Rottweiler - Breed and Grooming Tips

Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be medium in size and his coat is black with rust to mahogany markings.

Right Breed for You?

Rottweilers love their people and may behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, but they are also protective of their territory and do not welcome strangers until properly introduced. Obedience training and socialization are musts. Rottweilers must be exercised daily, but require minimal grooming maintenance.

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This breed does require routine bathing and grooming. This loyal dog can be bathed every two to eight weeks depending on his activity level and lifestyle. With this dense coat, regular bathing is essential to minimize shedding and to maintain healthy skin and coat. A facial wash is recommended to help keep the face smelling fresh and clean. Before bathing a Rottie, it is recommended to massage the coat with a rubber curry to remove any loose hair.

Recommended Products:

Hypoallergenic Shampoo: A natural, tearless solution for pets that is chocked full of Organic Aloe, Coconut, and Vitamins A, D, and E. It keeps the coat true to its proper coat texture.R03;

Coconut Oil & Silk Shampoo: A bath infused with coconut oil and loaded with silk proteins to gently clean the skin and coat while providing intense hydration and a beautiful shine.

Energee Plus Shampoo: A natural degreaser and deodorizer that gets the dirtiest dog clean and fresh. Go ahead, let them play.

Simple Shed Shampoo: A luxurious bath designed to alter the pH of the skin and coat to help accelerate the shedding process. Great to use during seasonal shedding season.

Flea and Tick Shampoo: Kills fleas and ticks while cleaning and conditioning your pet’s skin and coat. Leaves a fresh and clean fragrance. Safe for puppies and kittens over 12 weeks. Keep out of eyes.

Simple Shed Treatment: A conditioning treatment designed to help accelerate the shedding process. Great to use during seasonal shedding season.

Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner: A deep penetrating coat conditioner to help restore moisture. Can dilute up to 50:1 and use as a leave-in conditioner.

Finishing the Dog: Tools and Finish Grooming

A Rotties coat should be clean and fresh smelling, with the coat lying flat against the body. There should be no shedding hair after they are bathed and dried. Apply a light hydrating spray to enhance the natural shine of the coat when finished.

Recommended Products:

Aloe Hydrating Spray: Formulated to provide extreme hydration allowing the skin’s healthy natural oils to permeate the skin by adding a luxurious shine to the coat.R03;

High Sheen Spray: The final touch to help bring in the radiant shine.

General Healthcare

Prep work is the foundation of all grooming. Prep work includes ear cleaning, nail trimming, anal glands, and proper dental hygiene. Mastering these skills sets the professional pet stylist apart from the rest. Prep work should be done before every bathing and grooming appointment. All dogs need to have their ears checked and cleaned on a regular basis. Proper nail care is also very important. Long, unsightly nails are uncomfortable for the dog, as well as anyone they might jump on. Long nails also compromise the shape of the foot. Trimming the pads of the foot helps give the dog good traction on different surfaces and can minimize the amount of dirt the dog tracks into the house. It also affords the opportunity to treat and condition the paws from cracks and abrasions. Anal glands should also be checked and expressed if they are full. Some caring pet owners prefer to have the anal glands done by their veterinarian. Good dental hygiene is essential for a healthy pet as well.


Recommended Products:

Ear Care: This ear cleaner has a blend of natural oils to remove dirt, debris, and wax.R03;

Paw Balm: Use weekly to keep paws pliable and soft. Paw Balm will aid in the prevention of pads to dry out and crack. Paw Balm can also be used to help prevent calluses from forming on the elbows.R03;

3 in 1 Healing Cream: If your pet gets a wound, this cream promotes cell regeneration and healing. It is formulated with Bitrex to discourage licking and chewing.R03;

Hot Spot Foam: Soothing Aloe, Tea Tree Oil, and Chamomile relieve itching and burning while promoting and accelerating healing.

Nutritional CareIn order to maintain healthy skin and coat as well as overall health, it is important to provide good nutrition to your dog through a well-balanced diet, vitamins, and healthy treats.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What products do I need if I just purchased a Rottie puppy?

Puppy Shampoo

Luxury Remoisturizing Conditioner

Plum Perfect Facial Cleanser

Aloe Hydrating Spray

Ear Care Aloe Wipes

2. Do they require a lot of grooming?

They require minimal grooming. Routine baths and brush outs are recommended to minimize shedding and keep the skin and coat in good condition.

3. What are the common health problems in the Rottweiler?

Some common health concerns with the breed are Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Cancer.

4. Do they shed or cause allergies?

They do shed year around. Frequent baths and blowouts will help accelerate shedding so there is less hair lying on your floors.

5. Are they good with children?

This strong, powerful, and loyal dog has protective instincts. They make great companions and protectors. Due to their large size, this breed is not recommended for families with small children. As with any breed of dog, you should never leave a dog unattended with a small child.

6. What if I have a show dog?

Whether you have a show dog or a companion dog, the same basic care is given regarding nutrition, socialization, and hygiene. The difference is the conditioning of the dog and conformation training. It is always quite helpful if your breeder can help mentor you to lead you in the right direction upon entering the wonderful world of dog shows. A great place to start is the American Rottweiler Club,

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