The Rottweiler German Shepherd mix is a powerful, headstrong alpha male dog. This breed is not for beginners but instead experienced dog owners.
The German Shepherd Rottie mix will if he can push you about and become the alpha over you and the other dogs/humans. If you do not know what you are doing, so make sure that you know exactly what your doing before getting this dog breed.
This article will give you the best info on both the parents breeds, along with the mixed breed that you are here to learn about!
So let’s get into it!
The Rottweiler the most infamous guard dog in the world! But did you know that they are also one of the oldest herding dog breeds in the world? The Rottweiler dates back to the Roman times. Back in 70 A.D, the Romand took the Rottweilers from Weiler, Germany (now, Rottenberg), hence the name Rottweiler.
The Romans used the Rottweiler for herding cattle, and for protecting the cattle and other herd animals from wolves and other predators. Rottweilers were also used as meat cart pullers as well as personal protection detail.
Did you know that in the mid-1800s the Rottweiler nearly went extinct? Yes, the Rottie nearly went extinct due to the fact that trains were now a much cheaper way of transporting meat. If not for several lovers of the Rottweiler breed in the 1900’s, this breed would be extinct today, as indicated in this article on Rottweiler facts.
The German Shepherd comes from Germany as the name implies. They were originally bred for the herding of sheep and the protection against wolves, coyotes, and humans when on the farm.
The German Shepherd was soon used in the military and police work in Germany. Their intelligence and loyalty makes them a natural at herding and protecting, so they excelled at the job. And, you’ll still find them holding those to jobs down expertly!
They are fast, agile, loyal, smart, and can even be goofy around the family! Once trained, they will not balk at any command given and will follow it to the letter.
The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix
The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dogs are called Shepweilers and Sheprotties. Shepweilers are a mix of two very headstrong dog breeds, the Rottweiler and German Shepherd.
- Weight: A full-grown German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix will weigh 77 to 115 pounds.
- Height: Your sheprottie will grow to a range between 22-27 inches
- Coat: Coarse, dense, short, some can take on the shorter rottie coat; others can have a shepherd coat, and some can have a mix of both.
- Colors: Colors are a blend of the two breeds, some more dominant in Shepherd and some dominant Rottweiler.
- ear cleaning 1x/mo
- bathing 1x/wk
- brushing the coat 1x per day (ideally – both shepherds and rottweilers both shed a lot)
- Temperament: Moderate: Good with socialization and training (see more below under puppy)
- Socialization-Strangers: Good with socialization
- Socialization-Other Animals: Okay with socialization
- Dwelling: Shepweilers are energetic dogs who need space to roam
- Exercise: Lots! Sheprotties thrive on exercise and activity. At a minimum, take your sheprottie for at least one long daily walks.
The German Shepherd dog (GSD) and the Rottweiler are two of my favorite dog breeds. Both the Rottweiler and the German Shepherd are great guard dogs and herders.
Shepweiler’s are loyal, intelligent, strong, fast, alert, aware and eager to work, play, please and do stuff.
Sheprottie / Shepweiler Strengths
Take the best of the best and here’s what you get:
- Great guard dogs
- Great herders
Shepweiler / Sheprottie Weaknesses
Like all large dog breeds, the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix dogs can have health problems, some of which include:
- eye cancer
- joint dysplasia
- skin problems
It is essential for you to train the German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix while she is a baby.
German Shepherd Rottweiler mix temperament
The temperament of the German Shepherd Rottie mix is one that is:
- Works hard
These are all really great attributes to this dog breed! Some people may be a little nervous or afraid of this dog breed. But never fear! Once you get to know this dog breed they will fall in love with them!
The temperament of the Sheprottie can be trained into him at a young age, say you want him to be aggressive towards strangers. It is easily said and done, but if you want a dog that welcomes a person with a soft woof and enthusiastic tail wagging.
That takes time, training and effort, which you will have to make in order to have such a powerful dog breed.
It’s far easier to train a puppy than a 115 pound adult dog. So start young, and you’ll have a great dog.
Exercise and Activity
The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix is a very active dog. For the happiest, healthiest, best-balanced sheprottie, be ready for long periods of being activity! Running, walking, playing fetch and of course training and socialization, your puppy will most likely consume your every day to day life.
The time and effort to train your dog is absolutely worth your time, energy and effort! Consider the awesome feeling of owning a newly trained and mature Sheprottie.
Your dog needs you to lead. Training is bonding.
Socialization and Training needs of the Shepweiler
Neglecting your puppy’s training can make your life with your fur-buddy a nightmare. The German Shepherd Rottweiler Mix can become overly aggressive and protective and will not obey or follow your rules.
The Shepweiler is a brilliant dog; training is a must! It is better to train them while he is a puppy. So the younger you can start teaching the easier it will be.
I know of a guy who got a Shepweiler, and in five minutes he taught him to sit, at the tender age of three months old! If this guy could train him in five minutes to sit, I bet you could do it too if you just put out a little time and effort into the training!
While training you must not allow your self to relent on him/her not following your commands. Keep issuing the command that you want him to follow until he does exactly what you say.
Socialization is also critical, training and socialization go hand in hand! You cannot have a healthy, loving, respectful relationship if your socialization skill outside of the house is atrocious.
So while she is still a puppy take her out to puppy classes. This takes two birds out with one stone, you are getting some excellent training advice and oversight from a trainer.
You are also letting your puppy greet new people to see new things. Also, she is smelling things she does not get to smell at home, taste different things, and hear unusual noises.
Thank you for reading this article, I hope this article has persuaded you to get this wonderful breed!
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