Common Rottweiler health problems include those that usually afflict large breed dogs, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and bloat. In addition, Rottweilers are prone to panosteitis, Addison's disease, aortic stenosis, cataracts, diabetes, progressive retinal atropy, and Von Willebrand's disease.
The Rottweiler is intelligent, strong, and powerful. They have a very strong territorial instinct and will defend their home and family.
Sometimes, they may not seem to be as friendly as other breeds. Indeed, due to their aloof attitude, Rottweilers do not make immediate and indiscriminate friends.
The temperament of the Rottweiler breed varies from dog to dog. Some are fun-loving and affectionate, but some may be very reserved and obey only one family member.
As a working dog, the Rottweiler enjoys herding, competing in obedience, tracking, agility, and search and rescue.
The Rottweiler is a symbol of great strength, agility and endurance. His coat is always black with defined rich tan markings.
The Rottweiler is a rather popular breeds in the U.S.A.- Ranked 9th most registered breed by the AKC for 2013.
Just like other large breed dogs, Rottweilers are susceptible to joint problems, such as:
These two rottweiler health problems are related to the eye:
Early stages of the disease usually result in poor night vision. As the disease progresses, daytime vision also fails. The dog's pupils will become dilated, and the lens of the eyes may become cloudy, or opaque, resulting in a cataract.
PRA affects some dog breeds early in life, while other breeds can be affected much later. Rottweilers affected by PRA usually develop night blindness between 2-5 years of age and, within a year or so, can become blind totally.
Unfortunately, PRA cannot be cured. However, with their acute senses of smell and hearing, dogs who have lost their vision can compensate very well, particularly in familiar surroundings.
If your Rottweiler has PRA, you can help your dog live a normal life by developing regular exercise routes, maintaining consistent surroundings, introducing any necessary changes gradually, and being patient.
Other common Rottweiler health problems include:
Because of the obstruction, the heart has to pump harder to push the blood through the opening, which over time can cause the heart to fail.
If your Rottweiler has a mild case of AS, you may not be able to notice the symptoms. For dogs with a more serious condition, they will show exercise intolerance. Any relatively strenuous exercise can cause problems such as excessive panting and even fainting. Therefore, it is necessary to restrict the amount and intensity of exercise for Rottweilers with moderate to severe AS.
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Rottweilers have dense coats that shed throughout the year, with increased shedding once or twice a year. This FURminator tool helps to control shedding by removing the loose and dead undercoat hair without damaging the topcoat. Highly recommended!