Rottweilers and Labradors are both very popular dog breeds, so what are some of the differences between the breeds and what things do they have in common? This guide is about these two beloved dog breeds and sheds some light on some of the similarities and differences between them:
Appearance of Rottweilers and Labradors
Both Labradors and rottweilers are large in size, with Labradors being medium-large and averaging around 23 inches tall at the shoulder for a fully-grown male. Rottweilers are larger than Labradors, averaging around 25 inches tall and weighing around 80-130lbs (males) versus Labradors at 55-80lbs (males). Females are usually slightly smaller in height and weight for both breeds.
Labradors and Rottweilers both have short, flat, silky coats, and do not require much grooming. Labradors coats are denser and have a double coat, however, which helps them be more water repellent. This is great news as Labradors love water. Whilst both breeds share naturally floppy ears and longer snouts, the similarities start to end here.
Rottweilers are broader chested and heavily built than Labradors, but both dogs are athletically built. Rottweilers have black and tan or rust coloured markings, which make them easily recognisable. Labradors have a lot more colour variation, with either black, chocolate, or yellow colouring, in a multitude of shades, but only come in a solid colouring without markings or patterns.
Diet, Care, and Exercise
All dogs require a nutritional, balanced dog food, usually given as two meals: in the morning and evening. The breeds are both prone to obesity problems, especially Labradors, who can be rather greedy. You should not give them human food. Use low–calorie treats as rewards whilst training them only. Some people like to use puzzle food bowls to help them eat more slowly.
There are plenty of good dog food companies that make nutritional foods, like Bella & Duke, who have a range of raw pet food that comes in convenient portions and can be popped in the freezer. They have a great guide to the best food for Labradors to help them stay a healthy weight. You should follow the guidelines on the food to give your dog correct portions related to their size and weight and seek veterinary advice if you are concerned about your dog’s health or weight.
Labradors and rottweilers both love exercise and should be trained from an early age. Regular walks and playtime are important as these dogs are athletic and love to work. They are both intelligent breeds and might look for their own entertainment if they get bored, so make sure to keep them busy with toys and plenty of exercise!
Personality, Temperament, and Ideal Roles
Training is a must for both Labradors and Rottweilers. They can be strong-willed but are obedient if trained properly. It is important to socialise all dogs from an early age so that they are familiar with other dogs, children, and all the things they might encounter in the world during their walks.
Labradors are a great family dog and are very friendly, loyal, and loving. They are incredibly energetic but can be destructive and chew things, so training and plenty of toys are necessary. Rottweilers are also friendly and loving, but training is required to ensure that their guarding instincts do not turn to aggression, as they can be very protective.
Labradors are typically much more suited to families with children, but that isn’t to say Rottweilers can’t make great family dogs too. It is important to keep in mind, however, that they are strong and confident dogs with a naturally protective disposition, so socialisation and training are a must. Whilst they have experienced prejudice and are often seen in more aggressive roles, their reputation is undeserved, as a well–trained and socialised Rottweiler makes a great companion.
Rottweilers and Labradors Health
As with any breed, they are susceptible to certain health problems. You should expect a reputable breeder to do health checks and only breed from healthy dogs, but be aware of the potential health problems that these breeds may face. For example, Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia are heritable conditions that both breeds are susceptible to, and dogs with these problems should not be bred from. It is good to be aware of the health conditions and diseases they might face, but generally, these breeds are healthy and hardy breeds. Always consult a vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s health.
Overall, both breeds are popular for good reason, and both deserve appreciation and love. The right dog breed for you will depend on your home situation and lifestyle, but all dogs require commitment and life-long love and care. You should also consider visiting a shelter and adopting a dog that needs a home, instead of purchasing a puppy from a breeder. Some Rottweilers and Labradors end up in shelters, so if you want a particular breed, do not forget to check shelters too.