Rottweiler Lab Mix – a Lovable Malleable Breed

The Rottweiler Lab mix is a fantastic family dog, they are loyal, obedient, loving dogs. Their parent breeds are the Rottweiler and Labrador Retriever. The mixing of both breeds gives the Rottweiler Lab mix a perfect blend of protectiveness of the family and a loving disposition to all things at the same time. 

Some people are concerned about the Rottweiler lab mix temperament (we have an article on the Labrottie temperament if you are interested in learning more.)

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 mean and suspicious of people, they will be.

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Hades a Labrottie – photo by Georgia Gates.

The Rottweiler Lab mix personalities can be very different from one another. One puppy could be aloof with strangers while another puppy is all-loving and gentle with strangers.

It all depends on the birth and the temperament of the mother and father during the mating and several other circumstances.

In this article we will dive into the parent breeds first in order to give you a sound foundation of what to expect from the Rottweiler Labrador mix.

Then we will dive into the Lab Rottweiler mix, giving you an in-depth look at what to expect and more importantly how to raise a fantastic Lab Rottweiler mix.

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The Rottweiler 

  • Weight – 80 – 130 pounds
  • Height – 24 – 27 inches
  • Lifespan – 10 – 12 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Cataracts, Hip dysplasia, arthritis, bloat, bone cancer, Von Willebrand Disease (VWD), and seizures.
  • Grooming – Brush once or twice a week
  • Fur or Hair? – Rotties have fur and yes, they shed a lot!
  • Colors – Black and tan
  • Eye Color – brown
  • Exercise – 35 – 50 minutes
  • Training – 1 hour daily more if you can
  • Socialization – the Rottweiler must be socialized at a very young age
  • Temperament – Aloof, confident, loving, protective, loyal, family oriented, playful, and caring
  • Good in apartments? – No, the Rottie needs a house with a medium to large yard, unless you can give them lots of daily exercise.

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding dog breeds in the world! They were used in the Roman army to help herd their livestock. Back then the Romans could not just pop into Lowes foods or Food Lion and start asking for a dozen whole cows.

If you were going to war you had to have a supply line otherwise you and all your soldiers would die of starvation. So anyways, the Rottie was originally discovered by the Romans in a town called Weiler which is in Germany.

But the Romans called Germany Germania, anyways, the Romans saw how useful the Rottweiler was and so took them.

The Rottie was not only used to help the herders but to also protect the livestock from wolves and other dangerous creatures. They were also used to help repel raiding parties and were trained to go into battle with the dog master.

Did you know that the Rottweiler is the eighth most popular dog in the world?
Nowadays the Rottweiler is still used as a police dogs, herder, guard dog, and is even still being used in some country’s military.

Nowadays the Rottweiler is still used as a police dog |Rottweiler Lab

The Labrador Retriever

  • Weight – 50 – 80 pounds
  • Height – 22 – 24 inches tall
  • Lifespan – 10 – 14 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Cold tail, Bloat, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hip Dysplasia, Retinal Atrophy & Obesity
  • Grooming – 4x weekly during shedding season 2x weekly during the non-shedding season
  • Fur or Hair – Fur
  • Colors – Black, tan, white, yellow, & chocolate
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – They need long walks (or runs) plus playtime in the yard several times a day
  • Training – Labrador is very easy to train and very eager to be trained
  • Socialization – Positive exposure to other people and dogs daily for best socialization
  • Temperament – Playful, loyal, even-tempered, outgoing, agile, trusting, gentle & smart
  • Good in an apartment? – No

The Labrador Retriever’s birthplace is Canada, they were bred to help the fishermen and hunters retrieve their catches. The breeder needed the Labrador to love jumping into the water and retrieve the day’s catch no matter the tempter.

They also needed the dog to be very soft in the mouth in order to not make the catch unsellable. The reason why the Labrador does not care whether the river, lakes, or ocean tempter is freezing cold.

Is because they have a double-layered coat that is also handly waterproof. The breeder also needed the Labrador Retriever to be friendly and docile to family members and strangers alike.

In the 1800s the Labrador gained its worldwide reputation when a few nobles from England. Noticed the Labrador’s tendency towards being a loving, loyal, and very soft-mouthed companion.

The English created their own version of the Labrador which, if you want to read more into the difference between the English Labrador vs the American Labrador.

The English created their own version of the Labrador which | Rottweiler Lab
Reagon the Labrottie

General Information About the Rottweiler Lab Mix

  • Weight – 70 – 115 pounds
  • Height – 24 – 27 inches
  • Lifespan – 10 – 14 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Cold tail, Bloat, Bone Cancer, Obesity, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, and Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Grooming – Brush four to five times a day throughout the spring and fall and only several times a week during winter and summer.
  • Colors – Black and tan
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – They need long walks and runs, and playtime in the yard several times a day.
  • Training – The Rottweiler Labrador mix is notoriously stubborn, a trait inherited from the Rottie.
  • Socialization – Positive exposure to other people and dogs daily for best socialization.
  • Temperament – Loving, caring, watchful, loves to protect, eager to play, aggressive, eager to please
  • Good in an apartment? – Definitely not!

 The Rottweiler Lab Mix appearance will take on the Rottweiler body with the head of the Labrador which is domed. They also will have a black coat, with tan wings on their chest, with little peanut eye brows. Their temperament can be loving, gentle, caring, playful, silly, lazy if allowed, and they can also be excellent guard dogs for the family if allowed.

Their temperament is not all the same. One puppy could be kind, loving, friendly, and playful, while the sibling could be extremely protective, assertive, loyal, and alpha dominant.

Your Lab Rottweiler mix will have a double coat, which means loads more shedding so during the fall and spring your house will be swamped with loose fur floating around.

Like all large dog breeds, the Rottweiler Lab Mix needs plenty of exercise! You’re getting this theme by now, right? This dog breed fits best in a family that is often outdoors, hiking, biking, running, etc due to his/her energy levels.

Different names for the Lab Rottweiler Mix

  • Lab/Rottweiler
  • Labrottie
  • Rottador
  • Rottador
  • Labweiler
  • Rott’n Lab
  • Rottweiler Lab Mix

The 3 most important traits to give your dog are:

  1. Exercise: Dogs, like people, need exercise for a balanced state of being. This is especially true for high-energy dog breeds.
  2. 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.
  3. Socialization – Expose your pooch to different people and environments every opportunity you get. Whether it is taking the trash can out or taking a package to the post office.

This last part of the article is split up into five different sections, all of which are very important if you wish to own a Labrador Rottweiler mix.

The Training of your Rottweiler Lab Mix

The training of your Lab Rottweiler mix puppy is crucial, not because this is their formative years, but because they are part Rottweiler. Rottweilers are an alpha dog breed, and if they sense any weakness from a pack leader. They will push their way into being the leader of the pack, over you and the rest of the family.

So train your Lab Rottweiler mix from an early age, the sooner you get the little puppy to realize that you are the pack leader the better life you will have. 

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Bo the Labrottie Image by Jackie Myers

Constant training is the key to keeping the Lab Rottweiler mix happy and content in its place throughout its lifespan. As a puppy, start train him/her 15 to 20 minutes daily to start off in the beginning, with a few minute play-breaks in-between the sessions.

In training, always have the puppy complete the instruction no matter how many times it takes. Most of the time the Lab Rottweiler mix will be happy to let you be the pack leader, but there will be times when he/she is not content so if that does happen. 

Exercise For The Rottweiler Lab Mix

The exercise needs of the Rottweiler Lab are at least 30 to 45 minutes daily, they need regular exercise otherwise, they can become obese and depressed if their exercise needs are not given to them. Other than that they would be happy to join you on the couch until something or someone catches their attention. They do tend to love to play out in the yard with a ball, toy, or rope with you or a family member.

If they do not receive their daily needs of exercise they will start to do destructive behavior throughout the house and yard. You will find clothing torn, tables, chairs, trees, shrubs, basically anything they can get their mouths on will be chewed up and pooped out. Until they get the right amount of attention and exercise.

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Socialization of The Rottweiler Lab Mix

All animals, including ourselves, need proper socialization skills to navigate through life, an ill-socialized dog is spelled for disaster. On the other hand, a well-socialized dog will not cause strife whenever he meets/plays with a new dog.

Invite friends and neighbors over to your home regularly to get the puppy used to people coming and going from your home. 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.

Socialization teaches your dog that other humans and animals outside of the immediate pack are friendly as well.

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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
  • plaid shirts
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Zeus my Labrottie

We had several very nice leashes, that I carelessly left lying about, and Zeus discovered them and destroyed them in no time flat. So my dad bought a chain leash, and when it arrived Zeus completely freaked out! Running off and began rolling over when he ran out of space to run away.

Another time 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.

Today, in 2022 Zeus does not fear men or much of anything actually, and is quite a lovable, very protective, happy go lucky Rottweiler Lab mix. If you wish to read more about Zeus the Rottweiler lab mix, just click the link. 

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The Health Issues of the Rottweiler Lab Mixed Breed

  • Cold tail – Cold tail happens to sport dogs, they gradually lose the loss of their tail, this is quite painful for it is at the base of the butt.
  • Bloat – Bloat happens when a dog has just eaten and is taken out and is run about for a while. This is a deadly condition if not take to the vet immediately. There the Veterinarians will cut into the stomach and untwist the stomach.
  • Bone cancer – Sadly the Rottie has one of the highest rates of bone cancer.
  • Obesity – The Labrador is prone to overeat and they can become obese.
  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia – Happens to any dog breed that gets overbred without healthy standers.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease – a blood-clotting disease
  • Ear infections – Lab Rottweiler mix’s can be prone to ear infections so clean their ears out regularly.

Conclusion of the Lab Rottweilers Mixed Breed.


We here at Labrottie give the Lab Rottweilers 5 stars! Due to their ability to be a multi-use dog and still be the families friendly pet with proper training at an early age.

All in all the Rottweiler Labrador Mix is an awesome dog for anyone experienced with a large dog! All that owner has to do is give the Rottweiler Labrador Mix the proper amount of exercise, socialization, and positive reinforcement training.

To make them an outstanding dog! A Labrador Rottweiler mix or any dog without any of these most important qualities, a dog will become unstable and unresponsive to you or anybody else.

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Bo the Lab Mix Image by Melissa Martinez

This means that dog may be put into a shelter because the owner has not given him/her the three most essential qualities. That any dog should get no matter what is happening, training, socialization, and exercise if you nail down those three qualities in your dog.

You most likely will not have any behavior problems because you are keeping your dog mentally balanced, and also actively balanced. But if your dog does start showing a different behavior look back and see if you have slipped up in the three most important things to give your dog over their lifespan!

This video is shortly after Zeus the Rottweiler Labrador Retriever arriving at my doorstep, enjoy!

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Do You Have a Mixed Dog Breed and Want To Do a Dog DNA Test?

Do you have a mixed dog breed? And want to know what breed he/she is? But don’t know which dog DNA test kit to use? Well, we recently did a DNA test for Zeus, and boy are the results shocking!

Happy tails!

The Labrottie team

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