When raising a Rottweiler, it is important to know how much water they drink throughout the day. Having too much or too little water can indicate something is wrong. It is also handy to know how much water to leave them when you go out. In this article, you will find how much water your Rottweiler needs, taking age and temperature into consideration.
On average, Rottweilers drink 6 pints of water per day, which is around one large dog bowl or a few smaller bowls. However, this varies depending on the size of your Rottweiler and the outside temperature. As a general rule, they require approximately 2 fluid-ounces of water per pound of bodyweight.
You can find more information below, including a chart of how much water they should be drinking at each month of age. It is also a good idea to know what could be causing excess water intake.
How Much Does a Rottweiler Drink?
In general, dogs drink around 1 fluid-ounce per pound of body weight. For those using the metric system, you can use 60mLs per kilogram. Using the average weight for both males and females, this equates to the following.
- Male Rottweilers: 110lbs = 110 fluid-ounces per day.
- Female Rottweilers: 92lbs = 92 fluid-ounces per day.
This range of 92-110 fl. oz. gives us between 5.8 and 6.9 pints of water. Therefore, a good estimate of your Rottweiler's water intake would be 6 pints per day.
However, your Rottweiler may be a larger male, weighing in at 135lbs. A large boy like this would require around 8 pints. Similarly, a smaller female may only require 5 pints. Given that this is a 3-pint discrepancy, you can see why we need to consider each Rottweiler individually.
You can buy large dog bowls that can hold 6 pints of water, such as this one on Amazon. This means you may only have to refill the water once throughout the day. To make things even easier, I just have two water bowls available throughout the day. One inside and one outside.
In saying this, there are a few other factors to consider when it comes to water consumption. I will explain these below.
Accounting for Size and Age
As I mentioned above, you will need to consider the size of your Rottweiler when calculating how much water they should be drinking during the day. This is particularly important when they are a puppy.
If your 2-month old Rottweiler is drinking 6 pints of water per day, there is something wrong.
Using the equation of 1 fluid ounce per 1 pound of bodyweight, I have calculated the average water consumption of Rottweiler puppies below. This uses the average weight of males and females.
As you can see, there is great variation between a young Rottweiler puppy and an almost full-grown puppy. Below is a summary (in pints) to show the difference between puppies of different sizes.
- 2 months old: 1 pint of water per day
- 4 months old: 3 pints of water per day
- 6 months old: 4 pints of water per day
- 12 months old: 6 pints of water per day
As you can see, Rottweilers are almost their full bodyweight by 12 months old and therefore should be drinking about the same as an adult Rottweiler.
Old age should not affect how much your Rottweiler drinks. However, if they are not doing as much exercise, they will not lose as much water and will not drink as much. A more common issue for older dogs is excess water intake, which I will discuss further down.
Accounting for the Weather
The recommendations above are based on cold or mild temperatures. On hot days, your Rottweiler will drink even more water. As a guide, their water intake will increase by around 50%.
For example, an adult Rottweiler will drink around 6 pints of water on a mild day, but can drink up to 9 pints on a hot day. It is therefore important to consider the temperature when monitoring how much water your Rottie is drinking.
Accounting for Exercise
Rottweilers need around two hours of exercise each day. The recommended water intake of a Rottweiler takes this into account. However, if your Rottie is doing more exercise during the day, they may drink more water. Similarly, those that do less than this will not drink as much water.
Why is my Rottweiler Always Thirsty?
If your Rottweiler is always thirsty, there may be an underlying medical condition that is causing dehydration. This is particularly common in older Rottweilers. Conditions that can cause excess water intake include the following:
- Cushing's disease
- Kidney failure
- Liver disease
In saying that, there are also perfectly normal explanations for excess water intake. When monitoring your Rottweiler's water intake, make sure to consider the following points (which correspond to what I have discussed above).
- Larger size
- Hot weather
- Increased activity levels
- Eating certain foods (salty or dry foods may increase thirst).