What To Expect From The Pitbull Rottweiler Mix

The Rottweiler Pitbull Mix, also known as the Pitweiler, is a large cross-breed dog that comes from mixing two parents, the Rottweiler and the Pit Bull Terrier dogs.

The Rottweiler Pit Mix is also known by several different names, all depending on what people prefer to call them.

Some of the most common names this cross breed is also known by are:

  • Bullrott
  • American Pitweiler
  • RottenPit
  • Rottie Pit
  • Rottbull
  • Prott

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Appearance

Depending on which of its two parents this canine takes most of its looks from, its looks can vary quite a bit between one dog to the other.

They might take up a whole lot on the looks of their Rottweiler parent, they might take up a whole lot on the looks of their Pitbull parent, or they might take from both sides in equal proportions.

With that being said, there are a few appearance traits the Rottweiler Pitbull Mix is notorious for, no matter which of its two parents it takes most of its looks from.

Size, Height & Weight

The Rottweiler Pitbull is fairly large, weighing around 40-90 lbs on average, and stands around 18-25 inches in height.

brown and white pit

Surely not the largest canine when it comes to size, but it is fairly larger than average.

Besides its large size, this dog’s body is also muscular and lean, which is no surprise because one of its parents is the ever-famous bodybuilding champion (we joke, we joke), the Pitbull.

Coat

What this pooch’s coat looks like is also something that greatly depends on which parent it takes its coat from, the Rottweiler or the Pitbull.

If they take their coat from their Rottweiler parent, then their coat will be a fairly thick one, while if they take their coat from their Pitbull parent, then their coat will be relatively short.

The most common colors that this dog’s coat come in are chocolate, brown, black, speckled, white, golden, merle and brindle.

Temperament

In order to best be able to determine what the temperament of your Pitweiler is going to be like, you have to take a look at the temperaments of its parents, the Rottweiler and the Pitbull, and know that you can get combinations of both/either of their temperaments.

With that being said, we’ve done our best to compile a list of the most common characteristics that these canines are widely known for, and those which you should know about especially before making a decision about whether you want to add one to your family or not.

Attention

This cross breed is one of those dogs that do best in life when their owners spend a significant amount of time during their days with them, and give them all the attention they need to feel like an important part of the family.

They love nothing more than to fool around with the people they love (children and adults alike) and show them all the affection they have inside in return.

Training

Even though both Rottweilers and Pitbulls have somewhat of a genetic predisposition in them to be more aggressive towards people and animals than other breeds out there, you should know that when in the right hands and trained & socialized by the right people, Rottweiler Pitbull puppies will grow up to be some of the most amazing amazing dogs you’ve ever seen.

It only becomes a very dangerous situation when these 2 parents (or their mixed-breed offspring) is raised in an unhealthy environment and does not get proper training and socialization, in which case they will indeed grow up to exhibit dangerous and aggressive behavior at many times.

rottweiler puppy

They are very well known to mistake small animals with prey in the wild, which is why it’s very important that they’re properly socialized ever since they’re still young puppies in order to avoid having them grow up and exhibiting such behavior.

You do also have to be wary of the fact that this canine will try to dominate and be the leader in the relationship between you and them, something which you should deal with by means of proper training from a young age.

However, worry not, as this breed is notorious for its high intelligence levels and the fact that it loves to spend quality time with its owner and make them happy, which is exactly what you want to happen during training.

As long as you know what you’re doing when training this cross-breed, you should face no difficulties at all.

You just have to be wary of the fact that Rottie Pitbulls can sometimes take its love for dominance from its Pitbull and Rottweiler parents, which sometimes is evident during training, where this pup will try to act as if it’s the leader and it decides what goes down and what doesn’t.

If you don’t have any experience training such animals, then it’s probably better to leave it to a certified professional who knows what they’re doing.

Remember the very important fact that this canine, and just like any other dog as well, is best receptive to training and socialization when they’re still of fairly young age.

The older they become, the harder this task gets, as the less receptive they become and the slower the progress goes by.

One thing that should also be noted under this sub-category is that sometimes female Rottweiler Pit Mix dogs don’t really get along with other female canines, which is also something that can easily be solved if addressed with proper socialization from a young age.

Training also shouldn’t just be about teaching this breed how to deal with and properly act around people, it’s also about us teaching our children how to deal with and properly interact with this dog.

We must make sure that we properly teach our children the right ways from wrong ways when it comes to interacting with our animals, which goes a long way in ensuring that our children don’t do anything that might intimidate the dog and warrant a negative (sometimes dangerous) reaction from them.

Exercise

This cross-breed dog is fairly active and has lots of energy levels built up inside it, which need to be released on a daily basis by supplying them with the necessary outlets for them to exercise and get in decent amounts of physical activity throughout the day.

This way, you’ll ensure your Rottweiler Pitbull Mix is physically healthy and mentally stimulated.

In general, it’s recommended that you give this breed a minimum of 60-90 minutes of physical activity a day, via activities such as walking in the park, running, jogging, playing games in the backyard, etc ..

Watchdog

This canine is a relatively good watchdog as it’s known to bark away very loud and clear whenever it “smells something fishy” going on in order to let you know about the situation.

Health

This dog is known to be more prone than others to suffer from certain health problems, most common of which are:

– Bloat – Which could be greatly controlled with a properly constructed and planned-out diet, as well as making sure you feed them multiple small meals a day that are equally divided throughout, instead of just one gigantic meal for the whole day that will do nothing but cause a whole lot of stress on their digestive system.

pitbull on leash

– Heart disease

– Hip problems

– Joint dysplasia

– Food allergies (especially to chicken)

– Dry skin

On average, the Pitbull Rottweiler Mix is expected to live a life lasting around 10-15 years.

Living Conditions

Thanks to the very muscular and athletic body this mixed breed has, it’s important that you have a fenced backyard if you plan on letting them hanging out there by themselves to play around and keep themselves busy.

The reason you want to do that is because this fairly athletic canine makes it really easy to jump over fences if they’re not of adequate height, which is the last thing you want happening, both for the safety of your dog and/or anyone else they might get into contact with on the other side.

Speaking about fences, the way this pup likes to move around and be active all day long means that in no way, shape or form will they get accustomed to life in an apartment.

The minimum requirement is that you have a large backyard, or at least easy and nearby access to a large space where they could hang out in.

It should also be noted that just like its Rottweiler and Pitbull parents, this canine does a whole lot better in places where the weather is warm instead of places where the weather is cold.

As far as adding them to a household with a family that has children in it, many of you may be thinking that that’s a bad idea because of the fact that a Pitbull [1] and a Rottweiler (two dogs that have been deemed by faulty logic as some of the most dangerous breeds out there) are involved in all of this, and you may be thinking that these two breeds will easily intimidate and be of danger to little kids.

That’s not always the case, as you can find Rottweiler [2] Pitbulls that have been properly trained and socialized from a young age that are absolute sweethearts and love nothing more than to love and protect you and your family members once they warm up to you and get used to you.

Care

The Rottweiler Pitbull Mix dog isn’t known to be an excessive shedder, which means it’s perfectly fine for you to brush their coat a few times a week (around 3 times should do the job).

However, this can change a little in shedding season(s) (especially during spring season), in which case you may want to temporarily up your brushing of their coats to around once a day until things get back to normal.

As far as giving them baths is concerned, you should only do so when the need arises as there’s no special condition they have that requires you to stick to a firm bathing schedule.

Don’t forget to regularly brush their teeth, around 4 times a week (we’ve seen people who brush their Pitweiler’s teeth once every day for that matter), to ensure they don’t develop any dental problems.

As for the other two grooming practices left, which are ear cleaning and nail trimming, these are best left for a professional groomer to do on a regular basis, as you can easily go wrong with either of these two and cause your Pitweiler significant pain if you don’t really know what you’re doing and don’t have enough experience with this.

Just note that this breed needs to have its ears cleaned at a more frequent pace than others.

Check out this video to learn how to clean their ears!

A Note On Breeding Pitweilers

In some states if you’re in the U.S.A, or in some countries if you’re outside of the U.S.A, there are strict rules that deem it illegal to breed Pitbull crosses [3], including this one.

It’s also illegal in certain places to have own a Pitbull pure-breed or any cross that’s Pitbull related, as the authorities deem Pitbulls to be of great danger to the public safety.

Although we firmly believe that it’s not the breed as much as it’s how they were raised and treated from a young age, we won’t be getting into that debate now.

We just thought about letting you know of this so you can check out any rules and regulations over where you live before getting this cross-breed, just in case it’s frowned upon.

Resources

1. Pet Guide to Pitbulls https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/pitbull/

2. Rottweiler Dog Breed Profile https://www.petfinder.com/dog-breeds/rottweiler/

3. What Is Breed-Specific Legislation? https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/dogfighting/what-breed-specific-legislation

3 COMMENTS

  1. Just adopted an 8 month old 90 pound pit bull Rottweiler mix a few days ago and I’m already in love❤️ He’s very sweet natured but tends to play too rough without realizing it (he doesn’t understand how big he is). But we’re working on training.

    This was a good read…. but I’m disappointed that you used pictures of a pit bull with cropped ears, and used pictures of a Rottweiler puppy with a cropped tail (at least it looks like it in the picture anyways). Cropped ears and tails shouldn’t be viewed as the norm for these dogs…. it’s an extremely painful and unnecessary process

  2. Just adopted an 8 month old 90 pound pit bull Rottweiler mix a few days ago and I’m already in love❤️ He’s very sweet natured but tends to play too rough without realizing it (he doesn’t understand how big he is). But we’re working on training.

    This was a good read…. but I’m disappointed that you used pictures of a pit bull with cropped ears, and used pictures of a Rottweiler puppy with a cropped tail (at least it looks like it in the picture anyways). Cropped ears and tails shouldn’t be viewed as the norm for these dogs…. it’s an extremely painful and unnecessary process

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