Are you looking to bring home a large, five-month-old Rottweiler puppy? Then you’ll want to know what to look for in a puppy of this age and consider different adoption methods available!
We’ve put together some information to help you find a beautiful Rottweiler puppy. We also share information on what to expect from a puppy of this age! Let’s get started!
What is a Rottweiler?
Rottweilers are large, mostly black dogs who are also called Rotties or Rotts. This is a dog breed that originally comes from Germany, where they were bred to be working dogs. Rotties were used for herding cattle, pulling carts, and more! These dogs are large and strong enough for these and other types of work.
Rotties can stand between 24-26 inches tall and weigh between 80 to 135 lbs. They are classified as working dogs and have a life span of about 8-11 years. Rottweilers tend to have blocky, large heads, with their ears fitting tightly to the head, though hanging down slightly. These dogs are always black and tan and have short, dense coats that are somewhat bristly.
When it comes to personality, you can expect your Rottweiler to be highly intelligent and confident. Remember, these dogs were originally bred to be herding dogs. Herding dogs may work on their own, which means they tend to be stubborn and highly intelligent. The same applies to Rotties. For this reason, Rotties require training and socialization from a young age.
Rotties who don’t have plenty of exercise and mental stimulation can develop some concerning habits. For one thing, they may become major barkers, diggers, and more. These are large, strong dogs who are capable of much destruction! A dog will put his mind and energy into all types of activities that may include chewing, tearing, and shredding! So, make sure your dog has plenty of exercise and things to keep his mind occupied!
We can’t stress enough that Rotties require plenty of training and socialization from a young age. The result is a well-mannered dog who knows how to behave properly. Training must be consistent. These dogs do well with positive reinforcement training.
Another thing to understand about your Rottweiler puppy is that he wants to be with you and the family most of the time. They don’t do well if left alone for long periods. What’s more, Rotties can do well with families that have children; however, never leave this (or any other dog) alone and unsupervised with young kids. Keep in mind that Rotties also have a strong prey drive and may not do well with smaller dogs and pets.
Where to Find a Rottweiler Puppy?
Experts typically recommend adopting a Rottie from a reputable breeder. The reason is that these dogs require training and socialization from a young age. Breeders, who love the breed, ensure their puppies receive all the training necessary to make them wonderful family companions.
In addition, a breeder ensures the puppies are raised in a healthy environment. The mother dogs are bred only once a year, and the puppies receive plenty of time with their mother. Puppies should receive required medical treatments and have their vaccinations. All of this results in a well-adjusted, happy, healthy puppy.
When searching for a breeder, you can ask family, friends, and colleagues for their recommendations. Another way to find local Rottweiler breeders is to do a Google search for “Rottweiler breeders near me.” This should bring up a list of breeders in your area. This is important. Finding breeders near you means you can visit each facility and take time to pick out the right dog.
As you visit a breeding facility, look to make sure the pens, dogs, and puppies are clean. Also, look to see how the dogs and puppies are treated. Ask if the breeder is certified or recognized by local clubs or dog breeding associations.
Does the breeder quickly provide an answer to your questions? Are they willing and able to provide health clearances for the puppies (and the parents)? Do they offer a contract when adopting out the puppies? These are all important considerations when buying from a breeder.
If you’d like to find your puppy from a shelter, it’s usually best to find a local shelter or rescue dealing with Rottweilers. Here, again, the facility should be clean and provide plenty of room for adult dogs and puppies. Puppies should be socialized and comfortable with humans, too.
What to Expect from Your Rottie Puppy
We can’t stress enough that Rottweilers require consistent training and socialization from a young age. This is because Rottweilers can turn into large, aggressive dogs. However, if they’ve received the proper training, these dogs make loving, loyal family companions.
Your puppy will also need plenty of exercise to work off excess energy. However, puppies don’t need strenuous exercise at this age. Your Rottie’s going through many changes at this age, including the development of strong bones and muscles.
Strenuous exercise may be too taxing and put too much stress on the growing puppy’s muscles and bones. So, experts generally recommend exercising your puppy for about 30-60 minutes a day, split between morning and evening. Your puppy will also enjoy playtimes and running in a fenced backyard.
This is also the age when puppies will be teething! Your Rottie will probably already have his adult teeth by this age. However, he may use his teeth and mouth to explore his environment. Expect your Rottie puppy to be a chewer! For this reason, it’s a good idea to buy puppy chew toys made for large breed puppies.
What to Feed Your Rottweiler Puppy?
A five-month-old Rottweiler puppy usually needs between three to five cups of dry kibble a day. However, if your puppy is a bit larger than average, he may require up to 7 cups of dry food a day. This amount of food should be divided into about 3-5 meals a day. As the puppy becomes older, you can eventually reduce feeding to twice a day.
Puppies this age thrive on dried kibble dog food; however, they can also eat wet food. You may even choose to mix your puppy’s dry kibble with wet food to provide him with more variety.
Summing It Up
Take your time to find the right puppy for you and your family. You can choose a reputable breeder or a shelter. Just be sure these facilities take great care of their dogs and puppies.
With proper training and socialization, your Rottweiler puppy will grow up to be a well-mannered family companion for years to come!