Bernese Rottie

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75-130 lbs
24-28"
Unknown
Bernweiler

The Bernese Rottie, also known as the Bernweiler, is a large hybrid breed that was recently developed from the crossbreeding of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Rottweiler. These dogs will be loyal, playful and affectionate family pets but will require proper socialization. They will be prone to a few health conditions as well as obesity, and will,  therefore, require between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise every day. These beautiful dogs will have an appearance of somewhere between that of the Rottweiler and the Bernese Mountain Dog. They will have large heads and compact but athletic bodies. Today, this designer breed is used as a guard dog and a working dog, but is also a great companion pet.

Purpose
Working, Guarding, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler

Bernese Rottie Health

Average Size
Height: 24-28 inches Weight: 75-130 lbs
Height: 24-28 inches Weight: 75-130 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Skeletal
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Bernese Rottie Breed History

This designer breed was originally bred as working dogs to be used by the herdsmen in the Swiss Alps. They are big and powerful and make great guard dogs. Not much else is known of their past, but we do know the history of the parents. The Bernese Mountain Dog is from Switzerland and was originally bred to be a watchdog, a carting dog and to be on the farms. One task that they were known to do was to be the source of transport of small produce, like milk and cheese, for some farmers who were unable to own draft horses. This breed was almost forgotten up until the 19th century when a Swiss innkeeper and a college professor began searching for dogs of this breed. In 1892 they began re-stabilizing the breed’s numbers. The Rottweiler’s history is not known for sure, but it is thought that they were descended from drover dogs. Many centuries ago, those dogs were owned by the Romans and used to move livestock. They eventually evolved from moving livestock to being guard dogs for the soldiers, stock, and flocks of the Romans on the move. In 700 A.D., the ancient Roman baths were replaced by a Christian church by the orders of a local ruler. While the excavation was taking place, they discovered red tiles that were from the Roman villas. The site was then named Das Rote Wil, which means The Red Tile, and is now called Rottweil. Cattlemen and bucher men settled around that area after it was turned into a cultural hub center, and these men needed dogs to aid them in their trades. Until the 19th century, these dogs were used to drive the cattle into the market. They were then called the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, or the Butcher’s dog. Their numbers descended during the industrial revolution of the mid-1800s, but regained popularity during the 20th century when they were used as police dogs. During the first World War, these dogs were used in the German army.

Bernese Rottie Breed Appearance

The Bernese Rottie is a modern and mostly unknown breed. It is hard to determine exactly how these dogs will look, as they can take on characteristics from both parents. Bernese Mountain Dogs are compact with deep and wide chests, with a furrow that goes down the middle of their broad heads. Their ears are triangularly shaped and pendant, and their eyes are dark. These dogs hold their long and bushy tails low, unless they are excited. Rottweilers are athletic dogs that have muscular bodies and very large and broad heads. They are not quite as tall as they are long and have level toplines. They also have pendant and triangular ears, with wide noses that are black, like their lips and the inside of their mouths. The almond shaped eyes will be dark brown and deep set, and the Rottweiler’s teeth will meet in a scissors bite.

Bernese Rottie Breed Maintenance

The Bernese Rottie will have different maintenance levels depending on which parent they are more like. The Bernese Mountain Dog sheds all year round but heaviest during the changes in season. Therefore, you should brush them weekly, and more often during the fall and spring. They only need to have baths every few months, unless they like to play around in the dirt. The Rottweiler as well will need weekly brushing, more often twice a year when their shedding increases. Bathe them only when needed. Besides grooming, all dogs, including the Bernese Rottie should have their ears cleaned and checked at least once every month to prevent the development of infections. Teeth brushing is also a must, and should be done daily if possible. Two or three times a week should be minimum. Trim your dog’s nails as needed, which will be once or twice a month, unless they wear down on their own, in which case it can be done less often.

Bernese Rottie Temperament

The Bernese Rottie is a smart and talented dog that will excel at a variety of jobs, such as police work, carting, guarding, pulling weights and herding. They are protective of their family and will alert you and attack any intruders. Aside from these characteristics, you can expect that this hybrid breed will adopt some personality traits from its parents. Bernese Mountain Dogs are true people pets and they enjoy nothing more than to spend time with their family. Sweet and affectionate dogs, they will be calm and patient around children. These dogs get along with other pets as well, and are polite with new people but can sometimes be shy, which is why it is important to properly socialize them. They can spend all day playing but will also enjoy spending some time relaxing. They are docile but can be slow to train. Make sure to be patient and show lots of positive encouragement. Unfortunately, Rottweilers have developed the reputation to be vicious. However, this is not their natural behavior, and they will only be aggressive if they were trained this way. They are very loyal and protective towards their family, which makes them great watchdogs. They will be playful and affectionate as long as they are socialized well. With strangers, these dogs will be reserved until they decide that the person is worthy of their time and affection. They need experienced owners, as they can be hard to train. You must be kind but harsh and confident when dealing with this breed.

Bernese Rottie Activity Requirements

The Bernese Mountain Dog has a lot of energy and will require regular exercise, but will also love to relax and take naps. With their long and thick coats, this breed is more suited to the winter temperatures and should not be exercised too much when it is hot. Rottweilers can become bored and destructive if not exercised enough. Be aware that the Bernese Rottie may have the same behavior.

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