by ian thomas
i have a 12 week old rottweiler, i am really concerned about his stability. he constantly falls over. i can take him 100m up the road and he will fall flat on his face at least once.
i mentioned it to the vets who reassured me he is fine, and will grow into himself. am i right to worry about my pride and joy or are rottweilers really that clumsy?
This is tricky to answer as I can’t actually SEE what your Rottie pup is doing, so it’s difficult to judge if this is normal behavior, or whether something is wrong.
First of all, Rottweiler pups ARE clumsy, no doubt about it. They’re heads and paws are big, their joints are knobbly, they’re heavier and bigger than they think they are…. it all leads to tripping, falling, stumbling, running headlong into things. Pretty normal.
However, if your little guy seems unable to walk normally or his legs seem weak, if he seems disoriented or you are worried he may have trouble with his vision, balance or whatever, then I’d go back to your vet and ask for a through check up to make sure all is well. In my personal opinion it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
The biggest males are often the clumsiest of the lot and it is most likely that your pup will soon figure out how to handle himself, but as he will be growing at a phenomenal rate and will be going through the awkward, out-of-proportion ‘teenage stage’ soon, it could be a problem that comes and goes for a while.
Bottom line is it’s impossible for me to say for sure whether or not everything is okay. Trust your instincts and get another look from a professional if you’re worried. Hopefully that will put your mind at rest.
Best of luck with your pup.
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