According to research and statistics, the basic life expectancy of a Rottweiler is basically in between eight and 12 years of age, and the basic life expectancy is about nine years. Depending on what kind of formula or chart you pick to use to decide how old your dog is, that will translate into a life expectancy for most Rottweilers of between 60 and 90 years for humans. There’s a pretty big variation there, and it’s critical to think that there is no general average Rottweiler, and there is a little room for error on either end of the spectrum, and each dog is somewhat different.
A lot of Rottweilers live there for a longer period of time, and a lot of others die at an earlier time. Every dog is an individual, and they all have their own environment and health challenges, and there’s no basic figure for all of them. It might be different, because a lot of big dog breeds have even less length of years, like the Irish Wolfhound who just has an average lifespan of around six to eight years, which is the same for the Great Dane, but it’s not all that great.
Why Don’t the Rottweilers Have Longer Life Spans?
The basic life span of the Rottweiler is basically short, in part due to their size, and because dogs that are smaller tend to live a lot longer for a number of different reasons.
There was a study done at Indiana University East, and it said that dogs who weighed less than 30 pounds when they became completely mature would have the longest life span, and clearly it’s the weight and not the height that counts.
Miniature and small breeds usually live to be between 12-15 years, or even more years, and the Mexican hairless dog breed, which his the Xoloitzcuintle, will have a life expectancy of about 16 to 20 years. Breeds who weight more than 100 pounds at maturity are thought to be “geriatric” at about six or seven years of age.
Then, also, it’s because of certain health issues that the breed can get a lot of different kinds of cancers, especially bone cancer, and it will deal a lot of premature deaths to a big percentage of Rottweilers.
If you look seriously at the health problems which most Rottweilers will get throughout their lifetimes, you’ll see that the non-cancerous, well-known regulars include hypothyroidism, cataracts, bloat/torsion, allergies, hip dysplasia, panosteitis, and arthritis.
Help Your Rottweiler To Live Longer
Although genetics and nature has a large role to play in the life span of a Rottweiler, and any living thing and its longevity, there are a ton of things that you can work on to help make certain that your Rottweiler has a healthy, happy, and long life.
Great health starts even before your dog is born so make sure that you pick a Rottweiler from well-cared, healthy parents.
It needs to go without saying that if you begin with a genetically sound, healthy pup, then your opportunity of sharing a number of years together are a lot greater.
You can spot what to look for, and how to be certain that you pick the right dog on the Picking a Rottweiler Breeder page, and trust me, it’s definitely worth the time to take this advice.
Once you’ve purchased your new Rottweiler puppy, you can help him have a healthy, long life by keeping up with these guidelines below.
1. Make certain that you get your puppy vaccinations when they are due, and be sure that they complete the full number of required shots, as well as any ones that are recommended for the area in which you live.
2. Make certain that the dog is free of ticks, fleas, worms, and canine parasites.
3. Make certain that you feed your puppy properly balanced puppy food that is premium.
4. Make certain that you keep your developing dog lean and persist into adulthood. Carrying more weight will put undue strain on the heart, as well as other major organs, as well as portending other health problems in your dog like diabetes.
Rottweilers were not breed to be extra large or giant dogs, and overfeeding your puppy will not make him stronger and bigger. It will just make him weaker and fatter!
There was a 14-year study conducted by Nestle, and it wasn’t specific to Rottweilers, and it showed that leaner dogs lived about two year longer than their counterparts who were overweight.
5. Make sure that your dog gets the ideal amount of rest and exercise.
6. You can do so much to help enhance the life expectancy of the Rottweiler you have, and you should maintain regular veterinary check-ups, deworming, and vaccinations. Furthermore, get help fast if you are worried about your Rottweiler’s health at any one point. Quick treatment can reduce or eliminate the dog’s progress, and save you money, worry, and discomfort.
7. I recommend having your Rottweiler dog getting enrolled in a pup health insurance plan when it’s young and in healthy condition. It will save you a ton of money should your Rottweiler ever get a serious health problem or get in the middle of an accident. It can save your pet’s life pretty easily too.
8. Spaying or neutering your pup can end up reducing the incidence of other problems, such as reproductive order cancers, therefore increasing the life span of your Rottweiler. However, it seems that early neutering/spaying, prior to a single year of age, could increase the risk for specific kinds of bone cancers. Look at this report for an explanation or more information.
Whether or not this possibly increased risk is evened out by the reduced possibility of reproductive organ cancers, I’m not certain, but it’s a factor I will continue to study so that I can offer you the most up-to-date information possible.
One other awesome point is that basic female dogs will live somewhat longer than males.
If you own a Rottweiler dog, and your Rottweiler is lucky enough to have a lifespan that is longer than normal, which is about 13 years of age, which is human years, then there’s a kind of Aging Research Initiative that really needs your support. It’s being done by the Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies. Their goal is to better understand aging and the factors lead to long longevity in humans and dogs.