Sturdy, brave and loyal, I became interested the first time I saw a Rottweiler at the local police precinct. I wanted one for myself. After a few inquiries, I was finally able to purchase a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder who was also responsible for breeding most of the police Rottweiler dogs.
It has been a fantastic experience so far. My family loves him, the neighbors adore him and frequently offer to walk him while my friends never shut up about how they love being around him, and quite a few of them are considering getting one for themselves.
Let’s get down to how much a Rottweiler puppy will cost you.
How much does a Rottweiler puppy cost? The average median price for a Rottweiler puppy is $1,025. A well-bred Rottweiler puppy from a reputable breeder cost between $1,500 and $3,000 but could go as high up as $4,000 for a Rottweiler puppy from champion bloodlines.
Rottweiler dogs are more common in a black and tan color combination. They have a muscled body supporting a large head and straight feet. Females can grow up to 24 inches while a male Rottweiler dog can grow up to 25 inches.
Owning a Rottweiler will incur a lot of costs, and I have gone through the trouble of sharing my experiences with you. Below I have listed the various expenses you could incur.
The Average Cost of a Rottweiler Puppy
Rottweiler puppies are in high demand. This is because they are excellent security dogs and closely associated with the military. That has driven up the cost. You can get a Rottweiler for $900 if you’re looking for a cheap one.
Rottweiler puppies in that price range are more likely coming from puppy mills, renowned for poor breeding practices; hence, you could be getting an unhealthy puppy. The average price for a Rottweiler raised under best practices is estimated to be $1,500.
The costs previously stated are estimates and can change depending on several factors. I have listed them below, and I hope they help in making an informed decision.
- Ancestral Pedigree: When it comes to pricing puppies, ancestral lineage plays a considerable role. Does the puppy come from a successful bloodline? Rottweiler puppies that come from a successful line of military service dogs will cost more money than a Rottweiler puppy with less illustrious ancestors.
- Breeder Reputation: Breeders sell dogs, and they determine the price at which they want to sell each Rottweiler puppy. The breeders’ reputation can influence their decision at times. A well-known breeder will likely guarantee you quality Rottweiler puppies and they will charge you more than breeders with a lesser reputation.
- Social Trends: Another factor that influences price is social trends. Dogs in high demand command more fees than less popular dogs. Also, dogs associated with famous persons and certain situations will likely create a trend and push up the cost.
- Kennel Club Papers: Certified Rottweiler puppies are deemed to be of more quality than uncertified ones. Puppies are certified by kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club (AKC). If an uncertified puppy has parents who are certified, it will cost slightly less than a puppy with certification.
- Appearance: A puppy’s appearance is likely to command a hefty fee or a low fee. Breeders place a priority on beautifying puppies through a range of procedures. These procedures include ear cropping, tail docking, and dewclaw removal. These procedures are done in the early weeks and will push up the cost of purchasing a Rottweiler puppy.
- Disease Testing: Disease testing is a common practice, most notably with reputable breeders. These tests cost money and breeders are eager to retrieve back some of the money spent through sales. As a result, these kinds of puppies will cost more than ones who haven’t undergone any testing.
- Vaccines: Vaccines help to prevent puppies from falling sick and fight against impending canine infections. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccination is vital and highly recommended. Vaccines are not cheap, and puppies that have been vaccinated are more expensive than others.
Types of Rottweiler Breeders: What Are Their Prices?
Who is a breeder? What role do they perform and how important are they? The term breeder is not relatively new in this article as I have referred to it a few times.
A breeder is responsible for the general well being of the dog(s) in his care. Many breeders exist in the canine world, and each of them breeds dogs under different practices and situations.
There are three widely accepted categories of breeders. I have provided a detailed and simplified explanation of all three below.
One of the categories of breeders is puppy mills. They house thousands of dogs and most times, host numbers far more massive than the puppy mill can cater to.
Their puppies are crammed into tight cages restricting movement. Some of these cages are made of wires and reports have emerged of dogs hurting themselves when their legs accidentally fall through gaps in the cage. The living conditions under which they are bred are unhygienic.
The environments are filthy, and living conditions are horrible. Dogs in puppy mills are unhealthy and malnourished. They are simply regarded as tools for profit and treated as such.
The female dogs are referred to as “brood bitches.” They are hardly up for sale and are kept in the mill from birth till death. They are kept continuously in a reproductive state and are expected to birth puppies even in terrible conditions.
When they can no longer give birth to puppies, these brood bitches are euthanized. The puppies are sold to brokers who in turn sell to pet stores and individuals without checks.
Puppy mills try to reduce costs and maximize profit by spending less on food and vaccines. This deprives the dogs of good healthcare, guaranteeing a poor health status.
Meals are unhygienic, and dogs are not allowed to exercise. Puppy mills don’t pay attention to genetics when breeding. These result in physical defects in some instances.
Puppy mills might offer low prices, but it is highly recommended you avoid puppy mills at all costs. There are so many defects with puppies that are raised in mills ranging from health to physical. This will cost you more to rectify in the long run.
The average price of a Rottweiler puppy from a puppy mill: $500 – $1,000
Backyard breeders are often regarded as private dog owners who practice breeding with little or no regard for professional practices. They are considered to be unethical by some in the canine world, but in truth,
They’re not totally unethical. Backyard breeders have limited skills and training in breeding. They are not experts and most likely engage in breeding for personal purposes or one-off financial reasons.
There are also backyard breeders who engage in breeding for the sole purpose of making a profit and the ones who do it do so with little regard to sanitization and environmental care.
While public opinion on backyard breeders is divided, it is evident that these breeders feel a personal connection to these dogs and they pay attention to their health.
Getting a dog from a backyard breeder is not a bad idea in its entirety, but caution is advised. Do your research about the breeder and ensure they follow the best breeding practices.
The average price of a Rottweiler from a backyard breeder: $900 – $1,600
Responsible Rottweiler Breeders
The last class of breeders is responsible breeders. They do not breed multiple types of dogs at the same time. They are selective and channel their efforts and time towards breeding a few breeds at a time.
They are specialists, and their choices are usually based on their specialty. They belong to dog clubs and are active members where they seek collaborations with other club members finding ways to improve their breeds.
This includes research on genetics and cross-breeding, commissioning studies, and exchanging information. These efforts contribute to raising healthy dogs.
Responsible breeders practice under best practices and strictly adhere to laws regarding breeding. It is common knowledge that this class of breeders refuses to sell their dogs to dealers or pet shops. This is because responsible breeders never entirely sell their dogs to you.
They carry out extensive checks on potential buyers. This is to ensure their dogs are going where they will be adequately taken care of. They are ready to offer advice and guidance to customers.
It is not uncommon to meet a responsible breeder insisting on buy-back options. They like to be responsible for the dogs if you become unable to render proper care and attention.
Purchasing a Rottweiler from a responsible breeder is the best option. Although this is an expensive option, they guarantee the healthiest dogs on sale. Dogs are regularly vaccinated and are physically fit. They also help guide you in making an informed choice based on your needs and desire.
The average price of a Rottweiler puppy from a responsible breeder: $1,500 – $3,000
Initial Costs of Rottweiler Ownership
Your responsibilities don’t end with purchasing a Rottweiler. As with humans, daily maintenance costs and general care will make you spend a lot of money to ensure a suitable living environment is created for the dog.
Your initial costs will include getting a pen, a collar and a leash and of course, the most important of them all, dog food.
A proper crate should be large enough to give your Rottweiler space to sit up, sit down, and also turn around without being restricted by the roof or wall. An appropriate crate will cost you about $50. Dog food will cost you about $55 for a bag.
Early and precautionary medical checks and veterinary visits will cost you around $100. Your initial cost will also include beds and grooming equipment.
Away from the initial costs listed above, there are additional costs that will arise. Some initial costs are also classed under this column as additional costs of some sort. These costs may not be as essential but are necessary.
Dogs need quality food for growth, and on average good dog food will cost $85. When dogs behave well, it is necessary to keep treats handy to reward them accordingly. Good quality dog treats cost about $20 per 8oz. bag. Alternatively, you can also make treats at home at a cheaper cost.
Other costs include carpet, food and water bowls, and insurance. Below I have compiled a table of expenses to help you out.
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Quality Puppy Food||$85|
|Dog Crate and Bed||$100|
|Bowls, Leash, and Collar||$45|
|Carpet Cleaner, Waste Bags, and Other Supplies||$50|
|Initial Veterinarian Visit||$70|
|Deworming, Tick, and Flea Meds||$55|
My First-Year Expenses Owning a Rottweiler Puppy
My first year owning a Rottweiler was relatively easy. I was fortunate enough to purchase from a responsible breeder who was always ready to guide me through every stage. Yes, I did try to get over myself at times and do things without guidance; the consequences of that were avoidable expenses.
A few months into being a proud owner of a Rottweiler, I decided to register at my local dog club. This cost me a couple of dollars. Add it to the insurance policy I bought from Healthy Paws, and I had parted with about $280.
I did buy a lot of dog treats; that was before I realized I could make some pretty good ones at home. My Rottweiler dog seemed to be obsessed with toys, so I bought one, then another, and another one and another one. Well, he has a whole bag of toys now.
I have prepared a comprehensive list of my first-year expenses below. Though the costs might vary depending on time and location, they will provide insight.
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Purebred Rottweiler Puppy||$1,500|
|Vaccines, Neutering, and Deworming||$0|
|Flea/Tick Med and Additional Vet Visits||$4308|
Monthly Cost of Owning an Adult Rottweiler
The cost of owning a Rottweiler monthly is not fixed and varies with several factors. Your monthly cost is made up of the initial and additional costs we have talked about above. While it is financially wise to have a monthly budget, your budget should be flexible enough to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.
The estimates provided below will guide you in your decision-making process. There are one-off purchases that have not been listed. This is to protect the integrity of the estimate.
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Health Insurance Premium||$20|
|Flea and Tick Meds||$25|
Lifetime Expenses of Owning a Rottweiler
A Rottweiler has an average life span of 10 years. The total cost you incur will depend on when you bought it. It is important to know the costs if you have plans to keep it all through its life span.
As previously revealed, it will cost you $3,970 to cater for a Rottweiler for the first year. With monthly expenses of $175, the subsequent yearly cost will roughly be $2,100.
That puts your cost for owning a Rottweiler for ten years at about $22,870. This, of course, does not include miscellaneous expenses you might accrue in the course of these years.
Other Potential Expenses
While I have listed the essential costs you will incur, I have also decided to include other expenses that you might be able to afford. The good thing about the expenses listed below is they can be ignored if your budget is not accommodating enough.
- Day Care or Pet Walking Services: Try as much as you can to take your dog out on a walk or get a friend or relative to do that for you if you are indisposed. This will save you about $15 every hour in hiring a professional walking service.
- Grooming: Rottweiler dogs are relatively cheap to maintain. Regular baths, brushing off their coats, and trimming of their nails is all that is required. There are professional service providers who offer this service for $35 if you insist on getting one.
- Kennel Club Registration: If you have the money to register at a dog club, then, by all means, do so. But if you don’t, there is nothing to worry about. Dog clubs can be expensive and money gulping. They cost about $90 to register and a monthly fee in most cases.
- Training: Training your dog to behave in a certain way is essential but not really necessary. Rottweiler is a focused and obedient breed willing to please; hence it won’t necessarily require professional training which can cost between $45 to $100 for an hour session.
Finding a Cheaper Rottweiler
Rottweiler dogs are mostly associated with the military, and this association has led to a hike in price. It is pretty challenging to get a Rottweiler for cheap, although it is not impossible. There are several possible places you can visit to search for a Rottweiler dog for cheap.
There are adoption houses all around the country with Rottweiler dogs, mostly puppies up for adoption. They cost about $300- $450 to adopt. This fee includes all necessary vaccinations and registrations, ensuring you save money. Most importantly, a dog will have a home.
Another alternative involves finding a seller outside the country with a lower offer. It is a risky option as the chance of you being defrauded is high, so be careful. Rescue homes are also an option, although the chances of finding a Rottweiler in a rescue home are very slim due to their high profile.
How to Find Products That Work for Rottweiler
It is imperative to source and buy the right products that fit for a Rottweiler. Making the right choice of food, crate, and even toys are essential. You should endeavor to pick out the best you can for your dog.
When it comes to a Rottweiler dog’s diet, a well balanced nutritional diet is essential. To make the right decision, you must be aware of what your dog needs at a particular stage in his life. There are many dog foods on the market, and some are specific to certain ages and breeds of dogs.
Your choice should also be based on the ingredients making up the food and ensuring there are no allergies involved. You can also try out a few options before picking the one that best matches your need.
Getting the right toys are crucial. It is common to find toys destroyed after a few days in cases where the toys are not the right fit. Buying toys that can easily be ripped apart can potentially choke your Rottweiler dog.
Rottweiler dogs love a mental challenge and find puzzle toys attractive. But make sure to pick the ones that can withstand the force of a bite.
My Final Thoughts
Getting a dog should be an informed decision. It should not be regarded as just another purchase. A lot goes into acquiring and taking care of a dog as has been exposed throughout this article.
If your budget is not up to the cost examined above, then you should avoid getting one until you are fully confident in your ability to cater to a dog.
If your desperation gets the better of you, you can approach a family member or close friend to pitch the idea of shared ownership. This will spread costs evenly and reduce the financial burden on you.
When it comes to approaching breeders, be sure to make adequate research and findings. If possible, meet previous customers to get their reviews on the breeder’s ability.
When you finally settle on a particular breeder, ask all the essential questions. Do not hesitate to walk away if the answers provided are not satisfactory.
Although Rottweiler dogs can be gentle, be careful with them as they can be aggressive as well if angry. Keep a watchful eye on them, especially when they are around kids. And as they grow older, be sure to keep them on a leash to prevent unnecessary attacks on strangers. You might be in for a lot of lawsuits.