Rottweilers typically have a sweet and friendly personality, and can make for great family dogs. But unfortunately, this dog’s life expectancy is considerably short, and this is due to the fact that the Rottweiler is prone to suffering from several medical disorders and health issues.
The average lifespan of a Rottweiler typically falls between 8 to 10 years. Of course, this range is an estimation based on information gathered from dog owners and medical records, and it is well possible for a Rottie to live longer than 10 years.
Regardless of these outliers, the Rottweiler remains a breed with a relatively short lifespan, compared to the longer living dog breeds, and this can be attributed to the factors explained below:
The Rottweiler is a large dog – adult weights for this pooch typically range between 95 to 135 lbs for males, and 80 to 100 lbs for females! – and this can be more of a curse than a blessing.
Several studies, including the 2013 research journal by The American Naturalist, aimed at establishing a link between a pooch’s weight and its life expectancy have come to the conclusion that large dog breeds tend to have a shorter lifespan, compared to the smaller dogs.
The Rottweiler, being on the larger end of the do weight chart, isn’t favoured well by these reported findings. Its large size is also responsible for the development of several health issues, which can significantly reduce the quality of the pooch’s life, and by extension, its lifespan.
Generally, you can also expect a female Rottweiler to live longer than a male Rottweiler. And this isn’t unrelated to the fact that male Rottweilers typically grow larger than their female counterparts.
The environment a Rottweiler is raised in also plays a significant role in determining how long the pooch will be around for. That said, a Rottweiler that is raised in a toxic environment and that isn’t properly cared for will live a relatively shorter life compared to a Rottie raised in a healthy environment, and whose health and maintenance needs are promptly attended to.
Another factor that contributes significantly to a Rottweiler’s lifespan is the pooch’s genes.
Selective breeding and health testing helps ensure that good genes are passed across from Rottweiler parents to their puppies, and this can considerably extend the pooch’s life.
Similarly, Rottweilers that inherit bad genes from their parents typically also inherit a host of health problems, and this can be detrimental to the pooch’s health in the long-run.