If you’re a new rottweiler owner or looking to adopt a rottweiler, you may have a few questions about the breed. Do they bark a lot? Are rottweilers easy to train? Do they make a good family pet? What kind of grooming needs do rottweilers have? Read on to get rottweiler breed info and answers to these questions and more.
Do Rottweilers Bark a Lot?
Rottweilers don’t bark much. Like all breeds, rottweilers bark as a form of communication to fellow canines, other animals, and humans. However, there are instances when your rottweiler’s barking becomes too much. Excessive barking can be the result of several triggers: territorial, alarm, separation anxiety, and excess energy.
Once you determine that your pet, you and your home are not in imminent danger it’s time to address your dog’s excessive barking with some training. Done properly you can reduce or eliminate this unwanted behavior and restore the peace for you and your neighborhood.
How to stop your rottweiler from barking?
Rottweilers need exercise every day, especially when they are younger. As a breed, this dog tends to thrive on having a job to do, and sitting around without exercise or play is not good. A regular routine of both physical exercise and mental stimulation will leave him less likely to bark without good cause.
Like many breeds training rottweilers to stop barking requires consistency, patience, and time.
To start, see if you can identify what triggers your rottweiler’s bark. Are there things you can eliminate? If not, can you distract him (out of sign, out of mind)? For example, before your dog reacts to the mail delivery, take him for a brisk walk, run, or game of fetch. This exercise can tire out your rottweiler enough not to care about the “threat.” If that’s not an option, try closing blings and playing background music or white noise to drown out the sounds of the mail being delivered, especially if you are not at home.
Next, use our train, treat, repeat dog training technique. This combines positive reinforcement with firm voice commands and the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool. The methodology encourages immediate praise and tasty treats. Never use a harsh tone or physical correction with your rottweiler as this could lead to fear and aggression on his part.
And finally, everyone in your home should be on the same page when it comes to correcting your dog’s bad behavior and rewarding the good. If you are the only person who trains him, your rottweiler will associate the training with only you.
Facts About Rottweilers
A descendant of the mastiff, the highly intelligent rottweiler, often called a rottie, is a loving, loyal, confident, and courageous guardian. They can be playful, gentle and sensitive. This breed is athletic and enjoys plenty of dog sports like nose work, agility and herding. Plan to have your rottweiler close to you (pretty much at all times) as they love being with their pack of humans, even if that means sitting on your lap while on the couch. Their close attachment to you leaves them prone to separation anxiety. Rottweilers really enjoy food, and will search for more every chance they get.
- Size: The average height range for rottweilers is 22-27 inches with a height range of 80-135 pounds.
- Life expectancy: The average lifespan for a healthy rottweiler is 9-10 years.
- Coat: The rottweiler black outer coat is straight, coarse, medium-length and lays flat.
- AKC group: Rottweilers belong to the AKC working group.
Are Rottweilers Easy to Train?
Rottweilers must be trained early in life. Puppy training, social training and even living in the home in which they’ll grow is essential to raising a well-rounded, well-mannered adult rottweiler. They’re eager to please and highly trainable. However, rottweilers are also known to be stubborn, so a firm tone is necessary when disciplining. Any harsh tone, punishment or rough-housing with a rottweiler might encourage aggression on their part and should be avoided. When training, use positive reinforcement and offer lots of praise and treats.
Do Rottweilers Need Grooming?
Rottweilers moderately shed year round, with an uptick in lost hairs twice a year, in the spring and fall. A weekly brushing with a bristle brush, like our BarxBuddy Self-Cleaning Dog Brush, will help remove loose hair from the coat and reduce the hairs you find around the house. Bathe your rottweiler regularly. Keep nails trimmed DIY style with the proper tools like the BarxBuddy nail clippers and a Dremel (or visit your groomer). Be sure to brush your pet’s teeth weekly to help maintain his overall health and well-being.
What If My Breed Is a Rottweiler Mix?
Since the rottweiler is one of the most popular breeds, rottweiler mixes are common. Although mixed breeds inherit genes from both parents, it’s a good idea to research the characteristics each possess to give you an idea of what a rottweiler mix might bring to a pup.
Here are some popular rottweiler breed mixes:
- American bullweiler — rottweiler + American bulldog
- Boxrott — rottweiler + boxer
- English Mastweiler — rottweiler + English mastiff
- Golden rottie retriever — rottweiler + golden retriever
- Labrottie — rottweiler + Labrador retriever
- Pitweiler — rottweiler + American pit bull terrier
- Reagle — rottweiler + beagle
- Rotterman — rottweiler + Doberman pinscher
- Rottoodle — rottweiler + poodle
- Rottsky — rottweiler + Siberian husky
- Shepweiler — rottweiler + German shepherd
- Weiler Dane — rottweiler + Great Dane