Rottsky

55-80 lbs
20-24"
Unknown
Rottweiler
Siberian Husky
Rottweiler Husky

The Rottsky is an intentional hybrid, the combination of a large and muscular guard dog from Germany, the Rottweiler, and the Siberian Husky, an ancient canine that has been an integral part of life for the Chukchi people of Russia since before written history in the area. This is an extremely athletic animal with a great deal of endurance and while they make excellent exercise partners and are typically loyal, dependable, and protective canines, they are far too active for apartment-like settings and can become highly destructive if not given the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation. 

Purpose
Companion, Guard dog, Sled dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Rottweiler and Siberian Husky

Rottsky Health

Average Size
Male Rottsky size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 75-95 lbs
Female Rottsky size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 55-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Histiocytosis
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemivertebra
  • Leukodstrophies
  • Pannus
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye Examinations
  • Bone Biopsy
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Rottsky Breed History

The Rottsky is a designer dog, the deliberate cross between the Rottweiler, a large German dog known for its guarding ability, and the Siberian Husky, an ancient sled dog developed by Russian nomads at some point in prehistory. Rottweillers have been in use as cattle driving dogs in Germany since the middle ages, and although their complete origins are obscured by history, most believe that they are the descendants of the large Drover dogs that were employed by Roman cattlemen and butchers as early as 700 A.D. to protect cattle and drive them to market, mixed with some local German breeds such as the Appenzeller Sennenhund and the Bernese, Entlebucher, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breeds. The development of the locomotive in the mid-1800s meant that fewer cattle driving dogs were needed and the popularity of these determined and dignified dogs dropped dramatically. It wasn’t until they were rebranded in the 1900s as high-quality canines suitable for police, military, and security work that they regained their popularity and today are also typically regarded as dependable and protective family companions. The Siberian Husky is an even older breed, developed by the Chukchi people, an indigenous native tribe from Russia. The Siberian Huskies were highly valued by the Chukchi people as they were used to pull sleds carrying food, possessions, and sometimes even people, which allowed the tribe to travel farther and faster. When these dogs were not being used for work, they spent their time with the women and children of the tribe, and only non-aggressive and well-tempered animals were tolerated. The combination of these two breeds often result in a strong, loyal, and enduring animal that is typically leaner and less prone to heart conditions than the Rottweiler with more enhanced guarding instincts than the Siberian Husky. Some breeders may mix Rottweiler with the Alaskan Husky instead of the Siberian Husky and call it a Rottsky, but the Alaskan Husky may contribute a different temperament and different structural features than the Siberian Husky, so it is always important to do your research when choosing a breeder. 

Rottsky Breed Appearance

The Rottsky is typically somewhere around two feet tall at the shoulder with a slightly longer body. They are generally powerfully built animals with compact but substantial musculature, although individual dogs may lean more towards either the bulkier structure of the Rottweiler with a broad head and short, wide muzzle or toward the slightly longer and leaner form of the Husky with a more moderately sized head and a medium length, tapered muzzle. They have almond-shaped eyes that are most often a dark brown, although they can inherit blue or heterochromic eyes from the Husky, and although both parent breeds have ears that are triangular in shape, the Rottweiler's ears fold down close to the sides and the Husky’s ears stand erect. Although both the Rottweiler and the Siberian Husky have double-coats, these coats can be quite different from one another, as the coat of the Rottweiler is short, glossy and lays flat against the body and the coat of the Husky is medium in length, well-furred, and stands out from the body.             

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Rottsky eyes
Blue
brown Rottsky eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rottsky nose
Black
brown Rottsky nose
Brown
isabella Rottsky nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
black Rottsky coat
Black
gray Rottsky coat
Gray
brown Rottsky coat
Brown
red Rottsky coat
Red
cream Rottsky coat
Cream
white Rottsky coat
White
sable Rottsky coat
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rottsky straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rottsky Breed Maintenance

Neither parent breed requires much in the way of bathing and bathing the Rottsky too frequently can strip skin of natural oils that are needed to maintain the coat. If your Rottsky has a coat that is somewhat longer and denser like that of the Siberian Husky, it is particularly important to ensure that their undercoat gets completely dry as this breed is known to frequently develop growths of mold and mildew in the undercoat if it is left moist. Both the Rottweiler and the Siberian Husky are heavy shedders and although this can often be controlled with several brushing sessions per week, daily brushing may be required during the spring and fall, when shedding is more intense. 

Brushes for Rottsky
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rottsky requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rottsky Temperament

This canine is quite active, both mentally and physically, and they require a good deal of exercise, attention, and mental stimulation to prevent problem behaviors. Without these resources the Rottsky may become incredibly destructive; while a bored or restless Siberian Husky is likely to vocalize loudly, physically act out, and engage in destructive digging, the bored or anxious Rottweiler is known to chew on items as varied as their chew toys, your shoes, or even the walls themselves. When given the proper amount of exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation they are generally amicable but reserved with most people, regardless of age, although they can be more demonstrative towards their own family. While Siberian Huskies are generally sociable with other dogs, this crossbreed may on occasion develop aggression towards other dogs due to the Rottweiler heritage, particularly with dogs of the same sex, and they have a high prey drive and may chase cats and other small animals. The trainability of these dogs can vary somewhat, but its not typically an easy task; although they are extremely intelligent and are able to learn quickly, the Rottweiler temperament can be stubborn and the Husky is prone to situational behavior, behaving well in their harness or in the show ring, but ignoring their owners at home.

Rottsky Activity Requirements

This is an extremely athletic and persistent canine and it requires a great deal of physical activity along with mental stimulation to be at their healthiest and most stable. While long walks and vigorous runs are generally appreciated, this canine may also enjoy and excel at alternative activities such as sledding, Schutzhund classes, advanced obedience, or agility training, although it may be more difficult to convince them that swimming or water sports are a good idea. It is also crucial to monitor this crossbreed, particularly when exercising in hot weather as these dogs may be more prone to heat exhaustion than other dogs.

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

Rottsky Food Consumption

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

Rottsky Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rottsky size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 59 lbs
Female Rottsky size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 47 lbs
12 Months
Male Rottsky size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 76 lbs
Female Rottsky size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 61 lbs
18 Months
Male Rottsky size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 85 lbs
Female Rottsky size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 67 lbs

Rottsky Owner Experiences

Harley
6 Months
2 People
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I bought her at 10 weeks old as a pure breed siberian husky. she was born with a short tail and bi colored eye. she is impossible to train and has so much energy
2 months, 1 week ago
Dahlia
6 Months
6 People
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She was found in a parking lot with a rope around her neck and I took her in. She's so loving and sweet!
3 months ago
avril
7 Years
3 People
House
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Tug-of-war
My mum saved her and yuh Sometimes she can be a little Bad
4 months ago
Bentley
13 Weeks
6 People
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I got him and he has learnt how to sit paw down roll over and wait he is super smart just have to keep it fun
8 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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