German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix (A.K.A Shepweiler) – An Overview

In today’s article, we’re going to be talking about the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dog, one of the most popular cross-breeds of today.

The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix a cross-breed between two of the most popular dog breeds ever known to mankind, the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler.

German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix Appearance

Size, Height & Weight

The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is a very large sized dog, weighing (on average) anywhere between 75-115 lbs and standing between 22-27 inches tall.

Besides their very large size, these dogs are also very powerful and have muscular physiques to them.

Coat

This dog’s coat is most often a short coat, which means you won’t have to worry about problems with excessive shedding.

Their coat is also a thick one and comes in a variety of colors, such as black, brown and fawn.

Rottweiler German Shepherd Mix Temperament

While it’s not always possible to determine exactly what temperament each and every single German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dog will have, because of the fact that no two dogs are exactly alike and there are always exceptions that come along in the mix, there are indeed a few basic traits that all German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dogs will share.

Watchdog/Guard Dog

The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dog is one of the best watchdogs/guard dogs there is, and how could they not be when we consider the fact that both their parents are some of the best watchdogs/guard dogs as well?

Besides its sheer physical power and gigantic size, the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is a very highly intellectual dog that knows exactly what it needs to do in such situations to protect its owner and other family members from any potential harm.

In fact, if you were to do any sort of research online or just by asking around, you’ll immediately find out that Rottweiler German Shepherd Mix dogs are in very high demand nowadays when it comes to people looking for guard dogs.

Companion Dogs

A German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is one of the best companion dogs you’ll ever come across, despite the none-sense that some people like to spread around about these dogs being “blood-thirsty” and very aggressive.

Know for a fact that ANY dog breed, no matter how physically buff, muscular and intimidating-looking they are, will grow up to become absolute sweethearts toward the people that treat them right IF and only IF they’re given proper training and socialization early on in their lives.

Training

Thanks to their high intelligence levels that we talked about in the “Watchdog/Guard Dog” section above,  German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dogs are a joy to train.

With that being said, you must keep one thing in mind, and that’s the fact that it’s EXTREMELY important that you train your Rottweiler German Shepherd Mix dog from a very young age.

That’s because these dogs will grow up to become relatively large dogs with a whole lot of physical strength to them, which will make your job of training them much more difficult than it would be had you started training them at a young age.

Dogs that become as large as an adult German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dog without proper training from a young age often grow up to have problems following orders of others because they think that they’re the leader and not the follower.

If you’re buying or adopting a Rottweiler German Shepherd Mix that’s already an adult dog, make sure that they’ve been properly trained and socialized earlier in life, or else you’re bound to get yourself into a hard time.

Making sure your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix has been properly socialized at a young age will also greatly help with them not getting into any conflicts with other animals or pets you have at home, and being gentle and friendly to them instead.

If you’re determined to train this dog all on your own, it’s best that you have proper experience in doing so before taking such a step, and always remember to stick to the basics such as consistency, positive reinforcement, rewards, establishing yourself as the authority and definitely no yelling, scolding or physical harm.

Exercise And Physical Activity

The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dog needs to get a decent amount of physical activity and exercise each and every day in order to remain physically and mentally healthy.

In general, you’re looking at providing this dog with a minimum of 1-2 long walks a day, along with spending quality time with them playing around as well as providing them a large space (such as a backyard) where they can play around and be active in on their own.

Any physical activity such as walking, jogging, running, playing catch or Frisbee, playing a fun game of tug-of-war, or hiking will go down very well with this cross-breed.

Rottweiler And German Shepherd Mix Living Conditions

If you’re looking for a dog to add to a household with a family that has kids/young children in it, then this dog isn’t exactly the best option you could go with, mainly due to their gigantic size that may easily intimidate young kids.

There are a whole host of other dog breeds or cross-breeds that would much better suit a household that has young children.

It should be noted that if the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix you’re getting home has been properly socialized and trained since a young age, then they could very well integrate with young children at home.

It’s just that their size may scare young kids.

If you do decide on getting one of these cross-breeds to a home with kids, make sure you also teach your kids how to properly interact with them and not to intimidate them in any way, shape or form.

If you do that, you should be just fine.

However, if you’re looking for a dog to add to a household with only adults in it, then the Rottweiler German Shepherd Mix could very well be an excellent option for you to go with.

Assuming that you have the ability to spend enough time with them every day and not leave them alone and unattended for long periods of time, then this dog could be the perfect companion dog for you.

Also, forget about getting this dog home if you’re planning on having them live in a confined-space apartment.

Dogs as large as this cross-breed need large spaces to feel free and be active in, so anything less than a large backyard for this dog to remain active in simply won’t cut it.

Having a German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix live in a small space such as an apartment will put them at risk of exhibiting behavioral problems and destructive behavior to let off steam that builds inside because they don’t feel free.

German Shepherd And Rottweiler Mix Health

Some of the most common health problems that this mixed-breed dog is prone to suffer from, mainly because its parents are known to suffer from them as well, are:

  • Heart disease
  • Various forms of cancer
  • Bloat
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hip & Joint dysplasia
  • Allergies

Ask any dog breeder you buy from to supply you with the necessary health clearances for the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix you’re buying from them, as well as the medical history of both their parents in order to make sure you’re not getting a dog that’s plagued with health issues.

In general, a German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dog is expected to live for around 10-13 years.

Rottweiler Shepherd Mix Care

As far as shedding is concerned, the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix most often takes their coat from their Rottweiler parents, which means that they won’t shed as much as their German Shepherd parents.

If your German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix does indeed take after the coat of their German Shepherd’s parent, then you’re going to have to deal with the reality that they will shed more excessively than other dogs.

If you do end up getting a moderate-heavy shedder, then it’s not the end of the world as brushing their hair around 1-2 times a day does a world of good in maintaining the situation.

As for giving this cross-breed a bath, this should only be done when they need one (i.e not excessively and for no reason), and only specialized dog shampoo should be used.

As far as brushing their teeth is concerned, doing so around 3-4 times every week should be more than enough to keep them in great condition and disease-free.

The other grooming practices, such as ear-cleaning and nail trimming should be done on a frequent basis and, ideally, should be delegated to a professional groomer that knows exactly what they’re doing and how to make it the least painful for your dog.

Other Names The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix Goes By

  • Rottie Shepherd
  • Rottweiler Shepherd
  • Shottie

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