The short, flat coat of the Rottweiler makes it one of the easiest dog breeds to groom. Rottweilers are a smooth-coated breed and require little more than frequent brushing and an occasional bath to maintain a healthy, shiny coat.
Brush the dog ever day with a rubber curry brush. Rottweilers have short coats, and the soft rubber teeth of a curry brush grabs dead hair and pulls it away from the body. Follow the curry brush with a soft-bristle brush, and flick your wrist up slightly with each stroke to trap hair inside the bristles and keep it from falling on the floor.
Wipe the dog’s muzzle and flews with an old towel. Rottweilers have deep, thick muzzles that trap excess saliva in the loose skin under their jaws, and frequent wiping prevents saliva strings around your home.
Bathe the dog three or four times a year. Soak the dog with clean water and soap him thoroughly with dog shampoo. Rinse the dog well and dry him with clean towels. Rottweilers have low natural odor, and frequent baths are not necessary unless the dog likes rolling in the mud.
Brush your Rottweiler’s teeth once a week. Squirt a little dog toothpaste on a small toothbrush and brush each of his teeth. Lift his lips with one hand, brushing in a circular motion with the other. If he struggles or pulls away, brush one tooth, then reward him with a treat to show that brushing isn’t harmful.
Trim your dog’s nails at least once a month. Hold the dog’s foot in your hand and trim off the tip of the nail. Rottweilers have black nails that make it difficult to see the quick, so look closely at the bottom of the nail as you trim and stop when you see a small gray or pink circular spot in the middle of the nail.
- Start your grooming routine as soon as you bring your puppy home. Rottweilers grow into large, powerful dogs, and a consistent grooming routine will prevent a struggle as he grows up.
- Don’t bathe your dog in cold water. Wash the dog in a warm bath and keep him inside until he is completely dry.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.