Woman stuns the internet with massive 160lb Rottweiler: ‘He’s a sweetheart’
Rottweilers are known for their overpowered builds, but a German Rottweiler makes regulars seem small in comparison, with their massive 160-pound frame.
Florida resident Angela O’Connell shared video of Ruger on her TikTok account, @primetimemilo, showing the greetings she received from Ruger as she walked into her mother’s house. O’Connell said Newsweek how endearing the German Rottweiler is, because he “kinda ignores his size”.
O’Connell is still a little surprised by the huge dog, as she admitted that “he will knock you out” when he gets very excited. However, it’s not light on her temper, as she added that “he’s a sweetheart, but he’s just really strong.”
A male Rottweiler can typically weigh up to 135 pounds, while a female can reach around 100 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Along with their heavy weight, a Rottweiler can also stand up to 27 inches tall, so it’s no surprise that many people might consider them a scary breed.
However, the AKC adds that when raised correctly and trained accordingly, Rottweilers will generally be calm, confident and somewhat playful. The breed has impeccable protective instincts, making it an exceptional choice for working roles, such as police dogs or service dogs.
When raised and trained appropriately, their need for protection can be exploited in a loving family role, and they can be incredibly gentle.
The AKC insists that proper training and socialization as a puppy will have a huge impact on a dog’s behavior and how it acts around external factors.
As O’Connell has two King Charles spaniels, named Ozzy and Milo, she is used to dogs of a much smaller size. But when she enters her mother’s house and is greeted by 5-year-old Ruger, she is always surprised.
O’Connell shared the video on May 7 and it has since been viewed over 14.3 million times and received over 3.1 million likes on TikTok. Although Ruger might seem terrifying and imposing, O’Connell loved seeing the overwhelmingly positive response the video received online.
She continued: “German Rottweilers are generally larger in size with a squarer head shape, which means Ruger is huge. So I posted the video of him just for fun, and thought that the response to him was fantastic.”
In the viral clip, once Ruger greets O’Connell, he instantly crouches to the ground before being given a crate of zoomies. With over 6,700 comments on the video already, many people implored her to share more playful videos of Ruger.
One person commented on the video: “160 is huge lol, I work in a vet clinic and it’s rare that we have a baby over 120.”
Another commenter wrote: “Rottweiler’s zoomie position is so scary [because] I know they could rip my kneecaps off at any moment. O’Connell couldn’t help but resist the comment, writing in response, “That’s exactly it! My knee hurts and when I saw him do that, I almost died.”
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