Q/A – My Rottweiler puppy is very big but not fat is this ok ?

Q/Hello my name is Carlo Bottiglieri I have a five month old puppy called Boycie. I have spoken to a lot of people online and they all say he is over weight.

He has a clear waist you can feel his ribs but not see them. This I am told is how he should be.

Here are his monthly weights.
3 months-44Lb
4 months-55Lb
5 months-63Lb
I think myself he is just a big boy but I would much value your opinion, my veterinarian says he is fine. I have uploaded a picture for you.

A/ Hi Carlo
I wouldn’t worry too much about your pups’ weight from what I can see above.

According to the weights you give me, he is slightly above average in pounds for his age, but all puppies and dogs are different and he’s not way out of the ballpark at all. Plus, he’s gaining approx 10lbs a month which is perfect.

From the photo he looks fine to me. He’s fairly stocky in build and with good bone size, and although it’s very difficult to say anything definite from just a photo, it looks as though he’s carrying the right weight for his body type.

If your veterinarian says he’s fine, then I would trust that evaluation as he’s seeing your pup ‘in person’ and is a professional who knows what he’s talking about! Just make sure that you only feed your pup a premium puppy food and monitor his weight-gain and shape as you are doing.

You can learn more about weight gain and development in Rottie pups on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart

Hope this helps, best of luck with that good-looking pup.

Q/ Hi … our male rottie Harley is 8 months old and is 26″ tall, and weighs about 85lbs. He is a great dog.

My husband is worried he is going to be small like his mom, who was only 90lbs but his dad was 135lbs…needless to say we haven’t got him fixed yet, but want to soon!

Any thoughts on weight and height?
Thanks
Kim from Canada

A/ Hi Kim
From that photo Harley looks like a gorgeous dog, and his structure and bone size don’t look ‘small’ or ‘light’ to me.

At 8 months old he’s still very much a puppy and will continue to grow until he’s 2 years old, or older. Rotties are slow to mature, and the biggest males take the longest, he will also get his full height before his full weight and so may look a bit ‘out of proportion’ for a while. It’s very important for the health of a pup that they be kept ‘lean’ and fed properly to avoid too rapid growth, or excessive weight gain that often leads to bone/joint problems.

At 85lbs he’s on the upper edge of the ‘normal’ weight for an 8 month old pup and is doing just fine. Rottweilers were not originally bred to be an X-large or giant breed, and a lot of the desire for huge Rottweilers is a fairly recent development… and not one that is really beneficial to the breed as a whole. Extra big dogs tend to have more musculo-skeletal problems in addition to other health issues, plus they are not as agile or active as a working dog should be – and that’s what Rottweilers are, working dogs.

I would definitely recommend having Harley neutered just as soon as possible, it won’t affect his growth if that’s what your husband is concerned about, and it can literally be a life-saving procedure. Neutering (and spaying) early – preferably before 6 months of age – gives significant protection against all sorts of reproductive order diseases including cancer.

You can find out more about ‘average’ Rottweiler puppy growth and development on my Rottweiler Puppy Growth Chart page, but bear in mind there really is no such thing as an ‘average’ dog :o)

Rottweilers are an amazing breed, they look gorgeous and their personality, intelligence, temperament and abilities are superb. Size is just one part of the package and shouldn’t be a major consideration or worry, unless it’s a health-related problem.

Hope this puts your minds at rest. Best of luck with Harley, he’s a beauty.

Q/Heather I’ve got 2 male Rotties that are 4 months old. I’ve been trying to find them “the perfect collar”.

I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on nice collars only to have them outgrow them in a couple months. Can you give me an estimate as to how big the average neck size is for a male Rottie?

A/ Hi Heather
That’s an impossible task I’m afraid because they’re all different – even siblings. Also at 4 months old your pups are still ‘toddlers’ and have a whole lot of growing to do before they’re adults. You are going to go through several collars by then.

Adult Rottweilers need strong, sturdy collars and I personally prefer leather ones. However, there are tons to choose from and you’ll find a great selection on my Big Dog Collars page.

But at this young age you certainly don’t need to be spending lots of money on expensive collars unless you want to and have the money to spare 🙂 Simple woven nylon collars are fairly inexpensive yet are strong and durable, probably just stick with those for another year or so.

By the way, Dante and Damon are adorable – what a pair. They’ll keep you on your toes for sure! Best of luck with them both.