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Rotterman (Rottweiler & Doberman Pinscher Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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By Nicole Cosgrove

rotterman puppy
Height: 24 – 28 inches
Weight: 70 – 130 pounds
Lifespan: 9 – 12 years
Colors: Black, brown, rust, fawn
Suitable for: Active owners with a yard
Temperament: Loving, energetic, intelligent, gentle

The Doberman Rottweiler Mix, or Rotterman, is a hybrid of two large breeds that have unfairly attracted bad press in the past. Both the Rottweiler and the Doberman Pinscher are known as loving family pets but they both require a lot of exercise to stay healthy and fit, and to prevent bad behaviors including chewing and destruction.

Being a cross of Doberman and Rottweiler, the Rotterman does make a very good guard dog. They are territorial and can be highly protective. They are also incredibly loyal dogs. This combination means that, as a guard dog, they will fiercely protect their territory.

With socialization and very thorough training, both of which need to be started at a young age, the Rotterman can be a loyal and loving family dog. He will require a lot of exercise, which makes him an ideal companion to active owners that love to walk, hike, or even cycle.

The Rottweiler breed was one of the parent breeds used to create the Doberman in the first place, which means that these two breeds mix well and create an attractive and strong looking dog.

Finding a reputable Doberman Rottweiler Mix breeder should be considered a priority when taking on this hybrid breed.

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Rotterman Puppies – Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…


3 Little-Known Facts About Rotterman

1. The Rotterman Makes an Excellent Guard Dog

It should come as little surprise to learn that the Rotterman makes an excellent guard dog. Both parent breeds, the Rottweiler and Doberman, are prized for their fierce loyalty as well as their somewhat intimidating looks. Not only are these breeds used as guards for private property, but their trainability has made them popular as police dogs, army dogs, bomb dogs, and in a host of other high-octane and challenging service roles. If you’re looking for a family pet that will protect your property and family, as well as enjoy sitting for cuddles, the Rotterman is a potentially great choice.

2. The Rotterman Makes A Great Family Pet

Even though both parents have attracted a lot of negative press in the past, they can and do make great family pets. In fact, the Rotterman tends to be gentle and loving with any children in her steed. You should be aware that she will fiercely protect her pack, if called upon to do so, though, which means that you need to assert your dominance and ensure that she is well trained from being a puppy.

3. Rottermans Need A Lot of Exercise

If you live in an apartment or lead a sedentary lifestyle, the Rotterman might not be your best choice of pet. He requires a lot of exercise to ensure he stays fit and healthy, to prevent piling on the pounds, and to stop him from becoming bored. In fact, it is advised that the Rotterman has two walks a day, of at least 30 minutes per walk, and if you are able to provide more exercise than this, then the whole family will benefit. The Rotterman is also a great companion dog when running, hiking, or even cycling. He will happily plod alongside you while you get your daily exercise fill.

Rotterman - Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher dog mix
The parents of the Rotterman. Left: Rottweiler (Alexas_Fotos, Pixabay), Right: Doberman Pinscher (YamaBSM, Pixabay)

Temperament & Intelligence of the Rotterman 🧠

The Rottweiler and the Doberman are prized for their intelligence and their trainability. As such, they are used in a host of service roles, including working as police dogs and in the army. They can be trained to undertake almost any task, and they are considered easy to train, although you will need to show dominance to enjoy the best results. The Rotterman has adopted similarly intelligent traits.

The Rotterman will form a close bond with his owners, often shadowing them throughout the day. While they can be left alone for short periods, they tend to prefer regular company, and they will need a lot of exercise over the day. As such, they may not be suitable for owners that work all day.

The Doberman Rottweiler Mix goes well with children. They can be quite protective over family members, especially little ones, and they show a gentle understanding of children.

However, owners should always be aware that a Rotterman’s breeding has been as a guard dog. They will often be wary of strangers and they may act aggressively towards people and animals that they don’t know.

Their intelligence means that dogs of this breed can be highly inquisitive. They will want to investigate anything new so you will need to be cautious when walking and exercising them. Ensure that they have very good recall when taking them to the dog park.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Owners with children and other animals report the Rotterman as being a loving and loyal, even a gentle, family pet. They will treat children gently and they display a surprising level of understanding and calmness.

They love to play, which makes the breed popular with children as well as adults, and as long as you train and socialize them from an early age, they will enhance your family unit.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Rotterman mixes well with animals in their own family. He can mix with dogs and other animals in the family, although you should never leave a dog, especially one of this size, with smaller animals when they are let out of their cage or pen.

Image Credit: Gem Russan, Shutterstock

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Things to Know When Owning a Rotterman:

Physically, the Rotterman may be a medium or large dog, depending on which parent breed is dominant in their breeding. They will usually have the body of the Doberman but the legs of the Rottweiler and almost inherit the facial appearance of the Rottweiler breed. They have large teeth and large ears, which stick up when alert and hang loose when relaxed. They also have large paws, and are muscly dogs, which means that they can jump high and can cover considerable distances when running.

Be aware that the Doberman Rottweiler Mix can weigh as much as 120 pounds when fully grown and will grow up to 25 inches as a healthy adult dog. The more exercise you give your dog, the bulkier and muscled they are likely to become. Their high energy level also means that they will eat a lot, and when they aren’t being exercised or enjoying cuddles with their owners, they love to play, hopefully, with a good assortment of toys. Failing this, they will make their own toys out of household objects and belongings.

Owning a Rotterman can be extremely rewarding and they bring a lot of love and intelligence to your family. However, before you buy one and welcome him into your home, there are some factors that you should take into account.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

With a fast metabolism and high energy levels, it will feel like you spend a lot of time feeding your Rotterman. They thrive on three meals a day, totaling 3 cups or slightly more for those that get a lot of exercise and burn off a lot of calories. They do not have any special dietary requirements, but it is a good idea to ensure that they are eating high-quality dog food with a good mix of protein, fiber, and required vitamins and minerals.

Exercise 🐕

When you’re not feeding your Rotterman, you will be spending a lot of time exercising them. They are big, muscular dogs with a lot of energy, and their exercise regimen needs to match these requirements. If they don’t get enough exercise, they can become unruly and their health will eventually suffer. In particular, this breed can pack on a lot of additional and unwanted weight, if they are not receiving the regular exercise they require.

Ideally, you will walk the Rotterman twice a day, for at least half an hour at a time. However, the breed will gladly take a lot more exercise if it is offered.

The combination of mental and physical exercise offered by agility classes means that this breed can excel in this arena. It does require that they are well socialized, however, because they will meet a number of other dogs and people during classes.

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Training 🦮

Both parent breeds are used in a variety of challenging service roles in countries across the world. They often serve as police dogs, guard dogs, and army dogs. This is partially because of their intimidating looks, but also because they are considered very easy to train, especially in the hands of an experienced trainer.

It is important, with any breed of dog, that you start training early. It is especially important with breeds like the Rottweiler and Doberman, and therefore the Rotterman, because of their strength and potentially dominant nature. It is much easier to train a puppy than an adult dog, because once a dog reaches adulthood they may have picked up on bad habits. It is harder to train bad habits away than to instill good habits when your pet is a puppy.

The Rotterman requires dominant but positive training. You should never use aggressive training because your dog may respond in kind. Owners with previous experience in the required training style can expect to see exceptional training results. Inexperienced owners should consider getting professional training help to ensure a well-adjusted dog.

Grooming ✂️

The short hair of the Rotterman leads some owners and potential owners to mistakenly believe that this breed is a low- or no-shedder, but this isn’t true. In fact, the Rotterman will shed profusely, and you should expect to have to clean up short hairs every day. Daily brushing will help remove loose fur and to maintain a healthy coat.

As with all breeds, you should aim to clean your Rotterman’s teeth at least two or three times a week and ensure that his nails are clipped if they don’t wear down naturally from walking on abrasive surfaces like concrete. Only bathe your dog when absolutely necessary, because bathing your dog can damage and remove the natural protective oils.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Hybrid breeds are generally considered healthier than purebred dogs, but owners are always advised to keep an eye out for conditions that affect the parent breeds. Both breeds are prone to cancer in their later years, so you should keep an eye on this and ensure that you get any symptoms checked out as early as possible. The size and athleticism of the breed also means that they can be prone to musculoskeletal conditions as they age. Again, your dog may not suffer, but you should keep an eye out for any symptoms or signs.

Minor Conditions
  • Joint dysplasia
  • Allergies
Serious Conditions
  • Bone cancer
  • Von Willebrands
  • Bloat
  • Heart conditions

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Male vs Female

Although the dominant breed has more of a determining factor when it comes to determining characteristics and other traits, the female of the Rotterman is known to be more affectionate and tends to be easier to control than the male of the breed. Also, males tend to be a little bigger.

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Final Thoughts

The Rotterman is a mix of two highly intelligent and energetic breeds: the Doberman Pinscher and the Rottweiler. As such, your Rotterman will have very high exercise requirements, will eat a lot, and can be protective over his family. However, he is also considered easy to train for those with experience in dominant breeds.

He will also make a loving and affectionate family member, and he can make as good a family pet as he does a guard dog. The Doberman Rottweiler Mix is not necessarily the best option for a first-time owner, because they do require consistent breeding from a dominant hand, but they are ideal for owners that love to get outdoors and exercise.

The Doberman Rottweiler Mix is considered a relatively healthy one, although they can suffer from a range of problems as they age, including heart complaints and joint problems. You will need to ensure you feed a good quality food, be prepared to brush their coat every day, and also have plenty of decent toys in the house for them to play with in order to keep them entertained and relaxed.

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