Exercise and the Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a large dog breed originating in Germany, in the town of Rottweil as a guard dog. It is a descendant of Roman cattle dogs, but has been used as a military and police dog, cattle drover, search and rescue dog, guard, and companion.

Breed type Guard dog
Physical characteristics
  • large dog with a large head (but not large jowls)
  • muscular and strong
  • waterproof undercoat and a coarse top coat.
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
  • naturally fond of children
  • loving companion, very devoted and eager to please
  • intelligent and quick to learn
  • possibly strong willed and determined-early training is a good idea
  • if socialized early, a social dog. If not, may be aggressive or dominant.
Best exercises Even with its large size, Rotts tend to be moderately active and need only some basic exercise.

  • Walks – Leisurely strolls or peppy walks are fine.
  • Fetch – Many Rott do like to chase things. Fetching games give mental stimulation as well as exercise.
  • Frisbee / disc throwing – Labs aren’t particularly known for jumping, but they will love the chase.
  • Chasing games – Again, because Rotts like to chase, she will find chasing games (tag, hide-and-go 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 him splash.
Suggested exercise plan Suggested exercise plan

  • 2x / day for 15-30 minutes each (optimal)
  • 1x / day for 20 minutes each (good)

A 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 know Rottweilers are prone to canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and osteosarcoma (bone cancer).If not stimulated mentally or neglected, Rotts 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.
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Lover of dogs, fitness and fun. Been working with dogs and exercise and play since 2007, developing tools and techniques that are fun and healthy for both you and your dog.