Below are some guidelines to consider when buying a Rottweiler puppy. Important: these are merely guidelines and every Rottweiler is a product of his background, breeding (nature), and the way it was raised (nurture) it therefore, responds uniquely to stimuli.

Adaptability

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How easily a dog deals with change.

Dog Friendly

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Tendency to enjoy or tolerate other dogs.

Shedding Level

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Amount and frequency of dog hair shedding.

Affection Level

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Amount of warmth or friendliness displayed.

Exercise Needs

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Level of daily activity needed.

Social Needs

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Preferred amount of interaction with other pets and humans.

Apartment Friendly

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Factors such as dog size and his tendency to make noise.

Grooming

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Amount of bathing, brushing, even professional grooming needed.

Stranger Friendly

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Tendency to be welcoming to new people.

Barking Tendencies

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Breed’s level of vocalization.

Health Issues

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Level of health issues a breed tends to have.

Territorial

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A dog’s inclination to be protective of his home, yard or even car.

Cat Friendly

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Tendency toward a tolerance for cats and a lower prey drive.

Intelligence

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A dog’s thinking and problem-solving ability (not trainability).

Trainability

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Level of ease in learning something new and a willingness to try new things.

Child Friendly

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Dogs that tend to be more sturdy, playful and easy going around children and more tolerant of children’s behaviour.

Playfulness

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How light hearted and spirited a dog tends to be.

Watchdog Ability

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A breed that is likely to alert you to the presence of strangers.

– 2012: Dr A Roark

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