Rottweilers can live up to 12 years of age.
Average size and weight
56cm to 68cm
42kg to 50kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The Rottweiler is exceptionally well suited to being a companion, security and working dog. It is self assured, steady and fearless. A Rottweiler must learn, from the start, its position in the family. It is usually tolerant of children, but parents need to make sure that any child is taught to treat the dog fairly and should be actively involved in the dog's education process.
As with all working breeds, the Rottweiler needs firm guidance and training. It is of vital importance that early socialising be carried out. This means exposure to all the normal everyday events for a puppy, in a non-stressful atmosphere. This is essential if the dog is to be expected to fit the right action to the right situation when mature. The importance of this early grounding, which must be followed up with regular training, cannot be over stressed. Rottweilers are fast growing dogs and, as such, are prone to all the problems that such animals exhibit, such as hip dysplasia and osteochondritis.
The ideal owner is a fit active person who is well versed in dog behaviour, or willing to learn. This should be a responsible person, who realises that this breed must be well socialised and trained from a small puppy.
Decision time (resources provided by Kennel Club):
Before making a decision on getting a puppy, here are some articles you might find helpful:
What do I need to consider when thinking of buying a puppy?
How do I find the right breeder, what should I ask them?
How do you check if the breeder is reputable?
What to ask your vet prior to buying a puppy?
Where to find dogs (resources provided by the Kennel Club):
Find out about important information about purchasing dogs from pet shops and traders