65-90 lbs
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Rottpeake is an uncommon designer dog, the intentional cross between the Rottweiler, a large, muscular dog best known for their guarding ability, and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a dog developed to retrieve bird after bird for hours on end out of the icy ocean waters of the Chesapeake Bay. As you might expect, this is dog is an extremely athletic animal, with higher activity requirements than many other canines. The combination of these two animals is typically a dignified and serious dog with an equally serious work ethic, but they generally require a great deal of positive socialization in order to hone their discriminatory instincts and moderate possible dog on dog aggressiveness. 

purpose Purpose
Guard Dog, Companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Rottweiler and Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Rottpeake Health

Average Size
Male Rottpeake size stats
Height: 23-27 inches Weight: 85-105 lbs
Female Rottpeake size stats
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 65-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Cataracts
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pancreatitis
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Panosteitis
  • Wobbler Syndrome
  • Hemivertebra
  • X-linked Muscular Dystrophy
  • Kidney Disease
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Degenerative Myopathy (DM)
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Ectropion
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • Chest X-rays
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Myelography (Dye And X-Ray to Assess The Spinal Cord)
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Rottpeake Breed History

The Rottpeake is an intentional hybrid between two enduring and hard-working canines, the Rottweiler, a German cattle dog turned security animal, and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a tireless retriever of waterfowl that hails from the United States. Rottweiler dogs were first developed during the Middle Ages in a German town known and named for its red-roofed Roman villas, Rottweil. It is believed that these dogs are a combination of large Drover dogs, which the Roman butchers and cattlemen employed to protect and drive cattle as early as 700 A.D. and several breeds local to southern Germany, including breeds such as Appenzeller Sennenhund, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. Rottweilers were also used to drive cattle, and they continued to be utilized as cattle dogs until the need to drive cattle to market declined after the development of the locomotive in the mid-1800s, and the Rottweiler breed showed a steep decline in their popularity. In the 1900s, they were rebranded as high-quality police, security, and military canines, as well as becoming highly regarded as personal and property protection animals. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is one of the few breeds that was developed here in the United States of America, and can be traced back to two specific St. John’s Newfoundland dogs. These two dogs, a black female by the name of Canton and a red male by the name of Sailor, were rescued from the remains of a shipwreck that occurred in the 1800s off the coast of Maryland. Both of the dogs proved to be exceptional retrievers, even in the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Although each canine was extensively bred, often mixed with Flat-Coated and Curly-Coated retrievers, they were never bred to one another. The offspring of both began to breed true to type however, and the well-built and enduring dog that we know today emerged as great assets to the hunters who worked along the Chesapeake Bay, often employed to retrieve as many as one hundred ducks and geese a day from the freezing ocean.   

Rottpeake Breed Appearance

This hybrid is typically a large canine that will be slightly longer than they are tall and will possess a broad, deep chest and wide skull with a somewhat rounded shape. While both parent breeds have deep, squarish muzzles, the muzzle of the Chesapeake needs to be of sufficient length to easily carry waterfowl through the ocean without damaging it, however, the Rottweiler has a slightly shorter muzzle than the Chesapeake with a well-developed chin, and the Rottpeake may take characteristics from either of them. The almond-shaped eyes of the Rottpeake will be medium in size and can range in color from very dark brown to the light amber colors that are characteristic of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed and the triangular ears with rounded tips hang down to frame the face, although those that favor the Rottweiler are likely to have ears that are significantly shorter than those that more closely resemble the Retriever. This crossbreed has a double layer coat, consisting of a thick warm undercoat covered with a shorter weatherproof outer layer, which may be either straight or wavy in texture.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rottpeake eyes
amber Rottpeake eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rottpeake nose
brown Rottpeake nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Rottpeake coat
red Rottpeake coat
fawn Rottpeake coat
black Rottpeake coat
isabella Rottpeake coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Rottpeake straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rottpeake Breed Maintenance

The Rottpeake requires very little in the way of grooming. Bathing should only occur a few times a year as using shampoos to frequently can quickly strip the coat of the natural oils that are required to keep the coat healthy and shiny. Brushing should occur at least once or twice a week both to distribute those natural oils throughout the coat and to control shed hairs, although both the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Rottweiler tend to shed more heavily during the spring and fall months and may require more frequent brushing at those times. Dogs with hanging ears may be slightly more prone to ear infections so it is important to ensure that they are checked regularly and kept clean and dry.   

Brushes for Rottpeake
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Rottpeake requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rottpeake Temperament

This crossbreed is an intelligent and very athletic canine with a strong working instinct. In most cases, these dogs will be a bit more serious than many other breeds, although they may exhibit more clownish behavior at home. Both the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Rottweiler are intensely loyal to their families and can be naturally reserved with strangers. Socialization is particularly important with these dogs as both the Chesapeake and the Rottweiler can become overly territorial with other animals if not given enough positive interaction and can be combative with dogs of the same sex. Although they are quite intelligent, the Rottpeake is also very independently minded and are likely to be challenging to train, responding best to calm consistency. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a notoriously mouthy dog and will need to be taught what is and isn’t okay to chew, and this tendency may be passed down to their offspring. 

Rottpeake Activity Requirements

Two extremely athletic and powerful canines have been brought together to develop the Rottpeake, which means that the Rottpeake will also inherit that same power and athleticism, and the same high exercise requirements. This hybrid should get a minimum of an hour and a half of vigorous exercise per day to prevent hyperactive and destructive behaviors from developing and will be even happier with two hours or more per day. Along with long walks, runs, and endless games of fetch, these dogs are likely to enjoy activities such as rally sports, agility training, and water sports. This is not a crossbreed that is well suited to apartment life as they require a great deal of both activity and room. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Rottpeake Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Rottpeake Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rottpeake size stats at six months
Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 67.5 lbs
Female Rottpeake size stats at six months
Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 52.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Rottpeake size stats at 12 months
Height: 24.0 inches Weight: 85.0 lbs
Female Rottpeake size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 70.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Rottpeake size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 95.0 lbs
Female Rottpeake size stats at 18 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 77.5 lbs

Rottpeake Owner Experiences

8 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
She seems to be a little timid, but I am sure that in time she will be playful. I just gave her a bath and combed and blow-dried her and she totally enjoyed it
5 years, 11 months ago
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Super energetic and loyal to its owner they won’t start to grow a lot until they’re 3-4 month old and will have a major growth spurt.
3 years, 9 months ago
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