As you might have known it, if you’ve read any of my articles on DiamondPup, I am a sucker for big, powerful dogs. This means, that despite his somewhat aggressive and violent nature, I am still a giant fan of the Rottweiler.
Living with a Rottweiler dog is not always easy, he is a pack leader, and will definitely try to take over if he feels some sort of weakness coming from your part. But, you should know that first and foremost, the Rottweiler was not bred to be a fighting or a guard dog, but a working dog. Farmers used him to drive cattle or pull carts to markets. Today, the Rottweiler is also used as a police and military dog, as well as a companion for families.
Loving and loyal, the Rottweiler originated in Germany, where he was an extremely popular working dog. Broad and muscly, the Rottweiler is an extremely active dog who needs a lot of exercise and training, mostly because he is very aloof of strangers, and might become aggressive if he is not well socialized.
Confident, brave, and calm, the Rottweiler can be successful in many jobs. He is famous for being an excellent police and military dog, but also a great custom dog (he has a perfect sense of smell), as well as a perfect family companion and protector. But this is if and only if your Rottweiler is well-trained. When a Rottweiler is not, he can turn into a dangerous and ferocious bully, which is why some unscrupulous people use him in dog fighting rings.
Early socialization is of the outmost importance, since it helps channel your Rottweiler’s strength the right way. You will need to be firm, consistent, and most importantly, be able to impose your leadership on your dog. If you don’t do this, your Rottweiler can and will become an overly protective beast who thinks every other pet and/or stranger is a threat and respond to it accordingly.
Another thing to be aware of before adopting a Rottweiler is that this is a dog who is used to being the pack leader. So, if you don’t show him that you are the boss, he will take that role for himself, and that will certainly have dangerous consequences.
Still, despite his bad reputation, you should know that the Rottweiler is not vicious in his nature. A well-bred dog of this breed will be as sweet and loving as any other dog. He can be gentle, kind, and playful with the people he considers his family, or “pack”.
If you treat your Rottweiler with respect, you will definitely earn his love and devotion. He is not a backyard dog, he will want to be around you, and cuddle up when you are just hanging out in the house. So, don’t forget about your beautiful pooch, and offer him all the love you can muster.
Most of these traits also happen to show up in Rottweiler crossbreeds. No matter what other dog he is crossed with, the result will still have some of the Rottie’s personality in him.
If you want to learn more about this amazing pure breed, take a look at this article.
So, here we go now, let’s discover the top 7 Rottweiler crossbreeds and where to find them (yes, this is a Harry Potter reference, because remember, I’m a N.E.R.D).
Take a seat, make yourself some tea, and get comfortable, because this is going to be a long ride!
1. The Rottweiler Siberian Husky mix (Rottsky)
Also known as the Rottsky, the Rottweiler Siberian Husky mix is truly a wonder to look at. This dog’s most special trait is his single blue eye. This is so striking that you might think this pooch is able to look into your soul and discover your deepest dreams and greatest fears.
This unique cross breed is rather difficult to find, as cases when breeders decide to mix these two beautiful breeds together are quite rare. Physically, a Rottsky (especially when he is still a puppy) will look like a Rottweiler with Siberian Husky eyes. Sure, he will have a longer muzzle than the former, but the Rottweiler traits are still going to be quite strong in this one.
When he grows up, the Ruttsky will more likely than not have a coat similar to the Sibarian Husky’s, with dense and rough hair. This beautiful hybrid can come in a variety of colors, though you can never be very sure when it comes to mixed breed dogs.
As for the temperament, well, it is always difficult to guess how your crossbreed’s personality will be when he grows up. Still, both parent breeds are quite similar, with the same independent, courageous, and loyal demeanor. Their mix will be the same, with the tendency of being quite aloof to strangers as well. A Ruttsky makes a great watch and guard dog, and is strong enough to restrain a burglar, for example.
Finally, the Ruttsky needs a lot of training and socializing, as he can be quite the stubborn pooch. To be sure that he will be able to blend perfectly in any social setting, start socializing your four-pawed best friend early in puppyhood.
To learn more about the Rottweiler Siberian Husky mix, click here.
2. The Rottweiler Labrador Retriever mix (Labrottie)
Ah, the Labrottie, definitely one of the loyalist dogs you’ll ever meet in this lifetime (or any other lifetime, honestly). Both purebred parents of this mix (the Rottweiler and the Labrador Retriever) are known for being extremely loyal to their owners.
The Labrottie is quite the big dog, with his weigh going from 80 to 110 pounds, and his height going up to 27 inches to the shoulder.
The Rottweiler and the Labrador Retriever are known for having completely different personalities. While the former is famous for being extremely friendly and overly excitable, the latter is known for being aloof of strangers and possibly aggressive.
And, because you can never truly know a mixed dog’s personality until he is fully grown, we can only take a guess here. Your Labrottie will, of course, be very loyal to you, as well as overly protective. He might follow you everywhere, especially when he is a puppy, because you are his whole world. Smart and sweet-tempered, he could either be very comfortable around strangers or terribly wary of them. It all depends on which of his purebred parents’ traits take over.
One thing you should know, though, is that like with every other Rottweiler mix, early training and socialization are a must. So, don’t just leave it to chance, and make sure to teach your Labrottie how to behave around other people, and how to pick up danger cues.
To learn more about the Rottweiler Labrador Retriever mix, click here.
3. The Rottweiler German Shepherd mix (German Rottie)
What happens when you cross two of the most powerful and loyal working dog breeds in the world? Well, you get a German Rottie, the result of mixing the strong Rottweiler with the hardworking German Shepherd.
You have to understand that this is not your usual mixed breed dog. The Rottweiler German Shepherd mix needs someone who is experienced with dogs. A person with a weak personality or a meek temperament will definitely not please the German Rottie, as he needs a leader to look up to. Or he will make himself that leader.
The German Rottie is the result of crossing two extremely strong and powerful dogs, not only physically, but also mentally. Both the Rottweiler and the German Shepherd are also extremely proud, brave, intelligent, and active, so their cross needs an owner who can keep up with him.
Your usual adult Rottweiler German Shepherd mix will weigh between 75 and 115 pounds and reach as high as 27 inches tall. This means that if you don’t train him to obey your really early in his puppyhood, your German Rottie might take over and will easily physically overpower you.
Both the purebred parents are also famous for being loving and affectionate when they are around their families, so it is not always dark and scary with this beautiful mixed breed. The German Rottie responds to positive training very easily, as he is smart and eager to please. With a dog like this, it is sure that you will never get bored.
To learn more about the Rottweiler German Shepherd mix, click here.
4. The Rottweiler Golden Retriever mix (Golden Rottie)
If you have ever read any of my various articles, you would know that I have a soft spot for Golden Retrievers. I mean, you’d have to be a sociopath not to love this beautiful dog! So, of course, his mix with the Rottweiler was bound to be on this list.
The Rottweiler Golden Retriever mix, also known as the Golden Rottie, is quite the peculiar dog. The purebred parents couldn’t be more different, and yet, crossbreeding them is an excellent idea (you can fight me on this!).
The Golden Rottie usually has the body features of his Golden Retriever parents with the color pattern of his Rottweiler parent. This beautiful mix is a good-looking dog with beautiful expressive eyes. But, he is not just looks. The Rottweiler Golden Retriever mix is also extremely intelligent, loyal to a fault, and playful, which makes him a favorite amongst dog lovers. Energetic and eager to please, this big dog is always in for some fun playtime, a good long walk (always keep your Golden Rottie puppy leashed, since this pooch is a curious one), or some quality snuggling time with the family.
Still, because the Golden Rottie might retain some of his purebred Rottweiler parent’s aggressive demeanor, he should be trained and socialized early in his puppyhood. This will help you avoid incidents, as well as have a well-rounded adult dog in the house.
To learn more about the Rottweiler Golden Retriever mix, click here.
5. The Rottweiler Border Collie mix (Borderweiler)
The Rottweiler Border Collie mix is definitely a dog to look out for. The Rottweiler is famous for being strong and powerful, while the Border Collie is one of, if not, the smartest dog in the world. So, the combination of these two is definitely bound to be an incredibly intelligent, brave, and hardworking dog.
This is not your usual giant dog. The Borderweiler is a medium sized dog with a lean body but still a lot of power in his muscles. He will usually weigh between 30 and 80 pounds and stand as tall as 27 inches.
Smart and loyal, the Rottweiler Border Collie mix is definitely one of the most perfect dogs out there. Alert and easily trainable, he gets along with the human around him, but like his Rottie parent, he can still be aloof of strangers and other dogs (especially of the same sex) and animals in general. But, like other dog breeds, with early socialization and training, he can be a perfectly balanced and well-rounded adult dog.
Stubborn and independent, the Rottweiler Border Collie mix is for sure not a pet for the first-time dog owner. Instead, he needs someone who is experienced with pets, assertive, and who can show dominance at all time, without being flustered by the dog’s big size or overly-confident personality.
To learn more about the Rottweiler Border Collie mix, click here.
6. The Rottweiler Pitbull mix (Pitweiler)
If this isn’t a powerful combination, then I don’t know what is. Both the Rottweiler and the Pitbull are famous for being extremely strong, loyal, and loving towards their humans. Their mix is bound to be the same, though the purebred parents might differ in temperament, the Pitbull (believe it or not) having a gentler and kinder demeanor than the Rottweiler.
First thing first, you should know that the Rottweiler Pitbull mix, also adorably known as the Pitweiler, is famous for being the ultimate watchdog. Brave to a fault, he will never step out in front of danger, and will do anything to protect you, even if that meant giving up his own life for your sake. Physically intimidating, the Rottweiler Pitbull mix is a strong dog with a large and muscular body, but the heart of a puppy.
Both purebred parents love being around their family, which they consider their pack, which means that the Pitweiler has a high chance of developing separation anxiety if you don’t give him enough attention. When this happens, you dog might become destructive. And, when a dog as gigantic as the Rottweiler Pitbull mix becomes destructive, it’s definitely not a good thing.
Extremely affectionate, the Rottweiler Pitbull mix can be a perfect family companion, as long as he is well-trained and socialized since puppyhood. When this mixed breed is brought up in an unhealthy or violent house, he can become aggressive towards strangers and other pets (especially smaller ones) and might attack them on a whim. So, if you decide to adopt this sweet yet strong mixed breed, make sure you know that you are signing up for a lifetime job.
To learn more about the Rottweiler Pitbull mix, click here.
7. The Rottweiler Poodle mix (Rottle)
Okay, first and foremost, let’s agree on something: any dog breed mixed with a Poodle is bound to be extremely cute and beautiful. That’s just the Poodle’s superpower: to make every other dog look extremely good-looking.
The Rottweiler Poodle mix isn’t an exception. With his medium sized sturdy body, he usually rocks the Poodle’s curly and luscious locks, and is, more often than not, hypoallergenic.
Both the Rottweiler and the Poodle are famous for being strong working dog with a great love for their owner, and their mix is no different. Full of love and affection for his family, the Rottweiler Poodle mix can be the perfect family companion, getting along with everyone, children, adults, and elderly.
This dog is extremely active, and thus, needs his fair share of daily exercise. If you don’t exercise him enough, he will grow bored, and start looking for other ways to entertain himself. Some of these ways could be digging holes in your backyard, chewing on your favorite leather shoes, or just destroying your wooden furniture (dogs truly love chewing on those things).
This means that the Rottweiler Poodle mix, like most other mixes on this list, is not the best choice for a first-time dog owner.
To learn more about the Rottweiler Poodle mix, click here.
The Rottweiler is quite the physically intimidating dog, and his reputation as an aggressive dog prevails, but this is always the result of bad training. In his nature, he is loyal and protective and needs someone who can use these instincts for a good cause.