How can i recognize a good rottweiler (puppy)?
The most important thing to do first of all is to find a good Rottweiler breeder – it’s the most important step! There are many Rottie breeders everywhere, but sadly many of them are not responsible, ethical breeders, nor do the have the best interests of their dogs at heart.
I’d recommend that you look at these pages for more info. on this…
Take your time and make sure you choose your breeder wisely. Then have them help you to choose the right puppy for your home – whether you’re looking for a show puppy, a working puppy, or just a pet, a good breeder knows his own dogs and is the best person to advise you on the ‘right fit’ for your needs.
In general when choosing a puppy yourself, ALWAYS see both the parents and evaluate their looks and temperaments because their puppies will inherit their traits both physically and emotionally.
Generally you want a friendly pup, not the boldest but not a timid one either. Physically look for a clean coat, clear eyes, clean ears and lots of ‘bounce’! At 8 weeks old a puppy looks very much like a miniature version of his/her adult self, so 8 weeks is a good age to be choosing a puppy. Rottie pups should be fairly ‘square’ in outline with sturdy bones. You may want to check out my Rottweiler Breed Standard page so that you know what a well-bred Rottweiler should look like, that always helps.
Best of luck with your choice.