Rottweilers, affectionately known as “rotties,” are known for their large size and strength. It is essential to take a Rottweiler's incredible physical capacity into consideration when planning your fence, as a feeble fence is no match for these dogs. Rottweilers have the ability to jump very high and any fence should be at least 6 feet high.
A masonry fence is your best bet for keeping your Rottweiler from breaking through or digging under the fence. A masonry fence is built by mortaring blocks together. If you don’t like the look of cinder blocks, more natural looking stone blocks are available. Block fences can also be stained, textured with stucco or topped with ornamental wrought iron or lattice.
If you have your heart set on a wood fence, make it a double-sided wood fence. This means that there are pickets on both sides of the fence rails. Don’t leave much space between pickets so your Rottweiler won’t be tempted by what he sees on the other side. To prevent digging, either partly bury the fence underground or bury rocks or blocks directly below the fence. Burying the fence or rocks about 2 feet underground will suffice.
A chain link fence is a practical, simple and affordable solution and is not penetrable by a Rottweiller. It does not, however, reduce visibility. Again, rocks or blocks should be buried directly below to keep the dog from digging his way out.
An invisible fence is an electric line buried underground. The dog wears a collar that gives him a surprising (not painful) shock when crossing the border. This eventually conditions a dog to stay within a certain boundary. An invisible fence alone is not enough to keep in a Rottweiller, but is highly effective when used in conjunction with a wood or chain link fence.
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