Shepweiler

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70-110 lbs
22-25"
United States
German Shepherd
Rottweiler
Rottweiler Shepherd, Rotten Shepherd, Rottie Shepherd, Shottie
The Shepweiler is a wonderful combination of the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler. Since these are both large dogs, the Shepweiler will be a large dog as well. They are a powerful and intelligent designer breed that can be an excellent family pet with the proper training. This breed is usually pretty healthy and lives about 10 to 13 years with just a few possible hereditary illnesses. They are typically easy to train but you must be persistent and firm. The Shepweiler is usually black, brown, and white or tan but can also be sable, red, fawn, or any combination of these. They do shed so you will have to brush them often to keep your furniture clean.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
German Shepherd and Rottweiler

Shepweiler Health

Average Size
Male Shepweiler size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 75-115 lbs
Female Shepweiler size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 70-110 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Panosteitis
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Pannus
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Shepweiler Breed History

The Shepweiler has not been around long enough to have their own history so it is necessary to look at the backgrounds of the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler. The German Shepherd was developed in Germany in the late 1800s by a man named Max von Stephanitz who was a captain in the German Cavalry. He was a breeder with a fondness for the breed and helped to create the perfect standard of German Shepherd by mating local shepherd dogs with different types of haircoat. These dogs were originally used for herding but later were used by the military to make food deliveries and other supply runs. Their name went through some changes for a time when the German name was not approved of and they were known as the Alsatian Wolf Dog in England as well as other names in other countries. The name was changed back by the American Kennel Club when the breed was accepted in 1908 where they are the second most common dog in the United States. The Rottweiler was also a German dog bred from German Shepherds mixed with Mastiffs and Roman Drover dogs in the 7th century. The soldiers from the Roman Empire are thought to be the ones who developed the Rottweiler for the purpose of guarding their camp and to herd cattle. They were named after the area they were brought up in, which was called Rottweil, after the red-tiled roofs on the small villas in town. These strong and intelligent dogs were used for pulling carts and wagons after cattle driving became illegal and then they became popular with butchers to pull meat carts, which is how they got the nickname Rottweil Butcher dog. Now, they are typically used as police dogs and guard dogs as well as companion pets. They were recognized by the AKC in 1931 and they are the 8th most common dog in the United States.

Shepweiler Breed Appearance

The Shepweiler is a large dog that weighs about 75 to 115 pounds and stands about 25 inches tall. They are strongly built with a muscular body, long legs, big feet, and a powerful jaw and muzzle with a black nose and blue or brown eyes. It is not uncommon for these dogs to have one blue and one brown eye. Their straight, thick coat is usually black, brown, and white or black, fawn, and tan with the coloring of a German Shepherd. Their ears stand up when they are listening but most of the time they are hanging down.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Shepweiler eyes
Blue
brown Shepweiler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shepweiler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shepweiler coat
Black
brown Shepweiler coat
Brown
red Shepweiler coat
Red
fawn Shepweiler coat
Fawn
sable Shepweiler coat
Sable
brindle Shepweiler coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shepweiler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shepweiler Breed Maintenance

The Shepweiler needs to be brushed on a weekly basis to keep their coat shiny and healthy but you should also give them a light brushing every day to control the shedding. This breed tends to shed quite a bit so if you do not want tons of hair on your furniture and clothing, use a slicker brush or deshedder to remove the loose hairs every day. You can also bathe your Shepweiler as needed but not too often or it will dry out her skin and can cause irritation or rash. During the bath, you should clean your dog’s ears and check for redness and other abnormalities. In addition, your dog’s nails need to be trimmed regularly to prevent cracking and splitting.
Brushes for Shepweiler
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shepweiler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shepweiler Temperament

This breed has a reputation for being aggressive but this is not true if your dog is trained properly. Although the Shepweiler can be an intimidating guard dog, they are easy to train and will follow commands when given. They are not vicious attack dogs like some claim unless they are trained to be that way. They should be socialized early so they get along well with other pets and need to be supervised around small children. You need to be firm and persistent with your dog's training so your Shepweiler knows that you are the pack leader. They do best with people who are able to spend the proper amount of time training them. 

Shepweiler Activity Requirements

The Shepweiler needs plenty of exercise, both mental and physical, and that means spending a lot of time with your dog. You should plan to spend at least one hour to 90 minutes with your dog to keep them from becoming anxious or bored. Dogs who do not get enough exercise and attention can end up with behavioral problems such as chewing on personal property and barking excessively. Because they are large dogs, the Shepweiler does best in a home with a large fenced yard that they can run and play in. They also enjoy going for walks, visiting the dog park, playing ball or frisbee, and sports such as agility competitions.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Shepweiler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.40 - $3.20
Monthly Cost
$72.00 - $96.00

Shepweiler Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shepweiler size stats at six months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Shepweiler size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 60 lbs
12 Months
Male Shepweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Shepweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Male Shepweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 95 lbs
Female Shepweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 90 lbs

Shepweiler Owner Experiences

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4 People
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