When you think of the Rottweiler, you probably picture a large, muscular dog with a black coat and tan markings. You might even picture him in a junk yard or behind a chain-link fence, guarding property. The Rottweiler is a gentle breed by nature, but he also has certain qualities that lend themselves to making him a good watchdog or guard dog and, as such, he may do well as an outdoor dog. Keep reading to learn more about Rottweilers as outdoor dogs.
Are Rottweilers Adapted to Outdoor Life?
The Rottweiler belongs to the Working group for the American Kennel Club (AKC) and was developed as a herding breed. As such, the Rottweiler has the potential to do well as an outdoor dog as long as the climate is appropriate and his basic needs are still met. Rottweilers have short, medium-length coats that shed moderately but are still easy to maintain. What is important for the purposes of keeping your Rottweiler outside, however, is the fact that it is a double coat. The Rottweiler has a soft, downy undercoat that varies in thickness depending on the climate in which he lives. This undercoat helps to keep him warm in the winter and it grows thinner in the summer to keep him cool. The outer coat is straight, dense, and coarse, helping to insulate your dog against heat and cold – it will also keep him dry in wet weather. As long as it doesn’t get too cold where you live, Rottweilers can be kept outside.
Tips for Keeping a Rottweiler as an Outdoor Dog
If you want to keep your Rottweiler as an outside dog, there are a few things you need to do. First and foremost, you’ll need to provide your dog with shelter. Your Rottweiler will need a sheltered place to retreat to when it gets hot and a place to keep him warm when it gets cold. This shelter should also protect him from the weather and just give him a space to call his own. Your Rottweiler will need access to unlimited fresh water and you may need to take additional steps to keep his food fresh and protected from insects and rodents.
Aside from meeting your Rottweiler’s basic needs as an outdoor dog, you also need to fulfil your role as a dog owner in training and socialization. Keeping your Rottweiler outside shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore him – this breed requires a great deal of human interaction as well as both mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis. Rottweilers also need a moderate amount of daily exercise, so he’ll still need a daily walk – any exercise he gets running around outside probably won’t be enough to work off his energy. Your dog may also require additional vaccinations to protect him against disease that can be spread by wild animals.
If you are thinking about getting a new dog and you want to keep him as an outdoor dog, there are a number of important things to consider. The climate where you live should be warm but not too hot that your Rottweiler will overheat, and he still needs protection from the elements. You’ll also need to make sure that your dog still gets plenty of exercise and human interaction.
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