I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Australian Shepherd x Rottweiler = Aussie Rottweiler
As anyone who has owned a dog will be able to testify, owning a dog can change your life.
The happiness that a canine can introduce to your daily life is a truly amazing experience.
For that reason, many people tend to spend their time looking for the perfect dog to bring home to their own families.
If you are in this frame of mind, then you should absolutely look to pick up a particular mix of dog.
Here we are going to take a look at the following:
- What Exactly is an Aussie Rottweiler?
- What do they look like?
- How much do they weigh?
- What color is their coat?
- How big do they get height and width wise?
- What type of personality do they have?
- Do they have a good temperament?
- Are they easy to train?
- What do you need to feed them?
- A look at their average lifespan.
With so many different kinds of dog, though, you might not be 100% sure where to start with.
If you are serious about getting a mix breed of dog, then be sure to take a look at this beautiful dog.
60 - 110 lbs
8 - 15 Years
Black, Brown & Grey
Easy Going & Friendly
What is a Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix?
This particular breed of dog is a rather interesting style of canine.
It’s one that a lot of people can find very, very interesting to spend their time around.
While they are often high-energy dogs that can be quite high maintenance at first, once you build a bond, they make truly special dogs to keep around the place.
This is a dog that comes from a happy mix of the classic Australian Shepherd and a Rottweiler.
The end result is a dog with a huge amount of natural love and energy, and no shortage of excitement for, well, everything!
While some can find them hard to work with and to live around, they tend to be excellent dogs to have around the place.
Not only are they loyal and adorable dogs, but they also tend to be the kind of canine that allows you to rest, relax, and know you are probably pretty safe: few mix breeds are quite so loyal as an Aussie Rottweiler!
Size, Weight & Color - Appearance: What Do They Look Like?
When you get a dog like this, the first thing that you have to be used to is the fact that they can be quite big dogs.
For example, it’s common for an Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix to get as big as 20-25” in size.
That is quite big for a dog of this size, so make sure that you are ready for that.
Given they tend to grow up to be big and powerful dogs, too, you can expect them to weigh as much as 120lbs.
Any mix breed of these two that is under 50lbs should be best checked out, especially if it maintains that weight consistently.
They typically will be 50lbs as an absolute minimum, so anything under that is a mild cause for concern.
They are very powerful and extensively strong dogs, often coming from the Rottweiler mix that is in there.
While the Australian Shepherd is not always a big dog, the Rottweiler is almost always a dog that can hold its own due to its sheer size.
As such, your mix is likely to take after the latter.
You should also be aware that dogs like this tend to be quite annoying when it comes to their coat.
Most of the time, it will be a shade of black, brown, or grey.
Keep that in mind, as they can leave a fair amount of mess behind them as they go due to the sheer nature of their shedding.
Naturally, you will have to be ready to pick up after it and make sure that you take a lot of time to care for its coat.
If you don’t, it could end up looking a little mangy and scabby over time.
Australian Shepherd Rotty Temperament
When you get an Aussie Rotty, one thing that you will probably notice is how friendly they are.
Given most people have a misconception about a Rottweiler being an angry dog, that might worry you at first.
Why is it so friendly when it is so heavily based on the Rottweiler?
The secret is that they often get to take the charm and friendliness of the Australian Shepherd in terms of its personality.
So, if you are looking to get a dog that can be part of the family and give the kids a friend for life, this is more or less perfect for you.
They are good with kids and they have excellent patience – so you don’t need to worry about the kids annoying the dog or making it angry.
As such, you can often (once they get used to the kids) let your kids enjoy spending time with the canine without any real worries.
At first, they can be a bit anti-social, but once they come out of that shell they should be so much easier to spend time around.
Rather than aggressive or threatening, an Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix will often be quite timid at first.
When they get used to you, though, they will often be brilliant dogs to have around the place.
More importantly, though, is the fact that this kind of dog tends to be quite an easy one to keep around the house once you get it trained.
Once they are trained and they listen to your commands, they are very much likely to stand guard and watch the house for you.
This makes them excellent canines for guard dog requirements, and will normally make plenty of noise if someone is intruding on your property.
When you choose to get a dog like this, though, we recommend that you get used to the fact that they tend to need a fair amount of exercise.
However, one thing about this kind of dog is that they don’t tend to need the strenuous exercise that other mix breeds might.
They tend to be quite good for just relaxing and allowing them to rest, so you should find it a bit easier to see the Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix as a dog that you can exercise with through regular walks.
If you are not going to take it for walks on a regular basis, though, expect some of the various health problems to come up.
These are dogs with a bit of a tendency to bulk up and get fat when you do not get them exercising on a regular basis.
As such, it is surprisingly common to see these dogs get quite heavy.
If you do notice that your dog is getting a bit rotund, then take it more regular and strenuous walks.
Get it some toys to play with at home, too, that will keep it physically active.
What Do I Feed Them?
With regards to food, as we mentioned above these are dogs that do like a good bit of overeating.
They need plenty of protein, so don’t be shy about the food that you give it with protein.
Just make sure that you manage portions for it: an Aussie Rottweiler will eat more or less anything you give it, so make sure you are vigilant about how much it is actually eating.
If you are going to get it some food, then try your best to stick to a raw food diet. Most of the time, the dog will enjoy the raw food better than it does if you were to cook it for him or her.
If you want to make sure that they don’t get too heavy, then make sure you take your dog for some post-eating exercise each time.
This will make sure that they don’t retain a bit too much of the dinner that they just scuffed down at their best session rate!
If you want to help your dog stay in good shape, keep its portions smaller but the quality of food higher
Like any other breed of dog, or mix, you will find that some health issues are common.
One of the most common issues that we mentioned already is their tendency to gain weight.
That is not all, though, you can also see common problems including:
- Hip dysplasia, that can limit the movement and quality of life of your canine for many years to come.
- Osteochondritis, a serious problem that is likely to cause problems in the long-term for your dog’s mobility and quality of life.
- Parovirus is another condition common in this mix breed, so make sure you get it checked out for this dangerous viral condition regularly.
- You should also make sure that you pay attention to the dog with regards to the quality of its vision – eye problems are sadly quite common with these dogs.
- In terms of other health issues, look out for bladder problems. Often, these are dogs that can issues with their bladder as they age, so keep that in mind if you notice problems.
All of these factors are going to be something to take into account when you look at this breed.
If you would like to make sure that you pick a dog that you can trust, love, and adore having around the place, though, this mix is definitely the kind of dog that we would recommend you take a look at.
They can be tough at first, but if you get beyond the ‘tough love’ phase, you should have an amazing dog on your hands.
Life Span - Life Expectancy
When looking at the lifespan of particular breeds you can only base it off the averages and when it comes to mix breeds there's even less data to go on.
That said, what we can do is analyse both the parents' breeds.
And from there you can make a good estimate.
So looking at an Australian Shepherd - they have an average lifespan of between 12 - 15 years.
Then analysing the Rottweiler - they have an average lifespan of between 9-10 years.
So you can have a range between potentially 9-15 years.
Which is some spread - that said, you can take the middle averages too.
So 13.5 years is the middle for the Australian Shepherd whereas 9.5 years for the Rottweiler. When you combine these together you are looking at potentially 11.5 years.
This is the age that we would consider as being the average lifespan for an Australian Shepherd cross Rottweiler.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen