Getting a new puppy is so much fun, and Rottweiler puppies are unbelievably adorable, you’ll be tempted to choose the first puppy you pick up at the breeder’s. Resist that urge and take a considered approach to selecting your Rottweiler puppy, after all, getting a dog is a big commitment.
Rottweilers live to be more than ten years old and you are making a big commitment as you pick out your new puppy. It goes without saying that you will want a healthy puppy which will will socialize easily and respond to training. Before you choose your Rottie pup however, are you actually sure you are selecting the right dog to suit your lifestyle? Make sure you have considered all the relevant factors that responsible dog ownership entails
To ensure the best outcome, you’ll want to buy your Rottweiler puppy directly from a registered breeder rather than a pet shop, as its vitally important you get to see the Rottweiler puppies’ parents (at least the mother) in situ in order to get an idea of how big the puppies are likely to grow and their temperament when they are adults.
- Get your breeder to answer these four key questions before you consider buying your puppy from them.
When select your Rottweiler puppy, it is also important to ask the breeder whether the puppies parents are certified by the OFA. The OFA exists to diminish the occurrence of orthopedic and other genetic diseases in animals, and particularly in purebred dogs. Unfortunately, it is impossible to certify Rottweiler puppies until they are at least two years old, but preliminary examinations can be done when the puppies are just four months old. If both of the parents are certified, then there is every chance that your puppy will also attain the O.F.A certification.
- Diseases to check for in Rottweilers include elbow dysplasia.The Rottweiler is ranked second on the list of one hundred breeds most likely to suffer from elbow dysplasia.
- Cardiac problems and hip dysplasia are also common problems, as the Rottweiler is ranked number thirty on the list of breeds most likely to have cardiac disease or hip dysplasia.
- Rottweiler puppies are ranked fifty-fifth most likely to have patellar luxation, so the risk is relatively low, but it is best to test for this disease also,
Once you have done your due diligence to ensure that your Rottweiler puppies come from healthy and good-natured stock, take some time to watch each puppy in the litter individually.You will soon spot the dominant puppies from the quieter ones, allowing you to make an informed decision about which puppy you are going to choose.
- Check out these seven golden rules to choosing your perfect puppy from the litter
Visit the litter on several occasions before you decide on one particular puppy.Watch the Rottweiler puppies playing with each other, and look for an alert puppy that socializes well with its brothers and sisters.
Whichever Rottweiler puppy you decide to choose from the litter, always insist on getting a health guarantee from the breeder and take the puppy to your veterinarian for a wellness examination as soon as possible.