Large and imposing dogs often associated with guarding property, rottweilers are also popular family pets with good reason.
Smart, loyal, and full of character, these intimidating dogs are surprisingly good with children and make wonderful additions to any family with the right training.
The popularity of this breed has led to a wide variety of interesting crosses. Today, we break down the 10 most popular rottie mixes to give you some inspiration if you’re thinking of a new dog.
I. Our Top 10 Rottweiler Mixes
- American Bullweiler
- Golden Rottie
- German Rottie
When you cross a rottweiler with a Doberman, you end up with a Rotterman.
These dog are ideally suited to families with larger homes and spacious yards. Adult Rottermans stand up to 28 inches high and weigh anywhere from 70 to 130 pounds. They need plenty of intense exercise and love playing outdoors with the whole family.
Smart, intelligent, and loyal, make sure you have some experience in training larger breeds as these dogs are dominant with an independent streak. Use positive training techniques so you assert your dominance as pack leader.
Living from 9 to 12 years, Rottermans are susceptible to health conditions from bloat and eye problems to hypothyroidism and heart issues.
2) American Bullweiler
If the American bulldog is mixed with the rottweiler, the American Bullweiler is the intriguing result.
Depending on which parent’s genetics are dominant, these mixed breeds weigh anywhere up to 85 pounds, standing between 13 and 25 inches high.
With short, dense coats, American Bullweilers shed moderately. You’ll need to groom them perhaps twice weekly to avoid your home becoming covered in hair.
You should also factor in plenty of time for exercise if you bring one of these dogs home. Without enough exercise, this energetic breed could pile on the pounds. Aim for a couple of walks every day with plenty of playtime in between.
If socialized and trained from a young age, this mixed breed can be a brilliant family pet. They will be very protective of children.
The rottweiler crossed with an American pitbull terrier results in the Pitweiler.
At first glance, these dogs look pretty fierce. While they do make excellent guard dogs and they are filled with energy, Pitweilers also work well as family pets.
Weighing from 50 to 100 pounds and standing 25 inches tall, you should ideally have some experience of training and owning large and powerful breeds. You’ll also need plenty of space at home if you’re interested in bringing one of these dogs home. Get the decision right, too: these dogs can live up to 15 years, so he could be with you for a while!
4) Golden Rottie
A rottweiler crossed with a golden retriever results in a Golden Rottie, a smart and charismatic dog that makes a loyal and rewarding family pet.
Rottweiler parents have strong guarding instincts, so you’ll need to ensure pups are trained and socialized from the get-go. Once this is taken care of, they’ll typically integrate well with all family members.
Weighing up to 100 pounds and standing 25 inches high, females of this mixed breed are usually larger than males.
Continual shedding means you’ll need to spend some time cleaning up after these dogs, and you’ll also need to take care of twice-weekly grooming.
With both parents hailing from working stock, be prepared to give this mixed breed plenty of exercise.
When the distinctive Shar Pei is mixed with a rottweiler, the Peiweiler (sometimes also known as a Rott Pei) is the showstopping offspring.
These big softies are not usually aggressive and they are also fiercely loyal and protective of their families.
As long as you have a large home and ample space outdoors, these dogs are good family pets.
The short coat means you won’t have too much grooming or maintenance to worry about.
This mixed breed is usually healthy and lives up to around 13 years old, a modest canine lifespan.
When the rottweiler is mixed with the imposing Saint Bernard, you get a Saintweiler, also sometimes called a Bernweiler.
Weighing from 80 to 100 pounds and standing 26 inches high, you need lots of room for this dog to thrive and feel comfortable.
This mixed breed can be prone to heart problems, eye disease, bloat, and hypothyroidism, although they are typically healthy dogs.
Quiet and protective of their family, Saintweilers can get separation anxiety if left unattended for extended spells.
Due to the huge size discrepancy between pugs and rottweilers, this mixed breed is the result of artificial insemination. The expense of this procedure means these designer dogs don’t come cheap.
Healthy dogs, Pugweilers usually enjoy lengthy lives. They assume the friendly disposition of their pug parent, and this also attenuates the more aggressive nature of the Rottie.
If you feel this dinky mixed breed is worth the stiff price tag, be prepared for copious shedding, as well as the cleaning and grooming associated with it.
This interesting crossbreed is created by mixing a Rottweiler and a chihuahua.
Now, the chihuahua is one of the longest-living dogs. This offsets the average lifespan of the rottweiler and leads to a mixed breed capable of living to 15 years old.
This remarkably rare breed has plenty of variety in terms of sized depending on which genes come to the fore. They could stand 22 inches tall and weigh up to 90 pounds, or they could be much shorter and lighter. Either way, these dogs make a real conversation piece when you’re strolling in the park.
9) German Rottie
If you cross the German shepherd with the rottweiler, you get the German Rottie.
Given the aggressive streak in the German shepherd and the protective instinct inherent to rottweilers, you should make sure that you train and socialize any crossbreed puppies from the very beginning. If you take care of this, there’s no reason that German Rotties won’t integrate neatly into a family set-up.
When German Rotties take after the German shepherd parent, you can expect fairly heavy shedding as the seasons change. You should brush these dogs several times weekly, and more frequently during spring and fall.
Smart and active dogs, they have high energy levels and benefit from plenty of intense exercise. They also love taking part in canine sports. Highly trainable and willing, these dogs are at heart super-eager to please.
These mixed breed dogs weigh up to 110 pounds and stand over 26 inches tall.
While most German Rotties are healthy dogs and they have an average life expectancy of 14 years, they can be vulnerable to hip dysplasia.
Despite being capable of living outside comfortably enough, this breed is prone to separation anxiety. This often manifests itself through destructive behaviors. As long as you take care of training from an early age, these dogs are lovely family pets.
When the rottweiler is crossed with a Boxer, you get a Boxrott.
This large and muscular dog takes on the powerful build of the rottie and weighs anywhere up to 80 pounds.
The Boxrott is among the most popular rottweiler mixes for the endearing combination of the boxer’s energy and the rottweiler’s matchless loyalty. These dogs would do literally anything for you.
Due to the high energy levels of both parents, you’ll need to give these mixed breeds lots of intense exercise. You’ll need to do more than take your Boxrott for a quick stroll every now and again. If you want a canine couch potato, avoid this dog!
Living up to 13 years, these mixed breeds enjoy typically robust health. You should always check with the breeder that the dog has a detailed health screening record showing that neither parent suffers from hip dysplasia.
This breed can easily become overweight, so be sure not to overfeed your Boxrott. You’ll be killing him with kindness.
You should brush a Boxrott’s coat several times each week to get rid of any loose, dead hair. This mixed breed will shed moderately all year round, so make sure you stay on top of vacuuming.
Well, we hope you enjoyed today’s whistle-stop guide to the best rottweiler mixes out there.
These dogs all benefit from training and socialization from an early age. Speak with your vet for guidance in this area. That said, if you are an inexperienced owner, there are many breeds that make less challenging pets for first-time dog owners.
If you feel you’re up to taking one of these mixed breeds in hand, we’re sure you’re in for plenty of fun and games!
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