Rottie Shepherd

75-113 lbs
United States
German Shepherd
Shepweiler, Rottweiler Shepherd, Rotten Shepherd, Shottie

The Rottie Shepherd is a smart, confident and powerful dog who with proper training will make an excellent family pet. They are designer dogs and a mix between a purebred German Shepherd and a purebred Rottweiler, both extremely popular dogs. They are also referred to as Shepweilers, Rottweiler Shepherds, Shotties or even Rotten Shepherds. These dogs are large weighing up to 115 pounds with a height of up to 27 inches. Common colors include black, brown, fawn, red, and sable. The coat is likely to be thick and can be short or medium in length. Both parent breeds have a reputation for aggression but with the correct training and early socialization, these dogs can be a great addition to the family, preferably one that will give them a lot of attention. The Rottie Shepherd is very protective and makes a great guard dog. They do shed quite a bit but brushing once or twice a week should be enough to keep your pet looking good.

Companion, Working, Sporting
Date of Origin
Rottweiler, German Shepherd

Rottie Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Rottie Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 77-115 lbs
Female Rottie Shepherd size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 75-113 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Cancer
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Panosteitis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Pannus
  • Hemophilia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Blood
  • Dna For Vwd
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Hip

Rottie Shepherd Breed History

The Rottie Shepherd is a combination of two very popular breeds, the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler. The German Shepherd originated in Germany and is referred to as an Alsatian in Britain and Ireland. The breed, which is prized for its intelligence and athleticism, dates back to 1899. Captain Max von Stephanitz, a German military officer is credited with developing the breed and was partly responsible for them be used as working dogs in World War I. They were used by the Red Cross, as messenger dogs and guard dogs. His dog Horand von Grafrath was one of the foundation dogs for the breed. Nowadays they are commonly used for their search-and-rescue skills, for narcotics detection and for detecting human remains on land and water. The first German Shepherd Dog registered in the United States was Queen of Switzerland. But poor breeding led to several defects and the dogs declined in popularity in the late 1920s. Numbers further dwindled after World War ll because of  anti-German sentiment but the tide later turned and the breed regained popularity. They are now among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States.  Rottweillers are also working dogs which originated in Germany and are believed to be descended from the Molossus, a Mastiff-type dog. They were known as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs, because they used to pull carts with butchered meat to the market. They are regarded as one of the oldest of the herding breeds and are thought to be descended from ancient Roman drover dogs. These dogs nearly became extinct when rail transport made them redundant. But in 1901, the Rottweiler and Leonberger Club was founded and a breed standard was established. They first appeared in the US in the 1920s and were recognized by the  American Kennel Club in 1931. Today they are popular dogs but have a reputation for aggression due in part to poor breeding.

Rottie Shepherd Breed Appearance

These dogs are large and powerful, weighing between up to 115 pounds with a height of up to 27 inches. Common colors include black, brown, fawn, red, and sable. The coat is likely to be thick and can be short or medium in length depending on which parent breed he most takes after. The Rottie Shepherd is likely to have a powerful jaw and a muzzle that is longer than a Rottweiler’s and not as long as a German Shepherd. Their ears usually hang down onto the face although can be erect occasionally. The eyes are brown and almond shaped. Rottweilers are known to have one brown eye and one blue eye but this is not common.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Rottie Shepherd eyes
hazel Rottie Shepherd eyes
brown Rottie Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rottie Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Rottie Shepherd coat
brown Rottie Shepherd coat
fawn Rottie Shepherd coat
red Rottie Shepherd coat
sable Rottie Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rottie Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rottie Shepherd Breed Maintenance

A Rottie Shepherd is likely to shed quite a bit so will need brushing at least once or twice a week to get rid of loose hair and keep the coat shiny and healthy. If the coat is more like the German Shepherd parent breed, your dog may shed more and need a bit of extra brushing compared to a hybrid with the short Rottweiler coat which does not need as much. It is always a good idea to check your dog’s ears thoroughly and wipe them clean when necessary. Dental hygiene is also important and with a big breed like a Rottie Shepherd you will need to start early. If the nails aren’t worn down with exercise then trim them when needed.

Brushes for Rottie Shepherd
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rottie Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rottie Shepherd Temperament

The Rottie Shepherd can be an intimidating dog with its large build and reputation for aggression. But with the correct training these dogs make fabulous pets who will be very protective of their family. Early socialization will also make them suitable for households with children and other pets. Small children will need to be taught to respect animals and will need to be supervised when playing with a Rottie Shepherd. These dogs are very intelligent and will respond well to training. They will need a firm, confident trainer to bring out the best in the dog. They are best suited to people who have some experience with dogs and who can devote a lot of time and energy to them. These are not dogs to keep for protection and leave out in the back yard. If they get bored they may become destructive and develop bad habits such as barking and digging. The Rottie Shepherd has a lot of energy and is extremely alert.

Rottie Shepherd Activity Requirements

A Rottie Shepherd is a high-energy dog who will need a lot of exercise to be happy. These are not dogs that do well for long periods on their own. They can suffer from separation anxiety and need a great deal of mental and physical stimulation to be content. These dogs are very intelligent and will love going for long walks, swimming and playing ball games. They will love activities like hide and seek that challenge them as well as dog sports like agility training. These dogs are not suited to apartment living because of their size. They will enjoy having a garden to run around in but don’t leave them out by themselves for too long. They are not that sensitive to extreme weather conditions but don’t exercise your dog when it gets too hot.

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

Rottie Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Rottie Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rottie Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Rottie Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 46 lbs
12 Months
Male Rottie Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 71 lbs
Female Rottie Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Male Rottie Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 96 lbs
Female Rottie Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 94 lbs

Rottie Shepherd Owner Experiences

6 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Mama Lovin’
Squirrel Chasing
Bird watching
I rescued Pistol from a shelter when she was 6 weeks old, they told me she had been brought in with her brother who had already been adopted. Pistol had been named Ruby at that time. She was in a pin with two miniature corgis and she responded to me with happiness and magnetism from the first moment she saw me. The ladies at the shelter informed me that she and her brother had been brought in from an animal hoarder whom had 80-90 animals but was receiving Meals On Wheels. So the story goes, she and her brother were the only two young enough for them to take. Pistol is beyond anything I’ve ever been able to call mine, she’s my best friend/my daughter (of mind not of body teehee). I’m 27 and when I had gone out looking for my dog companion I was 21 and getting married to a husband that would be away at work on the rig, 14 days on and 14 days off - and Id be home alone quite frequently. Even as a puppy, Pistols bark was enough to keep even any unfamiliar visitors waiting back further from the door they had just knocked on and even off of the porch - those that KNOW Pistol are well aware of the loving, sweet, and affectionate girl that she is. After a quick year of marriage, divorce came and went, and she stayed through it all- thick and thin. I have yet to spend more than even a day apart from her since the day I got her. Throughout the years I encountered domestic violence, attempted shooting, and many traumatizing/life altering events and I’ve experienced months of PTSD that are indescribable - but I would not have made it through any of it if it weren’t for her. A day does not come and go wherein I ever feel loneliness or unloved. I know her like the back of my hand, and in many ways she is so much like me it’s almost uncanny and so much fun! I’d give up everything I own and every dime or dollar that ever came my direction for the rest of my life to keep her with me throughout my time here on Earth. I could not have a better dog, I cannot believe how lucky I am in life to have such a beautiful soul next to me day in and day out. ^_^ sappier than your average description but I’m not a bit sorry!
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Luna Doris Doi
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
My rottie shepherd is really friendly loves playing and a really good guard dog,for me she is my bestfriend
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Six Years
2 People
I rescued Buster from Great Plains ASPCA in 7/18. He was 64lbs heart worm positive,and a functionally lame.left.foreleg, probably from a car hit. He is wonderful. Happy. Affectionate with our cat. For Buster, he is ball focused and won't sleep without it. He is easy to groom. He has been trained as an ESA and loves to work. When I pull out his harness, his demeanor changes. He is protective but not agressive. He can be food aggressive, bit has gotten much better with trust. He loves car rides. His coat is easy to brush. He is easy to bathe. He is the most loving sweet happy boy. I recommend this breed for one person. Although he is obedient he responds to me. He is now 96lbs, and heart worm free. Love my Buster.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
De Niro
11 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Walking Playing with toys
We rescued our DeNiro after a serious neck wound. He was so happy to see us. He loves his Border Collie brother and his cats. Great temperment, very loving dog. We feed him Fromm dog foodand walk him moderately several times per day. He does seem to have a slight limp on his left hind leg. Likely arthritis or the onset of hip dysplasiaas he is a senior.
1 year, 11 months ago
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