One of the main Rottweiler questions we see has to do with worries about how a new dog or puppy will get along with the other pets in the home.
Since Rottweilers are so strong, and big, a lot of dog owners get nervous that they might not be able to get along well with other dogs, cats, or a new puppy, or that they might hurt them through malicious intent even. That is hardly the case. If your Rottweiler puppy is raised when other dogs are present, even little ones, or cats, he will take them in fully, and he will learn the kinds of lines that can, and cannot, be crossed.
In the majority of situations, the animals will deal with the things themselves, and it’s ideal for the members of the family who are aware of it to stay out of it, unless there is some serious danger of one of the family members getting really hurt. Dogs that are older are basically extremely tolerant of puppies, and puppies will eventually respect their elders.
If you have a big breed puppy, and he is raised with littler dogs, his canine instincts will kick in, and he will recognize them as his superiors, even if they could go inside his mouth. Cats are a lot better at taking care of themselves than canines are, no matter what their size is, and in a lot of homes, and mine is in there, the cats will get out on top.
However, it’s never alright to allow a larger puppy or dog to hurt or harass a smaller pet, and a verbal reproach and sometimes a little time out could be required now and again, especially with a hyper or energetic pup, but the situation will often work out just alright.
Introducing an adult dog or adolescent who is not aware of small cats or dogs, and a multi-pet home, can be a lot more difficult. However, if all the animals involved in it are sound temperamentally, with proper patience and supervision, the majority of situations will resolve themselves just fine.
Another factor to point is that Rottweiler puppies are large and grow quickly, this can mean that they’re very unaware, clumsy, and awkward about their own size and strength. Unintentional accidents or injuries can happen, and it’s a great idea to supervise play sessions that involve multiple pets until you’re certain that they’ve all adapted to one another and understand their restrictions.