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Exercising Your RottweilerThe Rottweiler is medium to large size dog breed originating in Germany, in the town of Rottweil as a guard dog and is a descendant of Roman cattle dogs and perhaps the Italian Mastiff. This versatile breed was developed in the Middle Ages as an all-purpose working dog and was used as a military and police dog, herder, cattle drover, guard, messenger dog, draught dog, and as a search and rescue dog. Practically extinct in the 1800’s, the breed population began a comeback in the early twentieth century particularly for the demand for police dogs during World War I and II.

Breed Type

Guard Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • large dog with a large head (but not large jowls)
  • muscular and strong powerful body
  • broad head and chest, short docked tail
  • waterproof undercoat and a coarse top coat (short, hard and thick)

Personality

Like several dog breeds, Rottweilers get a bad wrap for isolated incidents. However, their natural personality, when trained and socialized is

  • reliable, alert, and self-assured
  • loyal and protective, devoted to their owner and family but wary with strangers
  • naturally fond of children
  • loving companion, very devoted and eager to please
  • intelligent and quick to learn
  • a calm dog, serious, but even-tempered, docile
  • possibly strong willed and determined – early training is a good idea
  • if socialized early, a social dog. If not, may be aggressive or dominant.
  • highly intelligent and very willing to be trained, obedient
  • hard working, a natural guard dog with a laid-back, reliable temperament
  • courageous and confident

Best Exercises

The Rottweiler is a breed used to staying busy to stay in shape, but moderate exercise is enough. Because of their intelligence, they also tend to find thinking games and activities enjoyable.

  • Walks – Leisurely strolls or peppy walks are fine.
  • Light Running/Jogging
  • Competitive training for activities like
  • Fetch – Many Rottweilers like to chase things. Fetching games give mental stimulation as well as exercise.
  • Frisbee/Disc Dog – Labs aren’t particularly known for jumping, but they will love the chase.
  • Chasing games – Again, because Rottweilers like to chase, she will find chasing games (tag, Hide and Seek) fun. However, with her potentially dominant temperament, you must establish yourself as “boss” of the games.
  • Swimming – With its waterproof undercoat, Rottweilers are a natural for swimming. If you are anywhere near a safe open body of water that allows dogs-lakes, ponds or swimming pools – let her splash.

Suggested Exercise Plan

A medium length walk (30 – 40 minutes) once or twice a day, or  30 to 60-minute sessions of any type of training. Another good routine: a 20-minute walk in the morning and a maybe a game of Fetch or Frisbee for 15 minutes in the afternoon.

Things To Note

Rottweilers are prone to canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  They are prone to gaining weight fast and obesity if overfed and under-exercised. If not stimulated mentally or neglected, Rottweilers tend to be creative and sometimes destructive finding ways to pass the time with behaviors such as chewing, barking for attention and eating less can be a result of lack of human interaction.