Rottle

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50-90 lbs
10-25"
Germany
Rottweiler
Poodle
Rotti-poo, Rottiepoo, Rottiedoodle, Rottweilerpoo, Rottweilerdoodle
The Rottle is a mixed breed designer dog made by breeding the Poodle and the Rottweiler. Because the parent Poodle can be either a standard or a miniature, the size of the Rottle can vary between a medium and large sized dog. Either way, they are friendly, wonderful family pets that also make good guard dogs. The Rottle is gentle and loving as well as brave and loyal so you can trust him with your home and the protection of your family. They are quick to learn and aim to please so they are exceptionally easy to train. Also, because of their Poodle genes, they do not shed much so they can be hypoallergenic.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
1980s
Ancestry
Poodle (Standard or Miniature) and Rottweiler

Rottle Health

Average Size
Height: 12-27 inches Weight: 60-100 lbs
Height: 10-25 inches Weight: 50-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • DNA

Rottle Breed History

The Rottle hybrid has been around for about 30 years and originated in Germany. However, not much is known about the history of the breed so the best way to get background information on the Rottle is to look at the parent breeds. The Poodle originated in Germany and is one of the most ancient breeds of dog, dating back to the first century. Breeding the Poodle consisted of different types of water dogs such as the Hungarian, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German along with the North African Barbet. Others say they may be descendants from Asian herding dogs. The Poodle was originally bred to be a water retriever for hunting but when it was discovered how pleasant and good-natured the breed was, they became popular house pets. There are three types of Poodles, which include the standard, miniature, and toy sizes. The two smaller types of Poodle were designed in the 15th century to impress the middle-class Parisians. They were created by crossing small Poodles with other small Poodles rather than crossing Poodles with other small breeds of dogs as was originally suspected. The standard and miniature sizes were used for hunting ducks and truffles but the Toy Poodle was more of a lap dog. They were also found to be very intelligent dogs that could learn tricks easily so they became popular in the circus and with street performers. In the late 1880s, the Poodle was accepted into the American Kennel Club, where they are now the 7th most popular dog in the United States. Another ancient German dog, the Rottweiler originated in 74 A.D. when the soldiers from the Roman Empire crossbred Mastiffs or Roman Drover dogs with German Shepherds to guard their camp and herd cattle. The Rottweiler was named after the town it originated in, Rottweil, which was previously called das Rote Wil because of the small villas with red roofs. At first, they were just used to drive cattle during the day and guard the camps at night but they were later used to hunt bear and pull wagons. Eventually, the Rottweiler was no longer needed for these chores and they became popular with butchers to pull their meat carts so they were eventually called Rottweiler Metzgerhunds, which means Rottweil Butcher dogs. Nonetheless, the breed almost became extinct until Rottweiler lovers created the International Club for Leonbergers and Rottweilers in 1899. Soon after, in 1901, the first Rottweiler standard was created. It took the American Kennel Club another 30 years to recognize the breed, where they are now the 8th most popular breed in America. 

Rottle Breed Appearance

This hybrid is medium to large with a well-muscled stature, round head, furry, pendulous ears, brown oval eyes, and a flattened muzzle with a black nose. They can vary quite a bit in size depending on whether the parent Poodle was a miniature or standard size. Because of this, the Rottle height ranges from 10 to 27 inches tall and their weight may be from 50 to 100 pounds. Their coat is usually gray, blue, red, brown, white, black, or parti-colored; which is a combination of two or more colors. It can be single or double-layered and is usually thick and curly.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Gray
Brown
Red
Cream
Blue
White
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rottle Breed Maintenance

Because of the Poodle genes, the Rottle sometimes can be hypoallergenic but they do need quite a bit of grooming due to their curly, thick coat. They will need a thorough brushing with a pin brush and comb at least several times a week. You should also bathe your Rottle once every couple of weeks, or when needed. Be sure to use a mild dog shampoo or something recommended by your veterinarian so it does not irritate or dry the skin. You may also need to take your Rottle to get professionally groomed or you can do it yourself if needed. In addition, trim your dog’s toenails and clean out his ears once a month or as necessary.
Brushes for Rottle
Pin Brush
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rottle Temperament

Your Rottle is an incredibly brave and sweet-natured dog that loves to play with everyone, including other pets and children. They are typically very affectionate and fun with a gentle disposition and funny personality. They are loyal to their family though and do need to be trained correctly because they can be protective around strangers. The Rottle does have a hunting instinct and may chase the local wildlife around but, if socialized properly, should not bother any indoor pets. They will bark to let you know of an intruder’s presence but they are otherwise quiet and calm. Training them is easy and they pick up on commands quickly.

Rottle Activity Requirements

The Rottle has a high energy requirement so your dog will need to get some strenuous exercise every day. The recommended amount of activity for this breed is about 60 to 90 minutes per day but you can adjust this amount depending on your dog’s needs. This breed does have a tendency to gain weight if not exercised enough so you should make sure you do at least a half hour of activity twice a day. Some of their favorite activities include long walks, running, swimming, playing flyball or frisbee, agility training, and hiking. Another good activity for your Rottle is playing with other dogs at a dog park, which also helps teach social skills.


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

Rottle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.4 - $3.2
Monthly Cost
$72 - $96

Rottle Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 30 lbs
12 Months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 55 lbs
18 Months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 80 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 70 lbs

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