|Tall:||22 – 27 inches|
|Weight:||77 – 130 pounds|
|Lifetime:||8 – 12 years|
|color:||White, blue, silver, red, brown, gray, black|
|Suitable for:||Active Family, Farm Life or Homestead, Individuals looking for an impressive dog|
|Temperament:||Loyal, Protective, Active, Playful, Confident, Devoted|
Rottweilers are known for their confidence, awareness, and impressive size, a breed with a natural guarding and protective instinct. They are easily recognized by their black and tan coat colors, which have become the most popular colors. Recently, new demand for the “red” Rottweiler has swept the dog industry, but few people understand what a red Rottweiler really is. Until now, the American Kennel Club did not recognize the red Rottweiler and considered the red color to be a mistake. Regardless of the confirmation status, red Rottweilers still remain ‘Rotties’ at heart, and our guide will help you decide if they are the right pet for you:
Red Rottweiler Puppies – Before You Buy…
* As an adult, the Rottweiler is a medium energy dog. However, they are active and energetic like puppies.
How Much Do Red Rottweiler Puppies Cost?
The Red Rottweiler is technically an error in coat color, so it will usually be marked lower than the traditional coat color. However, due to the popularity of “rare and exotic” breeds or colors, backyard breeders can sell them for the same or even more than regular Rotties. Expect to spend a minimum of $1,200 on a Rottweiler puppy, regardless of coat color. Prices can exceed $5,000, depending on breeder’s lineage and location. Any Rottie puppy that costs less than $1,000 is usually a red flag that it came from a Backyard Breeder or puppy factory.
Red Rottweilers and Ethical Breeding:
When buying a red Rottweiler, be careful that you are dealing with an official breeder who understands why and how the red Rottweiler exists. A breeder who intentionally breeds a red Rottweiler is most likely working under unethical practices and backyard breeding, which can lead to major health problems and in-breeding to achieve the red color.
However, red Rottweilers can occur without the intention of the breeder. Although rare, you can find a reputable breeder who may have it from normal litter. Here’s a guide to help determine if a breeder is trustworthy or a buck hunting:
- Notes for every puppy and adult dog
- Tests for health problems and genetic disorders
- Allowing visits to captive facilities
- Actively participate in dog shows or competitions
- Some client testimonials
- Extensive knowledge of dog genetics
- Willing to work with you and answer any questions
3 Little-Known Facts About the Red Rottweiler
1. The Red Variation is a Recessive Gene
Red Rottweilers get their coat color from a recessive gene, which is why this is so rare. The problem is when shady breeders try to purposely breed for red Rottweilers, which can lead to serious health problems and genetic conditions.
2. The Rottweiler is a Versatile Dog
With a long history of disparate occupations, the Rottweiler is capable of much more than a fearsome guard dog. From farms to service jobs, they are highly intelligent dogs that have become less labeled as aggressive dogs.
3. Rottweilers Have a Big Appetite
Rottweilers are similar to Mastiffs in that they love their food. Many Rottweilers are food-motivated dogs, which is great for obedience training. However, their voracious appetite can lead to obesity, so it is important to keep them on a strict eating schedule.
Red Rottweiler Temperament & Intelligence
Rottweiler core principles will not change with coat color, so this principle also applies to red Rottweilers. Rottweilers are intuitive dogs who are always aware of their surroundings, ready to act if something happens. Raised to work and look after, Rottweilers thrive when they have work to do. Bored Rotties are destructive dogs that will take their boredom out of furniture, walls, doors, and anything else they can find.
Rottweilers are affectionate dogs and love to play, especially with their favorite people. They do best in a low-stress home and with a family they can bond with. Rotties enjoy human interaction and require a lot of interaction, so they are not suitable for families who travel a lot. On the other hand, their need for affection makes them a good choice for some families. They bond with their families and remain loyal to them, which is why they are popular as family dogs.
Rottweilers are also pure muscle powerhouses and willpower, which can be problematic for inexperienced dog owners. They are physically strong with a work mentality, so it takes a confident leader to train and handle them properly. Rottweilers are fast learners and will test their limits, especially if they are in doubt. As long as you’re clear on what you’re asking them, Rottweilers will learn quickly and efficiently.
Is This Dog Good for Families?
In general, Rottweilers make great family dogs for families with semi-active lifestyles. They are quite tolerant and like to play with children, but they can forget their own strengths. Rotties are more active as puppies and young adult dogs, but they usually settle into the family dog role as adults. Rottweilers should be of good character without temperament issues, especially if they are going to be around children. It’s important to find breeders who understand these core values.
Is This Breed Friendly With Other Pets?
Rottweilers get along well with other dogs, but they do better when raised together. Rottweilers require frequent socialization to prevent aggressive tendencies with unfamiliar dogs. Younger Rottweilers are especially prone to chasing smaller dogs and cats, which is partly due to their naturally high prey drive. There may be harmony in the home with the Rottweiler, but it takes frequent training and socialization to achieve it.
Rottweiler red is becoming a popular color, although it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. While they may look cute and quirky, it’s important to note that their coat is caused by a recessive gene and not something experienced breeders would pursue. However, that doesn’t mean every red Rottweiler is the product of poor breeding and can still be a great and rewarding pet to have. If you are looking for a red Rottweiler, be careful about finding a legitimate and reputable breeder.
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