A Complete Guide to the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix (Shepweiler)

Shepweiler puppy sitting

What do you get when you combine two of the strongest dog breeds in the world? Well, you get a Shepweiler (still sounds funny to me), also commonly known as the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix. Strong, brave, and hardworking, both of these dogs are quite popular. Naturally, their cross is just as famous as they are.

By mixing a Rottweiler with a German Shepherd, breeders wanted to create a smart, brave dog. They wanted this crossbreed to be at the same time a great working dog and a loyal companion. And man, did they succeed.

But, before learning more about this beautiful breed and how to take care of it, let’s talk about its purebred parents, shall we?

Buckle up folks, this is going to be a long (but nonetheless enjoyable) ride!

Let’s get to know the purebred parents first

The German Shepherd is the second most popular dog in the United States, and the Rottweiler comes close, in the ninth place. This means that their cross was definitely going to be a success. And it quickly became obvious why. Both of these dogs are beautiful, strong, a bit intimidating, and most importantly, loyal.

So, let’s get to know them!

The German Shepherd

German Shepherd on the road

Isn’t he just beautiful?

The German Shepherd is definitely the world’s sweetheart. There is no one in this world who doesn’t know of this breed. Sometimes, he inspires fear, but, when you get to know him, you find out that this dog has more ethics than most people. And this, my friends, inspires respect.

Courageous, hardworking, and smart, no other dog has more sense of duty than this beautiful breed. He carries himself with pride and honor, which, of course, attracts a lot of dog enthusiasts. Very devoted, the German Shepherd would do anything for his owner and his family, even if that meant dying.

One of the things that makes the German Shepherd so popular is how versatile and flexible he is. Thanks to his extremely high intelligence, this dog can pretty much excel at any job he was taught to do. From guiding to assistance to police or military service, nothing is too difficult for this canine genius.

But, despite his popularity, the German Shepherd is still a difficult dog to own. He needs a person who is attentive, and most importantly, active. Because he has a lot of energy to spend, he needs someone who is ready to trade a comfortable life for a sporty one. If the German Shepherd doesn’t get his dose of activity, he gets bored, and thus, becomes destructive.

For this magnificent breed of dogs, the biggest job they have is you. You are sacred and he will do anything and everything to keep you away from harm. This means that once you adopt a German Shepherd, you have adopted a best friend and companion for life.

More often than not, the German Shepherd isn’t very comfortable around strangers. He is wary of them, and this is exactly why he makes the perfect watch and guard dog.

In the end, even though he isn’t for everyone, the German Shepherd is still a great choice of pet. Hard-working and intelligent, he is perfect for someone who is looking for a guard dog.

If you wish to learn more about the German Shepherd, click here.

The Rottweiler

Two Rottweilers looking at the camera


Just like the German Shepherd, the Rottweiler is originally from Germany (which explains both of these dogs’ work ethic… okay, I’ll stop the jokes). He is a strong and powerful dog, but he also has a soft side and a heart of gold.

Back in the early 1800s, he was used by farmers to drive cattle, and do all sorts of other physically demanding jobs. Just look at how this great beast is built: he has a strong broad chest and a powerfully muscled body. He inspires fear, but if you learn to know him, you will find out that he is actually quite sweet (a bit like me when I’m not going around complaining about everything).

Rottweilers have quite a bad reputation, as a lot of people associate them with aggressivity and violence. But this dog is actually pretty mild-tempered, calm, and confident.

Just like the German Shepherd, the Rottweiler doesn’t fare well around strangers. He is usually aloof to them and doesn’t trust them one bit, and this is exactly what makes him the perfect guard dog. But not just that. The Rottweiler also has the ability to be an amazing family dog, loving and affectionate with the people he cares about.

Because of his ferocious instincts and tendency not to trust strangers, the Rottweiler has to be properly socialized. If not, he might end up hurting someone, and very badly as well. He is also an active dog, which means that he needs to be kept busy, either by doing some sort of job or just playing around and exercising. If not, the Rottweiler might become bored and destructive, and with a dog, this big, serious accidents are bound to happen.

The Rottweiler is a natural leader, so if you ever adopt one, you will have to quickly assert your dominance over him. If you don’t, he might think he is the leader of the pack, and thus, treat you as an omega to his alpha self.

But, don’t get too spooked too quickly. A Rottweiler is not a vicious or mean dog, he is merely following his basic, primal instincts. But, if your Rottie is properly trained and socialized, he can and will be incredibly affectionate and loving pooches to you and the people around you he considers family or part of the pack.

All in all, you will find out that Rottweilers are not that scary. Sure, they can be quite intimidating (I mean, this isn’t a Sheepadoodle we’re talking about after all). But, when a Rottweiler is properly trained, he will be the sweetest dog in the world. In the end, it is never about the dog and all about the owner.

If you wish to learn more about Rottweilers, click here.

Now that we have learned more about the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix’s purebred parents, let’s dive into the heart of the subject.

German Shepherd Rottweiler mix, who are you, really?

Okay, I’m getting way too philosophical with these titles. But, this section is quite easy: you will get to learn more about this mixed breed appearance, eating habits, temperament, activity level, training, and health issues. See? I am not going deep into the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix’s psyche (I mean, with that title, I might as well just do that, but sadly, I’m not a very good therapist).

What does the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix look like?

I have said it over and over again, you can never know what your mixed breed dog will look like until he is fully grown. But, still, there are some things that we can guess about this great crossbreed’s appearance.

It is always good to learn about your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix’s purebred parents. This way, you can at least imagine what he might look like as an adult. Of course, in the end, it’s all about genetics. But usually, the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix will be an extremely large sized dog. On average, he will weigh between 75 and 115 pounds (man, this is practically a small horse, not a dog). He will also stand between 22 and 27 inches tall, which makes this mixed breed one of the largest ones around.

The German Shepherd Rottweiler mix will definitely be strong and muscular. Because both his purebred parents are powerful dogs, he, too, will be just as impressive in size as them.

As for the coat, it is usually short or medium-length, coarse, thick, and dense. But don’t worry, he will not shed much, that’s for sure. Your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix might come in different colors, the most usual ones being brown, black, and fawn.

How to groom a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix?

Shepweiler looking straight at the camera

This is truly a beautiful dog!

Grooming your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix will all depend on his dominant parent genes. If he takes more from his German Shepherd parent, then his coat will be medium length. But, if he is more like his Rottweiler parent, his coat will be shorter, and thus, easier to groom.

In the first case, your dog's coat will require a lot of maintenance. Brushing his hair three to four times a week is a must to ensure that your dog has a healthy coat. When it is shedding season, though, you will have to brush your pooch’s coat daily.

In the second case, you will not need to work that hard to keep your best friend’s coat healthy. Brushing will only be needed once a week. But, even with a short coat, you will still need to take your dog to a professional groomer. Not only does this help keep your dog looking like a star, it also improves blood flow and gets rid of dead hair and skin.

As for baths, you should only give your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix one when he needs it (which means: don’t excessively bathe your dog). To keep his skin healthy and moisturized, make sure to use specialized dog shampoo, and not usual shampoo for us humans.

You should brush your four-pawed friend’s teeth 4 times every week. This way, you will keep oral health issues away.

Because this dog is so big and difficult to deal with, physically, it is better to leave ear-cleaning and nail trimming to a professional who knows how to deal with a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix.

What’s the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix’s temperament like?

Like I’ve said it before, dogs are just like us humans: they have their unique personalities that they will develop during their lives. It all depends on how much your train and socialize your dog. This is even more true for mixed breeds since you never know which personality traits they might have inherited from their purebred parents.

Nonetheless, there are still a few sure things about the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix’s temperament that you need to know.

First of all, know that the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix excels most at being a guard dog. And this is not just because this mixed is physically powerful. It also comes down to this beautiful dog’s high intellect and strong wits. He is capable of sensing danger and knows exactly what to do in case a bad situation arises. And this, even if you haven’t trained him to do so. After all, as the result of a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler, he already has it in his blood.

But, the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix isn’t just a great watchdog. He also makes the perfect companion. With proper training and early socialization, this dog can be an absolute sweetheart toward the people who treat him right, respect him, and give him love.

Is training a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix difficult?

Puppy Shepweiler in a leash

Starting training since puppyhood is important to have a healthy and obedient Shepweiler.

Well, folks, let me tell you one thing: you will never have a problem training a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix, but if and only if you start training during your dog’s early puppyhood. This is mostly due to how intelligent this dog is.

As I said, to make your job and life easier, start training your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix from a young age. This is mostly because this dog will grow up to be big and powerful, and this will make training him a whole lot more difficult. Because he is so big, an untrained adult German Shepherd Rottweiler mix will think he is the leader of the pack and will definitely not follow your orders.

Training your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix is important, not only because it makes it easier for you to order him around, but also for him to deal with other pets or animals around.

One final thing: if you have no experience owning a dog, it is better to send your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix to professional training classes. This dog is definitely not for the first-time owner.

What about exercise? How much of it does a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix need?

The German Shepherd Rottweiler mix is a fairly active dog, always looking for a job to do or an activity to get into. Because of this, he needs regular exercise, not just physical one, but also mental exercise. This, especially, will help keep his mind sharp and not bored. A busy German Shepherd Rottweiler mix is a happy one

Generally, your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix will need 2 or 3 long walks a day, and well as playtime. A dog this big needs a backyard or a garden where he can run around and occupy himself. This will help your dog be active by himself.

Any physical activity is good for this athletic mixed breed, from running to walking to hiking or playing catch or frisbee.

So, if you are more of a couch potato, this beautiful mixed breed is probably not for you. You’d fare better with other dog breeds.

How much food does a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix usually needs?

Shepweiler sitting down

Isn’t he just majestic?

It is important to keep your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix on a healthy diet. This doggo is prone to obesity, and he is way too handsome to be fat. The best diet for the German Shepherd Rottweiler is one that contains a lot of proteins, preferably from meat sources. Treats and light snacks made of fruits and vegetables are also excellent since they will keep your dog hydrated and will give him all the minerals, fiber, and vitamins he needs.

Be careful of dog foods that contain grains though, because the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix is most likely to be allergic to it.

What health issues should you be worried about?

As I keep saying over and over again, mutts are generally healthier and live longer than their purebred parents. This is mostly because they have less inherited diseases. But, this does not mean that they are a hundred percent immune from them. Here is a list of the health issues your German Shepherd Rottweiler mix is most likely to suffer from:

All in all, the best way to keep your dog healthy is to give him enough exercise, keep him on a good diet, and take him on regular visits to the vet.

How much does a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix cost?

The German Shepherd Rottweiler mix's cost can vary. You could pay 250$ for a pup just like you could pay up to 1000$ dollars for one. It all comes to the pedigree and the breeder you choose. Always make sure to choose a reputable breeder and not just the one who offers you the cheapest price. Ask around, look up reviews on the internet, and do your research.


The German Shepherd Rottweiler mix is an impressive dog, but he definitely isn’t for everyone. He needs space, a lot of activity, and a lot of training. So, if you can’t offer him this, it would be better to choose an easier dog breed, especially if you are a first-time dog owner.

About the Author Houda Laabadi

A dog lover!

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