Rottweiler is a medium-large, powerful black-and-tan short-haired breed of dogs of German origin. This amazing dog is very popular for being used as a guard dog, police dog, or rescue dog. Interested in knowing some facts about this loving, faithful, and intelligent friend? 

In the following post, we will tackle everything you need to know about Rottweiler's growth, its ideal weight, height, length, and issues related to their health.

Rottweiler Typical Growth Curve (Weight vs. Age)

The growth chart below is used to illustrate the average weight of a Rottweiler. It was classified according to their gender at the given age. According to American Kennel Club, the ideal weight of a healthy female Rottweiler ranges from 80 lbs-100 lbs while 95 lbs-135 lbs in males.

You can use this as a reference to see if your dog meets the expectation and gain a better understanding of your dog’s growth pattern.

Note that your puppy could be on the lower, middle, or above the given period. 

 

Age

Female Weight (lbs)

Male Weight (lbs)

1 month

3 - 6 lbs

4 - 8 lbs

2 months

10 - 14 lbs

12 - 16 lbs

3 months

30 - 35 lbs

34 - 39 lbs

4 months

35 - 42 lbs

44 - 51 lbs

5 months

45 - 55 lbs

54 - 61 lbs

6 months

59 - 64 lbs

64 - 71 lbs

7 months

65 - 70 lbs

72 - 80 lbs

8 months

70 - 75 lbs

75 - 85 lbs

9 months

70 - 80 lbs

90 - 105 lbs

10 months

75 - 85 lbs

95 - 110 lbs

11 months

75 - 90 lbs

95 - 115 lbs

1 year

80 - 95 lbs

95 - 125 lbs

1.5 years old

80 - 100 lbs

95 - 135 lbs

2 years

80 - 100 lbs

95 - 135 lbs

You can notice that females rottweiler are most likely to be lighter than the male one. If you think your dog does not match what’s on the chart it would be better to seek a dog expert to ease your worries.

 

At What Age Do Rottweilers Stop Growing?

It is very exciting to see how your Rottweiler grows every day and perhaps you are wondering how long they will grow or when will they stop growing? Considering this dog belongs to a medium/large breed of dog reaching their full size takes longer. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to reach their maximum height in one year and but will continue to gain weight in 2-3 years until their final adult weight. 

Do not speed up time, eventually, you will going to miss your little Rottie more after you see them fully grown!

 

Length and Height of a Rottweiler

As to how weight is important on Rottweiler growth, evaluating its length and height can also give you an insight into whether your dog is in proportion to its weight. 

The body length of big Rottweiler males varies from 73-76 cm. Their height at withers is 61-68 cm. which reaches 65-66 cm when they are fully grown. 

Female Rottweilers are consistently smaller than males thus they only measure 69-71 cm in length. Their height at withers ranges from 56-63 cm. and hit 60-61 cm when reaching their maximum growth. 

Now, you can imagine how tall and wide they are in the near future!

 

Obese and Overgrown Rottweilers

Obesity is one of the health problems common to a Rottweiler. Due to their large frame, most of the Rottie owners believe that their weight is supposed to be like that. Therefore, knowledge of the standard weight of Rottweiler and proper monitoring of calorie intake accompanied by appropriate exercise is a must.

Obesity can lead to the following health risk:

  • heart failure
  • diabetes 
  • hypertension
  • arthritis
  • torn knee ligaments (cruciate)
  •  liver disease 
  • kidney disease

How to Identify an Overweight Rottweiler?

One of the easiest ways to check if your Rottweiler suffers from obesity is to check their body weight (you can refer to the growth chart above). If you find your Rottie 10-20 % more than the ideal then they are considered obese. 

You can also determine if Rottweiler is overweight or overgrown by observing the following signs:

  • Distinct waist –Do a standing test. Have your dog stand up and face forward. Look for their waist Rottweiler has a typical firm chest and rib cage with a narrower waist if you saw a more rounded waist screaming with fats then it’s time to undergo a proper diet.
  • Difficulty in grooming - Observe your dog. Are they having trouble scratching or licking a reachable spot on their body? If so, then you should start having a diet plan.
  • Hard time doing a simple activity – Rottweiler are generally active and athletic so moving around in a quick manner is not a problem for them. If you notice a slow-moving walk or being tired after a short walk, trouble getting up and down the stairs, or even getting on the couch. These are an indication of overweight so start seeing a vet and have a consultation. 

 

How to Help Your Rottweiler Lose Weight?

To normalize your Rottweiler’s weight, as an owner, you should monitor their calorie intake, make a diet plan, and keep their weight level within the limit. Appropriate exercise and more physical activities will surely make an impact in losing your Rottweiler’s weight.

 

Underweight Rottweilers

While obesity is one of the major health problems in Rottweiler, underweight is undeniably catching up on the list. Before concluding your Rottie being underweight consider their age first and keep in mind that some Rottie is skinny as a puppy before they reach their adult-sized body that takes at least two years of age. This post will show you the possible causes of underweight Rottweiler and what you can do about it.

Some reasons why your dog is underweight:

  • Illness or injury
  • Former stray
  • Insufficient diet
  • Stress
  • Picky-eater
  • Intestinal Worms

 How to safely increase your Rottweiler’s weight

Below are some things you can do to increase the weight of your Rottweiler.

  • Increase the amount of healthy food according to activity level
  • Increase calory and protein intake
  • Have a vet check for possible worms
  • More water
  •  Dietary Supplements
  • Fixing appetite

 

 Tips for Weighing and Measuring Your Rottweiler

Weight plays a great factor in determining if your Rottweiler is in healthy condition. As a dog owner, we have to monitor their weight constantly and take necessary action if needed. 

Though weighing is very challenging sometimes especially to those big and naughty Rottie following these tips will help you have the accurate measurement you need.

  • Food and drink will affect your natural dog's weight so make sure to weigh them on an empty stomach
  • Make sure to weigh your dog only after they urinate/defecate.
  • Avoid weighing your dog when they are wet since water from their hair can increase their weight.
  • Remove anything that can add to the weight of your dog.
  • Be consistent with the time you weigh your dog.

After following these tips, you can now weigh your Rottweiler using any of these methods.

For Small Rottweiler 

If your rottweiler is in a puppy stage or at least weighs below 20 kilograms a simple bathroom scale is enough. You can choose any of these methods of weighing.

  • Directly weigh your dog on a weighing scale then get the figure and record it.
  • Step onto the weighing scale while holding your dog and record your combined weight then after that, step again onto the weighing scale without your Rottie and record your weight then simply subtract the two-weight to get the measurement.

 Just a reminder to have assistance if you are carrying a dog of more than 16 kilograms to prevent any possible accident.

For dogs over 20kg

Bathroom scales are no longer advisable in weighing large Rottweiler therefore it is recommended to use large pet scales for dogs over 20kg. It is mostly available in the veterinary clinic but if you want to weigh your dog at home you can still purchase it from online retailers. 

It is recommended by the veterinary experts to weigh your dog every six months not just to maintain good health but also to monitor any possible health issues.