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German Shepherd Rottweiler

German Shepherd Rottweiler Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 22-27”
Weight: 75-115 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The German Shepherd Rottweiler is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Fawn

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-13 years
The German Shepherd Rottweiler is a hybrid breed of the Rottweiler and the German Shepherd. These two breeds are often paired together to create a wonderful combination of the qualities from both breeds. Before bringing home a pup, you need to take a look at both of the parent breeds of your puppy to identify potential health problems and conditions that may arise. Some of the health concerns that may affect the German Shepherd Rottweiler include cancer, heart problems, bloat, joint dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and allergies.

Cancer is always a concern in any pup and the German Shepherd Rottweiler has been known to develop cancerous cells in the body, so you should pay attention to your pup’s health and have him or her screened often. Cancer can develop anywhere in the body from the pituitary gland to the skin itself.

Heart problems can range from a simple irregular heart beat now and again to heart disease. It is important that you work closely with your pup’s veterinarian to perform the appropriate testing to rule out any heart conditions.

Bloat is a fatal condition when it is not treated in a timely manner. This condition occurs when your pet has too much air trapped within his or her stomach. Vets believe that this happens when your pet eats or drinks too quickly or becomes too excited after they eat. The trapped air will cause the stomach to expand and can impair the function of surrounding organs in the body.

German Shepherd Rottweilers may have joint dysplasia. It is common in larger breed dogs and it causes them a lot of pain. Joint dysplasia can be present in either the front limbs as elbow dysplasia or in the hind legs as hip dysplasia.

Hypothyroidism is another condition that you may find present in your German Shepherd Rottweiler. You will often notice this condition quickly because your pup will either be unable to gain weight or he or she will become obese. This condition affects the thyroid gland and your pup’s weight is unable to be properly controlled and managed.

Lastly, your German Shepherd Rottweiler may have allergies to certain environmental factors, substances, or ingredients in their food. If you think that your pup does have an allergy, inquire with your veterinarian to see if your pup can be tested.

The German Shepherd Rottweiler has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The German Shepherd Rottweiler is an intelligent breed of dog that will impress you every day. You will find that your pup responds to your commands and listens well. His or her intelligence allows him or her to train quickly without too many problems.

You do need to make sure that you use consistent and firm training methods since this breed can try to dominate and become the alpha. You will find that your pup does like to learn and strives to pick up on tricks quickly to keep a smile on your face.

Your German Shepherd Rottweiler will have a lot of energy and this can spell out trouble in your home, especially if your pup is not able to get the exercise he or she needs and is left at home alone. Ideally, you should have a home where your pup can run around in a fenced-in yard as much as he or she wants.

Walks are necessary, at least twice per day. You will find that your pup enjoys playing with someone out in the yard, so a game of fetch is not out of the question.

Your German Shepherd Rottweiler is protective of those that he or she loves, so you need to make sure you introduce strangers and socialize your pup to ensure aggression is not an issue.

You will find that this breed tends to bond closely with those in this pack and does show affection, but not as much as some other breeds.

Your German Shepherd Rottweiler will have no problem with children, especially if they are in the home while your pup is little. Other dogs and animals are not a problem, but as always, you should supervise your pup around any small animals and small children.


Your pup is likely to have moderate grooming needs, but it does depend on the coat your pup has. For example, if your pup has more Rottweiler in him or her, he or she will not shed much at all. If the German Shepherd coat is present, your pup will shed a good amount.

You should brush your pup once per day to remove any loose hairs and to ensure no tangles get into their coat. If your pup does have more of the German Shepherd coat, you need to prepare for shed seasons too.

Your pup will not need a bath on a regular basis and it should only be done when your pup is dirty, smelly, or during the shed season, as it does help. You should clean your German Shepherd Rottweiler’s ears to avoid any infections.

Lastly, you need to make sure you trim your pup’s nails to prevent them from growing too long. If your pup’s nails are too long, they may snag on carpet, split, or break, which is painful for your dog.


Your German Shepherd Rottweiler will consume anywhere from three to four and a half cups of dry food per day. You should purchase your pup a high-quality brand of dry food that contains all natural ingredients. You want to avoid fillers, by-products, and chemicals.

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The cost of a German Shepherd Rottweiler puppy will depend on the time you purchase one and how in demand the breed is at the time. You can expect to pay anywhere between $200 and $900 for a German Shepherd Rottweiler puppy.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The German Shepherd Rottweiler is a good family dog and does well with children and other pets. It is important that you spend time training and socializing your pup, otherwise, he or she may become aggressive or act as the pack leader. This breed ranks a 2.5.


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