Rottie Shepherd

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75-113 lbs
20-23"
United States
Rottweiler
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.

Purpose
Companion, Working, Sporting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Rottweiler, German Shepherd

Rottie Shepherd Health

Average Size
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 77-115 lbs
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
Hazel
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Fawn
Red
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Rottie Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 46 lbs
12 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 71 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 96 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 94 lbs

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