Dogs are stunning animals, and their differences make them unique. As they are of unique breeds, so also do their lifespans vary. Their lifespans vary according to their breeds, whether they are purebred or mixed breeds.

Before you acquire a Rottweiler of any age, be sure to know their life expectancy so that you can tell how long they have left to spend with you.

If you are going for a puppy, then you are in for quite a long ride with your furry friend.

The life expectancy of a Rottweiler is averagely 8 to 10 years. They do not get to live as long as other breeds because they are highly susceptible to various health issues.

How long do rottweilers live?

The average lifespan of a Rottweiler is 8-10 years. Normally, a dog’s lifespan can be determined by their body size; the smaller a dog, the longer they live. The Rottweiler is a large dog, hence; it has a short lifespan.

The purebred Rottweilers have an even shorter life expectancy, which is about 6 to 7 years. Although some lucky owners most likely chose a mixed breed to get to spend 11 – 12 years with their canine companions. 

Bonus: If the mixed breed also has a smaller dog in the mix, it is more helpful because they live longer, while the larger dogs mix will have a lifespan similar to that of the purebred rottweiler.

Why do rottweilers live so short?

Thinking of why a big adorable Rottweiler should live as short as they do. Of course, if it was by their size and strength, they would save themselves from dying repeatedly. Some underlying factors play an undeniable role in the short life of Rottweilers. They include: 


The number one factor that contributes largely to the short life of the Rottweiler is its size. Remember, we mentioned earlier that “the smaller a dog, the longer its life expectancy while the larger a dog is, the shorter its life expectancy.” Other breeds that are as large as the Rottweiler also have the same range of life expectancies.

Hip dysplasia 

Hip dysplasia is a condition in which a dog’s hip bone is not adequately fixed into its socket. Rottweilers, like other large dogs, are predisposed to it. It puts them through a great deal of discomfort and prevents them from exercising and running around whereas, exercise is essential to keep your dog healthy.

Osteochondritis Dissecans

Because Rottweilers are so fond of racing around, they can suffer from osteochondritis dissecans, a condition in which the cartilage in the shoulder is slightly detached from the bone. This is like the discomfort caused by hip dysplasia.


Obesity is also a problem for Rottweilers. To prevent this, they need to have at least two hours of exercise per day and without this, they will not burn the calories to keep their bodies in shape.

Also, they have to eat the right meals to get rid of digestion problems that come up when they eat the wrong foods.

If you don’t feed your Rottweiler with the correct nutrients, he will develop gastrointestinal issues which put him at risk of becoming obese. 

Obesity makes Rottweilers lose interest in moving around and exercising, which is critical to them having sound health.

Bone cancer

Bone cancer is the most common cause of mortality in rottweilers. Unfortunately, if your Rottie has cancer, there isn’t much you can do. You almost cannot stop it from happening.


Where and how your rottweiler is bred has an influence on its life expectancy. Because certain rottweilers are bred for different purposes than others, their life expectancies can differ.

If neither of your rottweiler’s parents has a history of the disease, there is a larger likelihood that your dog will be healthy. Although, this is not exactly a guarantee.

So many of the factors that contribute to reduced life expectancy are linked such that one thing leads to another, or one thing results from another. There is a massive domino effect, and things quickly spiral out of control.

Rottweilers are also very susceptible and have a greater risk of contracting infections or viruses that can cause significant illness and even death.

All these factors can lead to rottweilers becoming sick, reducing the quality of their life. None of these, however, result in the Rottweiler dying right away.

Also, as mentioned earlier, mixed-breed dogs are healthier than purebreds.

Can a Rottweiler live past 8-10 years?

We have talked about the factors that influence a Rottweiler’s short living and next, you may wonder if it ever gets past 8 years, let alone 10 years.

Your Rottweiler can live up to 14 years without being neutered or fed a special diet.

Of course, he could have to visit the vet when an accident occurs, but he can get well and live fine afterward.  

Rottweilers with exceptionally long lives — those that live to be 13 years old or longer — are providing crucial insights about successful aging.

These “oldest-old” Rottweilers have lived at least 30% longer than their breed’s typical lifespan. 

“These exceptional dogs have dodged cancer and other life-threatening diseases of aging.

We believe studying them can shed light on what it takes to live well,” says David J. Waters, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVS, director of the Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies at the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The goal of learning more about these long-living Rottweilers — the equivalent of 100-year-old humans — inspired Waters to visit them in their homes, where he could observe firsthand their environment and learn from their owners about what makes them tick.

Waters set out on his famous “The Old Grey Muzzle Tour” in March 2010 to visit 15 of the longest-lived Rottweilers in the country.

So Rottweiler can live longer than 8–10 years, but it is a small percentage that attains that age.

What dog breeds have a longer lifespan than a rottweiler?

The quality of care given to the dog is one of the best predictors of a long and happy canine life, but there are other aspects to consider particularly the dog’s breed.

Ten dog breeds with the longest lifespans are mentioned below, along with their average lifespans.

Smaller dogs live longer than their larger counterparts, thus there are a lot of petite canines on this list!


Female Maltese dogs live one year longer than male Maltese dogs, although all Maltese puppies are expected to have long lives because they have few significant genetic illnesses.

Average lifespan: 15 years


The oldest known Beagle lived in Virginia and died in 2009 at the ripe old age of 27.

Average lifespan: 15 years.

Australian Shepherds (Aussies)

They are exceptional herding skills, intelligence, and tremendous energy, and they are also one of the bigger dogs on this list.

Average lifespan: 15 years

Shih Tzu is a breed of dog

These “lions” were Chinese Ming Dynasty sweethearts, and they now spend long lives as companion animals all around the world.

Average lifespan: 15 years

Lhasa Apso (Lhasa Apso)

The oldest Lhasa apso on record died in 1939 after a lifespan of 29 years. They’re known for being good inside watchdogs because they’re cautious of strangers.

Average lifespan: 15 years.


This is a hybrid breed, a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, however, their longevity must come from the Poodle side, as Cocker Spaniels only live for 10 to 14 years.

Average lifespan: 16 years.

Terrier Jack Russell

These puppies are recognized for having a lot of energy. That is most likely the reason they have lasted so long!

Average lifespan: 16 years

Toy Poodle

Although all poodles and poodle mixes have a relatively lengthy predicted lifetime, toy poodles have the longest.

Average lifespan: 16 years


They may be the tiniest dog breed, but they are also one of the healthiest, thanks to their lack of susceptibility to significant genetic diseases.

Average lifespan: 17 years

New Guinea Singing Dog

If you’ve never heard of this breed, that would be because it’s the world’s rarest dog.

The singing howl of this wild dog, which originated in New Guinea, is well known. Only roughly 100 of them are kept in captivity.

Despite their reputation as the world’s most primitive dog, they are friendly with humans.

Average lifespan: 18 years

The Rottweiler is a large dog, hence its short lifespan. Some other factors as mentioned have made it quite inevitable that your Rottweiler leaves you at 8 years, health issues taking the top place.

Here are a few tips that can help your Rottweiler live longer:

  • On-time delivery of all recommended or needed immunizations.
  • Enhance the immune system of the rottweiler so that it can fight cancer.
  • Maintain a balanced diet while also paying strict attention to weight loss and exercise.
  • Reduce stress exposure; Rottweilers are intelligent and sensitive animals.
  • To avoid joint and bone problems later in life, keep your puppy’s growth under control during puppyhood.


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