- What is a Rottweiler Mix?
- Why Should You Consider a Rottweiler Mix?
- Top 20 Most Popular Rottweiler Mix Breeds
- 1. Rottbull = American Bulldog + Rottweiler
- 2. Mastweiler = Bullmastiff + Rottweiler
- 3. Weiler Dane = Rottweiler + Great Dane
- 4. Rotthound = Basset Hound + Rottweiler
- 5. Rotthund = Rottweiler + Dachshund
- 6. Rottoodle = Poodle + Rottweiler
- 7. Labrottie = Labrador Retriever + Rottweiler
- 8. Rotticorso = Cane Corso + Rottweiler
- 9. Saint Weiler = Saint Bernard + Rottweiler
- 10. Rottgi = Corgi + Rottweiler
- 11. Cockweiler = Cocker Spaniel + Rottweiler
- 12. Pugweiler = Pug + Rottweiler
- 13. Borderweiler = Border Collie + Rottweiler
- 14. Golden Rottie = Golden Retriever + Rottweiler
- 15. Rotthuahua = Chihuahua + Rottweiler
- 16. Pitweiler= Rottweiler + Pitbull
- 17. German Rottie = German Shepherd + Rottweiler
- 18. Boxrott = Boxer + Rottweiler
- 19. Rottsky = Rottweiler + Husky
- 20. Shihweiler = Shih Tzu + Rottweiler
- Final Thoughts
Mixed dogs certainly aren’t a new trend, but it’s not as common with certain breeds as it is with others. This is true for the Rottweiler breed. But breeders caught on to just how immensely popular the Rottweiler breed is and started mixing them with other breeds from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds and everything in-between.
What is a Rottweiler Mix?
Rottweilers are an intense, brawny breed that lends themselves to be intimidating. However, while they are top-notch guard dogs and hard workers, they are also seriously goofy. It was a complete shock the first time I met my friend’s dog, in fact — this larger than life dog was jumping around playfully and really making me laugh. I couldn’t believe it!
Why Should You Consider a Rottweiler Mix?
While the Rottie is a big goofball packed into a fierce, stoic face and broad, muscular build, some people still find that their intensity is a bit too much for them. This is perhaps why the Rottie mixes started occurring. Now, pet owners have the option of getting a guard dog with a splash of another personality, such as a sweet Poodle.
Aside from personality changes, mixing a Rottweiler with another breed can create some fascinating changes to their appearance as well. Think about it — combining a Poodle with a Rottweiler will give them a sweet, loving, and admiring personality, but it may also give a Rottie face with the classic Poodle curly hair. Is there really any wonder why the Poodle and Rottweiler cross is becoming so immensely sought after?
Top 20 Most Popular Rottweiler Mix Breeds
If the thought of combining a Rottweiler with another breed is intriguing to you, then you have come to the right place. We have put together a list of the top 20 most popular Rottweiler mix breeds, all of which come with some lovely changes to both the personality or appearances — or both! Let’s take a look.
1. Rottbull = American Bulldog + Rottweiler
When it comes to finding the perfect Rottie mix for a family, the Rottbull is an excellent choice. This muscular and athletic dog is always willing and eager to please his family by whatever means possible, while also being extremely loving to all of his family members, big and small. This makes him an excellent mix for a family.
Not only is this dog an easy one to handle, but you don’t have to worry about excessive shedding, either. His coat is short and easily managed. You should only need to groom him every now and then, and you don’t have to worry about hairs ending up all over the home.
Make sure to keep the Rottbull regularly exercised, though. He is jam-packed with plenty of energy and will need to expel it regularly. Take him for walks or runs or head over to the dog park and he will be happy as a camper. Regular exercise also ensures his health is in tip-top condition.
2. Mastweiler = Bullmastiff + Rottweiler
The Mastweiler is a unique mix, with one parent of Bull Mastiff descent and the other of Rottweiler descent. Together, this mix creates a huskier dog that is typically around 27 inches and can be anywhere up to 140 pounds. However, this mix doesn’t get rid of typically health concerns of the Mastiff including hip dysplasia, heart disease, cancer, and eczema, so regular checkups are a must.
On the plus side, the Mastweiler might be one of the easiest mixes to keep clean. Since their coat is short without a tendency to shed, you won’t have to worry about brushing or washing this mix regularly or having to struggle with sweeping up hair off the floor every other day.
The downside to the Mastweiler, though, is he’s pretty lazy. With a dose of the Rottweiler, though, he isn’t as lazy as the typical Bull Mastiff. You will still need to make sure that he is exercised regularly, though, as he won’t likely do it on his own, and he needs enough exercise to stave off obesity and other common health problems.
3. Weiler Dane = Rottweiler + Great Dane
If you’re looking for a dog that is larger than life itself, then you will find the Weiler Dane to be a top choice. The Weiler Dane gets its massive side from the remarkable Great Dane. When mixed with the Rottie, this mix can easily get up to 170 pounds and be as long as 33 inches. That’s quite a big pup!
A first look at a Great Dane and you’re likely to be frightened. His incredible size paired with the muscle and mass and fierce look of the Rottie makes him an intimidating dog you don’t want to mess with. But does that mean it’s all scares and intimidation from this dog? No — well, not if you train him correctly.
The issue with the huge Weiler Dane is that he is likely to be fiercely territorial thanks to the Rottweiler side. He is also a loyal dog who seeks to protect his family at all costs. This can lead to problems in the future if you aren’t prepared to train him from a young age.
With proper training, you will be able to see the Great Dane genes come out. This means that while your dog will still be loyal to a fault, he will be more on the gentle giant side of things rather than the rough-and-tough broot he looks like. You also won’t have to worry about excessive shedding thanks to his short, dense coat, which is a major plus for dog owners.
4. Rotthound = Basset Hound + Rottweiler
The Rotthound is one of the more rarer and bizarre Rottweiler mixes. In fact, the combination is so exotic looking that you might think it’s photoshop and not the real deal. Rotthounds, for the most part, have the body of a Basset Hound and the face of a Rottweiler — try and picture that in your head. It’s a bit amusing, isn’t it?
Well, the Rotthound isn’t a mix you will come across too regularly, and perhaps that is a good thing. Why? Because Basset Hounds are notoriously stubborn and not easy to train. Pair that with the aggressive attitude of the Rottweiler and you might be in for quite a challenge if you opt for this type of Rottie mix.
Does that mean you should avoid the Rotthound at all costs? Of course, not! If you’re a novice dog owner and know how to train — and more important when to train — then this unique mix might be exactly what you’re looking for.
The important thing to remember when it comes to a Rotthound is that they must be trained early on for the best results. Although you might still struggle, later on, the Rotthound’s personality can develop better if he is trained as a pup. Remember to stay on top of this mix and show dominance!
5. Rotthund = Rottweiler + Dachshund
Much like the Rotthound has a unique appearance, so is true for the Rotthund, too. A Rotthund is quite a sight in itself — after all, it’s a mix between a Rottweiler and a Dachshund, and these two breeds are incredibly different both in looks and personality. So what happens when you cross the two?
Appearance-wise, the Rotthund — otherwise known as the Rotten Weenie — can range in shapes and sizes. The perfect blend will leave you with a smaller Dachshund body, with the face of a regular Rottweiler. And yes, if you’re thinking this is a bit out of the ordinary and ‘off’ looking, then you would be correct; although they are very cute.
The issue with the Rotthund is that he is independent, has a tendency to bark a lot, and has a mischievous personality. If you’re not able to have this dog properly trained, especially as a puppy, then you might end up with far more than you can handle.
6. Rottoodle = Poodle + Rottweiler
Anyone who owns a Poodle knows how extremely loving and caring they are. The breed is eager to please their owners and would love to spend at least 90% of their time right beside their beloved family. Well, this type of personality combined with the strong and fierce personality of a Rottweiler blends into something purely magnificent.
The Rottoodle is becoming increasingly popular in this day and age, and for good reason, too. Not only does a Rottoodle have the ability and the desire to protect their family, but they also get a hefty dose of a loving nature from their Poodle counterpart. This creates a dog that is loyal, yet sweet, and prefers to be on your lap more than anything.
Another fun part about the Rottoodle is that they have an interesting appearance. No longer does your Rottweiler have a frightening, bold look about him. Although he’s still a big boy, he (likely) has those adorable curls strung in his coat, which gives him a more playful and comforting appearance that anyone would love to pet.
Lastly, your Rottoodle is a friendly and intelligent one that will love to be around all types of people. It’s important to have him trained, though, as your larger-than-life Rottoodle can become a bit too wild with little ones — without meaning too, of course. You will also have to perform a bit more maintenance on his curly coat.
Read more: 44 Types of Poodle Mixes
7. Labrottie = Labrador Retriever + Rottweiler
Labrador Retrievers are, without a doubt, one of the most popular dogs in this country. They are known for their warming and sweet temperaments, making them the ideal family dog. They don’t require an excessive amount of energy, although it may not appear that way due to their small frame. But what happens when you mix the Rottweiler with a Lab?
The Labrottie might be one of the cutest things you will ever see, especially if you have an affinity towards the Labrador Retriever. This precious dog still comes with the fun-loving, good-hearted nature that many adults and children adore. By mixing with the Rottweiler, the famous Lab also gets a boost in protecting, which is an added bonus for families.
Together this is a powerhouse breed. They don’t need to be exercised too often — a 30-minute walk once a day is enough to keep him happy. They can be rather needy, though, and would prefer to spend their entire day directly by your side. This means that your goofy Labrottie shouldn’t be left alone for longer than around 6 hours per day, which may make it challenging for those who work longer hours.
8. Rotticorso = Cane Corso + Rottweiler
There is much to love about the Rotticorso, especially if you want a bit of a challenge. This is because the Rotticorso tends to be a bit bossy and enjoys staying busy at all times. They are not content to simply sit around doing nothing — this dog needs a job, otherwise he can get bored and turn to destructive behaviors.
The large Rotticorsco is a mix of the Cane Corso and the Rottweiler. This means that he not only has the rugged appearance of both breeds, but he is also very strong-willed while being loyal to his family. His independent, strong mind can make him a bit of a challenge to train. Always use patience and firmness while training and reward him with treats and praise often.
This mix is not ideal for the amateur dog owner as they are a bit harder to manage. However, proper training and socialization can give this dog a well-rounded personality that a family can thoroughly enjoy.
9. Saint Weiler = Saint Bernard + Rottweiler
Words such as ‘massive’ and ‘powerful’ is truly the best way to describe the Saint Weiler, which is the mix of the Saint Bernard and Rottweiler breed. These overly large dogs can easily weigh up to 100 pounds, but don’t let their large stature fool you — the Saint Weiler is still a loving, affectionate dog who loves to be silly with his loved ones.
The best part about the Saint Weiler is you can enjoy the look of the Rottweiler without the aggressive nature. This mix is notoriously friendly and quiet, and they are extremely loving to their family members. This means that the Saint Weiler is a great choice for families, but make sure he is exposed to children during puppyhood.
One of the drawbacks of the Saint Weiler is the excessive drooling, though, which comes from the Saint Bernard parent. They also shed moderately, although it shouldn’t be too overwhelming.
Something to keep in mind when it comes to the Saint Weiler is the need for exercise. This dog can have a tendency to put on weight easily, so ensuring he is exercised regularly and not overfed is ideal. Keep him happy and spend time with him and he will be a great dog, loyal to his owner, and a wonderful protector of the property.
10. Rottgi = Corgi + Rottweiler
Corgis are fairly quirky in their appearance, and mixing with a Rottweiler only brings out more quirky features. In fact, many would say that this is the silliest looking mix out of all of the Rottweiler mixes. Just take a look at that short, funky body with a bigger Rottweiler head — cute, yet hilarious!
Aside from their strange appearance, the Rottgi is a pretty popular combination. This is mostly due to the fact that both Corgis and Rottweilers are popular on their own. Mix the two and you combine two beloved breeds that everyone wants to have inside of their home.
Perhaps the biggest downfall to the Rottgi is that he has a tendency to develop joint and back pain. That being said, the Rottgi is a mix that must see the veterinarian regularly. This can be too much upkeep for some pet owners, so think twice before bringing one home.
11. Cockweiler = Cocker Spaniel + Rottweiler
Perhaps I have an affinity towards the Cockweiler as I am a big fan of Cocker Spaniels. They are undeniably adorable, but their sweet and loving personalities were great growing up and continue to be a great thing for families, especially those with smaller children. That being said, I can definitely see why someone might enjoy the Cockweiler mix.
The Cockweiler mixes together the Cocker Spaniel and Rottweiler. They’re fairly different within their personalities and temperaments, but they blend rather nicely. The only issue you should ultimately be aware of is they have a tendency to have a high prey drive and love to chase, so you will want to keep him on a leash during walks and ensure the yard is closed.
Aside from that, you should also be aware that the Cockweiler likes to bark a lot. You should train this mix early on to avoid the pitfall of excessive barking that will drive your neighbor’s completely crazy.
The good news is that the Cockweiler is an intelligent mix that should be easily trained and listen to commands with issues. They are happy to be around their loved ones and are highly affectionate. Think of this mix as the cuddler who shouldn’t be left alone for too long, otherwise he might end up with separation anxiety.
12. Pugweiler = Pug + Rottweiler
Pugs have been one of the most popular breeds for anyone who is looking for a small, quirky looking fellow who is sweet as a button and would love to spend their entire day collapsed in your lap. They certainly have an iconic snout and a cherishing personality, which is why so many people are opting for the Rottweiler and Pug mix.
This combination is truly one of the best if you’re looking for the appearance of the Rottweiler, perfectly combined with the interesting face of the Pug. The outcome is a miniature dream come true, something that everyone will be talking about. The downfall, though, is that they have a tendency to shed a lot — so be prepared for sweeping often.
A plus to owning a Pugweiler is that the Pug’s sweeter, more sensitive, and caring personality tends to balance out the more aggressive and fierce nature of the Rottweiler. This is good news for anyone who is looking to add a gentle pet to their family that doesn’t require oodles of exercise or training to get them to behave properly.
13. Borderweiler = Border Collie + Rottweiler
If you are looking for a dog who is undeniably intelligent, loyal to a fault, and can learn hundreds — if not thousands — of commands, then you will find refuge in the Borderweiler. This might be a rarer Rottweiler mix, but if you can find a breeder who is willing to cross the two, you will be in for a major surprise.
One thing we all know about Border Collies is they seem to be infinitely smart. They were originally used to help herd the sheep, and are well known to be able to take on hundreds of commands and never skip a beat. Compare this type of intelligence and hardworking nature with the intelligence and protective nature of a Rottie and you have a dog who is truly unmatched.
While this dog is ideal for families, one must know that the Borderwiler will enjoy having plenty of space to run around in. As he is a hardworking dog and active dog, he will enjoy having a purpose such as playing fetch or other fun games with his owner. You should also consider socializing this breed from a young age, otherwise he can be on the shy side.
Regardless, the Borderweiler is one of the easiest and most-loved Rottweiler mixes we have seen to date. Their personalities and temperaments exceed other mixes and you don’t have to worry about the dog being overly dominant or needing too much attention or exercise. He is a loving, incredibly smart pup who will be around for the long haul.
14. Golden Rottie = Golden Retriever + Rottweiler
Golden Retrievers have been a staple in the home for years. They are some of the most wonderful, caring pets a family could have. Even with their large stature, they still come across as gentle giants that can easily be around smaller children without having an issue. The cool, calm temperament of the Golden Retriever seems to be exactly what the Rottie needs.
In fact, this is why the Rottweiler and Golden Retriever tends to be one of the most popular options for mixes. On one hand, you get the loving and caring personality of the Golden Retriever. On the other hand, you get the guard instinct of the Rottweiler, which many people feel more comfortable within their yard.
However, don’t think that just because your Rottweiler is mixed with a Golden Retriever he will remain to be the sweet and adoring dog we all know and love. He will have a dose of the guarding instinct from the Rottie, which means he must be trained and socialized at a young age to avoid any pitfalls.
With the Golden Rottie, there are two things you need to keep in mind — one, you will need a large backyard to fulfill his desires to run and play throughout the day, and two, you will need a brush or comb handy along with a broom as he tends to shed regularly throughout the year.
15. Rotthuahua = Chihuahua + Rottweiler
People love Chihuahuas. People love Rottweilers. It’s no wonder why people thought that combining these two breeds was a good idea — even though the thought might be a bit comical, seeing as how they are so different in terms of personality and size. But the outcome is truly amazing.
The Rotthuahua is always going to be a gamble, which is perhaps part of the fun. Depending on which side your mix takes after, you can easily end up with an adorable miniature dog that is the size of a Chihuahua with the face of a Rottweiler. On the other hand, you can also end up with an oversized, dark-haired Chihuahua.
Either way, you can almost always guarantee that you will end up with a sweet and sassy dog — just like the Chihuahua is known to be. He will be a loving pet that is also prone to protecting their loved ones, just like you see in the Rottweiler. Together this creates an all-around well-balanced dog that’s great for families.
One major advantage of opting for a Rotthuahua is that you will gain the impressive lifespan of the Chihuahua breed, with most living longer than 15 years. This is good news for any pet owner that isn’t keen on having a dog that likely won’t live longer than 13 years, which is true for purebred Rottweilers.
16. Pitweiler= Rottweiler + Pitbull
Also referred to as the ‘Rottbull’, the Pitweiler is certainly not a dog for beginners or anyone who is afraid of a dog that looks more of a brute than a snuggler. It’s true the Rottweiler and Pitbull blend will lead to a dog that looks like he is powerful enough to pull a house, and it’s probably true. But they are also faithful, loving, and protective dogs.
The Pitweiler’s personality will more than likely be on the dominant side. That is why it is so important to make sure you’re in charge when raising this type of animal. It’s also suggested that this dog type has plenty of socialization when they are young, otherwise they can grow up being aggressive and overly protective with a chasing mindset.
The good news about Pitweilers is they are extremely intelligent and, if you have the right temperament to handle their strong personality, can easily be a top-notch guard dog and family dog that obeys commands with ease. Their coat is also low-maintenance, with shorter hair that doesn’t lend itself to shedding.
Exercise is important for the Pitweiler, too, which means they are great for older children. Younger children might not enjoy the large body of this dog, though, as they can easily be well over 50 pounds.
17. German Rottie = German Shepherd + Rottweiler
As a German Shepherd owner myself, I can tell you that these dogs live up to their name — without a doubt. They are loyal to a fault, yet friendly when necessary. They are extremely easy to train and just so happen to be the best family dog I have ever come across. With the right amount of training and exercise, they are truly a dream come true.
But what about when it comes to mixing the personalities and appearances of a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler? Well, here’s where it might get a bit more challenging. Since both dogs have a high drive — the German Shepherd who is loyal and a Rottweiler who is protective — you can expect to see some dominance and aggression if not taught properly.
That is why it’s so important to teach this breed at a young age and socialize them heavily. When doing so, you will also have to display dominance in your home so they don’t think they can rule the roost. However, the good news is that both breeds are extremely intelligent, so you won’t have too much of a hurdle when it comes to teaching them right from wrong.
As far as looks are concerned, a German Rottie is an adorable sight. While you might end up with different colors, the most common conclusion is a large dog that has the inviting, friendly face of a German Shepherd with the darker Rottweiler colors. It’s truly quite a sight! Read Everything You Want to Know About the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix.
18. Boxrott = Boxer + Rottweiler
The Boxrott is probably one of the most common types of crossbreeds involving a Rottweiler. This breed specifically blends together the Boxer breed and the Rottweiler breed, making for one cute, yet larger-than-life dog. Typically, this breed will end up around 80 pounds. They are prone to obesity, though, so you will need to keep an eye on that and not overfeed him.
The biggest thing to remember about this particular mixed Rottweiler is that they require a lot of exercise each day. Since the Boxer is such a high energy dog, you can expect your mix to be just as high energy, if not more. He certainly isn’t for the owner who doesn’t want to put in the time and energy to keep his dog happy.
When it comes to the Boxrott, you can expect him to hold onto his loyal personality that comes straight from the Rottweiler side. This means that you can expect your dog to continue being a guard dog, although he will require far more activity than a regular Rottie.
Lastly, the Boxrott will need to be brushed regularly as his shorter coat will tend to shed throughout the year.
19. Rottsky = Rottweiler + Husky
The beloved Husky has been in the homes of many people across the country. As far as I’m concerned, I have had a few friends with Huskies and they were absolutely adorable. The only issue with the Husky, though, is they tend to be extremely active and enjoy running away from their homes to follow a scent.
Unfortunately, these traits don’t change with the Rottsky, which is the combination of a Siberian Husky and a Rottweiler. The Rottsky is an incredibly energetic dog that will require plenty of mental stimulation and physical activity to keep him satisfied.
Perhaps the biggest pitfall to having a Rottsky is that, if not stimulated mentally and physically regularly, then they can become quite destructive and even run away. However, if you’re up for the challenge, Rottsyk’s are loyal and fun canines that can have those fierce Husky blue eyes on an adorable, yet muscular Rottie face.
20. Shihweiler = Shih Tzu + Rottweiler
Rottweilers aren’t known for being little bundles of fluff, but when mixed with a Shih Tzu, they sure are! The Shihweiler is probably the cutest mixture on this list. The tiny, fluffy Shihweiler holds onto the fierce look of the Rottweiler, but wrapped up in a miniature body that is oh-so-snuggly. It’s truly the best of both worlds.
There is one major issue with the Shihweiler, though — you will need to clean its poop up right away. This is because of the Shih Tzu breeds, which are notorious for eating their own poop right after they have done the deed. Keeping up on scooping poop is essential with this mix.
Another thing to worry about when it comes to the Shihweiler is hip dysplasia and heat stroke. These issues stem from their parents, with the Rottie having problems with hip dysplasia regularly and Shih Tzus being prone to heat stroke. This means that you should have him checked regularly and don’t let him out in the heat too often.
Another downside of the Shihweiler is the heavy shedding. This means that you will need to have a brush and comb handy at all times and be prepared to sweep the floor constantly throughout the week. It’s a bit of a pain, but it is what makes this breed so lovable.
The Shihweiler might not be the best choice for a family because they tend to not be so kind to small children, while also being a tad aggressive with strangers. Of course, you can try to fix this with proper training and socialization. But in the end, the Shihweiler will still have a tendency to be antsy and rude.
While there is a seemingly endless supply of Rottweiler mixes, these are undeniably the top picks. Whether you opt for the miniature sweet and loving Pugweiler or want a more dominant and intense dog like the Pitweiler, you can rest assured that most breeds are acceptable in homes with children — just make sure that he is trained and socialized properly to avoid mishaps.