Rottweilers live for about 8 to 12 years.
This short life span is because of some common health issues such as:
Rottweilers are prone to abnormal hip bone growth owing to a genetic mutation. Studies have found that good breeding practices can minimize the likelihood of hip dysplasia in Rotts.
Subvalvular aortic stenosis
This hereditary heart disease occurs when the aortic valve through which blood leaves the heart to the rest of the body narrows.
Rottweilers are among the breeds that have a higher incidence of bone cancer, also known as osteosarcoma. Unfortunately the majority of Rotts that get bone cancer die early.
Rottweilers are large dogs and are also prone to hypothyroidism, which increases their risk for obesity. Proper nutrition and activities such as swimming are recommended.
Swimming is a good exercise for Rottweilers, especially for senior Rottweilers who may be suffering from joint problems like hip dysplasia as mentioned. It does not impact the joint as much as land activities.
Although some Rottweilers like to swim, this dog is not naturally inclined to water sports. Still, with some warm up training and encouragement, your doggie will learn to enjoy water and even become a really good swimmer.
Unusual body odor
With age, your Rottweiler will be prone to ear and skin infections, dental disease, urinary infection, and bloat. This can cause your canine buddy to stink and will generally lower the Rottweiler’s quality of life.
If your Rottweiler is licking too much, it could be a way to soothe skin irritation or relieve stress and physical pain. If the licking is a concern, do a head to tail body check for signs of injury or bring the dog to your veterinarian.