Greater Swiss Rottweiler

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85-135 lbs
24-27"
Unknown
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Rottweiler

Described as large and active, the Greater Swiss Rottweiler will not hesitate to show affection towards his family. Sweet and loyal, he does well with children in the home, though boundaries should be made clear to both the animal and children alike. This hybrid may be territorial due to his Rottweiler heritage and can have a stubborn streak as well. He is an excellent guard dog and companion who will thrive with an owner who has the knowledge of how to provide consistent leadership.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Rottweiler

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Health

Average Size
Male Greater Swiss Rottweiler size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 85-135 lbs
Female Greater Swiss Rottweiler size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 85-135 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Lymphoma
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Panosteitis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eyes
  • X-Rays
  • Blood Tests
  • Hips and Elbows

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Breed History

The hybrid called the Greater Swiss Rottweiler is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. The two breeds that combine to create the breed both have interesting, full histories. It is thought that the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is one of the oldest breeds in Switzerland, having been discovered around 2000 years ago. Multiple theories exist about how this sweet and loyal canine came to be. The most common thought is that the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a descendant of dogs that are similar to the Mastiff that arrived in the Alps by Roman Legions, as helpmates. Excelling at herding, guarding and as draft dogs, at the time he was one of the most popular farm dogs in Switzerland. His usefulness was lessened by the availability of machinery to handle farm responsibilities. Today, these eager to work dogs are useful once again as guardians, watchdogs and competitors in agility and obedience. The common belief about the origin of the Rottweiler is that the breed evolved around 74 AD upon Roman soldiers of the 11th Legion of the Roman Empire settling in the Wurttemberg region of Germany. It was there that the soldiers bred German Shepherds with Roman drover dogs or Mastiffs that they had brought with them in an effort to develop a strong, large dog that could guard the camp as well as could control large bulls in order to herd cattle. That area of Germany became known as “das Rote Wil” in reference to the red roof tiles on the town’s small villas. The name evolved into Rottweil, which led to the breed’s name. By the middle of the 19th century, the building of railways led to cattle driving being outlawed. As a result, donkeys became the main draft animal and the Rottweiler’s popularity decreased. Butchers were able to use the dogs to pull carts of meat and began to be called “Rottweiler metzgerhund” which means Rottweiler butcher dog. Rottweilers began to work as police dogs in the 1900’s and were put to work in World War I. The breed became recognized by the American Kennel club in 1931.

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Breed Appearance

The heads of both the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Rottweiler are fairly large with short muzzles and wide skulls, giving the hybrid a powerful look. Their kind eyes are round and can be brown, hazel or amber, and their ears hang down to the sides, near the middle of the face, although the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog parent has slightly longer ears. His nose is black and the nostrils are somewhat flared. Your hybrid will have a neck that is often described as thick and a body that is sturdy and muscular. His legs are not overly long but are definitely of strong stature and his large paws are round with black nails.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Greater Swiss Rottweiler eyes
Hazel
brown Greater Swiss Rottweiler eyes
Brown
amber Greater Swiss Rottweiler eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Greater Swiss Rottweiler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Greater Swiss Rottweiler coat
Black
white Greater Swiss Rottweiler coat
White
brown Greater Swiss Rottweiler coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Greater Swiss Rottweiler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Breed Maintenance

Your Greater Swiss Rottweiler will have a relatively simple grooming routine and should only require a weekly brushing using a pin brush; doing so will keep his coat looking shiny and also tangle free. He won’t need to be bathed that often, unless his curious and adventurous nature leads him to roll in something he shouldn’t. His nails will grow quickly and will be strong, so it is suggested that he have them trimmed every two to three weeks - this will make the job easier. Dental care is another important aspect of the grooming regimen; brush his teeth three times a week and you may avoid costly and unexpected dental expense. Start these habits early with your hybrid and he’ll think nothing of it when grooming time arrives.

Brushes for Greater Swiss Rottweiler
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Greater Swiss Rottweiler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Temperament

The Greater Swiss Rottweiler has a nice temperament. He can be goofy, laid back and affectionate. He is brave and confident as well as protective of his home. He may bark, but only to warn you of potential visitors or an infringement of his property. He will need a pack leader though, and this will need to be you - otherwise he may choose to not follow your directions. He is lovable though, and may follow you everywhere you go. Your Greater Swiss Rottweiler will need early and consistent socialization so that he can feel comfortable in all situations. This will extend to interactions with other dogs and children. He is bright and easy to train.

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Greater Swiss Rottweiler will involve a minimum of one hour a day. This hybrid is very athletic and has plenty of stamina, so give him a job to do and he will get it done. He’ll love to pull a wagon full of groceries and this type of activity will help to tire him out so that he can relax in the evenings. The Greater Swiss Rottweiler will be happiest when he uses his mind and his body - give him a try at obedience classes, flyball or agility and he will be thrilled. He is not made for apartment living at all, he needs a large yard in which to stretch his legs at regular intervals throughout the day. It is best that the yard be enclosed and that all walks be on leash. Though obedient at heart, his adventurous and confident nature may lead to him deciding he can go for a walk on his own.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

Greater Swiss Rottweiler Owner Experiences

Bones
5 Years
2 People
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Pastimes
Breeder of the swissy/rottweiler hybrids. Bones is awesome. He is loving, loyal, easy to train,protective when need to. Breeding for this hybrid has proven a cant go wrong mix. wonderful family companions
1 week, 6 days ago
Molly
Twelve Years
4 People
House & Yard
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Energy
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Pastimes
Walk
Boat ride
Hanging out
We do not know for sure that Molly is a Greater Swiss Rottie since she was a rescue but she's a dead ringer for one and has all the traits. Raised by a couple with no children, she easily accepted being adopted by us at age 5 and the births of our two noisy little boys. She is unimaginably patient with the kids. She has always been the very model of gentle decorum with our family, but is a fierce barker whenever anyone drives up and usually keeps her distance from strangers but can't be trusted completely not to bite if they try to touch her. A die-hard guardian, she is the best family dog ever born and can be trusted with kittens, baby birds, anything. The kids climb on her without any worry, but the mail carrier is terrified of her. Friendly with other dogs, she loves her walks and does not pull on the leash. Easy to train, very treat motivated.
1 month ago
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