The Rottweiler: Your Essential Guide From Puppy To Senior Dog

The Rottweiler: Your Essential Guide From Puppy To Senior Dog

by Di Mccann


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910488034
Publisher: Magnet & Steel
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Series: Best of Breed Series
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 1,298,909
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

This book is edited by breed specialist Di Mccann, with chapters provided by a hand-picked team of contributors

Table of Contents

1 Getting to Know Rottweilers 6

The right owner

Understanding the breed

Physical characteristics

Are you a pack leader?

Tails - they win!

Family life (Children; Other animals)

The versatile Rottweiler (Working dogs; Sporting dogs; Therapy Rottweilers)

An ideal home

Town or country?

Male or female?

An active lifestyle

2 The First Rottweilers 22

Origins of the breed

The Rottweiler in the UK (Post-war breeding; The 1960s/1970s; Recent years)

The Rottweiler in Germany

The Rottweiler in America

The Rottweiler today

3 A Rottweiler for Your Lifestyle 38

Work commitments: Home and garden



Finding a breeder

Choosing a healthy puppy (Hip dysplasia; Elbow dysplasia; Heart testing; Home- or kennel-reared?; the family)

Viewing the litter (What to look for; Booking your puppy)

Choosing an adult dog

Choosing a rescued dog

4 The New Arrival 54


Equipment (Bedding; Food and water; Collar and lead; Crates; Toys)

Finding a ver

Collecting your Rottweiler

The first night

The wider world (Meeting the family; Other dogs; Family members; Neighbours; House rules)

Toilet training

Daily routine (Exercise; Handing and training)


5 The Best of Care

Feeding methods (Complete; Meat and biscuit; BARE/natural: Ad lib)

Nutntion (Proteins; Carbohydrates; Fats; Vitamins; Minerals)

Feeding regime

Grooming (Teeth; Nails; Ears; Eyes)

Exercise and play (Having fun)

Caring for the older dog

Saying goodbye

6 Training and Socialisation 86

The family pack (Your role; How to be a good leader; Understanding your Rottweiler)

Giving rewards (Top treats)

How do dogs learn? (The clicker revolution, Be positive) Getting started (Introducing a clicker; Training exercises)

Socialisation (Ideas for socialisation) Training clubs

The adolescent Rottweiler

When things go wrong (Problem behaviour; Rough play; Separation anxiety; Aggression; New challenges (Good Citizen Scheme; Showing: Competitive obedience; Agility; Working trials; Schutzhund; Flyball)

Summing up

7 The Perfect Rottweiler 116

Current breed standards

Inteipretation and analysis (General, appearance; Chracteristics and temperament; Head and skull; Neck; Forequarters; Body; Hindquarters; Feet; Tail; Gait/movement; Coat; Colour; Size; Faults)


8 Happy and Healthy 132

Routine health care (Vaccination; Parasites)

A-Z of common ailments

Inherited disorders

Complementary therapies



I The contributors 147

II Useful addresses 148

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