The Border Collie Rottweiler Mix: Your Complete Guide, Photos, & More!

The Border Collie Rottweiler mix is a more powerful dog than the step-brother of the Border Collie Lab mix. The Border Collie Rottweiler mix has two parents who were bred to herd animals, the Rottweiler gives the Border Collie Rottie mix an edge. Which is the Rottweiler is one of the most famous guardian dog breeds on earth.

The Rottie was bred to be stubborn and protective over what he or she may call their own that might be:

  • kids
  • animals
  • house
  • family members
  • toys

The Border Collie Rottweiler Mix should really be owned by people who have owned powerful alpha dog breeds before. Since they know how to train and fix behaviors that a novice will be stumped on. You also will have to be a very active parent since this breeds energy level is off the chains!

So this article is of course about the Border Collie Rottweiler Mix! But what you don’t know is that we will also show you a brief but very thorough history about the parent breeds. So that you can make the right decision on whether this breed the Border Collie Rottweiler Mix is the right fit for you!

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The Rottweiler

Rottweiler

  • Weight –  110 – 130 pounds
  • Height – 17 – 22 inches tall
  • 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

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? Rottweilers dates back to Roman times. Back in 70 A.D, the Romans 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 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.

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Border Collie

The Border Collie

  • Weight – 30 – 55 pounds
  • Height – 18 – 24 inches
  • Lifespan – 12 – 15 years
  • Major Health Concerns – cold tail, bloat, seizures, PRA, collie eye anomaly (CEA), dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, lens luxation, ear infections, and compulsive behavior.
  • Grooming – 4x weekly during shedding season 2x weekly during the non-shedding season
  • Fur or Hair – Fur
  • Colors – Black and white, blue, brindle, gold, red, sable, white & gold, white & red, lilac, slate, white ticked, & white & blue merle .
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – Collies are certified workaholics and so need a job to do every day!
  • Training – They are easy and eager to be trained
  • Socialization – Positive exposure to other people and dogs on a daily basis
  • Temperament –Playful, loyal, even-tempered, outgoing, agile, trusting, gentle, loves herding
  • Good in an apartment? – No

Border Collies are an excellent dog! They need a confident alpha person; you need to be firm yet gentle in training them. Border Collies are a workaholic, which means that this dog needs a job every single day. If they don’t have a job, they will create a job and expect you to be proud of what they have chosen to do.

Before the Border Collie came into existence, the Romans invaded Britania (For you non-history buffs like me, Britania is now Brittan.) The Romans brought their sheepdogs. The Roman sheepdogs were heavy and bulky, and they pulled double duty as guard dogs as well.

When the Romans fell, the Vikings arrived, and they brought over their own dogs. Pretty soon after the Vikings arrived, the Border Collie was constructed. Now all that was needed was just some refinement to get the modern-day Collie.

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Border Collie Rottweiler Mix

  • Weight – 40 – 80 pounds
  • Height – 19 – 22 inches
  • Lifespan – 14 – 15 years
  • Major Health Concerns – cold tail, bloat, seizures, PRA, collie eye anomaly (CEA), dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, lens luxation, ear infections, and compulsive behavior.
  • Grooming – 4x weekly during shedding season 2x weekly during the non-shedding season
  • Fur or Hair – Fur & double coat
  • Colors – Black, White, Tan, Brown, and Red Merle
  • Eye Color – Brown
  • Exercise – 45 minutes minimum daily
  • Training – They are easy and eager to be trained
  • Socialization – Began when you get your puppy/adult.
  • Temperament –Playful, loyal, even-tempered, outgoing, agile, trusting, gentle, loves herding, & protective
  • Good in an apartment? – No

The Border Rottie Mix comprises two herding dog breeds, bred for thousands of years, it stands to reason that the offspring will have a very strong herding/protective instinct. Border Collie Rottweiler mix’s will also make for an excellent family dog, they will also make for great dogs, they are compatible with small children and older people!

You will need to train, socialize, and exercise the Rottie Border Collie mix throughout their lifespan if you remember. The Rottie and Collie have very active brains so he/she will need constant stimulation throughout their life. With constant train, socialization, and exercise, your puppy will be much easier to handle!

In this article, we will go over the foundation on how to make your dog one of the happiest! Ad we will move on into the health issues and grooming needs of this pup!

Training Needs for the Rottweiler Border Collie mix

Proper training will take a lot of time and effort throughout the dog’s life but is essential for a happy, well-balanced, manageable Border Collie Rottweiler mix. They need constant mental stimulation throughout their lifespan. The first is during the puppy stage; you must definitely be training your new Border Rottie mix on how to follow your commands on a daily basis.

The time in training will be very important during the “teenage” phase in life, for they will run over you and the other family members if they aren’t trained well enough during the puppy stage in life. This means daily training for at least 30-45 minutes over several sessions with frequent breaks to play.

4 Essential Positive Reinforcement Training Tips

The first four most important commands to teach your Border Rottie mix is to sit, stay, lay down, and come. These are the most important commands for helping you gain control over your dog. Any other commands are built on these basic foundational four commands.

The Rottweiler is a very protective alpha dog breed and the Huskies fancy themselves as small game hunters. So basic commands will really save you a headache in the upcoming four years of puppyhood!

Puppy training classes are a great way to get your puppy trained especially if you’re new to dog training. Even if you’re doing fine with the training on your own, puppy training classes are a great way to give your puppy lots of socialization opportunities.

Socialization of the Border Collie Rottweiler mix

Any puppy no matter, if it’s a Labradoodle, Chihuahua, Central Asian Shepherd, or the Rottweiler Border Collie Mix, needs frequent bouts of socialization with other dogs, humans, animals, objects, noises, and smells throughout its life. The key to having a loving and respectful relationship with your dog is to: socialize, train, and exercise constantly!

To socialize your puppy, take her/him out into the city where they can smell, hear, see people, cars, and other objects. The objective in doing this is so that the puppy will not freak out from hearing a loud noise, person, or object. You want your puppy to be well behaved, well trained, and well socialized with all animals, people, and objects.

Exercise Needs of the Rottweiler Border Collie Mix

The exercise of this breed is essential! If you’re a couch potato, please get another dog breed that loves to laze about! 🤔

If you are an active person who is often outdoors, then Border Collie Rottweiler mix is a great choice for you! Many Rottweiler Border Collie mix dogs love to herd you and or other animals about; if you don’t want that behavior, then quick nip it in the bud while the dog is a puppy.

So if you have a cat, make sure to teach them that hunting the cat or any other small game is not okay! If you don’t teach them that in the beginning, then they’ll make your cat’s life miserably, or worse, and don’t want to think about that!

Temperament of the Border Collie Rottweiler Mix

It’s not unusual for a puppy’s temperament to change beginning around nine months old. They could be totally loving, kind, caring, and playful, more like on the Collie side. Or they could become slightly aggressive and aloof to strangers but loving, kind, caring, loyal to the owners and family members like the Rottie.

There are a couple of things that you can do to help swing the temperament in the direction you want. The best way to keep your dog friendly and happy around others is to provide adequate opportunities for positive interactions with other people and dogs.

And to quickly but gently correct any unwanted aggressive behavior, sure you can’t fully train it out of him or her since they are a dog. But you can tame the wild side a bit but remember they are dogs and no matter how many times you train and train the dog is a dog. And they will act out on what they deem is necessary and they won’t care how many times you spent trying to stop what they are doing.

Health Conditions of the Border Collie Rottweiler Mix

Health and wellness comes to mind to every parents mind, we want to make sure that our furbaby will have a health life. So we are going to give you the list of health issues that the Border Collie Rottweiler often has. 

  • Cold tail – Cold tail is often seen in working/ sporting dogs that use their tail a lot
  • Bloat – Bloat can be a sudden and very deadly occurrence, its where you dog either eats to fast or to much or you exercise them after eating. And their stomach starts to twist upon its self trapping the blood and swelling the dog. Death will occur unless you take your dog to the vet to have an emergancy surgery. 
  • Seizures – Seizers from the Border Collie side of the blood line 
  • PRA – Progressive Retenal Atrophy means that the dog slowly goes blind
  • Collie eye anomaly (CEA) –  goes blind
  • Dysplasia Osteochondritis Dissecans
  •  Lens Luxation – 
  • Ear Infections – Very common in both dogs
  • Compulsive Behavior – OCD about everything

Conclusion of the Border Collie Rottweiler Mix Article

The Border Collie Rottweiler mix is a dog breed that occasionally needs firm leadership skills. They do need training and socialization as soon as you get the puppy!

This breed is generally for people who have had a large dog breed, due to the fact that people who have not owned any pets will be steamrolled off of their feet. After all, no one wants a 110-pound dog on the loose! If you are a beginner in the dog world and would like something like the Border Collie Rottweiler mix, we have several other options just for you!

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We here at Labrottie give the Rottweiler Border Collie mix a five-star rating! Everything is in excellent order! So I hope I have convinced you to get this beautiful Rottweiler Border Collie mix! If, however, you think that this dog is just too much for you! Don’t fear, for there is the close cousin, the Border Collie Labrador mix! Who is much gentler and less of a hulk!

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