A rottweiler can be a faithful, loving, intelligent, and protective companion. However, just because they can be doesn’t mean they will — at least, not without the proper care, attention, and training. True, that can be said of any dog. At the most basic level, you’ll need to do your homework and be prepared for what you’re getting into, no matter which breed you choose. However, there are a few additional things to know specifically about rottweilers. Before you start contacting breeders about rottweiler puppies for sale, ask yourself these questions:

Can you afford the basic care, feeding, and healthcare costs?

If not, don’t get a dog. Yes, we understand that you want a furry companion, but you’re also responsible for their health and wellbeing. They are dependent on you for those things, so if you can’t provide, you’re not ready for a dog. Put on your patience pants and wait until you’re more financially prepared. If you’re not sure, it can be helpful to talk to a rottweiler breeder to get a good idea of expenses.

Are you prepared to get your rottweiler trained?

Purebred rottweilers have centuries of hardworking ancestors influencing their behavior. Add in that they’re one of the most intelligent dog breeds, and a bored rottweiler can mean trouble for your couch or coffee table. Rottweilers need to be trained properly, and so will you. Training will teach your dog expected behaviors and helpful skills, and it will also teach you how to take charge and be your dog’s pack leader. This is where rottweilers are different from other dog breeds, too. Training a rottweiler isn’t something you can just delegate to someone else. It has to be done by you as the leader of your rottie’s ‘pack.’

Are you prepared to put in the work?

However, the work doesn’t end there. Rottweilers are happiest when they have a job to do, so you’ll need to give them one. If you don’t, that’s when destructive tendencies often come out. So, not only will you need to ensure your rottweiler is properly trained, you’ll also need to make sure he or she gets plenty of play and exercise. If you really want to do what’s best for your rottweiler, you will probably want to look into some additional/specialized training. They can easily learn herding, tracking, service dog skills, and so much more. These training options are a good way to give your dog something to do and prevent boredom (and the destructive behaviors that go with that boredom). 

Are you prepared to take charge?

As we mentioned briefly already, you’ll need to assert your dominance over your rottweiler and make it clear that you’re the ‘pack leader.’ Purebred rottweilers are an assertive breed as a whole, so if you don’t step up as the leader, your rottweiler will likely take up that role. This means that, if you aren’t the pack leader, your rottweiler won’t feel compelled to listen to you when you give commands. If you aren’t the leader, you will likely see a lot of unwanted and destructive behaviors.

Will you be gone a lot?

Purebred rottweilers are an immensely loyal breed. This makes them very protective of their ‘pack,’ but it also means they don’t handle separation well. As a part of the pack, your rottweiler will want to make sure you’re safe and protected. Generally, this means following you from room to room and seeking out a lot of physical closeness and affection. Because of this, leaving a rottweiler home alone for hours on end isn’t healthy for your dog. It can result in separation anxiety and depression, which cause destructive behavior. If you know you’re gone a lot, it’s a good idea to wait until you know you’ll be around more.

If you’re prepared for the responsibility of raising a rottweiler, they can be one of the best companions. Contact Secreti Haus Rottweilers in Deer Park to learn more about caring for rottweilers as well as to get more information about our rottweiler puppies for sale.