from
You can get a Rottie from different places, including professional breeders, amateur breeders, and you can even adopt one. Adopting a Rottie, of course, is far cheaper than buying one, and rehoming fees can be as little as $50 and above.
Buying your puppy from a professional breeder is going to cost you more money, but it has its benefits which we’re going to look at later in this article.
Purebred or Crossbred Rottweilers
Purebred Rotties are usually more expensive than crossbreeds, and it is not difficult to see why. Responsible breeders put in a lot of time, effort, and money to ensure that the best animals are produced in terms of health and even looks.
Socialization and training while still at the breeder
Training and socialization are very important for every dog, regardless of breed. It is always advisable for you to begin training your puppy as soon as you get the animal to prevent bad behavior like stubbornness, fear, and unfriendliness towards strangers, etc.
Some breeders train and socialize puppies while the puppies are still living with them. Such breeders will usually charge more for the pooches, which is expected, considering that your dog will be well behaved, and you will find it easier to continue training your pooch if you want to. Also, you’ll not have to spend extra on training the animal.
Dogs which are registered with kennel clubs, especially popular ones like the AKC (American Kennel Club) for the US, the ARDK (Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub) for Germany, and The Kennel Club for the UK are usually more expensive to buy.
Health screenings for the dog
Good breeders will usually provide buyers with medical reports of the puppies that show that the animals do not have certain health issues. They will also have made sure that their dogs are vaccinated and generally healthy before selling them.
If you are buying from this kind of breeder, you’ll have to pay more, but then, you can rest assured that you’re getting a healthy dog, and you’ll not be a regular visitor to the vet.
Rare Rottweiler coat colors
Rotties have a dominant coat color, which is black with tan markings. However, some breeders may offer ‘rare colored’ Rotties like the red, blue, or white Rotties for sale at a more expensive price. Take note that many of these ‘rare colored’ breeds are actually crossbreeds or products of inbreeding (breeding between close relatives e.g father and daughter) and most do not meet the breed standards set out by recognised kennel clubs.
Age of the dog
Younger dogs are generally more expensive than older ones as most people prefer to get puppies over adult dogs.
Costs of Raising a Rottweiler
Buying a dog is one thing, but raising the animal is another. A major thing that people who plan to buy Rottweilers wonder about is if the animals are expensive to keep.
Rottweilers have large appetites, plus they’re a large breed, and so, you should be ready to feed your dog with high-quality food. For puppies, it’s recommended that you feed them with high-quality large-breed puppy food that will aid their growth.
For food alone, you can expect to spend up to $50 every month. This amount is separate from the cost of treats which are necessary too especially if you are training your dog. The total cost of food and treats for a month is about $60.
Training and grooming
If you are going to get a professional to train your dog, then you should factor in the cost of doing that too. Group training costs about $50 and above.
As for grooming, you can easily do that yourself since Rotties are light to moderate shedders. Brushing your pet’s coat two to three times a week should be enough to maintain the
You can get away with bathing your pooch by yourself once every 6 to 7 weeks, as bathing the dog too often will strip the animal’s skin of the natural oil it needs and can even worsen shedding. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly to avoid bad breath.
If your Rottie’s nails get too long, you can clip them by yourself at home. Dog grinders are a safer alternative to clippers, and you can easily get one online to use in trimming your pet’s nails.
Supplies you need to keep your dog comfortable
Apart from food, you’re going to need some paraphernalia to raise your pooch. They include a leash for walking the animal, collar, toys, a dog bed, crate, water bowl, food bowl, and so on. You can begin by buying the basics if you’re short on cash and then buy the rest when you’re more financially buoyant.
Disadvantages of Buying From an Unscrupulous Breeder
Rottweilers are prone to having some health challenges, and that is why reputable breeders spend years trying to breed puppies that will have little risk of inheriting these health challenges. Health challenges that these animals are prone to have include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cancer, progressive retinal atrophy, canine bloat, heart diseases, Entropion, skin irritation, and canine allergies, etc.
Good breeders follow the standards of the American Kennel Club in breeding their Rotties and try as much as possible to produce dogs that follow these standards. Therefore such pooches usually have far fewer risks of having health challenges compared to those from other breeders who do not follow these rules.
Besides, with reputable professional breeders who have the interests and love of their dogs at heart, you can rest assured that you’re getting a purebred dog. Other breeders may not really care and may only be after money. Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club does not have standards as rigorous as that of the ADRK, and so, some puppies with some faults that are not allowed by the ADRK are recognized by the AKC and allowed to breed.
Don’t Be Fooled By The Promise of a ‘Rare’ Rottweiler
Also, shady breeders might try to pass off crossbreeds as purebred, especially to buyers who do not really know what signs to watch out for. The annoying aspect is that some of these people even present some dogs as ‘rare colored’ and then proceed to sell these dogs at very exorbitant rates to unsuspecting buyers who don’t know better.
Most of these ‘rare’ Rottweilers are actually crossbreeds or dogs that are bred by inbreeding, and while there is nothing wrong in buying one, if that is truly what you want, you should be careful not to be scammed of your hard-earned money by unscrupulous breeders.
Also, be aware of the fact that these animals are more prone to the health challenges mentioned above than the ones that are bred according to the kennel standards, and so you might incur high vet bills in the long run.
Which Is More Expensive Between the German and American Rottweilers?
You may have heard that there are different Rottweiler breeds, such as American, German, and Serbian Rottweilers. The difference between these animals is majorly the fact that they are born in different countries.
Therefore, German Rotties are those born and bred in Germany according to the rules of the official Kennel Club of Germany (Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub). In the same vein, American Rottweilers are those born and bred in America.
Another major difference is the fact that German Rottweilers have natural tails, whereas American ones have docked tails. The animals have other differences, but they are slight ones, such as the fact that German Rotties usually have bigger heads and are more stocky than American ones.
Why German Rottweilers Are More Expensive
German Rottweilers are thought to be the ‘blueprint’ for the breed as the rules of the ADRK are extremely strict, and breeders have to adhere to them closely.
Dogs that do not pass the required tests are usually not registered and will be disqualified. German Rottweiler breeders have to import the dogs and will have to pay shipping costs as well as some other expenses.
Therefore, German Rottweilers tend to be more expensive than American ones. The costs of taking care of both breeds are the same, though. Regardless of which breed you decide on, in the end, it is always a good idea to check out the breeder and spend some time with the animal you plan on getting before making a decision.
Good breeders will not have a problem with this and will willingly answer all your questions and let you spend time with the animal. Also, ask for medical reports of the parents of the puppy to rule out any inheritable health conditions. The dog that you’re getting should be friendly enough when you approach, and the same goes for its parents.
Rottweilers can be expensive or cheap, depending on various factors such as the type of breeder one is buying from, whether the pooch is purebred or crossbred, if the breeder has already socialized and trained the animal, whether you are adopting the animal, and more. It is advisable that you buy your dog from a reputable and licensed breeder even though it may be more expensive.
If you are adopting a Rottie, ensure that the animal you are getting is health-certified and as healthy as it should be, so that you do not incur unnecessary expenses in the long run. Above all, socializing and training your dog is important if you want the animal to obey you and be comfortable around strangers and other animals.
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