How Big Do Rotties Get?

by Catherine Holden Robinson
Slow and steady defines the growth pattern of the rottweiler.

Slow and steady defines the growth pattern of the rottweiler.

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If slow and steady wins the race, the rottweiler, or "rottie," will surely head home with the trophy. Slow and steady defines the growth pattern of these robust dogs, and while each dog is as individual as his owner, familiarizing yourself with a growth chart will help you manage expectations as your little pup matures.

Ready, Set, Grow

All rottweilers have one thing in common: They all begin life as a wriggling little puppy who will easily fit into the palm of your hand, but this stage passes in a blink. Your puppy will grow at a rate of 4 to 5 ounces per day and will experience the biggest change in weight and height between birth and 8 months of age. For a time, he'll be like an adolescent basketball player, awkward and leggy, as if he isn't quite grown into his body. Rottweilers normally reach full growth between 18 and 24 months of age, with the average male weighing in at 95 to 130 pounds, and the average female reaching upwards of 85 to 115 pounds. As the adult Rottweiler fills out to a height of 27 inches for a male, and 25 for a female, the awkward days of your pup's adolescence will be a thing of the past.

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About the Author

Catherine Holden Robinson is the award-winning author of "The House of Roses," and "Becoming Mona Lisa", published by Black Rose Writing, the creator of the blog, Tommy's Tool Town, and has contributed articles as an animal advocate. Robinson resides in upstate New York, surrounded by all things shiny.

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