10 Rottweiler Mixes We Can’t Get Enough Of

As crossbreeding and hybrid dogs become more and more popular throughout the United States, many people are finding an affinity for Rottweiler mixes.

If you fancy the Rottie breed and would like to know more about different Rottweiler mixes available, you’ve come to the right place. Join us today as we discover 10 incredible Rottweiler mixes and find out if one of these dynamic designer dogs would be right for you.

But before we begin, let’s take a moment to learn about the dog breed that got us here – the Rottweiler!

Let’s Learn A Bit About The Rottweiler

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Rotties are intelligent, loving dogs who are quick to learn and eager to please.

Like many ancient breeds with Roman roots, the Rottweiler got his start as a working dog herding livestock across rough terrain. As the Roman Empire fell, the Rottie’s ancestors found themselves in Germany, where the breed was perfected overtime.

Eventually, the Rottweiler became known as a butchers dog, herding heavy carts of meat to and from market. As time passed, Rottweilers developed different roles, taking part as personal guard dogs, military dogs, service dogs and search and rescue dogs.

It is said that the Rottweiler of today does not differ much from the Rottweiler of old. He continues to be beloved for his unique temperament, friendly disposition, and intelligent nature.

However, fanciers of the breed note that this is a people’s dog. He may be intimidating to look at, but this dog is actually a devoted companion who does not do well on his own. He requires a family with whom he can live side by side, and owners who will invest time and attention to his upbringing.

Without proper training, socialization and affection, the Rottweiler has a tendency to develop undesirable and sometimes even aggressive behaviors. But, when trained and socialized properly, Rottie dogs make excellent additions to active families. They get along well with children and other pets, are eager to please, easy to train, and a joy to live with.

Let’s take a look at an overview of the purebred Rottweiler below.

Weight: 80 – 135 Pounds

Height: 22 – 27 Inches

Hypoallergenic: No

Lifespan: 9 – 10 Years

Common Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, aortic stenosis, entropion, cruciate ligament rupture, ectropion, Ostechondrities Dessicans (OCD), juvenile laryngeal paralysis and polyneuropathy (JLLP), cold water tail, wet eczema, and cancer

And now that we know a bit about the Rottweiler, it’s time to talk about Rottweiler mixes and the crossbreed controversy.

Rottweiler Mixes – Understanding The Crossbreed Controversy

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Crossbreeding is an age old tradition, but it is still riddled with debate. 

Crossbreeding is an age-old process that has been occurring since the beginning of the human canine relationship. Originally, crossbreeding was done by experienced breeders and dog enthusiasts working to eventually create a new type of purebred dog.

However, it takes generations of crossbreeding and perfecting before a hybrid dog can be considered a purebred. This is where part of the controversy comes in when it comes to first and second generation Rottweiler mixes.

A first and second generation crossbreed is a mixed breed (take the Rottweiler X Labrador, for example) who is the direct offspring of two purebred parents. A second generation crossbreed is a hybrid dog who is the direct offspring of two other hybrid dogs. And this goes on and on.

Typically, first and second generation crossbreed dogs were not often bought or sold. They were considered too unpredictable when it came to health, temperament and physical appearance. However, over the past two decades all this has changed.

The buying and selling of crossbreed dogs has become incredibly popular, with doodle mixes beings some of the most sought after dogs in the US.

There are benefits to cross breed dogs, with many experts theorizing that crossbreeds are likely healthier than purebreds, as they have a wider genepool and are thus less likely to develop genetic health issues from overbreeding.

However, this has yet to be proven.

And though they are not mutts, hybrid dogs like Rottweiler mixes are also not considered purebred dogs. For this reason, Rottweiler mixes are not recognized by any major breed clubs, nor are they eligible for show.

Still, people continue to fall in love with and invest in hybrid dogs like Rottweiler mixes. Are you one of those enthusiasts?

If so, keep reading. Here are 10 Rottweiler mixes we can’t get enough of.

1. The Rottador

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The Rottador is an adoring, family-friendly dog perfect for active families.

A Cross Between: The Rottweiler and the Labrador Retriever

Weight: 70 – 115 Pounds

Height: 24 – 27 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Intelligent, energetic, outgoing, happy, playful, trainable

Lifespan: 9 – 12 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues: Allergies, ear infections, heart disease, cold tail, bone cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, eye issues, bloat, hypothyroidism, panosteitis, osteochondritis dissecans, and acute moist dermatitis.

Let’s Learn More About The Labrottie 

Also known as the Labrottie, the Rottador is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Rottweiler. This is one of our most intelligent Rottweiler mixes on the list and one of the most popular. In fact, Labrador Retrievers are currently the most popular dog to own in the US, according to the American Kennel Club.

Rottador dogs are clever, loving, and family oriented. They make excellent companions for families with children and other pets, but will require lots of exercise, playtime, training and attention.

Socialization is also key with one of these Rottweiler mixes, as they can be prone to anxiety and negative behaviors if not properly socialized at an early age.

2. The Rottsky

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Potential owners should know that Rottsky dogs are very high energy.

A Cross Between: The Rottweiler and Siberian Husky 

Weight: 55 – 110 Pounds

Height: 20 – 25 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Smart, spirited, energetic, devoted

Lifespan: 9 – 13 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues: Entropion, demodectic mange, cataracts, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, glaucoma, histiocytosis, corneal dystrophy, pancreatitis, zinc responsive dermatosis osteosarcoma, subaortic stenosis, bloat, progressive retinal atrophy, and neuroaxonal dystrophy

Let’s Learn More About The Rottsky 

A mix between the purebred Rottweiler and the purebred Husky, the Rottsky is both beautiful and energetic. Best for more experienced dog owners with a lot of time to offer, the Rottsky makes a wonderful companion for outgoing and outdoorsy folks.

This is one of our favorite rottweiler mixes because it combines two wonderful and people-loving dogs. With that in mind, the Rottsky dog will not do well on his own for too long. This is also one of our Rottweiler mixes who thrive when properly crate trained. And, of course, the Rottsky needs plenty of daily exercise, mental stimulation and socialization.

Rottsky dogs do best in larger spaces and will require a home with a backyard where they can play and burn off excess energy. They get along well with children and other pets, but are not designed for apartment living.

3. The German Rottie

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The German Rottie makes an incredible companion to a devoted and experienced dog owner.

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and German Shepherd

Weight: 75 – 115 Pounds

Height: 22 – 28 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Smart, hard-working, focused, energetic

Lifespan: 10 – 13 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, degenerative myelopathy congenital heart defect and bloat.

Let’s Learn More About The German Rottie

German Shepherds are known as some of the most devoted and intelligent working dogs in the canine kingdom, and when combined with a Rottweiler, you have one of the most clever and loyal Rottweiler mixes on the planet.

Large, powerful, and incredibly smart, the German Rottie will need an experienced dog owner with lots of time to devote to training, exercise, mental stimulation and socialization.

Without this kind of commitment from an owner, the German Rottie could potentially become destructive, anxious, and even develop behavioral issues like aggression.

However, when properly raised and socialized, this is one of our Rottweiler mixes who thrives in a family environment and can get on well with people of all ages as well as other pets.

4. The English Mastweiler

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The English Mastweiler is the largest of the Rottweiler mixes on this list.

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and English Mastiff

Weight: 120 – 160 Pounds

Height: 27 – 32 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Clever, Spirited, Outgoing, Independent

Lifespan: 8 – 12 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues: Heart issues, bone cancer, hypothyroidism, eye issues, bladder problems, knee issues, hip and elbow dysplasia, pano, skin issues, allergies, bloat, digestive issues, and ear infections

Let’s Learn More About The English Mastweiler

The English Mastiffweiler is one of our largest Rottweiler mixes, though he is also one of our sweetest. Mastiffs were once regarded as ancient war dogs, but the modern-day mastiff is known for his gentle, loving demeanor.

Unfortunately, the English Mastweiler can be prone to a number of health issues, so early health screening and a healthy diet are key to a quality life. The English Mastifweiler may also be prone to a number of joint issues and digestive issues, so monitor exercise and ensure you invest in a slow feeder to reduce chances of bloat.

Otherwise, this is one of our Rottweiler mixes we love for families with kiddos and pets. When properly trained and socialized, the English Masttweiler is a loving, devoted, and gentle companion.

5. The Golden Rottie

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Golden Rotties can look more like Golden Retrievers or more like Rotties, or they can be somewhere in between. 

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and Golden Retriever 

Weight: 70 – 90 Pounds

Height: 24 – 28 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Intelligent, energetic, playful, friendly

Lifespan: 10 – 12 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, subaortic stenosis, retinal dysplasia, and bloat

Let’s Learn More About The Golden Rottie

Golden Retrievers are renowned service dogs, but so are Rottweilers. Combine the two together and you get an intelligent, devoted, and adoring hybrid. This is another of our Rottweiler mixes who makes a devoted and intelligent companion for the right family.

Of course, like many of the Rottweiler mixes on this list, the Golden Rottie is going to be an active dog who needs lots of mental and physical stimulation to be happy and healthy. This is a crossbreed who will do best in homes with active families who have flexible schedules and time to devout to training, socialization and exercise.

6. The Rottle

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The Poodle and Rottie mix has the potential to be hypoallergenic, but it depends on genetics. 

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and Poodle

Weight: 60 – 90 Pounds

Height: 24 – 27 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Clever, Spirited, Outgoing, Independent

Lifespan: 9 – 15 Years

Hypoallergenic: Potentially

Common Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, corneal dystrophy, heart issues, Von Willebrand’s disease, and bloat

Let’s Learn More About The Rottle

The Poodle is known for his fanciful haircut and incredible intelligence, and combined with the Rottweiler’s stunning look and affectionate personality, you get another Rottweiler mix who is simply swoon-worthy.

Depending on the generation of crossbreed you get, this is one of our Rottweiler mixes who has the potential to have a hypoallergenic coat. While this dog could still potentially shed, he will likely shed less than the other Rottweiler mixes and therefore be better suited for those who suffer from allergies.

The Rottle will be an active companion suited for active families with flexible schedules. Again, this is not an ideal apartment dog, as the Rottle will need a large yard to run and play in.

Due to the Poodle’s hunting past, Rottle dogs could have a high prey drive. For this reason, make sure to always walk your Rottle on a leash and harness and that your backyard is secure.

7. The Border Rottie

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Bordier Rottie dogs are a combination of incredible intelligence and work ethic. 

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and Border Collie

Weight: 30 – 130 Pounds

Height: 19 – 27 Inches Inches

Temperamental Traits: Very intelligent, hard working, focused, independent, energetic

Lifespan: 10 – 17 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues: Progressive retinal atrophy, Collie eye anomaly, cataracts, bloat, ear infections, hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat.

Let’s Learn More About The Border Rottie

It seems that most of the Rottweiler mixes on this list are known for their brains and beauty, and the Border Rottie is no exception. This is another Rottweiler mix that is both lovely and intelligent, seeing that the Border Collie itself is considered one of the smartest dog breeds in the world.

The Border Rottie is a mix of two working breeds, so it’s fair to say that this hybrid will be happiest when given a job to do. Like most Rottweiler mixes, the Border Rottie will also be best suited for an experienced dog owner who has a flexible schedule and is able to provide plenty of time and attention to exercise, training and solizailation.

8. The Boxweiler

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Boxweilers are high-energy dogs who love to play and learn. 

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and Boxer

Weight: 70 – 100 Pounds

Height: 21 – 27 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Clever, Spirited, Outgoing, Independent

Lifespan: 8 – 13 Years

Hypoallergenic: No

Common Health Issues:  Hip and elbow dysplasia, pano, allergies, bloat, bone cancer, heart defects, eye problems, deafness, demodectic mange, and heart issues

Let’s Learn More About The Boxweiler

Boxer dogs are a family favorite, beloved for their happy-go-lucky personalities and puppy-like demeanor. However, they are not long-lived and can be prone to a number of health issues. The same goes for the Rottweiler.

Still, the combination of a Boxer and Rottweiler makes for a wonderful and loving Rottweiler mix. This is a crossbreed who does great with children and other pets, though he does require plenty of training and socialization, as all Rottweiler mixes do.

This is a mix who does best with owners who are able and willing to devote time and attention to training and exercise, and who are able to provide their dog with a healthy diet.

9. The Rotterman

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The Rotterman is the gorgeous mix between a Doberman Pinscher and a Rottweiler. 

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher

Weight: 70 – 130 Pounds

Height: 24 – 28 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Clever, Spirited, Outgoing, Independent

Lifespan: 9 – 12 Years

Hypoallergenic: Potentially

Common Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, canine hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, mitral valve dysplasia, bloat, and hypothyroidism

Let’s Learn More About The Rotterman

Both Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers have struggled throughout history to break through negative stigmas. However, the truth is that these two breeds, when raised right, make wonderful and affectionate companions.

When it comes to Rottweiler mixes, there is none more impressive than the Rotterman. Imposing, beautiful, and brainy to boot, the Rotterman is a loyal and intelligent mixed breed who requires lots of training, exercise and socialization beginning early in life.

While he does get along well with children and other pets, this is a crossbreed who is going to be best suited for experienced dog wonders who are able to spend lots of time and attention training and exercising the breed.

The Rotterman will also do best in a home with lots of space for him to run and play, and will thrive when given jobs to do around the home. If left to his own devices to become bored, the Rotterman can be prone to destructive behaviors and other issues.

10. The French Bullweiler

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The French Bullweiler is a unique combination of a Frenchie and a Rottie, and the outcome is adorable. 

A Cross Between: Rottweiler and French Bulldog

Weight: 25 – 85 Pounds

Height: 13 – 27 Inches

Temperamental Traits: Clever, Spirited, Outgoing, Independent

Lifespan: 10 – 16 Years

Hypoallergenic: Potentially

Common Health Issues: Elbow Dysplasia, hip dysplasia, bloat, osteosarcoma, Von Willebrand’s Disease, atopy, Inflammatory bowel disease, brachycephalic airway syndrome, and bloat

Let’s Learn More About The French Bullweiler

If you love the Frenchie and you love the Rottweiler, why not consider this silly and unexpected French Bullweiler? The French Bullwieler combines the best of both worlds, often resulting in a squat little hybrid with a flattened face and the beautiful Rottie coloring.

Unfortunately, this is also one of the Rottweiler mixes on this list who can suffer from serious health issues. French Bulldogs, while popular, are also known to suffer from serious breathing issues like brachycephalic airway syndrome caused by their flattened skull.

This could be inherited by your French Bullwieler mix, and could cause some problems down the road. That said, this is one of the more relaxed Rottweiler mixes. He will do well with novice or experienced dog owners, and when properly trained and socialized should get on well with children and other pets.

What You Should Know About Raising One Of The Above Rottweiler Mixes

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Rottweiler mixes are going to be energetic and intelligent, and they will need lots of time and attention. 

While all the Rottweiler mixes on the above list are unique in their own way, they each require a similar amount of care, exercise, training and socialization.

Regardless of which of the Rottweiler mixes above you think is right for you, it’s important to remember that these dogs are highly social and require plenty of commitment. For the most part, any dog with Rottweiler in their bloodline is going to need plenty of time and attention, and will likely be best with an owner who is prepared for the commitment and investment it will take to ensure these dogs are happy and healthy.

Here is what you should consider when considering one of the above Rottweiler mixes:

Socialization 

First and foremost, socialization is key to any of the Rottweiler mixes listed above. In fact, all dogs require plenty of socialization beginning early in life to ensure they grow up happy, healthy and well rounded.

Rottweiler mixes especially should be introduced at an early age to different people, places, sights, sounds, and things, and these first impressions should be positive and calm for them. Use lots of traits and praise during socialization, and make sure to never force your Rottweiler mix dog into a situation that is clearly frightening for him.

Instead, let him explore the world around him at his own pace. If you plan on raising one of the above Rottweiler mixes with children, be sure to socialize your mix with kiddos of all ages. It is also always a good idea to monitor children around your Rottweiler mix to ensure everyone is getting along safely.

We suggest teaching children how to appropriately and safely interact with the family dog to help them develop a loving and harmonious relationship together.

Training

Training and socialization go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to raising a happy and healthy Rottweiler mix. Rotties in particular are generally intelligent and eager to please, though some can be stubborn.

Depending on which of the Rottweiler mixes you end up with, training could be a breeze or a bit more challenging. The best approach to take with these Rottweiler mixes is always going to be positive reinforcement training using lots of treats, praise and patience.

Refrain from punishing your Rottie mix during training, as this could cause the dog to shut down. Instead, keep training sessions short, game-like, and fun to hold your Rottweiler mix dog’s interest, and give him breaks often.

Exercise

Rottweiler mixes are usually high-energy dogs who will require plenty of exercise. None of the above Rottweiler mixes mentioned are ideal apartment dogs, and each will do best with at least a good hour of exercise each and every day. The two exceptions to this rule might be the French Bullweiler and the Mastwiler, though this will depend on your unique dog.

Diet

All dogs should be on a healthy diet that includes healthy carbs, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, and water. Because the Rottweiler in particular can be prone to allergies and digestive issues, a high-quality dog food that is hypoallergenic or limited ingredient might be best.

Grooming

Last but not least, make sure to keep up with routine grooming practices. The Rottweiler mixes above can all be prone to serious skin issues like allergies and eczema, so protect your Rottie mix by keeping up with proper brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimmings, and dental care.

Tips On Choosing The Healthiest Rottweiler Mixes Possible

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Pick the healthiest rottweiler mix puppy possible by going through a reputable source. 

Getting a new puppy or rescue dog is an exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking event. It sometimes seems like no matter how much you prepare, you are never quite ready for a new furry family member, and something always seems to go awry.

Still, there are tips and tricks experts suggest you follow to help you and your rottie mix start off on the right foot. In fact, ensuring your new Rottweiler mix dog is healthy and happy begins before you even get him.

It’s important to go through the proper sources when choosing a new dog. When going through a breeder, steer clear of backyard breeders or unqualified online sellers who promise bargain puppies or Rottweiler mixes at a discounted cost.

Doing so may mean you are accidentally contributing to a puppy mill, and you could even end up with a sick puppy. This could cost you more money in the long run, not to mention heartache.

Instead, if you want to get a Rottie mix puppy, go through a reputable breeder who can provide you with a health certificate proving their puppies have been health screened and cleared of any serious issues.

Luckily, Rottweiler mixes are currently pretty affordable. On average, Rottweiler mix puppies cost between $300 and $1,000. This price could vary depending on the breeder and the Rottweiler mix puppy’s parent dogs.

Of course, you also have the option of rescuing or adopting a rottweiler mix from a shelter. In fact, there are plenty of shelters across the US that focus on Rottweiler mixes and will likely be able to unite you with the dog of your dreams.

Adopting a dog is much more affordable than purchasing one through a breeder. Plus, many shelters provide you with a free initial vet visit, and they will also usually have their dogs undergo behavioral testing to ensure the dog is adopted out to the right family.

So, it’s a win-win for everyone!

At the end of the day, the route you choose to take to get your Rottweiler mix dog is up to you. Just remember to do plenty of research, take some time, and be sure to pick the right Rottie mix above that is right for you.

Best of luck and thanks for reading!

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