While, on paper, grooming your Rottweiler isn't particularly demanding or time-consuming, it still needs to be done properly from time to time. Equip yourself with the right tools and learn just how to take care of your dog without fear of hurting them below.

How Often Should You Brush a Rottweiler?

Grooming your Rottweiler invariably involves brushing. This is a simple and essential step that has many benefits: it gets rid of dead hair and debris, while also allowing you to check whether your pooch is infested with parasites or has a skin problem that requires veterinary intervention. Additionally, brushing your dog is a great way to spend time with them and further your bond. 

Brush your Rott once or twice a week in normal periods, and every day during moulting periods (spring and autumn). Equip yourself with a brush that’s suitable for your dog's hair type. The Rottweiler’s coat is short and dense; it doesn’t tangle, so you won’t need a detangling brush as you do for long-haired dogs. The most suitable type of brush for a Rottweiler is a curry comb, which is great for removing dead hair from the surface, or a carding brush, which is more versatile and also allows you to groom the undercoat. However, take care not to be too rough with this tool or use it too often, so as not to damage your dog's skin. Finish off with a quick stroke from a boar bristle brush, which is much gentler on the animal.

The best Rottweiler brush on the market is hands down the FURminator dog brush. More expensive than the others, it offers incomparable quality. Pleasant to handle, this brush has metal teeth that remove and retain a greater amount of dead hair than other models on the market. It is a very attractive long-term investment. This tool is particularly effective and very popular with dog owners of all dog breeds. Be careful, however, not to use it too often or brush too hard with it!

How Often to Bathe a Rottweiler

Baths are also important for grooming your dog. However, be careful not to bathe your Rottweiler too often, at the risk of damaging their skin. One to two baths per year is normally enough to keep your Rottweiler clean and healthy. Of course, if your pooch gets their coat particularly dirty or smells bad, don't wait to bathe them. If the smell persists, this may also be because they're suffering from skin problems. Always check with your vet if you suspect a health issue.

To wash your Rottweiler, choose a suitable dog shampoo. A good dog shampoo respects your dog's hair, but also their skin type (oily, dry, etc.). Never use human shampoo on your dog! Make sure that the water is neither too hot nor too cold; it should ideally be between 35 and 38°C. Be careful not to get the head too wet, so as not to cause ear infections. Rinse your dog well to get rid of all the shampoo, then let them air dry. If it's cold, you can also opt to dry their fur with a hairdryer on low or medium heat.


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Complementary Rottweiler Care

In addition to bathing and brushing, it's also essential to take care of your dog’s eyes, ears, teeth, and nails.


Keep an eye on your dog’s eyes. Regularly clean them with cotton pads and saline solution. Avoid using cotton wool or Q-tips which may leave cotton fibres behind. Proceed gently so as not to injure your dog. Take a pad soaked in the saline solution and run it over your dog's eyes to sweep away any impurities. Start from the inside of the eye and move outwards, so as not to allow other dirt to get in. Seek advice from your vet if you notice chronic discharge.


Pay special attention to your Rottweiler’s floppy ears to prevent ear infections. Clean them often with a suitable ear cleaning solution. To do this, place the product inside your dog's ear canal, then massage gently to allow it to penetrate the ear. Wipe the remaining product off with a cotton pad, until no trace remains. Also, remember to inspect your dog’s ears after each walk to make sure that no parasites have burrowed there.


The teeth are an all-too-often overlooked part of the dog’s anatomy. However, oral hygiene is very important to your Rottweiler’s health. Teach your pooch to accept a toothbrush from an early age and brush their teeth at least once a week to get rid of dental plaque and maintain healthy gums. Rottweilers have a pretty obedient temperament: take advantage of it. You can also give your dog chew bones to help fight plaque and tartar. 


Trim your Rottweiler's nails regularly to prevent them from hurting themselves. Considering the size of a Rottweiler, we recommend that you use an electric file, which is easier to handle than a regular nail clipper. Make sure to carefully locate the quick of the nail before cutting to avoid injuring your pooch. The quick is the live part of the nail which contains blood vessels and nerve endings - it is recognisable by its pink colour. You only want to cut the white part of the nail. If your dog has black claws, it's best not to cut them too short, as a precaution. If you’re worried about hurting your Rott, ask your vet or a professional dog groomer for help.

Veterinary Care

Finally, don't forget about preventive medical care. Make sure to take your Rottweiler for regular anti-parasitic and deworming treatments, especially if you live in the countryside, and keep all their vaccines up to date. It's a good idea to schedule at least one veterinary check-up a year, especially when your dog gets older. All these things play a big role in your Rottweiler's health and thus help to extend their life expectancy.

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