The Rottweiler Husky Mix – AKA, the Rottsky

The Rottweiler Husky mix is a very handsome dog breed that needs a lot of exercise and training throughout the day or else they will be an unruly furry companion. In this article, we will discuss parent origins for both, the Rottweiler and the Siberian Husky.

Both breeds are rich in history, for the breeds have been alive for thousands of years! We will give you a short but vibrant back history of the Rottweiler and the Siberian Husky. This is so that you can understand the full measure of this mixed breed!

Then finally we will dive into the Rottweiler mixed with husky! This should give you the best information for making the right decision on whether the Rottweiler husky mix is the right dog breed for you!

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The Siberian Husky

Physical Traits – Siberian Husky

  • Height – 21-23 inches
  • Weight – 45-60 pounds
  • Lifespan – 12-14 years
  • Exercise – 30-60 minutes of daily exercise —
  • Training – 15-20 minutes daily
  • Health – Hip dysplasia, eye diseases

The Chukchi people created the Siberian Husky thousands of years ago. The Chukchis are a nomadic tribe in the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia. The Siberian Husky is bred to be a companion dog and for transportation over frozen landscapes as sled dogs.

The Siberian Husky is the forbears to the Alaskan Malamute. The difference between the Siberian husky and the Alaskan Malamute is that the Siberian Husky is smaller, with ears closer together, softer fur, almond-shaped eyes, and with more stamina to run long distances.

The Siberian is also a very energetic dog, who loves chasing small animals, so you must have a fenced-in backyard. On the other hand, the Alaskan Malamute is thicker boned, more full in the chest, and an accomplished short distance runner.

The Siberian Husky Characteristics

  • Loves hard work (think sled pulling)
  • A powerful and elegant gate
  • Very energetic
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Will chase small animals
  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Intelligent
  • Caring
  • Loyal
  • Outgoing
  • Gentle
  • Vocal
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The Siberian Husky is strongly pack oriented, which makes them great family dogs and also good with other dogs.

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The Rottweiler

Physical Traits

  • Height – 22-17 inches
  • Weight – 110-130
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Exercise – 25-35 minutes
  • Training – 20-30 minutes

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 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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The Rottweiler Characteristics

  • Loving
  • Aloof
  • Playful
  • Brave
  • Protective
  • Gentle
  • Powerful
  • Obedient
  • Devoted
  • Calm
  • Alert
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The Rottweiler Husky mix

  • Weight – 50 – 100 pounds
  • Height – 21 – 26 inches
  • Lifespan – 10 – 15 years (But most only live to around 13)
  • Major Health Concerns – Hip dysplasia, PRA, Bloat, Bone Cancer, Cataracts, VWD, and arthritis
  • Grooming – Brush four to five times a day throughout the spring and fall
  • Colors – Black, grey, brown, red, cream, white, and sable.
  • Eye Color – Most often blue
  • Exercise – They need long walks and runs.
  • Training – The Rottweiler Husky 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,
  • Good in an apartment? – Definitely not!

The Siberian Husky mixed with Rottweiler is a very handsome dog. More often than not, Rottsky’s appearance will take on the Rottweiler body with the head of the Husky, including the infamous blue husky eyes. Their temperament can be loving, gentle, and caring if well trained and socialized from an early age! 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 dominate.

Like all large dog breeds, the Husky Rottweiler Mix needs A LOT 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., or on a farm where he/she has large acres to roam on throughout the day.

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 Husky Rottweiler mix.

Different Names for the Rottweiler Husky Mix:

  • Rottsky (most common nickname)
  • Husky Rottweiler mix
  • Rottweiler mixed with Husky
  • Husky mixed with Rottweiler
  • Rottie & Husky mix
  • Husky Rottie mix
  • Siberian Husky Rottweiler Mix
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Training of the Rottsky

Training will take a lot of time and effort through two stages of the dog’s life, but is essential for a happy, well balanced, manageable rottsky. The first is during the puppy stage; you must definitely be training your new Rottsky on how to follow your commands daily.

This 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, frequent breaks to play.

4 Essential Commands

The first four most important commands to teach your Rottsky is to sit, stay, laydown, and come. These are the most important commands for helping you gain control over your dog. Any other commands are built on this 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 you puppy lots of socialization opportunities.

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Socialization

Any puppy no matter, if it’s a Labradoodle, Chihuahua, Central Asian Shepherd, or a Rottsky, needs frequent bouts of socialization with other dogs, humans, animals, objects, noises, and smells. For a healthy, well-adjusted dog no matter the breed, socialization, training, and exercise are the key to having a loving and respectful relationship with your dog!

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 you puppy to be well behaved, well trained, and well socialized with all animals, people, and objects.

Trust me, you and your dog will both be MUCH happier when s/he is well trained and well socialized!!

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Temperament

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 the Husky 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.

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Exercise and Grooming of the Husky Rottweiler Mix

Exercise

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

This breed wakes up in the morning ready to go. However, if you are an active person, who is often outdoors. The Rottysky is probably a good choice for you!

Many Rottweiler Husky mix dogs love to herd you and or other animals about, and they also have a strong urge to go game hunting! 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!

Grooming

Boy, oh, boy! You will have a ton of grooming, no matter the season! Both Rottweilers and Siberian huskies shed A LOT. So while you won’t have pet grooming bills for that cute haircut, if you don’t want to start a fur farm, you will need to brush them often, and all year long.

These dogs shed year round. During the fall and spring time, there will be torrents of hair no matter how many times you have brushed and rubbed him/her down! In winter and summer, it’ll be more like gently raining fur, especially when they shake.

The Husky Rottweiler Mix health concerns

In order to understand the Husky Rottweiler mix health issues we have to take a dive into the parents health issues. So that we can correctly identify the proper issues of the Rottsky!

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The Rottweiler

  • Cataracts – A natural thing that happens with age
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia – A lot of purebred dogs get hip and elbow dysplasia due to overbreeding
  • Arthritis – Some Rotties can get arthritis at an early age
  • Bloating – Bloat is when you exercise you 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.
  • Bone cancer – Sadly the Rottie has one of the highest rates of bone cancer.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease – a blood-clotting disease
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The Husky

  • PRA – This is a painless process of going blind. (Though it is not to the human 😭)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hip dysplasia – Happens to any dog breed that gets overbred without healthy standers.
  • Cataracts – Blurred vision this normally happens with age.
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The Rottweiler Husky mix

  • PRA – This is a painless process of going blind. (Though it can be distressing for the humans😭).
  • 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.
  • Hip Dysplasia – A lot of purebred dogs get hip and elbow dysplasia due to over breeding
  • Cataracts – Blurred vision this normally happens with age.
  • Bone cancer – Sadly sometimes the Rotties genetic bone cancer can pass on to the offsprings even if it is a mixed breed.
  • VWD – a blood-clotting disease
  • Arthritis – Some Rotties can get arthritis at an early age

The Husky Rottweiler Mix does have a few serious health concerns, but it does not mean that your puppy will have any of them. Since they are a mixed breed, some of the health problems may not come up during your dog’s lifespan.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you decided to get this truly awesome breed! They are perfect for the outdoors person.

If you have a more sedentary lifestyle, a small, calm breed like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be a breed to look into.

Or if you like calm and lazy big dogs, the Great Pyrenees can be calm, happy dogs. The Rottsky barely has any draw back if you like a head strong, “I’m doing it my way”, type of dog then go for it!

If you like the Husky Rottweiler, but ultimately think that combination is just a little too much for you/your family, check out this article on the Labrador Husky mix, which tends to be a calmer mixed husky breed!

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We also have several dog name articles for those who have or are considering getting a new puppy!

Happy tails!

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