The rottweiler is not just a pet. It is a way of life.
There are few animals as loving and devoted as the rottweiler, and no better friend than the one you call your own. He is not just a pet. He is a companion, a protector, a friend. He will run with you and be glad of the exercise. He will walk next to you and nuzzle your hand for a treat. He will lie at your feet on those lazy afternoons and guard your door at night. He will be there for you and he will need you to be there for him.
Before You Buy:
If you are thinking of buying a rottweiler, and you must be because you're here, please take the time to read the following and e-mail me with any questions you may have. There are many things you need to think about before you choose this breed. I believe with all my heart that rottweilers are a way of life and not just a pet. I and my kids make all of our dogs into pets. We take them places and we make sure they are socialized with other pets, kids and people.
Before You Buy~ This article, written many years ago by Pam Green for the Bouvier des Flandres breed, has become a notorious classic in Bouvier circles. It has been adapted with permission for use in the education of prospective Rottweiler owners. Permission is freely given to all who wish to reprint and distribute it in hopes of saving innocent Rottweilers from neglect and abandonment by those who should never have acquired them in the first place.
Every time I and my kids go to the shelters, we always look at the dogs and puppies. The look in their eyes makes me want to put this in my website.
Before You Buy
Interested in buying a Rottweiler? You must be or you wouldn't be reading this. You've already heard how wonderful Rottweilers are. Well, I think you should also hear, before it's too late, that Rottweilers ARE NOT THE PERFECT BREED FOR EVERYONE. As a breed they have a few features that some people find charming, but that some people find mildly unpleasant and others find downright intolerable.
There are different breeds for different needs and lifestyles. There are over 200 purebred breeds of dogs in the world. Each breed was created with some specific purposes in mind. There are lap dogs, hound dogs, herding dogs, huntings dogs, and many varied combinations of these and other functions. Before you decide on one specific breed, investigate it's history, temperament, and uses to make sure that they mesh well with your own lifestyle. Just because a breed is currently popular does not mean it's the right one for you, and the choice of a dog should be made with the intention of caring for that dog throughout it's lifetime.
The life span of a Rottweiler is 9 to 13 years. If that seems too long a time for you to give your loyalty to your Rottweiler, then please do not get one!
DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO COMMIT YOURSELF FOR THE DOG'S ENTIRE LIFETIME. No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment or because he is no longer a cute puppy or didn't grow up to be a beauty contest winner or because his owners through lack of leadership and training have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent with a repertoire of undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a "used" dog are never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, poorly mannered dog. A Rottweiler dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival -- unless he has the great good fortune to be spotted by someone dedicated to Rottweiler Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, and well-groomed Rottweiler whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Rottweiler Club or Rescue group are fairly good; but an older Rottie has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local Rottweiler club or Rescue group if you are diagnosed with a chronic illness or have other equally valid reason for seeking an adoptive home. Be sure to contact your local Rottweiler club if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your Rottweiler, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure continued care or adoptive home for your Rottweiler if you should pre-decease him. he will need to be cared for.
DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU WANT A TOTALLY UNAGGRESSIVE AND UNPROTECTIVE DOG. Most Rottweilers have an assertive and confident personality. When confronted with a threat, a proper Rottweiler will be somewhat more ready to fight than to flee. Thus he may respond aggressively in situations where many other breeds back down. Most Rottweilers have some inclination to act aggressively to repel intruders on their territory (i.e. your home) and to counter-act assaults upon their pack mates (you and your family). Without training and leadership from you to guide him, the dog cannot judge correctly whom to repel and whom to tolerate. Without training and leadership, With good training and leadership from you, he can be profoundly valuable as a defender of your home and family. If you feel no need of an assertive dog or if you have the slightest doubts of your ability and willingness to supply the essential socialization, training and leadership, then please choose one of the many breeds noted for thoroughly unaggressive temperament, such as a Sheltie or a Golden Retriever.
DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU DON'T VALUE CONSTANT COMPANIONSHIP AND SOMETIMES PHYSICAL AFFECTION. A Rottweiler becomes deeply attached and devoted to his own family, and will show this affection in a variety of ways. Some Rottweilers are noticeably reserved, however most are more outgoing, and a few may be exuberantly demonstrative of their affections. They like to be near you, usually in the same room, an almost always with a head or paw in your lap. They will follow you from room to room, and if you are standing still, will lean against your leg. They have been known to upend morning coffee cups by deciding that it's time your hand touched their heads. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Rott will immediately perceive it and may respond to your mood. As puppies, of course, they will be more dependent, clownish, and given to testing the limits of their surrounding.
DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU ARE FASTIDIOUS ABOUT THE NEATNESS OF YOUR HOME. The Rottweiler's short coarse coat and undercoat do shed. Generally shedding is confined to once or twice per year, but Rottweiler females may "blow coat" during their heat cycles, and some Rotties shed more than others. I don't mean to imply that you must be a slob or slattern to live happily with a Rott, but you do have to have the attitude that your dog's company means more to you than does neatness and you do have to be comfortable with a less than immaculate house.
DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU DISLIKE DAILY PHYSICAL EXERCISE. Rottweilers need exercise to maintain the health of heart and lungs and to maintain muscle tone. Because of his mellow, laid-back, often lazy, disposition, your Rottweiler will not give himself enough exercise unless you accompany him or play with him. An adult Rottweiler should have a morning outing of a mile or more, as you walk briskly, jog, or bicycle beside him, and a similar evening outing. For puppies, shorter and slower walks, several times a day are preferred for exercise and housebreaking.
All dogs need daily exercise of greater or lesser length and vigor. If providing this exercise is beyond you, physically or temperamentally, then choose one of the many small and energetic breeds that can exercise itself within your fenced yard. Most of the Toys and Terriers fit this description, but don't be surprised if a Terrier is inclined to dig in the earth since digging out critters is the job that they were bred to do.
DON'T BUY A ROTTWEILER IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY, FEED, AND PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR ONE. Rottweilers are not a cheap breed to buy, as running careful breeding program with due regard for temperament, trainability, and physical soundness (hips especially) cannot be done cheaply. The time the breeder should put into each puppy's "pre-school" and socialization is also costly. The "bargain" puppy from a "back-yard breeder" who unselectively mates any two Rotts who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the occasional adult or older pup is available at modest price from a disenchanted owner or from a breeder, shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned; most of these "used" Rottweilers, after evaluation by an experienced handler and vet check, are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide training, leadership, and understanding. Whatever the initial cost of your Rottweiler, the upkeep will not be cheap. Being large dogs, Rotts eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia and of most medications is proportional to body weight. Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an essential expense for virtually all pet Rottweilers, as it "takes the worry out of being close", prevents serious health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion.
ALWAYS buy from a breeder who gives you a written contract guaranteeing against these disorders. Finally, the modest fee for participation in a series of basic obedience training classes is an essential investment in harmonious living with your dog; such fees are the same for all breeds If buying a puppy, be sure to shop carefully for a *responsible* and *knowledgeable* breeder who places high priority on breeding for sound temperament and trainability and good health in all matings. Such a breeder will interrogate and educate potential buyers carefully. Such a breeder will continue to be available for advice and consultation for the rest of the puppy's life and will insist on receiving the dog back if ever you are unable to keep it.
If at any time during your puppy/dog's life, you decide that this is not the kid of dog for you, you may return him/her to us. We will not give any money or exchanges of any kind, but we will find the puppy/dog a new home. Never drop off, dump or take your Rottweiler to a shelter.
Deposits are NOT refundable.
*There are no guarantees or warranties either expressed or implied beyond what is directly stated in the Puppy Contract.
Don't forget to sign the puppy contract. Without the puppy contract, there are absolutely no guarantees on your puppy.
We reserve the right to choose who we do and do not sell to.
Though we breed rottweilers, we are not blind to the fact that there are animals in shelters that desperately need to be adopted. Over the years, we have adopted many pets from humane societies and continue to do so. Here are a few of those who we have saved and brought into our lives and family.
This is chloe. She came home the same day as Shade. We went to get the kitten but when we got to the humane society, we saw this baby girl and my son, Justin, had to have her. She's a white lab but she believes with all her heart that she is the leader of the rottweiler pack.
Update on Chloe: Chloe is now 10 and a half years old. Her personality and spirit are 100% Rottweiler. The Rottweilers have accepted her as one of their own. She may be tough, but she's not too tough to be polite. In this pic, she's asking Dad for a piece of meat from his plate. "Please Daddy, could I have piece?"
This is Bear. He was my husband, James' boy. We adopted him from a family who couldn't keep him anymore because they were moving. We took him in and loved him but he only lived with us for two years because he was already fairly old when we got him. He passed away in March of 2009.
Marvin was dumped by his previous owner and left alone in a Wal-Mart parking lot with his four brothers and sisters without food, water, or any kind of shelter. We took him in and made him a part of our family. He has grown into an amazingly sweet cat and everyone in the family loves him very much. He loves crafting time and getting to play with the materials. When he's not playing, he's curled up on someone's lap, soaking up all the love and affection he can. <3
Vex was born at the Texas Rottweiler Ranch. We rescued her mother and discovered very quickly that she was pregnant. We took good care of her. After the babies were old enough to be separated, we found new homes for the mother and two of the kitten. Vex stayed with us and became part of the family. She's a total sweetheart and we love her very much.
A Rottewiler's Plea
Treat me kindly, My beloved friend , for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick , for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me things you would have me learn. Speak to me often , for your voice is the world's sweetest music , as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. please take me inside when it is cold and wet for I am a domesticated animal , no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside you. keep my pan filled with fresh water , for I can not tell you when I suffer from thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding , to walk by your side , and stand ready , willing to protect you and your home and family WITH MY LIFE~! , should you ever be in danger. and my friend when I am very old and no longer enjoy good health , hearing and sight , do not make heroic efforts to keep me going , I AM HAVING NO FUN. please see that my trusting life is taken gently . I shall leave this Earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was alway's safest in your hands.
The Texas Rottweiler Ranch - Debra Owens - email:email@example.com - (254)640-9948