Why are Rottweilers considered unhealthy?

Rottweilers are considered unhealthy because the breed is predisposed to a number of genetic conditions including:

  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (aka GDV or bloat). This is a risk for breeds with deep, narrow chests. It occurs when the stomach twists on itself, quickly filling up with gas, and cutting off the blood supply. A gastropexy at the same time as spay/neutering can prevent this.
  • Bone and joint problems, including arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis, and torn ligaments
  • Neurological problems, including a genetically linked condition, known as wobbler disease or wobbler syndrome.
  • Cancer, including lymphoma and bone cancer.

Of course, not every Rottweiler will develop these problems. Ensuring your pet has plenty of exercise, eats a high-quality diet and maintains a healthy weight will maximize its chances of living a long, healthy and happy life. Annual veterinary check-ups will help to identify any issues before they become serious.