Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Rottle; Rottie-Poo, Standard Poodle / Rottweiler Mix
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 Rottie-Poo is a cross between a pure Poodle and a pure Rottweiler, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. The main purpose behind this otherwise unlikely mix is to create a Rottweiler-like dog with a low-shed, hypoallergenic coat. However, this result is not guaranteed. Always check with your allergist before taking home any dog.
Appearance / health:
As with any mixed breed, individuals may differ in appearance. In general, they are medium-sized dogs with medium to long coats. They shed little or almost nothing at all. Regular brushing once or twice in a week keeps their coat free of dead hair. Bathing may be done once in one or two months. Coat need to be thoroughly dried after bathing. Toenails need to be regularly clipped. Ears should be kept clean. Brushing the teeth occasionally with special paste and toothbrush prevents tartar build up.
Taking them for a walk once or twice a day keeps them physically fit and mentally agile. Puppies may be taken for shorter walks. Walks provide an opportunity for socialization, as it provides them with a chance to familiarize with different sights and sounds.
Behavior / temperament:
Well-socialized Rottie-Poos are affectionate and loyal to their families but sometimes a bit aloof with strangers. They are intelligent and quick to learn, but could be self-willed at times.Training should begin as soon as possible and needs to be firm and consistent. A stern warning in a low tone is enough, as hitting or shouting could make them shy or aggressive.