How Much Do Rottweiler’s Shed?

The Rottweiler is a very easy dog breed to identify. He has a large, muscular build with a massive head and a black-and-tan coloration. These dogs are sometimes assumed to be aggressive or dangerous, but their temperament is naturally very gentle and calm. Rottweilers make wonderful family pets with proper socialization and training, though they are certainly not one of the more low-maintenance breeds. In terms of grooming requirement in particular, Rottweiler’s are on-par with most dogs for their level of shedding. Keep reading to learn more about how much Rottweilers shed and what you need to do to care for your dog’s coat.

The Typical Rottweiler Appearance and Coat

The Rottweiler is a large-breed dog that generally weighs 80 to 110 pounds at maturity. These dogs have a powerful, muscular build with a broad head and a strong jaw. The Rottweiler’s coat is double-layered with a soft undercoat and a thick outer coat. The undercoat covers the neck and thighs, though it should not be visible through the outer coat. The outer coat is coarse, dense, and flat, growing to medium length. In some cases where the dog is living in hotter climates, the undercoat may be thinner or nonexistent. In terms of coloration, Rottweiler’s are always black with distinct mahogany- or rust-colored markings taking up no more than 10% of the dog’s body. These markings should appear above each eye, on the cheeks, on the stout, on the throat and chest, and on the front of each leg.

Grooming Tips for Your Rottweiler

Though the Rottweiler may be a challenge to keep due to certain aspects of his personality and temperament, caring for his coat is fairly straightforward. Rottweilers are moderate in terms of their shedding level which means that coat maintenance is fairly easy. You should brush your Rottweiler at least once a week with a soft bristle brush to remove dead hairs from his undercoat before they can fall off. In the spring and fall your Rottweiler may shed more heavily – this is known as blowing his coat – so plan to do some extra brushing during this time to control shedding.

You’ll only need to bathe your Rottweiler occasionally when he gets dirty and you can do it at home – no need to go to a professional groomer unless that is your preference. In addition to brushing and occasional bathing, you’ll need to keep your Rottweiler’s ears clean and dry to prevent infection and you’ll have to trim his nails every few weeks. Aside from these tasks, maintaining your dog’s oral hygiene is all that is left for grooming. Brush your dog’s teeth as often and as completely as he will let you.

Grooming is an essential task for any dog owner, so the Rottweiler is no exception. Though these dogs may only shed a moderate amount, it is still important that you brush your dog regularly to keep his coat and skin healthy. Invest in quality grooming tools when your Rottweiler is a puppy so you can care for his coat properly throughout the duration of his lifespan.

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