How Much Does a Rottweiler Cost You? [2023 Updated]

Rottweilers are some of the most loyal and affectionate dogs out there. They are known for having a sweet demeanor, making them an awesome family pet.

If you’re considering getting a Rottweiler, there are many factors to consider when calculating the cost, including breed, age, and where you buy from. Here’s what to know about buying a Rottweiler and all the associated costs:


What Determines a Rottweiler’s Price?

The price of a Rottweiler is determined by several factors, including:

  • The breed’s age
  • Gender
  • Country of origin (the U.S., Germany, France, or the Czech Republic)
  • Quality and lineage


Purebred vs. Mixed Breed Rottweilers

We’ve established that Rottweilers are generally not cheap, but there are different kinds of rottweilers. If you’re considering adding one to your family and have a budget in mind, it’s important to know which type of dog will work best with your needs.

The first distinction is between purebred and mixed-breed rottweilers. Purebreds are preferred over mixed breeds by many because they tend to be more predictable, having been bred for specific traits over generations.

However, they also come at a higher cost: the average price of a purebred Rottweiler puppy can be up to $1,500 to $3,000 or more!

If you don’t have the funds for such an expensive pup or simply prefer less predictable outcomes (and therefore potentially cheaper), consider adopting a mixed-breed Rottie from local shelters instead!

Related Article: 7 Signs Of A Purebred Rottweiler [Rottweiler Breed Standards]

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Where Does a Rottweiler Come From?

You may be wondering where Rottweilers come from. The answer: Germany. They’re a working breed, and their ancestors were used for protection, carting heavy loads, and herding cattle.

Today, they are known for having great strength, intelligence, and loyalty—even if they’re not always friendly with strangers!


How to Adopt a Rottweiler

When you’re ready to adopt a Rottweiler, there are a few things you should think about first. You’ll want to check the shelter website for their adoption policies, as each one is different—some may require you to bring the dog’s vet records and food, or even their toys or bed.

They may also ask that you bring along your dog’s leash. It’s best not to go in without knowing anything about your potential new dog!

When it comes time to visit the shelter and meet with the dogs who are up for adoption, do so during off-peak hours (afternoon is ideal).

When considering what kind of Rottweiler might be right for you, keep in mind that they can sometimes be aggressive toward other animals or children; this doesn’t mean they won’t make great pets if properly trained!

Related Article: Guide to Adopt A Rottweiler Puppy

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How to Buy a Rottweiler Puppy

  • Research the Breed Rottweilers have a long history of being bred as working dogs, and they still make excellent guard dogs today.
  • However, they have gained popularity in recent years as family pets because of their gentle demeanor and loyalty to their owners.
  • This is why it’s important to do your homework before buying one: you want to know exactly what you are getting yourself into!
  • Ask questions about the breeder’s credentials. You should be able to see information about how long the breeder has been in business and any awards or certifications that he or she has received from organizations devoted to the welfare of dogs (like those from AKC).
  • The breeder should also provide proof (in writing) that all parents of the puppies were free from genetic defects when they were born. If you cannot find this documentation online, ask if it is available upon request at no extra cost before making any commitments with regard to purchasing a puppy from them.
  • Make sure parents are registered with local kennel clubs like American Kennel Club (AKC), American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA), etc.
  • Ask for paperwork showing vaccination records.
  • Request vet records showing medical history including surgeries performed on dogs prior to breeding them.
  • Ensure health certificates have been issued by licensed veterinarians stating that both parents’ hips were examined through X-rays during routine checkups within eighteen months prior; certificates must also verify good teeth health and no evidence of thyroid problems among others

Read Also: The Ultimate Rottweiler Puppy Buying Guide

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Where to Buy a Rottweiler Puppy

If you’re looking for the best place to buy a Rottweiler puppy, your best bet is going to be from reputable breeders.

There are several different types of breeders—backyard breeders and commercial/professional breeders—and each type has its own pros and cons.

Backyard breeders tend to have more experience with the dogs they raise than commercial/professional ones but often lack education on health issues that may crop up in their puppies or adult dogs.

On the other hand, commercial/professional breeders will have fewer problems with health but may not spend as much time raising their pups as backyard ones do.

When looking for either type of breeder, it’s important to ask about where their puppies come from (i.e., did they use only purebred parents?).

Read Also: How To Find The Right Rottweiler Breeder – Best Tips

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Cost Breakdown of Buying a Rottweiler

  • Cost of Dog

The average cost of a Rottweiler puppy is $1,500-$3,000. However, this figure can vary depending on whether you are purchasing from a breeder or going through an adoption service. When purchasing from a breeder, expect to pay around $2,000 for your new pet. The price will vary depending on how much training he has had and if he comes with papers showing his lineage. A purebred Rottweiler puppy costs more than one that is not purebred simply because there are fewer of them in existence and thus less competition among breeders who want to sell their puppies at high prices.

  • Food and Other Supplies

Food costs include things like dog food (about $40/month), treats ($10/month), flea medicine ($20/month), toys ($30 per toy), bedding (about $15 per month), etc.) These expenses will total about $50-$60 each month for two dogs over the course of their lives (assuming they live 15 years).


It’s vital to factor in all costs when purchasing or adopting a new dog.

  • Puppy food. A rottweiler puppy will eat about 3-4 cups of food per day. The cost of this can add up over time, but it’s well worth the investment for your pet’s health and happiness.
  • Vaccinations. All puppies must be vaccinated before entering their new homes, which usually costs between $200-$300. This vaccine is good for one year and will require a booster shot after that time period ends. It’s recommended that you get your Rottie vaccinated against rabies as soon as possible since some states require it before bringing him home from the breeder or shelter.
  • Training classes or private lessons are also recommended:  if you want to train your Rottweiler properly at home (which we highly recommend). You’ll need to pay for these lessons regardless of whether or not they’re included in adoption fees or veterinary costs; however, there are some organizations that offer free training classes for rescue dogs like Rotts! For example:



Purchasing a Rottweiler can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean it should be avoided at all costs. There are many different factors to consider when you’re buying a dog, and the price tag shouldn’t be your only concern. It is important to do research on the breeder or adoption center that you decide to go with along with any potential health problems that your new puppy might have. You may also want to reach out to other dog owners who have adopted from these places in order to avoid scams and find the best one for you!

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