Are Rottweilers the Most Troublesome Dogs? 4 Common Complaints About Them 

Written by Amber LaRock
Updated: October 9, 2023
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The Rottweiler is one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds in the world. With their unique markings and powerful stature, there’s no mistaking this strong pup! They were originally bred to herd livestock and pull carts for their owners, but today they are commonly found in family dog roles.

While the Rottweiler is one of the most loyal canine friends around, there are a few drawbacks that come with their fierce and dedicated personalities. So, is the Rottweiler a troublesome breed? Let’s introduce you to four common complaints about the famous Rottweiler breed!

Meet The Rottweiler!

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Rottweilers were originally bred to be working dogs due to their muscular stature and endurance

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Rottweilers are a treasured dog breed known for their loyalty and strength. Though originally bred to be working dogs due to their muscular stature and endurance, they have now moved into the role of ‘dedicated family dog’.

The Rottweiler is known to form close bonds with their family. They love nothing more than spending time with those they love, and they feel an overpowering need to protect their home. Many assume that the Rottweiler’s unwavering loyalty is a good thing, but it can lead to a few undesirable traits if they are not socialized properly. To help you prepare for everything Rottweiler parenthood offers, let’s break down why the Rottweiler can be a troublesome breed.

4 Common Complaints About The Rottweiler

Rottweiler standing in field with tongue out

Rottweilers require extensive socialization in puppyhood to help them interact safely with other dogs in adulthood.


#1 Socialization Is Essential To Prevent Aggression

Rottweilers need to have extensive socialization early on to decrease the likelihood of aggression in unfamiliar situations. Unsocialized Rottweilers are known to struggle with aggression with unfamiliar people and dogs due to their innate need to protect their loved ones, but lack of socialization can cause them to perceive everything as a threat.

A well-rounded Rottweiler needs to be introduced to new dogs in and outside of the home, new people, unfamiliar environments, and even unfamiliar sounds. We suggest diving into the socialization process the moment you adopt your canine friend, as waiting until adulthood can make these introductions more challenging. Early socialization and obedience training can also help your Rottweiler live a more full life, as they can safely enjoy a variety of canine and human interactions.

#2 Temperament Can Vary Greatly In Each Rottweiler

The average temperament of the Rottweiler can vary greatly from dog to dog. While this is technically the case for every canine friend, the temperamental differences between each Rottweiler can be vast. Training and socialization play a major rule in a Rottweiler’s adult behavior, which is why it is so important to dive into their training from the moment they are adopted.

Dr. Amy Nicole Lewis, a veterinarian with Worldwide Veterinary Services told A-Z Animals that a Rottweiler needs at least 45 minutes of daily exercise to feel fulfilled. A Rottweiler that does not get adequate exercise may struggle with destructive chewing, increased aggression, and other behaviors that can be challenging to manage. Socialization, obedience training, and daily exercise are the key to a well-mannered Rottweiler.

#3 They Require A Confident & Skilled Owner

Gorgeous Rottweiler being an absolute teddy bear looking for cuddles with mommy, being very affectionate and loving. Showing the special bond that can exist between a pet and the matriarch of the home

Rottweilers require a pet parent that is firm and confident in their training style.

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Rottweilers are not an ideal pet for first-time dog owners. They are highly intelligent and independent, so they require a pet parent that is firm and confident in their training style. They also require extensive socialization to prevent future aggression and other undesirable behaviors. Some dogs are easier than others, and unfortunately, the Rottweiler can be a bit of a challenge.

#4 They Are Prone To Excessive Drooling

Rottweilers are prone to excessive drooling due to their large jowls. Jowls refer to loose lips that hang down from the lower jaw, causing drool to pool and overflow from their mouths. This drooling tends to be most excessive during physical activity, after drinking water, and after eating. If you are not a fan of slobbery pups, then the Rottweiler may not be the right breed for you.

Is The Rottweiler The Right Dog For Me?

With the complaints that we discussed about the Rottweiler aside, the Rottweiler can still be a wonderful addition to many homes. They are loving, intelligent, and loyal, and most of their difficult traits can be addressed with early socialization and training.

As long as you are prepared for the complaints we discussed above in the Rottweiler breed, then you can equip yourself with the tools needed to help them succeed. The treasured Rottweiler may be the perfect fit for your family!

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About the Author

Amber LaRock is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics surrounding pet health and behavior. Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with 12 years of experience in the field, and she holds a degree in veterinary technology that she earned in 2015. A resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Amber enjoys volunteering with animal rescues, reading, and taking care of her two cats.

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