Everything you need to know about Rottweilers

Life Expectancytypically 10+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

Rottweilers are a restricted breed in Ireland, this includes strains and crosses of them. 

In accordance with the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998, while in a public place, restricted breeds must be:

  • Wearing a muzzle
  • Kept on a short strong lead (under 2m)
  • With someone over the age of 16, who is capable of controlling them
  • Wearing a collar with the name and address of their owner

Rottweilers are typically energetic dogs. They have a large build, a broad face and a short, sleek coat. Rottweilers have black coats with highlights of brown or tan.

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Rottweilers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Rottweiler a forever home? Here are some Rottweiler facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Rottweilers

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Rottweiler.

How much exercise does a Rottweiler need?

Rottweilers are high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. Like all dogs, ...

How much food does a Rottweiler need?

The amount of food a Rottweiler needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, takin...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Rottweiler need?

Rottweilers have short fur so should only need brushing once a week. Though more might be required during Spring and Autumn as they shed more at these times.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling and g...

What size crate do you need for a Rottweiler?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Health issues

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health issues for Rottweilers, s...

Rottweiler behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Rottweilers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Are Rottweilers easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

What’s the temperament of a Rottweiler?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Rottweiler temperament is different.

As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They d...

Are Rottweilers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...