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Golden Rottie Retriever (Golden Retriever & Rottweiler Mix): Info, Care Guide, Pics

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Golden Rottie Retriever Dog Breed

Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: 70-90 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: White, blue, silver, red, brown, gray, black
Suitable for: Families who are active with other pets and children, dog owners who are experienced, people who want a watchdog
Temperament: Intelligent, playful, loving, protective

When you are searching for a fun-loving, energetic and protective dog who has the best of two breeds in them, you want to choose the Golden Rottie Retriever. These two dogs are both popular and enjoyable breeds, and when they come together to make puppies, they are truly something special.

Ideal for active people and families, these dogs are best for an experienced dog owner.

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Golden Rottie Retriever Puppies


Golden Rottie Retrievers are protective and devoted family dogs, which offers the best of both of its parents. It gets a confident, calm nature from the Rottweiler side and a friendly, gentle personality from the Golden Retriever Side.

You’ll get an active, playful dog that’s ready to do anything and loves spending time with the family, but you will also get a dog that’s highly alert and always protective. He also will readily bark anytime he hears noises and senses strangers. This is why it’s so important to start socializing your dog when he’s young. Otherwise, he could become very sensitive to new faces and unexpected sounds, barking incessantly and reacting strongly, or even becoming aggressive.

However, when you socialize your dog early enough and spend time getting him used to other people and noise, you’ll have a dog who’s friendly to other pets in the family, other dogs and kids.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Golden Rottie Retriever

1. They Are Big Even as Puppies

Although the litters of Golden Rotties are often anywhere from 8-10 puppies, they aren’t tiny when they are born. These furballs aren’t fragile and you can gently handle them from birth.

You shouldn’t expect that you’re getting something tiny and helpless. You’re getting a playful and adorable hybrid.

2. They Love to Train & Are Great at It

Since the breeds that makeup Golden Rotties are both very intelligent, it’s not a surprise that their pups are very smart, too. They perform great with training, even when they’re just three or so months old.

You can also start socializing them when they’re puppies. This means they’ll quickly become great dogs. It’s best to start introducing other people and animals to the Golden Rotties at 2-4 months old.

3. You Should Control Their Food Intake

Your Golden Rottie might bloat as they get older. That’s why it’s a good idea when you’re starting to feed your pup kibble, make certain you’re monitoring the amount he’s eating so he doesn’t get obese.

They love to overeat and having access to fatty or carb-loaded snacks. If you don’t control it, it can quickly become a big problem for your pooch.

The parent breeds of the Golden Rottie Retriever
Image Credit: Left – Pavlo Baliukh, Shutterstock | Right – NioleNina, Pixabay

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Golden Rottie Retriever 🧠

Even though their temperaments can vary, they typically have a wonderful balance of protective and sweet traits. Both Golden Retrievers and Rottweilers have trails that are desirable and not so desirable. Some of the less desirable ones are:

  • Aggression
  • Barking
  • Chewing
  • Mouthing
  • Overprotectiveness

Early socialization and consistent training can help with overcoming any negative traits your dog might have. Your dog might be a bit wary of people they don’t know due to the genes passed on by the Rottweiler parent, but the outgoing and loving personality of the Golden Retriever helps with overcoming this problem.

Since both of these breeds are intelligent breeds, your dog is likely to be very smart and bring you years of fun.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Yes, they can be good for families. They are very protective and great with kids.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Yes, as long as they are socialized early enough.

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning a Golden Rottie Retriever:

Now that you know of some of the basics of having a Golden Rottie and you are thinking of getting one for your family, we are going to delve a bit deeper so that you know everything that’s involved in having one of these wonderful dogs.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Golden Rottie Retrievers are very muscular and active, so you want to make sure that you are giving them a diet that’s full of protein. Since Rottweilers are prone to having issues with bloat, you want to give them meals staggered through the day, rather than allowing your dog to eat anything he wants. You shouldn’t plan any heavy activity or exercise for an hour once he’s eaten. These dogs are also prone to having problems with their joints as they get older, so you want to make sure that you’re establishing and maintaining the right weight for your dog by not letting him overeat. You also want to make sure that you give him food that’s full of protein but low in carbs. Otherwise, he might be overeating so he feels full.

Exercise 🐕

Even though Golden Rotties are wonderful for indoor companions, you can’t keep them inside all day. They won’t be happy to just go outside to have a short run in the yard. They need serious exercise. These big dogs need 1-2 hour-long walks, jogs, or runs per day. You can do it at once or you can do shorter walks. Not only that, but they love agility training with a frisbee or ball. This will help keep him mentally stimulated. If you aren’t giving him the exercise that he needs, he may become bored and start with destructive behaviors. This can be things like:

  • Barking
  • Chewing
  • Urinating or defecating inside

Another great way that you can give him exercise is to take him to a dog park. This will allow him to socialize with some other dogs and get the exercise he needs.

Training 🦮

These dogs have two very intelligent parents. When you combine the personality of the Golden Retriever and the ability of the Rottweiler to remember commands without you having to constantly repeat yourself, it’s pretty easy to train the dogs. Because they’re larger dogs, you want to teach your Golden Rottie Retriever the basics such as:

  • Come
  • Down
  • Leave it
  • Sit

It’s good to teach him as a puppy since these behaviors are more of a nuisance in bigger dogs once he’s an adult. A lot of people believe that dogs such as Rottweilers need dominance training. This means that you’re the leader of the pack– not your dog. This kind of training is best achieved by establishing boundaries and rules. You want to reinforce them using a consistent, firm approach.

Many dominant dog breeds simply need jobs that make them feel as if they’re fulfilling their pack role. You can give them a role like carrying a stick, backpack, or ball on your hike or walk. Since the Golden Rottie also has the inborn need of Goldens to please you, make sure that you’re offering lots of treats and praise when he’s done something good.

Grooming ✂️

Both Goldens and Rottweilers are seasonal shedders and low maintenance. But with the Golden Rottie, you should know that you’re going to have hair appearing on your clothing and furniture. Grooming will help cut down on shedding.

It’s a good idea to brush him 3 times weekly, at least, especially with long-haired dogs. Doing this is going to help with removing loose dirt, hair and tangles that might be on his body. Since Golden Rotties don’t have bad doggy smell, you only have to bathe him every few months or if he gets really dirty.

Besides bathing and brushing, it’s important to regularly clean his ears and thoroughly dry them after swimming or bathing. Golden Rotties have ears that are folded over, where excess moisture can be trapped easily. This can cause irritations and infections easily. When you dry his ears thoroughly, you can avoid these issues.

Finally, make sure that you’re clipping his nails every three weeks or so. This will help keep his paws snag-free and healthy.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Usually, the mixed breeds are healthier than purebreds because crossbreeding can limit or eliminate some known health issues. However, with any type of crossbreed, your Golden Rottie Retriever may have issues that are common with Golden Retrievers and Rottweilers.

Minor Conditions
  • Dermatitis
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Diabetes
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
Serious Conditions
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Subaortic stenosis

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Final Thoughts

If you are ready for the possible health issues, the Golden Rottie may be the dog for you. This a lovable dog who is eager to please and protect your family. Just make sure that you are keeping him active and socializing him early enough so you’ll have a friendly dog who is great with kids and animals.

Do your research and find a reputable breeder from whom to purchase your puppy. This way you know what kind of problems the parents have if any, and you know what possible health problems are in the lineage.

When you open your heart up to a Golden Rottie, you will have a dog who will give you all of the love you can take.

Featured Image Credit: Nick_H, Pixabay

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