Working Breed

Elijah and Indy rescued by the The Safe Haven Rottweiler Rescue and Major rescued by

The Rottweiler is a large and powerful dog with high protective instincts.  Careful selection of a rescued Rottie is important, and a new owner should be well aware of the dog’s history.  Properly trained Rottie’s are usually tolerant and accept children and other pets, but the emphasis is on training.  Their mere size can cause accidental injury to small children.  Expect the Rottie to want to be where you are – very loyal and protective of their master.  Early training is key for a Rottweiler owner!  By its nature the Rottie will try to gain control (just like your teenager), and may even try to intimidate its owner during their early years.  The owner must remain firm and in positive control.  If done, you will own a “clown” who will be affectionate to almost everyone.  If not, you could have a 100+ pound piece of muscle directing your lifestyle.

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Notes for owners
Short Minimal OK for apartment but NEEDS exercise.  Needs early training and socilization.  Great guard dog.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

United States Rottweiler Club

The American Rottweiler Club

Ultimate Guide to the Rottweiler

Rottweiler Club of Canada

Rottweiler Health Foundation

Hip Dysplasia in Rottweilers: Symptoms, Treatment & Care


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.