I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Rottweiler x Doberman = Rotterman
When you want to bring a dog into your life, the sheer number of options out there can make doing so tough.
If you are worried that you might be bringing in the wrong kind of dog, then work out what you want a dog for.
If it is a dog that you want for protection, for company, and for the promise of it being a fearless defender of the family, then you should look at getting a Rottweiler or a Doberman.
However, if you cannot decide on what one you would prefer, why not look at getting a ‘Rotterman’?
Otherwise known as a Rottweiler Doberman mix, a Rotterman sounds more like the worst superhero in the world.
However, they are brilliant dogs to have about the place; the kind of allies and companions that you know will do everything in their power to keep you safe and to avoid you ever being hurt.
That is why, for many, going for a cross between them is the best choice.
When you want a fearless canine that can grow to respect you and to spend time with you, then a Rottweiler Doberman mix definitely is a good dog. Is it for you, though?
What Do They Look Like?
The first thing that you will want to get a grip on is how the dog actually looks in the first place.
For most, a Rotterman will be a dog that looks very strong and powerful.
Despite only being around 70-110lb in size in terms of weight, they are classified as large dogs.
They can grow to be numerous sizes, and this comes from their background as herding, working, and/or molosser work.
That makes it a particularly interesting breed of dog: light but powerful.
One thing that stands out immediately about a Rotterman, though, is their look.
It is hard to find a dog breed that is so dependent on the parent.
You could see a pair of Rotterman’s standing next to each other, and not have a clue that it’s two dogs that come from the same kind of mix.
They are far more likely to look like one parent than the other, meaning that they tend to create very distinctive looking dogs.
Mixed in with their unique short and smooth coats, the crossbreed is very interesting indeed.
It can have anything from a rich red to a beautiful brown coat, as well as rusty-style coats. Fawn is quite common, too, as is a mix of black or even blue.
This creates rather unique, robust looking dogs that certainly look as if they know their way around the world.
In terms of height, they could be anything as high as 26” in height.
This leaves you with a dog that looks powerful and can really show off its physical prowess.
Despite not being the biggest or strongest dog in the world, in terms of weight, they make up for it in size.
Temperament, Traits & Personality
When you get a dog like this, you naturally want to know that it can sit at peace and that it can play by the rules.
When you worry you might have a dog on your hands that is not so likely to do so, you might be put off.
Don’t worry, there is a reason that this crossbreed is a dog breed that is liked by so many.
For one, they are brilliant with kids.
Children love them as they are cute and adorable dogs, while their impressive intellect means that they are very unlikely to ever strike out at a child.
As a parent, that can give you a unique sense of peace of mind.
When you own a dog like this, you are getting a dog that is smart.
It’s energetic, too, so you will have to be ready to handle a dog that does not mind jumping around and being the life and soul of the party.
While that can be a bit challenging at first, you soon grow to get used to this kind of dog is a more energetic and aggressive – but not in a bad way.
They will love to play around and use their considerable frame when jumping around with an adult.
With a child, though?
It’s rare to ever see a dog like these ever really do anything other than help the kids have a good time.
And if you do worry about it not being a dog that is good around kids, simply tell it.
These are among the most obedient, friendly dogs in the world.
You will be able to put a dog like this straight in terms of discipline without any real issues moving forward.
When it comes to obedience, they listen, and they learn.
You could work with a trainer to help you if you need it, but most of the time these are dogs that will learn almost entirely based off of your actions.
That gives you an immense sense of power and control over the situation, meaning that you should feel pretty confident about retaining your command over the dog as time goes on.
If you wish to retain power and dominance, then a dog like this is a dog perfectly trained to listen to you.
Exercising & Fitness
So, the first thing you have to realise is that a dog like this is made for getting out and about the place.
However, they are intelligent enough to know that – so long as you give them something to do – that you cannot be at home all the time.
As such, you can give them plenty to do out in the garden and your dog should have no problem at all in enjoying doing this.
One thing about a dog that makes it so interesting, though, is that this particular breed will like going for long hikes.
Try and plan going for at least one hike of at least 40 minutes in length one day per weekend.
And, if possible, take it for at least a 20 minute walk during the week.
Powerful and strong dogs, these need to be exercised and given a chance to work out.
Take a ball with you and make sure that you can give your big canine something to play around with.
As smart dogs, they tend to get quite unimpressed if you don’t bring any party tricks to the table, so make sure you keep exercise fun and varied!
Feeding & Diet
These are interesting dogs in that they will generally eat just about anything.
We recommend that if you go down the dog food route, try to give them anything from 4-5 cups of dry dog food in a day.
That being said, some of these dogs will tend to get on better if you feed them with a raw diet. It depends a lot on their upbringing and their parents.
We recommend that you take your dog to see a vet for some specific diet advice.
They can tell you what your dog should be eating, and what allergies you will need to look out for.
One of the most important things with a dog like this is making sure that their rather odd diets can be controlled.
They tend to be dogs that can be quite picky – or, at least, their bodies are.
While a Doberman Rottweiler mix can eat most foods without complaining, they might involuntarily complain all over the place later!
So, keep that in mind: when you get a dog like these, you need to feed it properly.
It won’t say no to just about any kind of food, but their bodies tend to be a lot fussier than their mouths!
Sadly, like any other dog, you could find that your Rottweiler Doberman mix is going to suffer from some health issues over the years. Some of the most common issue with a Rottweiler Doberman mix include:
- Problems with hypothyroidism, seeing your dog gain alarming amounts of weight in a short space of time.
- Problems with their ability to walk, caused by hip and elbow dysplasia. This can start young and get worse, which is common in this breed of dog.
- Bloating is a common problem, and if you notice your dog swelling up at all then a trip to the vet immediately is essential: bloating is life-threatening to a Rottweiler Doberman mix.
- Allergic reactions to many things are common, but it does depend on the power and health of the parents. If its mother and father had allergies, they might be likely to do so.
- Heart issues are commonplace, too, and can become a big problem for these dogs. It requires a strong diet to help avoid such an issue from getting out of hand.
If you intend on owning a dog that you can call your own and feel has your back, then, you should look to get one of these.
They are brilliant big dogs that, to the right owner, could give you all the help and support you need to feel like you made a good choice.
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
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on June 15, 2019:
Wow, this is super interesting, I didn't realize they were being crossbred