German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix

The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is a a cross between the German Shepherd and Rottweiler dog breeds. Eenergetic, loyal, and as eager to play as they are to snuggle, these mixed breed pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.

German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes go by several different names, like the Rottie Shepherd or Rotten Shepherd–a misnomer in terms of how loving and fun this mixed breed can be. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you may find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and breed specific rescues, so remember to adopt! Don’t shop!

These fluffy pups make great family dogs, and they’re best suited to homes that have access to a yard and space. Still, they can make great companions for active urban dwellers, too. If you want a goofy, kid-friendly dog who loves to play as much as they love to look out for their family, the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix might be the right dog for you!

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See below for all German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix facts and mixed dog breed characteristics!

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well To Apartment Living
3
Good For Novice Owners
4
Sensitivity Level
3
Tolerates Being Alone
3
Tolerates Cold Weather
4
Tolerates Hot Weather
2

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate With Family
4
Kid-Friendly
4
Dog Friendly
3
Friendly Toward Strangers
3

Health And Grooming Needs

Amount Of Shedding
5
Drooling Potential
3
Easy To Groom
3
General Health
3
Potential For Weight Gain
4
Size
4

Trainability

Easy To Train
3
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
3
Prey Drive
3
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
3
Wanderlust Potential
2

Physical Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
3
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
4

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Mixed Breed Dogs
Height:
22 to 28 inches
Weight:
75 to 115 pounds
Life Span:
9 to 13 years

More About This Breed

  • Highlights

    • German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes are mixed breed dogs, meaning they are not purebreds like their German Shepherd Dog or Rottweiler parents.
    • The main colors of Rottie Shepherds are black, gray, sable, white, red, tan, and cream. Sometimes their coats are solid, and sometimes they have a mix of two or three colors.
    • Both parent breeds are prone to shedding, which might not these mixed breed dogs a poor choice for allergy sufferers.
    • These dogs have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour- to hour-long walk per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.
    • German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes can make fun playmates for kids of all ages, but this big dog could accidentally hurt smaller children with what was meant to be a playful romp. Train your dog not to jump up early on.
    • German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes are pretty amicable with other dogs, as long as they are introduced slowly and properly. When it comes to cats, your Shepherd Rottie may have the instinct to chase.
  • History

    The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders started intentionally mixing Rottweilers and German Shepherd Dogs in the late 1990s, likely in North America. Breeders wanted to mix the two parent breeds, both of German descent, to combine their loyalty, strength, and intelligence. They continued to create German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes as demand for the pups climbed.

    Even though the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix breed got its start as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you. Check your local shelters, look up German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix rescues, or check with breed specific Rottweiler or German Shepherd rescues, as they sometimes take in mixed breed dogs and find homes for them.

  • Size

    As the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is a relatively new mixed breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. That said, as a cross between German Shepherd Dog and Rottweiler parents, you can expect Rotties to be on the large side.

    Most weigh in at 75 to 115 pounds and range in height from 22 to 28 inches at the shoulder. That said, many can be smaller or larger than average.

  • Personality

    Many German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix enthusiasts can attest that these dogs are nothing if not energetic. Both the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler were bred to be working dogs, and this mixed breed likes to stay active both physically and mentally.

    These pups can come with a lot of rambunctious energy, but with patient training and positive reinforcement, you can nip your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix's excited jumping and other unwanted habits in the bud.

    Despite their large size, many German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes tend to think that they're lap dogs. They love to snuggle with their humans, and they tend to stick closest to whoever their main caretaker is. They can sometimes become a little too protective of their humans if they feel threatened. Proper socialization can help keep your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix's guarding tendencies from getting out of control.

    As big dogs, this mixed breed thrives in family homes, preferably with a yard or other area to run around. Still, a German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix can do just fine living in an urban setting, as long as their human is active and dedicated to exercising them frequently. If you're looking for a big cuddly dog who loves to play and protect, you can't do much better than a German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix.

  • Health

    The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the German Shepherd and Rottweiler also face. While most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.

    Some of the more common health problems German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes suffer from include:

    • Eyelid Issues (Entropion and Ectropion)
    • Hip Dysplasia
    • Degenerative Myelopathy Congenital Heart Defect
    • Osteochondritis Dissecans
    • Aortic Stenosis
  • Care

    As with all dogs, you should keep up with your German Shepherd Rottweiler's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.

    German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes are prone to weight gain, and they have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour- to hour-long walks per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in. Keeping your Rottie Shepherd's weight in a healthy range is vital, as it can help prevent issues the mix is prone to, like hip and elbow dysplasia or heart issues.

    Check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your vet. Trim your dog's nails before they get too long--usually once or twice per month. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can help with this.

    Be sure to keep your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix's mouth healthy, too. You should brush their teeth daily. Your vet can instruct you on how to brush your dog's teeth properly.

  • Feeding

    An ideal German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix diet should be formulated for a large breed with medium to high energy. They have a tendency to gain weight if they are overfed, so you should stick to a regular feeding schedule and not leave food out during the day. Be sure to limit their amount of treats, as well.

    As with all dogs, the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs--including weight, energy, and health--to make a specific recommendation.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix coats are often a mix of their Rottweiler and German Shepherd parents' coats and colors. The main colors of Rottie Shepherds are black, gray, sable, white, red, tan, and cream. Sometimes their coats are solid, and sometimes they have a mix of two or three colors.

    The length of your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix's coat will depend on their parents, as German Shepherds have medium-length fur while Rottweilers have a short-double coat. Both are prone to shedding, which might not these mixed breed dogs a poor choice for allergy sufferers.

    German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes can stand colder weather thanks to their coats, but you still should not leave them outside in any extreme weather, cold or hot. You may need to apply dog sunscreen to the ears, nose, and sensitive areas where there's less fur coverage in the summer months.

  • Children And Other Pets

    German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes can make fun playmates for kids of all ages, but it is still important to teach your children how to safely interact with your mixed breed dog. It's also important to train your Rottie Shepherd not to jump, as this big dog could accidentally hurt smaller children with what was meant to be a playful romp.

    As for other dogs, German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes are pretty amicable, as long as they are introduced to other pups slowly and properly. When it comes to cats, your Shepherd Rottie may have the instinct to chase. A slow introduction and consistent training can help your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix and cat coexist peacefully.

    Still, some Rottie Shepherds might not be as immediately friendly to kids or other animals. In the end,  it really comes down to training, socialization, and the luck of the draw.

  • Rescue Groups

    It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for German Shepherd Rottweiler Mixes because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try German Shepherd Dog or Rottweiler breed specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:

    You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!

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