What do you get when you combine a tough nature with an intelligent personality trait?
If you’re not familiar with the Rottle, it’s a hybrid doodle breed made as a result of a Rottweiler and Poodle breeding.
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This canine is also known under a few other names, such as the Rottipoo and Rottidoodle.
But, before I delve into this crossbreed any further, I feel it will be helpful you know the characteristics of their parents.
First up, I have the Rottweiler. This breed comes from Germany and is believed to have come into existence from cattle driving dogs abandoned by the Romans in an area known as Rottweil in Germany. Their intended purpose was to move livestock and pull carts with lots of butchered meat on. A Rottweiler is a medium to a large-sized dog and courageous and confident.
Ironically, the Poodle also comes from Germany but was bred to hunt waterfowl. This breed became popular in France and then proliferated in other areas of the world. It’s renowned for being friendly and intelligent. Plus, today, there are three different types, miniature, toy, and standard.
Now you have a background insight into its parents, you will understand the characteristics of a Rottle much more easily.
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What does a Rottweiler poodle mix look like?
Now, if you’re after a small dog, then the Rottweiler Poodle mix is not for you. On the contrary, if you wish to have a medium to large size, then this crossbreed is perfect.
The Rottle has an ideal height and weight that’s smack bang in the middle of its Poodle and Rottweiler parent. On average, this crossbreed will weigh up to 60-130Ibs/25-59kg and can grow up to 15-27inches/38-68cm.
Ultimately their size can depend on whether they’re bored with a standard, miniature, or toy Poodle. Whatever Poodle parent they have, though, the Rottweiler Poodle mix is bound to have a muscular physique. It also has a round head, brown oval eyes, a flat muzzle, black nose, and dangling ears.
The Rottweiler Poodle mix has a variety of coat color options taking after its parents. You can find this crossbreed having either a black, gray, brown, red, cream, blue, white, and pied coat.
These coats can either be one solid color or have a mixture of colors in them. Similarly, the texture of their coat can vary depending on which parent it inherits from.
If they take after their Rottweiler parent, then they will most likely have a single-layered coat. Whereas if they’re like their Poodle parent, they will have a curly, thick, and double-layered coat. Due to their coat qualities, they don’t tend to shed as frequently as some doodle breeds; however, they do SHED.
If you suffer from many allergies, this may not be what you want to read. Unfortunately, these dogs are not hypoallergenic!
Rottle Grooming requirements
To groom the Rottweiler Poodle mix effectively, it’s important you brush them 2-3 times a week using a pin brush and a comb. You should also bathe it every couple of weeks and use a mild dog shampoo or one recommended by your veterinarian, so your dog’s skin does not become irritated.
You should also brush your teeth daily, clean its ears frequently and trim its toenails once a month. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming its toenails, then you can take it to a professional groomer.
Also, please pay attention to their coat! While it may be thick, don’t be deceived; this crossbreed can easily get sunburnt and be sensitive to cold temperatures! If you’re out in the sun for long periods, make sure you apply dog-friendly sunscreen to its ears, belly, nose, and other sensitive areas where there is less fur.
I understand families may be hesitant about bringing a Rottweiler Poodle mix into their home due to its Rottweiler parent. If you have a family and are looking for a canine to bring home, then don’t rule out the Rottle.
They’re quite different from their parent; they have a playful nature, full of affection and silly. Most importantly, they love to be around children and other family members. However, it’s essential you socialize them from an early age to make sure they get on well with children and other family members.
But if you have young kids in your home, be wary of them playing with the Rottweiler Poodle mix. By no means should children be left to play with this crossbreed unsupervised; they’re a big dog and may unintentionally cause harm. Similarly, if your children like to engage in a bit of rough play, the Rottle may take this the wrong way and become aggressive. Therefore always make sure you overseas to their playtimes.
They love to throw their weight about being a guard dog and bark at any stranger that might come in their way. So if you’re ever worried about intruders entering and breaking your home, then fear not the Rottle will have your back.
If you’re an outgoing individual, then this crossbreed is not for you. Rottle’s don’t do well being left on their own in your house for a long time, as they can get separation anxiety and develop self-destructive behaviors.
Similarly, they do have an innate hunting instinct, and when outside, they may become distracted by other animals quickly and want to chase them. Again, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you have small pets in your home if you socialize the Rottle at a young age.
This crossbreed also inherits its Standard Poodle parent’s intelligence, and because of this, they respond to commands easily, meaning they’re easy to train.
The downside to owning a Rottweiler Poodle mix is that many insurance companies won’t provide insurance for this breed because one of its parents is the Rottweiler. This is because they feel its parent is too aggressive and will hesitate writing insurance policies or agreements for homeowners. Therefore, before buying a Rottweiler Poodle mix, I suggest checking with specific insurance companies about insuring this crossbreed.
Rottle health problems
On average, a Rottweiler Poodle mix can live up to 8-12 years. This life expectancy tends to be a lot less than other Doodles, and this is because the larger breeds tend to live less. Most of the health problems they have, tend to be inherited from either their Poodle or Rottweiler parent, which are:
- Patellar luxation: This is where their kneecap dislocates and does not fit into the groove of the leg. As a result, they can suffer from pain in their limbs and mobility issues.
- Addison’s disease: A deficiency in adrenocortical hormones in young or middle aged Rottle’s. Symptoms of this disease are lethargy, weight loss, anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloody stools.
- Gastric dilation volvulus (GDV): GDV in Rottles is also known as bloat. Their narrow chest and large body makes it easy for fluid, food, and gas to cause an excess build-up in their stomach. When suffering, they may pant, have stomach pain, and if bad, their stomach can flip over.
- Subaortic stenosis: The narrowing of the Rottle’s aortic valve in their heart.
- Osteosarcoma: A malignant bone tumor that causes a lot of pain, reduced appetite, and death.
- Von Willebrand’s disease: An inherited bleeding disorder, where their blood can clot easily. Similarly, unexpected bleeding can occur from the nose, mouth, urinary and reproductive tract.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia: Abnormal formation of the hip and elbow socket joint, causing pain, mobility issues, and arthritis.
- Progressive renal atrophy: Where a group of photoreceptor cells causes a Rottle’s eyes to deteriorate, causing vision problems and later leading to blindness.
It’s important to know that most of these health problems cannot be identified in a Rottle puppy. So, to make sure you get a healthy one, I recommend visiting a breeder with a great reputation for checking the health of their Rottle’s parents.
How much does a Rottle puppy cost?
On average, in the USA, a Rottle puppy can cost anything between $250-$1800. That’s just buying them outright. If you want to own one, you have to consider their medical bills and living expenses.
Their medical bills annually can range from $485-$600, and their living expenses can be between $510-$600. However, depending on where you live, it may increase or decrease. Regardless though, make sure you earn enough and can dedicate enough time to raising a Rottle.
The Rottweiler Poodle mix is a fantastic breed to own if you have a family. They are loyal, loving, and get on well with everyone in your household. However, they should still be socialized, so they have a gentle nature, and because of their size, you should not let children be around them unsupervised.
Both of its parents are highly intelligent, and so is the Rottle, which means they can pick up commands and be trained in no time. They’re not a hypoallergenic crossbreed, but they don’t require as much maintenance as other breeds.
You shouldn’t ignore their thick coat, and you also apply sunscreen to sensitive areas of their skin in hot weather. Alongside this, they can be at risk of inheriting many health problems that contribute to their short life expectancy of 8-12 years.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.