Are you thinking about adopting a Rottweiler? If so, then it’s important to consider all about the adoption fee costs that go with a Rottweiler! Read on to learn how much one of these gentle giants can cost!
What is a Rottweiler?
Rottweilers may look tough, but these dogs are more like gentle giants when they’ve had the right training and socialization. Most people recognize a Rottweiler! These are large dogs that are black and rusty red, with a stubby tail and sturdy, robust body.
The dogs originally came from Germany, where they were used to pull carts, herd cattle, and more. Today, they’re still working dogs who perform police work and more.
A Rottweiler that has been trained and socialized is a calm dog with plenty of confidence. They aren’t overly friendly with strangers; however, they won’t immediately attack. They wait to see what may happen with new people. This makes the dogs excellent watchdogs!
The dogs are also very protective of their families and property. They can be ferocious when protecting their loved ones and home.
Rottweilers need proper training and socialization from puppyhood on. Dogs that are trained and socialized have a happy, confident attitude and are well-behaved. They understand how to act in different situations, too.
Rottweiler Adoption Costs: Breeder
Expect the adoption costs of a Rottweiler from a breeder to be more expensive. There’s a lot that goes into breeding and raising healthy, well-rounded dogs.
The adoption fees for a reputable breeder may cost between $600 to $2,500. But there can be a variation in prices due to location if the dog is purebred (or not) and if the Rottie has papers (or not). In addition, dogs that are show dogs will be even more expensive. This is because they must meet the breed standards set out by the AKC and other kennel clubs.
Why are prices so high for a Rottweiler from a breeder? Remember that a reputable breeder ensures their dogs are very healthy and well-cared for. The adoption covers all the expenses the breeders have for their dogs, including dog food, housing, medical care, training & socialization, and more. These are large investments a breeder makes.
While the cost of a Rottie from a reputable breeder may seem high, considering all the care these dogs get, the cost is understandable. What’s more, you can rest assured a Rottweiler from a reputable breeder will be healthy, happy, and well-rounded! That’s exactly what you want in a Rottweiler!
Rottweilers: American vs. German Dogs
Another factor that can make a dog from a breeder more expensive is whether the dog has been bred in the US or in Germany. Rotties that have German bloodlines tend to be more expensive than those with American bloodlines. That’s because the breeding of Rottweilers in Germany is highly regulated by the government.
So, if you want a purebred Rottie with a German bloodline, then expect to pay more for his adoption.
Rottweilers: Purebred vs. Unpapered
Another factor that can make a huge difference in the adoption price of a Rottie is if a dog is purebred or unpapered. Unpapered Rottweilers cost less than those that have papers. For instance, an unpapered puppy from a reputable breeder may cost between $1,000 to $1,200. The purebred dog with papers will cost much more.
Most pet parents don’t choose to buy a purebred Rottweiler with papers. Instead, these dogs are sought after by breeders and those who want to show the dogs. In those cases, a pedigreed Rottweiler is necessary.
However, unpapered (unregistered) dogs are just as good as registered dogs. If you buy an unregistered dog from a reputable breeder, you can rest assured the dog has had the same upbringing and care as a registered dog.
Rottweiler Adoption Cost: Shelter
Another place to adopt your Rottweiler is from the shelter. These dogs need good, loving homes where they can enjoy spending time with a family. The cost of adopting a Rottie from the shelter can run between $100 and $300, depending on your location. In some locations, the adoption fees can be higher.
For example, adopting a Rottie in the city may cost more than adopting a dog in a small town or rural area. In addition, the adoption fees will vary from state to state.
However, adopting from a shelter is much cheaper than adopting your canine companion from a breeder. The adoption fees usually cover housing, dog food, and medical costs (such as vaccination, deworming, spaying or neutering, and more). These dogs are usually in very good health and have been assessed to see if they’re ready for their fur-ever home!
Rottweiler Adoption Cost: Purebred vs. Mixed
Another way to save money on adopting a Rottweiler is to choose a mixed-breed dog. Mixes usually have the same characteristics and temperament as purebred dogs. However, they may vary, as it all depends on the genes a dog inherits from his parents.
And it’s possible to adopt a mixed Rottie from a reputable breeder! The cost is lower, and you can count on the fact that a reputable breeder has taken care to ensure the dogs are healthy in all ways. They also train and socialize with the dogs at a young age.
Here are some Rottie mixes you may find and their average adoption cost:
- Rottweiler & German Shepherd: $250 to $850
- Rottweiler & Lab: $300 to $600
- Rottweiler & Pitbull: $150 to $800
- Rottweiler & Husky: $500 to $1000
Summing It Up
As you can see, the adoption fee for a Rottweiler depends on various factors. However, if you need a dog that fits your budget, then either choose a mixed-breed Rottie or adopt from a shelter.
No matter what, we’re sure you’ll have a beautiful Rottweiler fur baby, and you two will be happy for years to come!