Rottweilers like to mix it up in many ways, which is one of the reasons why there are so many Rottweiler mixed breed dogs in the world today. The crossbreed that is most on the way to becoming its own breed is the Rotterman (Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher). Rottweilers also seem to often interbreed with German Shepherds, although there is still no cute name for that cross. Mixed breed dogs are generally healthier than purebreds, but they will still need to go to the vet annually.
One cross that has a cute name and loyal following is the St. Weiler (that’s right, a Rottweiler and a Saint Bernard). Since they are huge dogs, they need a lot of space, a lot of food, and a lot of care. Large dogs are prone to many structural problems that are due to their size and not their breed. Although they are not giants like Irish Wolfhounds, they typically weigh over a hundred pounds and rarely live longer than ten years (giant-sized dogs live only six years, on average). The average life span of a purebred Rottweiler is twelve.
And the mixed Rottweiler breeds recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club keep coming. A cross between an Afghan Hound and a Rottweiler is a Rottaf. A cross between a Rottweiler and an English Bulldog is an English Bullweiler. And a cross between a Griffon Brussells and a Rottweiler is (you’re done) a Brotweiler. In a less comical and more practical way, a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Rottweiler is called a Labrottie and is expected to calm the Rottweiler, while retaining the love of both breeds for their families.
These dogs cannot be shown in a big show like Westminster, but Rottweiler mixed breeds can make great companions and friends. You need to know the traits of both breeds involved in the mix before adopting or purchasing one. You need to learn as much Rottweiler information as you can, as well as a lot of information about the other breed. Most likely, any Rottweiler mix will be a high-energy dog that is protective and wary of strangers.
The future looks good for a Rottweiler mix, as their breeding seems to be more concerned with being a healthy and happy family companion. The good traits of being a watchdog and being kind to children seem to intersect (for the most part) with the offspring of the designer dog. Any large dog needs a lot of space and a lot of food. Be prepared to clean up a lot of clutter, too.
Large, active dogs often don’t know their own strength and can accidentally hurt you. Rottweiler mixes seem to be more lush and full of life than bad or vicious. Any large dog needs a healthy diet and regular exercise to help control energy. They should also be neutered, as this will not only make them healthier, it will also make them more eager to heed your wishes. Rottweiler mixes are usually incredibly beautiful dogs with large legs.