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Rottweiler Poodle Mix: What You Have To Know

Rottweiler Poodle Mix: What You Have To Know

Have you heard about the Rottweiler Poodle Mix? Sounds like a crazy combination, right? The Rottle is a mixed breed dog — a cross between the Rottweiler and Poodle dog breeds. Playful, intelligent, and eager to please, these doggies inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.

These lovely and adorable pups can be excellent apartment dogs for active urban dwellers, though they do tend to thrive in homes with families. If you want a highly intelligent dog who loves to cuddle and please its humans, this might be the right dog for you! So, what are you waiting for? Go get one!

The Rottle mixed dog breed may have existed naturally over the years without any human knowledge about it, but designer breeders started intentionally mixing Rottweilers and Poodles sometime in the 1980s, most likely in North America.


Rottles are a crossbreed, so you never know what you will get. They can come in many colors, but the main colors of Rottles are brown, black, white, red, gray, and blue. Plenty of them, huh? Sometimes their coats could be solid, and sometimes they have a mix of colors. Sounds like a color lottery, isn’t it?

As the Rottle is a relatively new mixed breed, and there are few standards when it comes to size. As a mix between Rottweiler and Poodle parents, you can expect Rottles to be on the medium to large side. How about weight?

Most weigh in at 60 to 90 pounds and range in height from twelve to 27 inches at the shoulder. However, many can be smaller or larger than average. This is something that you can’t influence.


Due to their high intelligence, they can be a bit destructive if they get bored or don’t have anything to occupy them. So keep them busy. They can also grow protective of their favorite humans and may bark at unexpected guests. So you can feel safe anytime with them. If you want a watchdog who is also super snuggly with your family, the Rottle may be the perfect dog for you.

These dogs are incredibly trainable since they are very smart, and the sooner you start with training, the better. Rottles who are not trained or socialized may develop negative coping patterns like resource protection and have destructive attitudes. Be sure to use a lot of positive reinforcement with your Rottle, as they crave your validation.


The Rottle breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Rottweiler and Poodle also face. However, you should be aware of it and well informed. While most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups. Nothing to worry too much about.

Here you can find the list of the more common health problems Rottles suffer from include:

  • Heart issues
  • Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Care
  • Von Williebrand’s Disease


An ideal Rottle diet should be formulated for a medium-sized breed with lots of energy since they are a very physically active breed. They have a tendency to gain weight if they are overfed, so you should stick to a regular feeding schedule and not leave food out during the day – it would be a delicious delicacy for your pup. Limit their amount of treats, too!

As with all dogs, the Rottle’s dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Rottle’s diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs–including weight, energy, and health–to make a specific recommendation. But don’t worry, you just need to apply your basic personal management skills and your pup will be in perfect shape! 

Coat Color And Grooming

Rottle coats are often a mix of their Rottweiler and Poodle parents’ coats and colors, and as said at the beginning of the article, they can come in many colors such as brown, black, white, red, gray, and blue.

Their fur can be one-layered, like Rottweilers, or double-layered, thick, and curly, like Poodles. They tend to be lower shedding dogs, but that doesn’t mean they’re hypoallergenic. A good brushing every other day should keep your Rottle’s coat healthy. Your pup will be thankful for this gesture!

Although they have thicker fur, do not leave your Rottle out in extremely hot or cold temperatures. You may need to apply sunscreen to the ears, nose, and sensitive areas where there’s less fur coverage in the summer month, so you can keep them safe from the negative impacts that the sun can have on them. In the end, monitor your Rottle outside, and be sure not to leave them out alone, and be sure that they will never leave you alone too.

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My name is Katy and I am 27. I love to travel and you would be surprised how good I am at karaoke. 🙂 Passionate dog lover and a "mother" to a beautiful toy puddle named Zara. I work as a volunteer in a local shelter and I am a veterinary assistant helping our four-legged friends every day.