Well, I must admit I'm a little biased when it comes to Rottweiler puppies. . .
But if you're the proud new owner of a cute little fur-ball, then I'm sure you'll agree with me :0) Bringing a new fur-baby into your home is very exciting, but it also takes a lot of work, as you may already know.
My first piece of advice for you is. . . .Now that we live in the "Digital Camera" age, take LOTS of pictures of your baby. Not only will you have fun documenting her growth, but. . .
During her unruly teenage years, you'll be able to look back at that sweeeeeet little face and remember why you fell in love with her :0)
Let me give you a gauge of the different growth stages that Rottweiler pups go through, along with pictures.
You'll also find links to other pages like Rottweiler Puppy Care that will help you prepare and care for your new bundle of joy, and keep your sanity too!
Puppies of all breeds go through pretty much the same growth stages, but different breeds hit adulthood at different times.
Rottie puppies don't really reach adulthood until they are about 3 years old, and that's about when they get their brain :0)
See Rottweiler growth chart for more information about average weight and height as they grow.
If you've planned ahead for a new Rottweiler puppy, you may have already picked out your pup from the litter.
When a puppy is 6 weeks old, it is a great time to visit and see how he interacts with his litter mates.
This may give you some indication of what his personality will be like.
During this stage, puppies learn a lot from their mothers, but also from their brothers and sisters.
This is when they learn how to "play nice" and not bite too hard.
Their siblings will ignore and stop playing with a puppy that plays too rough, and mom will also give stern corrections. This learning experience tends to carry over to a puppies interaction with humans.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of back-yard breeders (BYB) out there that send puppies home with new owners entirely too soon.
If you take a puppy home at 6 weeks old, your short changing both the puppy and yourself, as he will miss out on a lot of learning experiences.
This can be overcome by proper training, but not getting a good start makes everything a little tougher (on everyone).
Puppies don't change a whole lot between 6 and 7 weeks. But if you watch them interact with their mom and siblings, you'll see they seem to be learning how to play nicer and be better behaved.
This is the ideal time for breeders (or you, if you already have your puppy) to expose puppies to new and different things like other animal, people, different sounds and sights, etc.
They're not so young that their too scared, but just young enough
to be highly inquisitive. Puppies that aren't exposed to different
things during this age can tend to be fearful as adults, so it's very
When a Rottweiler puppy is 8 weeks old, it's the ideal time to make that fur-ball part of your family!
An 8 week old puppy is as inquisitive as a 2 year old child.
Yes you'll need to puppy proof your house, just as you would child-proof it if you had a toddler.
The reason 8 weeks is a perfect time to bring a puppy home, is because this is the right age for her to experience LOTS of new things.
The more things she's exposed to at this age, the more comfortable she will be throughout her entire life with meeting new people, new animals and going to new and different places.
However, since your new puppy is very impressionable at this age, you'll also need to be careful not to get him in a situation that will cause lasting fear.
Positive, slow introduction to new things, people and places is a recipe for a well rounded Rottweiler pup as he grows up.
Rottweiler pups at 9 weeks old are just a little ball of fur, and their minds are a sponge for learning.
This time frame is when they continue to learn how to play, and of course they sleep a lot!
Their little growing bodies need a lot of rest in order to build strong bones and muscles.
At this point (actually right from the start), you should make sure that your little one has a place of her own to sleep. A place such as a kennel or crate that is quiet and safe for her.
By starting her off in a crate, it will become her own little den and a place of safety and security.
Okay, at 10 weeks old, you might see your sweet little fur-ball turn into a holy little terror.
You have to keep in mind that your little one is learning how to be a dog. This time period will likely have you laughing more often than not.
But you also must keep in mind that consistent rule training during these times of cuteness are very important.
All this time, he's learning what is acceptable and what is not. And, if he thinks he can get away with it, trust me he will give it his best shot.
Some things that seem cute when he only weighs 20+ pounds, will become NOT so cute when he weighs 100+. So keep in mind that it is never too early to start consistent training.
During this time you should be getting your puppy used to you handling her toenails, ears, looking in her mouth, etc.
You should also give her lot's of stimulating toys to play with. Things that make both her mind and body work.
This also helps her understand what "is" a toy she can play with, and what is "not" a toy (such as shoes).
From 11 to 15 weeks or so is a crucial time period when your puppy will establish their place in your family.
Even when Rotties are puppies, they are very smart and strong willed.
It is imperative that you and your entire family establish yourselves as the leaders in your puppy's eyes.
If he doesn't view you, and even your 2-legged children as the leader of the pack, he will establish himself as the leader.
There are quite a few simple things you can do to start showing him your leadership.
Your little one should have her 3rd round of puppy vaccinations by the time she's 16 weeks old.
Now that she's protected, it makes this the ideal time to start taking her more and more place.
Prior to the 3rd round of shots you should be careful exposing your puppy to other dogs and places.
While you should have been doing as much training at home from the time you brought her home, now is the perfect time to enroll in a group obedience class.
You will need to do a lot of work
on your own at home, but the group classes are invaluable for socializing your puppy with other dogs. This is especially important for the Rottweiler breed, as they are very protective by nature.
You want to ensure that they get as comfortable as possible with meeting new dogs and new people.
It is also very smart to expose your pup to other animals as well, such as cats.
If you don't do this now, it makes things a lot more difficult in the future.
Dogs are really no different than children, the more you teach
them when they are young, learning and impressionable, the less
discipline is required when they reach teenage and adult years.
At six months old, you really start to see your cute little puppy emerging into a dog. But Beware. . . .His body may be starting to look like an adult, but his brain will still have a lot of catching up to do :0)
Rottweiler puppies in particular, go through a very gangly stage about this age. The size of their head usually doesn't match their body, and they seem to be all legs.
Not to worry, they will grow into their legs and head size.
Between 6 months and a year, you should consider your Rottweiler puppy a teenager. If you know anything about human teenagers, then a teenage dog is not much different.
He will test you at every turn, to see if you really are the leader, and what his limits and boundaries are.
Consistent training here is not optional, it's mandatory! If you don't continue basic obedience training on a consistent basis, you will have one unruly dog on your hands.
For more information, see Rottweiler Training page for some of the basics.
I must re-stress that a group obedience class is one of the best
things you can do for both you and your puppy. You'll have to continue
training on your own at home, but this will give you both the basics to
Rottweiler puppies at 8 months of age, are just starting to lose that "too much legs & head" look.
This is when they start to come into their own. Rotties tend to get most of their height by the time they're 1 year old.
Then between 1 and 2 years, they will start to fill out and get their muscles.
Keep in mind that they still don't have their "adult" brain yet, so continuous training is a must!
Are you starting to notice a trend of constant and consistent training? :0) Yes, it's that important!
Now, wouldn't you agree that Rottweiler puppies are just the cutest things?
Just checking :0)
I'll tell you one thing - Rottweiler puppies grow up VERY fast! Just ask Duke's dad. . . . . Duke just turned 1 year old in June 201.
I can tell you that the time really flew by.
But look at what an absolutely beautiful boy he has turned into?
Since I know him and watched him grow up (in pictures), I am a little biased towards him.
But, biased or not I think you'd have to agree that Duke is a really beautiful male Rottweiler.
He is very much the standard of the breed.
I hope you've enjoyed the pictures of him from the time he was 6 weeks old to a year old now.
I hope this page has given you a good idea of what to expect as your
Rottweiler puppy grows up. Make sure you explore the rest of the site
for more information.
I'll be adding more and more pages pertaining to puppies specifically as time allows. If you can't find something you're looking for, please be sure to contact me, and I'll help in any way I can.
Choosing a Rottie Puppy