Many people are concerned about the Rottweiler lab mix temperament (we have an article or Labrottie temperament here). Similar to pit bulls, the Rottweiler lab mix, aka labrotties, are often thought of as being vicious guard dogs. But even golden retrievers can have aggressive tendencies, typically thanks to bad owners or bad breeders.
The truth is that most dogs become what they’re taught to be. If they’ve been raised with love and affection, and have been well socialized, they’re typically loving and affectionate. The opposite is also true. If they’re raised to be vicious and suspicious of people, they will be.
The breed doesn’t dictate disposition; human interaction determines this.
Rottweiler lab mix personalities can be very different from one another. One of the puppies could be suspicious of strangers. Another puppy could be like a Labrador, calm and docile, and only want a pat on the back and an ear rub from a stranger.
But yes… each breed does have its inclinations and proclivities and some are better suited—or not—depending on your goals. A cocker spaniel, for example, is highly unlikely to make a good guard dog, and a Rottweiler mix probably isn’t the best dog for a little old lady.
Training your Rottweiler Lab Mix
The most important thing for any dog’s temperament?
- Exercise: Dogs, like people, need exercise for a balanced state of being. This is especially true for high energy breeds.
- Training: The time you spend early in training your dog will save much more time and anguish down the road in trying to correct them. Remember the key to effective training–tireless and patient consistency and persistence in insisting upon your dog follow your commands.
- Socialization – Expose your pooch to different people and environments every chance you get
Our dogs help to keep us active. Even on days when we don’t feel like it, the dogs demand to be walked. In fact, they need it in order to maintain a balanced and happy state of mind and energy management.
A tired dog is far less likely to cause trouble than one that has pent up, unspent energy spoiling for trouble. Similarly, a tired dog is more amenable to training. Therefore a great time to train is after a vigorous round of walking and exercise.
Dogs need adequate exercise for a peaceful, happy and balanced state of mind, as well as for good health.
Invite friends and neighbors over to your home regularly to get the puppy used to people coming and going from your home or yard. Take him out with you when you go out for coffee, to the post office, or just anywhere you can bring a dog, such as your local pet store! A coffee shop with outdoor seating is a good option too, weather permitting.
Socialization teaches your dog that other humans outside of the immediate pack are friendly. If you don’t show him or her that you are the alpha they will take over.
Training the Rottweiler lab mix to not react to babies, children, and other dogs that come to his or her yard and home” is important. It helps if you have other pets, and/or children, but you’ll still need to expose your labrottie to too people and dogs beyond the family to keep them from becoming aggressive/overexcited.
When the Rottweiler lab mix is a puppy (for the first 2 years of his or her life) they love jumping and so with little ones or old people it can be quite a problem. Training them to not jump should be on your top five list to train on.
Zeus the Rottweiler Lab Mix
We think and we have good evidence that Zeus and his fellow litter mates suffered abuse because he fears men, chains, and plaid shirts. We realized this because Zeus started chewing the leashes.
When he caught sight of a metal chain leash, he freaked out. He ran off and began rolling over when he ran out of space to run.
Also, one cool winter morning I came downstairs wearing a plaid shirt. He growled and started barking ferociously at me. Needless to say, it took him a while to calm down.
During those few instances, his flight or fight side of the brain took over. But, I consistently reinforced good actions, and he steadily grew accustomed to chains, plaid shirts, and men.
Training these magnificently smart dogs is hard work but also lots of fun. Keep it fun for the dog by taking breaks every 15 to 20 minutes during the training to run, fetch, seek, or play tug-a-war with your Rottweiler Lab Mix.
This video shows just how much Rottweiler Lab Mix dogs love to play. And, sometimes Zeus outsmarts Nikolai. On a hot day, Zeus has let himself back into the cool air-conditioned house through the dog door, while Nikolai was still outside playing hide and seek and waiting for Zeus to find him.