The American Bulldog Rottweiler Mix

This breed needs an active family who gets the dog’s constant drive to become alpha of the pack (humans included!). Be ready for a constant boundary-pushing from the American Bulldog and Rottweiler Mix to become the pack’s alpha.

Allow me to say that this breed is most definitely not for beginners or intermediates! It is for dog owners who have had tough dog breeds like the Cane Corso, Rottie, Alabai, Dogo Argentia, & the Caucasian shepherd to name a few.

If you are an experienced dog owner who loves a powerful dog breed that has been used in some cases for thousands of years and wish to cut your teeth on a relatively new tough dog breed, then this breed is for you!

This article will take you through every critical fact about the American Bulldog Rottweiler mix. First, we will talk about both parent breed separately then:

Our last part of the article is about the BullRott our goal is to provide you all the information you need to make a well-informed decision on your next furry family member.

The American Bulldog Rottweiler mix activity level is some what in the middle of the spectrum. They have a very loyal nature that is only broken if their owner is abusive, they also have a deep love for family connection. 

The American Bulldog

  • Weight   75 – 100 pounds
  • Height –  – 22 – 25 inches
  • Lifespan – 10 – 12 years
  • Health Issues – cataracts, bloat, arthritis, hip dysplasia, cherry eye, ACL tear, bone cancer, kidney disorder
  • Grooming – 2x Brush Weekly 4-6x weekly during shedding season
  • Colors – White, brindle, fawn, brown, & red
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – An hour of running, playing, walking, or fetching daily
  • Training –  Use positive reinforcement in training
  • Socialization – Take he/she everywhere you go
  • Temperament – Kind, Gentle, Watchful, Funny, Playful with family, very protective
  • Good in an apartment? – No, the Rottweiler needs a house, and a yard to play around in

American Bulldog temperament:

  • Loyal
  • loving
  • confident
  • friendly
  • protective
  • watchful

The American Bulldog is powerful, stocky, and fierce when it wants to be and loving, playful, and friendly to the people it knows. Built to be fast enough to chase down stray cattle and defend the farm from roving rustlers, coyotes, dogs, and to hunt wild pigs. They are also sturdy enough to go about the farm and haul a wagon filled with meat, hay, dung, or whatever else.

They are very intelligent, much like the other guard dog breeds, and if not given the proper socialization needs, they will attack strangers. When with the family, they are goofy, loving, and very gentle to the kids; the American Bulldog is a decedent of the old English Bulldog.

The immigrants from the old world brought them over because they were so reliable in their loyalty and devotion to a job. The American Bulldog is more known in America’s southern states because most of the immigrants moved down to the south to get better farmland.

American Bulldog Rottweiler Mix
The American Bulldog

The Rottweiler

  • Weight –  110 – 130 pounds
  • Height – 17 – 22 inches
  • Lifespan – 10 – 12 years
  • Health Issues – cataracts, hip dysplasia, arthritis, bloat, bone cancer, & VWD
  • Grooming – 2x Brush Weekly 4-6x weekly during shedding season
  • Colors – Black and tan
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – An hour of running, playing, walking, or fetching daily
  • Training –  Use positive reinforcement in training
  • Socialization – Take he/she everywhere you go
  • Temperament – Kind, Gentle, Watchful, Funny, Playful with family, very protective
  • Good in an apartment? – No, the Rottweiler needs a house, and a yard to play around in

Rottweiler Characteristics

  • Strong
  • Protective
  • Assertive
  • Aloof
  • Alpha driven
  • Confident
  • Eager to please
  • Playful

The Rottweiler is 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 as well? The Rottweiler dates back to Roman times. Back in 70 A.D, the Romans took the Rottweilers from Weiler, Germany (now, Rottenberg), hence Rottweiler.

The Romans used the Rottweiler for herding cattle and 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 almost went extinct because 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 Rottweiler

The Rottweiler American Bulldog Mix

  • Weight – 70 – 120 pounds
  • Height – 20 – 28 inches
  • Life span – 10 – 16 years
  • Major Health Concerns – Hip dysplasia, eye problems, patellar luxation, Reverse sneezing.
  • Grooming – Brush four to five times a day throughout the spring and fall.
  • Colors – Black, golden, brown, merle, brindle, speckled and spotted
  • Eye Color – brown
  • Exercise – Tons of exercises, consider getting them a job at a farm herding or protecting.
  • Training – The Rottweiler American Bulldog mix is notoriously stubborn, a trait inherited from both parents.
  • Socialization – Positive exposure to other people and dogs daily for best socialization.
  • Temperament – Loving, caring, watchful, loves to hunt small game, eager to play, very protective
  • Good in an apartment? – Definitely not!

The American Bulldog Rottweiler mixed breed is a powerful yet elegant and loyal nature dog. American Bulldog Rottweiler mix’s needs firm, constant, and loving positive reinforcement training by the owner.

Both parents are headstrong dogs, and it should not be a surprise to anyone that the trait of not listening to you or someone else’s commands are definitely not on their list of things to do if they don’t respect you.

The mark of a great pack leader for these guys is to have them listen to your commands. In fact, the mark of a great leader is for your dog to be so in-tuned to your moves that he/she is already waiting for you before you even know what you are doing.

In this last part of the article, we have the article split into six different sections, all of them vital to keeping your Bullweiler happy for the rest of his/her life!

Training of This Beautiful Breed!

I often say that training, socialization, and, finally, exercise are the key foundation for making and keeping a stable and happy relationship with your dog. If you only do two or just one of these, then you are creating a situation in which it will bite you in the end. So throughout your dog’s entire life, these three rules must be a constant companion throughout the dog’s life.

As a baby, work these commands over with, of course, frequent breaks in-between the training sessions. Make the training longer than the playing by as much as half or even more, and make the training fun with lots of praises and a little treat here and there.

When training, it is imperative that you do not give up on your commands while also using positive reinforcement training. Repeat them repeatedly until they comply, then redo the command once you have praised the puppy for his/her great work. This breed is stubborn, so you will need to repeat yourself constantly.

As the dog grows older and masters more commands, make sure to frequent past commands so that they don’t lose a old command.

As the dog grows older and masters more commands, make - American Bulldog Rottweiler Mix

Socialization for the American Bulldog Rottweiler Mix

Socialization for dogs is key to having a very polite dog to humans and animals; the more they meet strange looking people and animals. The more they will be well behaved, greeting new people and animals.

As a puppy, if you can take them out into different environments, say the park, coffee shop, or just walking the streets would be super beneficial to getting your pup socialized. One of the most important things not to do is take your puppy to the dog park.

Dogs can be very mean and can scar such a small puppy; secondly, the puppy has not had its shots, so they can transmit and or get a disease. So never take your puppy to the dog park until they are old enough to be able to hold their own and be able to defend against any diseases.

Rottweiler American Bulldog Exercise Requirements

Exercise for this breed means running about a giant property or being put to use on a farm. May it be herding or protecting against coyotes or humans. As strange as it may seem to read, some people still steal cattle, ducks, or sheep. So there is definitely a need to have a guard dog that will protect the flock/herd.

Temperament of the AM Bulldog Rottweiler Mix

The temperament of the Rottie American Bulldog is:

  • aloof
  • extremely loyal
  • family-oriented
  • eager for a lot of training
  • very protective
  • aggressive
  • territorial
  • eager to please

Both dog breeds were created to protect the herd and the owners, and both dog breeds will die to protect you and the house. So proper training with lots of socialization with humans and other animals is essential during the formative years. If you show you do that you are the alpha of the pack, they will follow you.

If you do not show your dog that you are the alpha with firm training, you will find that your dog will follow you through fire. However, you must beware that this dog breed WILL test your limits each and every day. IF you fail to correct it, then they will capitalize upon the opportunity.

The Rottweiler mixed with American bulldog is not very friendly to strangers if not trained right. They will be very aggressive if you don’t do the training and socialization properly, but with the family they can be safely left with toddlers and nothing will happen to them!

Health Issues for the Rottweiler American Bulldog Mix

  • Cataracts – A natural thing that happens with age
  • Bloat – Bloat is when you exercise your Rottie right after he eats. His stomach starts to twist itself into knots. The only way to stop it is by going to the vet. There the vet will cut open the stomach and untwist it.
  • Arthritis – older dogs will get arthritis, it can occasionally happen to a young dog as well.
  • Hip Dysplasia – This is most common to pure breed dogs who have been over bred
  • Elbow Dysplasia – This is most common to pure breed dogs who have been over bred
  • ACL tear –
  • Bone cancer – This breed will have a very high bone cancer rate, so make absolutely sure to give your dog annual check-ups.
  • Kidney disorder – Bladder or kidney stones are the most common problems with the AM Bulldog.
  • VWD – a blood-clotting disease
American Bulldog Rottweiler Mix

Great Guard Dog?

One question that frequently came up is if they are a great guard dog? And the answer is YES! They make for fantastic guard dogs in some cases; both breeds are still used as guard dogs in many countries. It does not matter if they were trained or untrained because they can instinctively take down the intruder!

But remember, if you want your dog to be a great guard dog, the trick is to first train them properly in the basic commands! Without firm yet gentle training, your dog will be out of control!

If you are in the neighborhood for guard dogs and are unsure if the Rottie American Bulldog mix is your guard dog type. We have an article filled with 20 of the best guard dog breeds!

Conclusion of The Article!

Overall the AM bulldog Rottweiler mix is an alpha dog breed that needs a firm yet loving owner. If they find you wanting, they will not follow your commands, and you will know that you are no longer in charge. So make sure to give them lots of exercises, socialization, and, more importantly,9 training throughout their lifespan!

You do not want to be found wanting in any way by this alpha-driven dog breed; if you are new to the dog world, don’t get this breed. They are for experienced dog owners who can deal with the things that the American Bulldog Rottweiler Mix pulls on you.

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