Rottweilers (Low Risk Brachycephalic Breed)
Rottweilers are a brachycephalic breed but not one that typically suffers from BOAS issues. However some Rottweilers have been bred with even shorter noses than average and they can have certain other anatomical features that contribute to heavy breathing or have other common health issues that may cause some additional risks during transport.
Their large, muscular bodies and broad chests can put pressure on the respiratory system, leading to more effortful breathing. Various common medical conditions for the breed including respiratory infections or disorders, allergies, heart disease and obesity can all contribute to laboured breathing.
Like many other large dog breeds as they age or if they are overweight they tend to be less tolerant of heat and in any situation where they do become stressed or anxious for any reason, even other unrelated health issues they may have more difficulty breathing which can exacerbate the problem.
We therefore do still have to ensure that owners are aware that we consider them to be a breed at risk during transport, that we will make transport decisions as best we can based on the information provided by the owners. and that there are additional terms & conditions they need to be aware of and accept.