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I'm new to the forum, I grabbed my rottie from a friend who bred his AKC registered Rottweilers. Now, I did get him on a major discount(because I knew him from highschool). I just wanted to know from the community if my rottweiler looks like a German Rottweiler. His name is Huza, and he just turned 9 months, and is intact(I'm not going to fix, I believe these dogs should die how they were born). He's about 85 lbs, and he went through his lanky stage at 4-6 months, but now he is looking really bulky. He is on a 100% raw meat diet, since he was 3.5 months. I run him early in the morning on my jog 3 days out of the week. I plan on putting a weighted vest when he turns 1.5 years on my runs and hikes. I want him to be at peak physical condition for as long as possible. His pops was naturally built, and my friend rarely walked him, so I'm hoping I can build on that with Huza. He has great temperament, gets along with other dogs and people good. He is starting to mark everything when we go on walks, and I mean everything! He doesn't mark in the house though, I'm strict on discipline. Any advice on what I'm doing with him, and any tips for a pup his age?

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Welcome to the forums. Huza looks like a 9 month old pup....lean and lanky. He will not look like a mature dog till he is about 2-3 years of age...and don't try adding bulk and muscle to him now...this all comes with maturity.
This diet that you are feeding him. Are you sure your raw diet is balanced? He needs a variety of meats (different proteins) and raw meaty bones, plus some veggies and fruit added, as well as eggs, etc.

I also would stop jogging with him till he is at least 18 months of age...no forced exercise. His growth plates are still open and you could be doing damage to them right now. Dogs often will not know when they have had enough and will keep on going where damage has been done. Better to take him places where he can be free off leash, and throw a ball for him, or start teaching him tracking, etc.

He is still very much a pup right now, but there will come a time when he does not like other male dogs, and become suspicious of certain people. Keeping him intact comes with responsibility.
 

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Welcome to the forums. Huza looks like a 9 month old pup....lean and lanky. He will not look like a mature dog till he is about 2-3 years of age...and don't try adding bulk and muscle to him now...this all comes with maturity.
This diet that you are feeding him. Are you sure your raw diet is balanced? He needs a variety of meats (different proteins) and raw meaty bones, plus some veggies and fruit added, as well as eggs, etc.

I also would stop jogging with him till he is at least 18 months of age...no forced exercise. His growth plates are still open and you could be doing damage to them right now. Dogs often will not know when they have had enough and will keep on going where damage has been done. Better to take him places where he can be free off leash, and throw a ball for him, or start teaching him tracking, etc.

He is still very much a pup right now, but there will come a time when he does not like other male dogs, and become suspicious of certain people. Keeping him intact comes with responsibility.
And organ meats would need to be a part of the raw diet too.

Otherwise, everything BBD said. I would be very wary of running a dog as big as a Rottie at this age.
 

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Welcome to the forums. Huza looks like a 9 month old pup....lean and lanky. He will not look like a mature dog till he is about 2-3 years of age...and don't try adding bulk and muscle to him now...this all comes with maturity.
This diet that you are feeding him. Are you sure your raw diet is balanced? He needs a variety of meats (different proteins) and raw meaty bones, plus some veggies and fruit added, as well as eggs, etc.

I also would stop jogging with him till he is at least 18 months of age...no forced exercise. His growth plates are still open and you could be doing damage to them right now. Dogs often will not know when they have had enough and will keep on going where damage has been done. Better to take him places where he can be free off leash, and throw a ball for him, or start teaching him tracking, etc.

He is still very much a pup right now, but there will come a time when he does not like other male dogs, and become suspicious of certain people. Keeping him intact comes with responsibility.
Thank you for the reply! Should I just take him on long walks, maybe a couple miles or more? What about hikes off-leash? He is really good with staying around me off-leash he doesn't like to roam too much. Also, I feed him different meats, mostly consisting of chicken though, because its abundant and cheap.
 

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Off leash hikes are fine, as long as you don't make them too long, and let him stop and sniff and look around. Remember for every mile you walk when he is off leash...he probably runs 2 miles...going back and forth,etc. I would also caution you that his recall has to be good if you are taking him off leash. It's not fair to other people walking, to meet up with an unleashed Rottweiler, or their dog having to meet your dog. Always remember that your Rottweiler will be the first dog blamed for everything....even if he has done nothing wrong.:( Going for walks is fine too...but again...don't make them marathons.

You need to make sure that his raw diet is balanced. Chicken is low in zinc...he really should have a variety of meats, and organs, and bones and some veggies, and fruit...and some canned fish and eggs thrown in too. I like canned sardines (in water) and a couple of eggs as a meal. You only have once chance to grow out a puppy on a raw diet, and it must be balanced. Harm can be done if he is not getting a balanced diet and the right minerals and vitamins. With an adult dog that is all grown it's not as important.

What is his daily diet like?? have you followed some raw diet plans?
 

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You can also use green tripe (do NOT use tripe for human consumption) to supplement the vegetables and fruit...just be prepared to hold your nose. Luckily when I fed raw it was a favourite so was eaten quickly. You can get it at pet stores.
 

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You can also use green tripe (do NOT use tripe for human consumption) to supplement the vegetables and fruit...just be prepared to hold your nose. Luckily when I fed raw it was a favourite so was eaten quickly. You can get it at pet stores.
Oh ya!! That stuff smells awful. The dogs love it though. I was having a hard time getting it a few years back. I always keep a few cans of tripe in case I get a picky eater while boarding with me. No dog can refuse tripe...lol
 
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Off leash hikes are fine, as long as you don't make them too long, and let him stop and sniff and look around. Remember for every mile you walk when he is off leash...he probably runs 2 miles...going back and forth,etc. I would also caution you that his recall has to be good if you are taking him off leash. It's not fair to other people walking, to meet up with an unleashed Rottweiler, or their dog having to meet your dog. Always remember that your Rottweiler will be the first dog blamed for everything....even if he has done nothing wrong.:( Going for walks is fine too...but again...don't make them marathons.

You need to make sure that his raw diet is balanced. Chicken is low in zinc...he really should have a variety of meats, and organs, and bones and some veggies, and fruit...and some canned fish and eggs thrown in too. I like canned sardines (in water) and a couple of eggs as a meal. You only have once chance to grow out a puppy on a raw diet, and it must be balanced. Harm can be done if he is not getting a balanced diet and the right minerals and vitamins. With an adult dog that is all grown it's not as important.

What is his daily diet like?? have you followed some raw diet plans?
Generally its mostly different raw meats and supplements like fish oil, and coconut oil. That being said, do you know when a male will start to show domination type traits. My boy is 9 months and he hasn't, he is still pretty vigilant with other dogs. And people tell me I might not have that problem, because he wasn't a rowdy pup at all. He has been very chill all his life, his parents as well.
 

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Generally its mostly different raw meats and supplements like fish oil, and coconut oil. That being said, do you know when a male will start to show domination type traits. My boy is 9 months and he hasn't, he is still pretty vigilant with other dogs. And people tell me I might not have that problem, because he wasn't a rowdy pup at all. He has been very chill all his life, his parents as well.
I was wondering this myself recently. My boy is almost 9 months and like yours he’s been very chill so far and still like a happy pup with all dogs and just wants to play. Hopefully he’ll just stay really chilled
 

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9 month old dogs are still very much still pups. Usually the same sex aggression starts around 18 months to 2 years of age. Males especially those that are still intact will be treated differently by other dogs. They smell different, and are often the target of other male dogs. Their days of playing with other dogs can change in an instant... They can be playing nicely, when all of a sudden things start getting out of hand. You really need to learn dog body language and know when to call you dog away. Nothing worse then a dog fight!!!
 

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9 month old dogs are still very much still pups. Usually the same sex aggression starts around 18 months to 2 years of age. Males especially those that are still intact will be treated differently by other dogs. They smell different, and are often the target of other male dogs. Their days of playing with other dogs can change in an instant... They can be playing nicely, when all of a sudden things start getting out of hand. You really need to learn dog body language and know when to call you dog away. Nothing worse then a dog fight!!!
That makes sense, I've slowed down going to the dog park because my pup was getting ganged up on by fixed males. He still doesn't know his own strength, and is unsure on how to defend himself. So I've decided to not go to the dog park until he's a year old(maybe he'll have the confidence to correct the dogs that annoy him). I've noticed most dogs respect him, sometimes come to him submissively. I didn't really get that, maybe because he's intact? But he's usually more afraid of them, then they are of him.
 

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That makes sense, I've slowed down going to the dog park because my pup was getting ganged up on by fixed males. He still doesn't know his own strength, and is unsure on how to defend himself. So I've decided to not go to the dog park until he's a year old(maybe he'll have the confidence to correct the dogs that annoy him). I've noticed most dogs respect him, sometimes come to him submissively. I didn't really get that, maybe because he's intact? But he's usually more afraid of them, then they are of him.
He's submissive because he is still very much a pup. Would you expect a 12 year old boy to know how to defend them self? I suggest that you stay away from the dog park. Rottweilers are not dog park material. Dog parks are dangerous places...expecting strange dogs to get along is not normal behavior. As I said before, you dog may not be the one starting a fight, but will want to finish one, and be the breed blamed if there is a fight. Vets love dog parks, it's a great money maker for them.

Better to get enrolled in some sort of obedience classes...he will be socialized, and will learn how to train with all sorts of distractions around him. I would also see if you can find a friendly dog that he does do well with and arrange play dates. I've often found that Labradors do well playing with Rottweilers.
 

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Hi,

I’m not sure if this will help, but I have a pure breed German Rottweiler from Von Evman. Here’s a couple of pictures of him. The first pic is Trex around 1 and the 2nd is him at 2. I also added another pic of him now. I remember when he was a pup, his head was huge compared to his body. Everyone would always comment on it, but as you can see, that’s not an issue anymore. I hope that helps for comparison.

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Hello,

I'm new to the forum, I grabbed my rottie from a friend who bred his AKC registered Rottweilers. Now, I did get him on a major discount(because I knew him from highschool). I just wanted to know from the community if my rottweiler looks like a German Rottweiler. His name is Huza, and he just turned 9 months, and is intact(I'm not going to fix, I believe these dogs should die how they were born). He's about 85 lbs, and he went through his lanky stage at 4-6 months, but now he is looking really bulky. He is on a 100% raw meat diet, since he was 3.5 months. I run him early in the morning on my jog 3 days out of the week. I plan on putting a weighted vest when he turns 1.5 years on my runs and hikes. I want him to be at peak physical condition for as long as possible. His pops was naturally built, and my friend rarely walked him, so I'm hoping I can build on that with Huza. He has great temperament, gets along with other dogs and people good. He is starting to mark everything when we go on walks, and I mean everything! He doesn't mark in the house though, I'm strict on discipline. Any advice on what I'm doing with him, and any tips for a pup his age?

These are my most recent pics and a video of him:

Video: Huza
A German rotti is a rotti born in Germany. An American rotti is one born here. If your pup was born here, it is an American rotti. The akc does not acknowledge a difference between the 2. Many breeders will state that their dogs are German and bigger etc. but it’s all hype. Also, The German version of the AKC only recognizes rotti’s with undocked tails, and their qualifications are more focused on temperament. The ack recognizes male rottis from 95 to 135 pounds, so your dog will 98% likely fit in that category.

It seems like you goal is to make a big muscle-bound dog, which you are in luck, Rotti’s mostly come out that way with moderate exercise.= ) If overall health is your goal, you do need to research a balanced diet and appropriate exercise. 100% raw meat diet, esp. chicken, is not in his best interest nutritionally- especially long term. I would look at the recommendations of a healthy nutritionally balanced kibble or prepared raw food diet or look up recipes online. (Note- the prepared raw food diets are crazy expensive and very new. Many follow a nutrition guideline but do not actually have a nutritionist on staff. Going with a long term established kibble or really doing the nutritional research and talking with your vet is your best bet.) If you still want to do your own recipe, it is certainly cheaper than a prepared raw diet- but you really have to do the research for optimal health. Additionally, adding extra weight before your dog is mature is a recipe for arthritis, hip dysplasia and a host of growth issues. Rotties are big, muscular, intimidating dogs. You do not need to force it and risk injuring your puppy. Slow and steady is the way. =)
 

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A German rotti is a rotti born in Germany. An American rotti is one born here. If your pup was born here, it is an American rotti. The akc does not acknowledge a difference between the 2. Many breeders will state that their dogs are German and bigger etc. but it’s all hype. Also, The German version of the AKC only recognizes rotti’s with undocked tails, and their qualifications are more focused on temperament. The ack recognizes male rottis from 95 to 135 pounds, so your dog will 98% likely fit in that category.

It seems like you goal is to make a big muscle-bound dog, which you are in luck, Rotti’s mostly come out that way with moderate exercise.= ) If overall health is your goal, you do need to research a balanced diet and appropriate exercise. 100% raw meat diet, esp. chicken, is not in his best interest nutritionally- especially long term. I would look at the recommendations of a healthy nutritionally balanced kibble or prepared raw food diet or look up recipes online. (Note- the prepared raw food diets are crazy expensive and very new. Many follow a nutrition guideline but do not actually have a nutritionist on staff. Going with a long term established kibble or really doing the nutritional research and talking with your vet is your best bet.) If you still want to do your own recipe, it is certainly cheaper than a prepared raw diet- but you really have to do the research for optimal health. Additionally, adding extra weight before your dog is mature is a recipe for arthritis, hip dysplasia and a host of growth issues. Rotties are big, muscular, intimidating dogs. You do not need to force it and risk injuring your puppy. Slow and steady is the way. =)
Thanks for the reply! I don't want him to be bulky, just very fit! His pops was about 115, but really toned, and my friend barely walks him around! Also my friend docked the tails right when they left the womb, so I didn't have a say on keeping the tail intact. He has a low food drive, so I can't force him to eat any more then he can chew! But I'll try to keep the forum updated on his progress.
 

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Hi,

I’m not sure if this will help, but I have a pure breed German Rottweiler from Von Evman. Here’s a couple of pictures of him. The first pic is Trex around 1 and the 2nd is him at 2. I also added another pic of him now. I remember when he was a pup, his head was huge compared to his body. Everyone would always comment on it, but as you can see, that’s not an issue anymore. I hope that helps for comparison.

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Thanks for the reply! Beautiful dog! My pups head isn't massive compared to his body, it seems pretty proportional. His dad had a large head, so I'm hoping as he progresses the head will get larger, his ears are pretty big so maybe his head will fill it out.
 
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