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What You Need To Know About Rottweiler Mixes

Aug 27, 2008
Rottweilers like to mix it up in many kinds of ways, which is one reason why there are so many Rottweiler mixed breed dogs in the world today. The cross most on it's way to becoming its own breed is the Rotterman (Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher). Rottweilers also seem to cross often with German Shepherds, although there isn't a cute name for that cross yet. Mixed breed dogs are generally healthier than purebreds, but they still will need to go to the vet annually.

One cross that does have a cute name and a loyal following is the St. Weiler (that's right - a Rottweiler and Saint Bernard). Since these are massive dogs, they need a lot of room, a lot of food and a lot of care. Big dogs are prone to a lot of structural problems that is due to their size and not due to their breed. Although not giants like Irish Wolfhounds, they are usually over one hundred pounds and rarely live beyond ten years of age (giant size dogs live only six years, on average.) The average length of a purebred Rottweiler's life is 1twelve.

The Rottweiler mixed breed is one of the reasons for the spaying and neutering of all pet dogs. Although Rottweilers are generally reliable dogs when it comes to protecting their families and being suspicious of strangers, they are also big, powerful dogs that need a lot of exercise.

Depending on what they are crossed with, the puppies might need more training and exercise than either of the parents. Remember in Rottweiler mixed breeds, not only the best but sometimes the worst traits of the parents are emphasized in the puppies.

You can't show these dogs in a big show like Westminster, but Rottweiler mixed breeds can make excellent companions and friends. You do need to know the traits of both breeds involved in the mix before you go adopt or purchase one. You need to learn as much Rottweiler information as you can as well as much information on the other breed. The odds are, any Rottweiler mix will be a high-energy dog that is protective and wary of strangers.

Although all dogs are individuals, the Rottweiler temperament is strong in a Rottweiler mix. Learn all of the Rottweiler information you can if you suspect the dog you want is at least half Rottweiler. Rottweilers are affectionate and kind to their families, but suspicious and sometimes aggressive with strangers.

They are often better with children than with adults or other dogs. Rottweiler mixes that are not neutered will become aggressive and often seek fights with other dogs. They need a positive outlet for their massive store of energy.

Any large dog is prone to some health issues such as hip or elbow dysphasia and bloat (equivalent to colic in horses). Some will also have heart problems and visual problems, but they usually show up later in life. If you take on a Rottweiler mixed breed companion dog, you must be ready and willing to pay any and all veterinary care. They would do the same for you.
About the Author
About the author: Sharon Davies is a passionate lover of the Rottweiler and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Rottweiler. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Rottweiler Mixes plus a whole lot more.
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