Rottweilers have been beloved working dogs, protectors, and family pets for centuries. They’re widely known for their black and tan coats and thick, blocky heads. However, unscrupulous breeding practices have led to some severe health problems for these wonderful dogs, including hip dysplasia, bone cancer, and kidney problems.
Far less common, but just as serious, is albinism. While you are unlikely to find many albino Rottweilers out there, if you do come across one, you must be aware that this dog is highly likely to be unhealthy and to require significant care throughout its life. Keep this in mind if you are considering adopting such an animal.
Keep reading to learn more about albino Rottweilers, their health issues, and additional care they will need if you have one as a pet.
White or Albino – What’s the Difference?
It’s important to note that there are two different dogs that appear to be white Rottweilers. A white Rottweiler is not the same as an albino Rottweiler.
The vast majority of white Rottweilers are just the result of breeding an all-white dog, like a white German Shepherd, with a regularly colored Rottweiler. These dogs aren’t prone to vision, hearing, or other issues that an albino Rottweiler is.
Albino Rottweiler Health Problems
A true albino dog will have serious problems with its health.
Special Care for Albino Rottweilers
These serious health concerns mean that you must be prepared to provide your dog with more care throughout its life. The propensity for illness and need for sun protection can mean you’ll need to be cautious about day-to-day activities with your dog.
Albino Rottweiler Temperament
While they may be more prone to illness and infections, there isn’t any evidence that albino Rottweilers display more aggressive or negative behaviors than others. While this breed may have gotten a bad rap in the past, many well-trained and socialized Rottweilers make excellent family pets.
As with all dogs, proper socialization from an early age and close monitoring around children and other pets are a must.
You should never purposely breed an albino Rottweiler. The condition comes with serious health problems for the dogs and an unpredictable pet that needs more frequent care for you. It’s important to only purchase puppies from reputable breeders to avoid genetic defects and ensure you are getting a healthy, happy dog to add to your family.
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