Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Rotweiler Pitbull Mix, Pitweiler
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation APBT / Rottweiler is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Rotweiler, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Know how to train and socialize a large, powerful dog with lots of energy and a need for purpose. The reality is that some of these muscular mixes may be created by breeders with questionable intentions. Be aware of your own abilities to establish yourself as a loving alpha. This mix will not be right for everyone.
Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but in general with the Pitweiler you can expect a large, muscular dog. Some of them have an obvious "bully" appearance in the face and body.
Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the intent behind the Pitweiler is to create a loyal, protective guardian that will deter all but the most determined intruder. The trouble is that you're getting the traits of two dominant, strong-willed, and powerful breeds. If you are a tentative or inexperienced owner, you could be completely run over. Know how to properly socialize a muscular protective breed so that you end up with a loyal companion rather than an insurance liability.
guard dogs, sweet temperament, home protection, lovable personality, highly loyal breed
high prey drive