German Shepherd Rottweilers

Considering the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix? Learn more about the disadvantages of the German Shepherd Rottweiler breed...

The German Shepherd and German Rottweiler are perhaps two of the most well-known dog breeds originating from Germany. While the German Shepherd is an active and large dog with a pleasant disposition, the German Rottweiler is a fierce looking and highly possessive dog that is friendly with the family members only.

There are many who consider a cross between the German Shepherd and Rottweiler a good idea. However, if you are purchasing a crossbred dog it is best to go for an adult rather than a puppy. The main reason for this is that you cannot be sure of the temperament and disease that can be faced by a cross breed as a puppy.

Disadvantages of the Mixed Breed

There are many sires of good quality that have been used to create the German Shepherd Rottweiler mix. However, most of the puppies resulting from crossbreeding do not carry the characteristic traits that the breed has been matched for. Generally the owners of the dame would not be aware of the quality of the sire. It is essential to know the temperament, size, type,  breed and health of the sire because this will make a major difference in the type of dog that you will get.

Optimal Characteristics

In fact, later on if you have a dame you will have to continuously monitor and guard her during her fertile period. Otherwise she will be bred by different dogs and create a litter that has many sires. When you’re purchasing the puppy all you can see is the look of the dog and not know anything beyond that. Generally it has been seen that the small puppies show the worst characteristics of each of the dogs when they are bred with the German Sheppard and Rottweiler sire and dame.


As both of them are large and medium breeds the dogs generally turn out to be dominant and aggressive. This can be difficult to manage for families with children. Furthermore, when it comes to having the Rottweiler mix in the house you need a very commanding voice and a confident manner to control it. By its innate nature, the Rottweiler tries to become the leader of the pack.

As mentioned the dog turns out to be very unpredictable so you cannot really know what type of coat, temperament or size the adult dog will have as it grows up from the puppy. This is especially true if you do not know which dame and sire were used! Generally the personnel at the animal shelters can simply guess the breed, but they cannot tell much more than that when it comes to the fluffy pup.

Sometimes the mixed breed dogs are reputed to be natural dogs because that is how the breeding would occur if the domesticated dog and canines were left alone by the purebred breeders. However, it is seen that there are many temperament and genetic diseases that have been transferred by intermixing and crossbreeding the dogs. This would be acceptable because if the dog continued to multiply in an unknown fashion and forgot to mate with their own kind, the actual breed would disappear soon enough.

If all the dogs reproduced in a natural manner or had done so before purebred dogs were managed, all of them should look the same and end up with a weight of 45 pounds and the roughly 20 inches height with upright ears and the yellow or sable colored fur and the tail which is slightly curled. This would be very similar to the Australian Dingo or the Israeli Canaan Dog. However, the gene pool does become healthier because the weak dog would not survive.

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Jagbir Dabas says:

I am having mixed breed of German shepherd rottweiler viz Jacky (age- 01 year). I am purchased him from Hisar (Haryana) India at the age of approx 03 month. He is very naughty, energetic, sensible, brave, obedient, smart and sincere dog. He is fully familiarized with my all family members. He is one of the member of my family. He is also vegetarian like my other family members. His favorite game is to tear and torn off each and every thing that is in his approach. He comes to us and take one of our stuff with him and starts biting it as soon as he sees some one coming than he run as fast as a rocket. No one can caught him at that time. After five minutes of tiring run he comes to us sits on our legs licking our face and entire body. As said above in the article, he never let any one unknown even to come closer to our family or our house. His cool and cute expressions make us to love him all the time. We just can’t ignore his presence he is so active. In sort he is youngest kid in our family. We all just love him. Though he is a bit aggressive but it appears not to be aggressiveness and his try to protect something.

Sheila Erickson says:

I am going to wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Francisco and indicate that the individual writing this assessment truly needed to do additional research. We recently lost our Sadie girl, a shepherd/rott mix that we were blessed with 11 years ago. We have had Shepherds our entire life and she was by far the best dog we have ever seen. She was the smallest out of the liter of 10 and we know for a fact that there was not 1 bad dog out of that liter. We adopted her and were lucky enough to be able to keep tabs on all of her siblings and all these dogs had the same qualities; loving, friendly and a wonderful companion. The “aggressiveness” that you indicate above I personally would actually call it protectiveness and it only came out on a handful of occasions when she felt as though one of us were being threatened; which is exactly what we intended when we chose this breed. When we are ready we definitely will be looking for another Shepherd / Rottweiler mix.

I have never met a “bad” Rottweiler / German Sheppard mix PERIOD. My best friend Kira, was the finest dog I have ever had, and she was one of those wonderful crosses. Anyone that says that these are bad dogs have got their heads planted deeply up their…rear ends. This mix seems to get the very best of both breeds!

Globerover says:

you’re welcome to put a link up to your shelter and readers could contact you directly