American Bulldog / Rottweiler Mixed Breed Dogs
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Dozer the American Bullweiler at 1 1/2 years old and about 113 pounds—"He is a lot of fun, has a fantastic personality and is a wonderful companion."
American Bull Rottie
The American Bullweiler is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the American Bulldog and the Rottweiler. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in any of the breeds in the hybrid. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
- DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Dozer the American Bullweiler at 1 1/2 years old and about 113 pounds riding on the golf cart
Dozer the American Bullweiler puppy at 6 months old
Dozer the American Bullweiler puppy at 6 months old
Dozer the American Bullweiler as a young puppy sitting out in the grass
Dozer the American Bullweiler puppy at 14 weeks old—"I purchased a puppy from a friend that bred her American Bulldog (female) with a Rottweiler (male). The mother had a litter of 10 puppies. His temperament is wonderful and he is a lot of fun. Very obedient and aims to please (much like the Rottweiler). We are enjoying our new puppy; he is a lot of fun."
Dozer the American Bullweiler puppy at 14 weeks old
Dozer the American Bullweiler puppy at 14 weeks old
Duke the American Bullweiler at 3 1/2 years old-"Duke is a beautiful dog, very eager to please, very smart and easy to train. He is definitely the protector of our house and yard. He does his rounds every morning, walking the perimeter of the yard, chasing any animals who happened to jump our privacy fence or crawl under, even "chasing" the birds in the trees away. He has grown up with our female Pit Bull, Pixie, and they are best of friends. He is very vocal, if you don't respond to his request immediately his bark gets louder until you do. He likes his head on a pillow of some sort, like your legs, side or an actual pillow. He is definitely a jealous guy and can be a real bully to Pixie, claiming all the toys as his own. He is a very heavy lap dog, weighing around 115 lbs. He can cover quite a bit of ground when he runs, and he "prances" around the house when playing. Our home would not be the same without him!"
Duke the American Bullweiler at 3 1/2 years old
Duke the American Bullweiler at 3 1/2 years old
Duke the American Bullweiler at 3 1/2 years old
Duke the American Bullweiler at 3 1/2 years old with Pixie the Pit Bull.
"This is a picture of Gracie. We rescued Gracie from the Oregon Humane Society in 2007. Her paperwork stated that she was a Rott / Shep mixed breed. She looked very "Shepherdy" and my children and I always disagreed on what type of Shepherd she was. Last month I took her to the vet for her regular check-up and asked the doctor if there was any way that she could identify the type of Shepherd she was; I guessed Aussie, and my kids guessed German."
"The vet informed me that there was now a DNA test that dogs can take, which is similar to the DNA tests that humans have access to to determine paternity or cultural background. We decided to have the test and were so surprised when the results came back that Gracie was a Rott / American Bulldog mix. It is amazing how much she looks like one of the pictures of this breed mix that you have on your web page."
Gracie the Rott / American Bulldog mix (American Bullweiler)
Gracie the Rott / American Bulldog mix (American Bullweiler) as a puppy
Snoop the adult American Bullweiler (American Bulldog / Rottweiler mix)
"This is Hershey. She is an adorable American Bulldog / Rottweiler puppy mix breed. She is super sweet and loves to give kisses (throwback to the name)! She is actually a pretty calm, laid-back puppy. She loves to play but never gets over-excited. I have four kids including two toddlers and she never jumps up on them or knocks them over. She was a rescue from a shelter in a nearby city and we are grateful to be her forever family."
Hershey the American Bulldog / Rottweiler mix (American Bullweiler) puppy
Hershey the American Bulldog / Rottweiler mix (American Bullweiler) puppy
Duke, an American Bulldog / Rottweiler mix
Pitweiler – Strong and Loyal Medium Dog Breed (Pitbull Rottweiler Mix)
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix is a hybrid dog that combines the impressive prowess of a Rottweiler and an American pit bull terrier. Everything from its temperament to how it looks will take after its parents. It means that you can expect to get an independent, intelligent, agile, and loyal canine, but the physical attributes remain unpredictable. When appropriately trained, these dog breeds make an excellent addition to your family and a protective guard dog at the same time.
But before you get a Rottie Pit, there are several considerations that you must face. These dogs are subject to stereotyping and may gain negative remarks from your family and neighborhood. Both parent breeds have a reputation for being strong-willed. It will require lots of patience and determination from your end to help them become well-behaved adult dogs. Coming from highly-intelligent parents, you can also expect them to learn quickly. Their independence and stubbornness sometimes make it challenging to train them, but if you are confident in your capabilities of handling such a strong mix breed, then you will be okay with your decision.
Read on to know more about the surprising traits, care, exercise, and training needs of the powerful Rottweiler and Pitbull mix.
The Pitweiler Has a Powerful Origin
Pitbull Rottweiler mix is one of the famous groups of mixed-breed dogs known as a designer dog. These are the dogs that have been bred deliberately with the use of 2 purebreds. Crossbreeding is done to achieve better health, improved physical attributes, and temperament. But some breeds are crossed without clear intent on what breeders want to achieve.
In the case of the Pitweiler, there is no exact reason why they are mixed. The cross was made mostly in the United States. Both parent dogs of this dog mix are dominant, smart, powerful, and have a history of aggression. Thus, seeing a Pitweiler for the first time raises a lot of questions. To understand this crossbreed better, let us get to know more about their parent breed firsts.
Rottweiler is a large dog breed weighing up to 135 pounds for males and about 100 pounds for females. They have solid and muscular bodies. These dogs are known for their strength and abilities as a working dog.
Typically, Rotts have distinctive coloration. Most of this dog breed has black coats with rust-colored markings on the legs, chest, and face.
Like most dog breeds, their coats are double-layered, short, and straight. The outer coat protects them from extreme weather, and the inner shorter coat is softer.
The Pit bulls
Pitbulls are not a single dog breed. It pertains to a group of canines that includes several breeds. All of them are linked genetically and are descendants from terrier and bulldog mix.
Pit bull Terrier dogs share similar qualities and temperaments. In some cases, it is not easy to visually differentiate Pitbull breeds. In fact, in some shelters, mixed breeds and unrelated canines are all tagged as Pit bulls.
Physically, Pitbull terriers have bulky, compact bodies with a strong square head. They are medium-sized breeds, but exact height and weight can vary widely according to their breed. They vary in coloration, and some have rare coats in shades of blue or red. They are brachycephalic or short-nosed; thus, they are prone to various respiratory conditions.
What They Look Like Will Always Be An Endearing Surprise
Like other canine mixes, nothing is certain when it comes to the physical qualities of the Pitweiler puppy. They can have different colorations or many markings. Its coat’s color varies according to what the parents look like, specifically the side of the Pitbull terrier. You will find brown and black puppies, to black, white, and brown ones. Whatever color they have, Rottweiler mixes are indeed a beautiful creature.
But they have a coat that is mostly double-layered and shed regularly. These dogs are not particularly weather-resistant; thus, you have to check on them during extreme weather conditions. When it comes to its coat’s thickness, it can have either a short mane similar to the American pit bull terrier or something much thicker when it takes the Rottweiler side. Either way, this breed is not a huge shedder, so you don’t have to worry if you want your pet to stay indoors. Just don’t forget to groom it regularly for your pet to feel and look its best.
A cross between the Rotts and Pits yields medium or large-sized dogs. They can weigh from 60 to 30 pounds on average. Even during the puppy stages, you will already notice that they vary in sizes. However, their puppy sizes do not guarantee their adult size when they are fully grown. Thus, we recommend that you take this mix only if you are prepared to handle a potentially massive, independent-minded, and healthy dog.
It will also have thick padded large paws and strong legs, and a curly and long tail. It will be up to you if you like to leave your pet’s ears cropped or naturally droopy. They are likely to have a broad, square head. For most people, Pitweilers look like extra-bulky American Pit bull terrier dogs.
All in all, you can look forward to getting a canine with a proud appearance, and depending on which parent got the slightly stronger genes, the resulting offspring can have a more obvious Rottweiler or Pit bull gait and look.
Other Names for Pitweiler
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix is a large designer dog crossbreed with exceptional talents in agility, tracking, guarding, and competitive obedience. Some of the most common names given to this hybrid include the following:
- Rottweiler Pit bull mix
- Rottie Pit
- American Petweiler
- Rotten Pit
- Rottweiler Pit
The Pitweiler Temperament
Just like its physical attributes, puppy mixes generally inherit their parents’ temperaments. A portion of how they behave or act is genetic. For instance, guard dogs will take on guarding instincts. However, a significant part of their temperament is influenced by how they are raised. Early socialization and training will likely lead to a friendly and accepting pet despite their strong territorial instinct.
The Rottweilers are herders, cart-pullers, and guard dogs. They helped owners perform cattle work, guard farms, and were even tagged as “Butcher’s Dog” because of their work type.
These dogs are typically aloof and untrusting of strangers because of their guarding instincts. They tightly bond with their owners and are not overly friendly, nor are they naturally aggressive.
Rotts can independently herd and guard cattle without direct human guidance. These dogs are alert, patient, and they are not as hyper as other breeds. They do not crave a lot of attention, but they love their family and spend time close to them.
On the other hand, the American Pit bull is portrayed as aggressive and independent. But these days, people have realized that they are highly adaptable to family life. They make excellent family dogs and playmates for kids. Pit bulls are people-oriented, and they love cuddling with their owners.
With early socialization and training, American Pit bull terrier can become warmer and less aloof to strangers. They also love playing around, but they remain calm in stressful situations.
Photos of Rottweiler Pitbull Mix
Pitweilers Are Devoted Family Pets
Who would have thought that a mix of two strong and independent breeds can give you a devoted and loving pet? Pitweilers are laid back canines who can calmly deal with different types of situations. They are not prone to anxiety issues nor get easily stressed. And because of that, they are perfect choices for families who may not be around during the day.
There is no trace of aggression in this mixed breed. Though they inherit aloofness towards strangers, they are not aggressive towards them. They do not care about other people except for their families.
Many people second-guess how their mixed breed canine will behave once they grow up. For the Rottweiler Pit bull mix, there is a lot of misinformation about its temperament, and it can be distressing to some owners.
To find out more about your Rottweiler Pitbull mix puppy’s potential temperaments, try to visit and get to know its parents first.
They are Easy to Train and Socialize
Both Pitbulls and Rottweiler have some genetic predisposition in them to be a bit more aggressive to animals and people compared to other breeds. However, it is essential to remember that once in the right hands and socialized and trained by the right people; the Rottweiler mix can grow to become among the most amazing dogs you have ever seen in your life.
Things can only become extremely dangerous when the two parents or the mixed-breed offspring have been raised within unhealthy environments and don’t get the right socialization and training. When this happens, the canine can grow up exhibiting aggressive and dangerous behaviors most of the time.
This breed is also very popular for mistaking small animals as prey in the wild. It is the very reason why it is a must that you properly socialize your Pit bull Rottweiler mix puppies as early as possible to refrain them from growing up with such behavior.
Also, you have to take note that this breed can again be dominating and become the leader in your relationship with them, a situation that you have to deal with through proper training from a very young age.
But, there is no need to worry because this particular breed is also notorious for its high levels of intelligence and the fact that they love spending quality time with their owners and making them happy, something that you would like to happen during the training. Provided that you know what you are doing when you train this crossbreed, you will not encounter any difficulties during the process.
One more thing to remember is that the breed can also adopt the love for dominance from the Rottweiler and Pitbull parents that can sometimes become evident when you train them, wherein they can act as if they are the leader, and they decide what will go down and what will not.
For those who lack experience in training such breeds, please leave it to the hands of certified professionals who know what they are doing.
Don’t forget that the most important thing here is that, like other dogs, a Rottweiler Pitbull mix will be best receptive to socialization and training when they are still relatively younger. The older dogs become, the more difficult the training will become, as they will be less receptive, with the progress going much slower.
However, take note that there are instances that female Pitbull Rottweiler dogs do not get along with some female dogs. It can be resolved during training and addressed with proper socialization at an early age. Training must also be just about teaching the dog on how to deal with and activities around people properly. It is also about teaching your kids how to deal or interact with the dog.
They Have High Exercise Requirements
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix is a dog that has tons of energy levels inside it. This energy should be released regularly by giving them the necessary outlets for exercise and physical activities throughout the day. Through this, you can be assured that your dog is mentally stimulated and physically healthy. Generally, give your dog sixty to ninety minutes of physical activity daily by running, playing games, walking in the park, etc.
They Are Prone to Certain Health Concerns
Pitweiler dogs inherit their physical appearance and temperaments from their parents. However, it is not only the good things that mix breeds can get from both its parents. They are also predisposed to health concerns that affect both the Pitbulls and the Rottweilers. Here are some of the health issues that you should look out for if you have a Pitweiler puppy mix as a pet.
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia – this condition is common in most dogs, but it is prevalent in Rottweilers. It is the abnormal development of the hip or elbow joint. Dogs with this condition live with worsening pain. It can be corrected through surgery, but it can be a costly procedure.
- Cataracts – this health issue is common in both Rottweiler and Pitbull breeds; thus, it is not surprising to see that it also affects the Pitweiler. Dogs with this condition develop an opaque eye lens. It can lead to vision problems or blindness. Fortunately, cataracts in canine can be surgically treated.
- Gastric Torsion – commonly known as “dog bloat,” this condition is common in large dog breeds. Bloat can be due to twisting in the stomach, which leads to enlargement of the abdomen. It can be a dangerous condition that can sometimes be fatal to your pet.
- Addison’s Diseases – this health condition occurs when the canine’s adrenal glands do not produce much steroid hormones vital for your pets’ health. Some common symptoms include weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, lesson, and loss of appetite.
- Aortic Stenosis – this health issue affects the heart and blood system of your dog. If they suffer from these diseases, the blood flowing through their heart decreases, and the aortic valve becomes stiff and narrowed. Some of the first symptoms are intolerance to exercise and lethargy.
Most canine diseases can be prevented with proper care and nutrition. Although these health concerns affect the Pitbulls and the Rottweilers, it does not necessarily mean that your Pitweiler mix will automatically get the same health issues. However, you must pay attention to any symptoms of your pet. Take them regularly for veterinary checks to address any illness before they get worse.
It is Easy to Care for Rottweiler Pitbull Mix
Pitweiler is not renowned for being an excessive shedder, and that means it is perfectly fine for you to brush your coat several times a week. Nevertheless, it can change a bit in shedding season, particularly during the spring season, in which case you might want to up your brushing off their coats to around a day until everything gets back to normal. As far as bathing your dog is concerned, it would be best only to do so when needs arise. Or when there are no special conditions they have that need you to stick to the bathing schedule.
Never forget to brush your dog’s teeth regularly, around four times a week, to ensure that they do not develop any dental issues. The other grooming practices are nail trimming and ear cleaning. These should be left for professional groomers to regularly do as you may go wrong with either of such two and would cause pain to your Pitweiler dog if you do not know what you are doing and do not have enough experience with it. Just remember that this dog mix requires ear cleaning frequently.
Owning a Pitbull Rottweiler Mix is Costly
The puppy, Pitbull Rottweiler mix, might cost between $150 and $800. Some coats to cover include collar and leash, deworming, blood tests, crate, chipping and shots, and spaying. It comes from $450 up to $500. The yearly basic medical requirements for check-ups, pet insurance, flea prevention, and shots might come to $485-$600. Some annual costs include treats, foods, training, license, and toys come to $520-$620.
You also have the option to find a Pitbull Rottweiler mix that is up for adoption. These dogs are one of those mixed breeds that are often misunderstood, and they end up in shelters and rescue centers. Adopting a strong and independent mix also poses several challenges. It should be made clear that adopting an adult Pitweiler mix will require extra effort and patience on your part for them to trust you and for your relationship to work out. Adoption fees are also minimal; some shelters only ask for donations to cover food and shelter, neutering and spaying fees, and adoption processing fees.
A Note on Owning Pitbulls and Rottweiler Mixes
Before pursuing a mixed Rottweiler and Pitbull for your pet, you have to check your local ordinance regarding these breeds. There are states in the US and some other countries where it is illegal to breed or own Pitbull pure-breed and crosses, including Pitweilers. Authorities in these areas consider this dog breeds a danger to public safety; thus, it is not allowed in their neighborhoods.
Pet lovers can debate their Pitbull mixes’ exceptional qualities and how treatment, environment, and surroundings influence a dog’s behavior. But since ordinances and laws are already in place, it is best to abide by them, even if it means that you cannot get a Pitweiler puppy as a pet.
Pitweiler as Excellent Family Dogs
Like having any dog, you need to be sure that you can set aside tons of energy and time to love and train it. The worst thing you can do is delegating such mandatory tasks to somebody else as it can confuse Rottweiler Pit in determining the owner. See that you have a yard because these dogs need lots of exercises and enjoy spending time outside.
Apartment living isn’t suitable for Pitbull Rottweiler mix’s strength and size, so unless you live in the penthouse with its grass and balcony, never consider getting Pitweiler as your pet. You should also make sure that you have the mental and physical strength to train and take care of this dog mix. It isn’t even going to be a piece of cake. The reason behind it is that this dog is strong-willed, yet if you dedicate energy and time to training and socializing it well, you’ll emerge out of it with a best friend that features unflinching love and loyalty and one that’s willing to do everything for you.
Pitweiler, once well-trained, loved, raised, and socialized, can be an excellent family dog, most especially for experienced owners. This dog mix is faithful and dedicated, loving and affectionate, smart, and protective. Nevertheless, the dog is dominant by nature, so you have to deal with that without resorting to the negative measures.
However, the Pitbull Rottweiler mix is often misjudged as an aggressive dog. It is because of the dark history that its parent breeds have. Some people consider them unfit to be family pets or to have around children. It will be up to you to correct this perception.
Do you have a Rottweiler Pitbull mix as a family pet? Did you have a hard time training and socializing them? Please share with us your experience in having this controversial mixed breed.
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Rottweiler Pitbull Mix – Breed Facts And Info
There is sometimes confusion over what actually constitutes a Pitbull dog breed but what is it called when it’s a Rottweiler and Pitbull Mix? This mixed breed is often referred to as a:
- Rottweiler mix
- Pitbull Rottweiler mix
- Rottweiler Pitbull mix
- Rottbull, Rottie Pit
- Rotten Pit
- Or simply just another Pitbull mix dog.
A Rottweiler Pitbull mix, most commonly referred to as a Pitweiler, is a very strong, large-sized, mixed-breed dog that would make a good guard dog, or family watch dog.
Pitweilers come in a variety of coat colors, depending on the parent mix, but they are all likely to inherit a short coat, wide head and deep muzzle, with big teeth!
Despite its somewhat fearsome appearance a Pitweiler can be loyal and loving, but is sometimes aloof. It is a very energetic and solidly-built dog whose exercise requirements should not be underestimated. This muscular dog is active and will need supervision around young children and other dogs.
With early behavioral and socialization training this dog breed can be both affectionate and protective, and become a loyal family dog.
A Pitweiler puppy is a great example of a very cute mixed breed dog.
A brief history of the Rottweiler Pitbull mix
A Rottweiler Pitbull mix is a cross between a purebred Rottweiler dog and a Pitbull-type dog.
When two different dog breeds are intentionally mixed it what’s known as a designer dog; this hybrid dog is sometimes nicknamed a ‘Rottie’.
The parent breeds’ history:
History of the Rottweiler – a purebred dog
The Rottweiler is a purebred large dog breed that was used to herd and guard cattle, when traveling with Roman soldiers in their quest to conquer Europe; their primary food source on route. Their alertness, discipline and endurance made them the ideal guard dog.
Fact: The Rottweiler is considered the oldest known herding dog with its origins traceable back to Roman times, where they are believed to have descended from Roman drover dogs: a mastiff-like dog.
Their intelligence, strength, and energy levels meant that these large dogs proved useful during the World Wars as guard dogs and for messenger and ambulance duties. They are still used today for this type of support and search and rescue activity.
History of the Pitbull – a mixed breed dog
During the early 19th century, in the United Kingdom, there was a desire to create strong dogs for pit and dog fighting, bull-baiting, bear-baiting and other aggressive-type blood sports for entertainment.
Old English Bulldogs and Old Terrier dog breeds were crossbred for this purpose
This combined the fierce nature and loyalty characteristics of the Bulldog and the intelligence and cunning nature of the Terrier breed to produce a perfect breed for dog fighting: the Pitbull.
Fact: The original Old English Bulldogs and the Old English Terriers are both now extinct breeds
Around 1845, these Pitbull mixed breed dogs soon made it to the US and were bred specifically as fighting dogs. They became known by the name American Pitbull Terrier and were recognized as a part of the bull dog breed. They are often referred to as a bully breed or dangerous dog breed with a prey drive.
However, shortly after arriving in America it was realized that this Pitbull mixed breed dog, in the right hands, was actually a loving and caring pooch around children. This earned it the nickname ‘The Nanny Dog’.
The American Pitbull Terrier is a pure bred dog but it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). It is however recognized by the UK Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeders Association.
Fact: In 1835, Great Britain, UK, introduced Animal Welfare laws and banned blood sports such as bull baiting and bear baiting.
In 1898, the United Kennel Club (UK) recognized the American Pit Bull terrier breed.
In 1976, dog fighting was finally banned in all states of America
Fact: ‘Pitbull’, is the generic name given to a breed of dog that is part of the Bulldog or Terrier breeds, such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit bull Terrier.
Although the Pitbull breed is not registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC), some individual breeds within the Bull dog and Terrier types of dogs are.
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix is the impressive hybrid offspring of these two well-known and powerful dogs and is slowly gaining popularity as a family dog, as much as it is recognized as a watch dog.
It is not known exactly when the Rottweiler Pitbull mix dog was first bred, or why, but as they are both naturally strong and determined dogs perhaps they just seemed a natural combination for a protective mixed breed of dog.
Fact: This mixed breed dog may be listed on the dangerous dog in many countries and therefore banned.
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix –Colors and pattern
As the Pitweiler is a mixed breed dog, its appearance is more difficult to predict than a purebred dog. Considering the parent breeds there is a range of possible coat colors for this pooch.
A Pitweiler can come in a wide range of colors and patterns, including: Black and Tan, Brown, White, Blue, and Fawn with a merle or brindle pattern (associated with the Pitbull parent)
Fact: ‘Brindle’ describes the dog coat color and pattern: a Tiger Stripe pattern. The base color is normally a fawn, tawny brown or dark brown.
What are the main characteristics of a Pitweiler?
As a crossbred dog, Pitbull Rottweiler mixes can inherit the characteristics of either parent or both. It is thought that a crossbred dog is more likely to inherit health problems than purebred dogs; however, a puppy mixed dog can inherit all, some or none of the health problems its parent breeds have.
Fact: Not all dogs from mixed breeds inherit 50% of their characteristics from one parent and 50% from the other. It can be heavily weighted towards the characteristics of one parent more than the other.
In the example of the Pitweiler puppy, it can be more like a Rottweiler puppy than a Pit mix puppy, or more like the pit bull-type dogs.
The characteristics of Pitweilers are a combination of nature and nurture: genetics of the parents, the environment, and the quality, type, and amount of training and socialization.
Loyalty and companionship
Any Rottweiler mix or Pitbull mix breed dog, when trained and socialized properly, can make a loyal companion, for any doggie lover. They can be very loving and affectionate dogs and enjoy company, and the more active their lifestyle the better.
Any Pit mix dog is still associated with its previous reputation as a bully-dog breed, with a prey drive; famous for dog fighting. The Rottweiler, like the German Shepherd, is a confident breed that looks fiercer than its behavior displays.
Any Pit bull mix breed such as the American Staffordshire Terrier is often misunderstood and still suffers from the stigma of a dangerous dog, not a family pet-type breed of dog. However, owners of Rottie Pits know that when handled correctly and properly trained they can be an affectionate and caring family dog.
Although they are growing in popularity as a dog breed, they don’t actually rank that highly in the lists of the world’s most popular dogs!
This mix is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as it is not a purebred dog.
The Rottweiler purebred dog is recognized by the AKC and ranks the 8th most popular dog in the US. The Pitbull is not a purebred dog and is therefore not recognized by the AKC and therefore not ranked in their most popular dogs list.
The general ‘Bull’ dog breed is and ranks as the 5th most popular dog in the US.
A Pitweiler puppy needs to be trained and socialized as early as possible. This is another strong and muscular dog breed that needs to learn control. Positive reinforcement and reward-based training is advisable for this dog breed as is very confident and needs to build trust with its owner.
A Pitbull Rottweiler mix dog should be trained slowly, not be negatively punished, challenged directly, or locked up for misbehavior. Always reinforce change gradually and praise good behavior and learning. Clicker training works well with this dog breed.
This mixed breed is no more likely to bite than any other dog breed however with their physical strength and very powerful jaw means that any attack is likely to leave lasting damage.
The Pitweiler is very energetic so a Pitweiler Pitbull puppy will need at least one hour a day minimum, building up 1-2 hours a day in adulthood
Power and intelligence:
They are smart, very powerful with a muscular, solid build from two breeds can be aggressive if not trained and handled properly. Only knowledge of the parents’ history will indicate how powerful it might become.
Early socialization and learning discipline is strongly recommended for any Pitbull mix dog. This type of hybrid dog with two very strong, guard dog-type parents needs to become used to other dogs and children if it is to fit in. A busy and very active family environment is best.
Both parents were bred as fearless working dogs, one for fighting and the other for herding. Over time both have used their skills for good activities such as search and rescue, as both can follow orders and commands. A Rottie Pit can be a disciplined and protective family pet.
This breed can be strong-willed and needs to be trained early as it can easily and will become destructive. Children should not be left alone with any Rottweiler mix or Pit mix and must be taught how to treat these dogs with respect; the dos and don’ts around any powerful dog.
Physical Characteristics of the Pitweiler
Size: The Rottweiler Pitbull mix is considered a large-sized dog breed that has a solid and muscular build, with the appearance of a fearsome guard dog.
|Height||18-25” (46-64cm)||17-20” (43-51cm)|
|Weight||40lb- 100lb (18-45kg)||40lb- 100lb (18-45kg)|
|Lifespan||12-15 years||12-15 years|
|Litter Size||Average 8 puppies/litter|
Coat: A short coat that is can be light and fine like the Pitbull or thick and dense like the Rottweiler. This breed does not shed much
Color: The coat color is influenced by the parents, and can be Black and Tan, Brown, Fawn, White or Blue with a merle or brindle pattern
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix can be strong-willed and stubborn. This Rottie has a very high energy level and can become a destructive mutt when not exercised enough. With careful training and socialization they can be affectionate, loving and loyal and very protective of their family.
How should you train a Rottweiler Pitbull mix dog?
Both the Rottweiler breed and the Pitbull type breed have a reputation for being aggressive and dangerous if not trained properly. The boundaries need to be set early for this mixed breed dog. Gradual fun and positive reinforcement and reward based training work best.
Never hit or raise your voice to this breed during training as it may challenge this Pitweiler to react negatively.
Types of training required: obedience, discipline, agility and socialization.
So, if you are not going to use a professional dog trainer:
1) Develop your basic command words: Find keywords such as Stop, Sit, Down, etc. and be consistent each time you use them with positive reinforcement and small treats as a reward. This hybrid dog will try to dominate and this must be controlled early in training.
2) Crate – Buy a crate and gently get this puppy used to going into it. This will eventually become its nest and it will sleep there. You will have to lock the cage in the early days so it knows it has to sleep there and it’s useful to experience for when you need to transport it.
3) Potty training – May be hit and miss for any new puppy who gets easily excited and lacks control, however products are available, such as mats and odor sprays to attract puppy go to the same spot each time. Eventually the puppy with your help, will learn where and where not to go. They will eventually become creatures of habit and regulate their need and place to use.
4) Walking on a leash – Voice commands and road awareness is important for puppy’s safety.
Health problems and health issues
What health issues can a Rottweiler Pitbull mix suffer from?
Hip Dysplasia (and elbow dysplasia) – this is common in many large breeds of dog. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint, where the ball at the top of the leg does not fit properly into the socket and the ligaments attaching it are weak. This allows excess movement of the fitting which can eventually lead to stiffness and pain for the dog.
Continuous use, wear and tear with this highly active breed can lead to hip degeneration in one or sometimes both hips causing pain and a limit on the dog’s mobility. Even with early diagnosis and treatment, it can lead to further issues such as arthritis, extreme pain, and even osteoarthritis.
Early warning signs are visual stiffness then walking, a reluctance to get up when prompted and a difference in walking style; limp or caution. It can occur at any age. The health history of the parents might help predict if it’s likely.
There is no cure for hip dysplasia; pain management and anti-inflammatories may be prescribed by the Vet. Care must be taken not to allow the dog to jump too much or risk slipping or falling and be mindful of the possible pain caused by exertion.
Cataract eye disease – both the Pitbull and Rottweiler breeds are prone to developing eye problems so it’s recommended that a Pitweiler dog has its eyes checked regularly by a vet.
Bloat – any large dog that eats quickly or drinks a lot before exercising can suffer from this dangerous excessive gas build-up.
Other health issues include skin conditions and allergies, aortic stenosis and Addison’s disease.
How do you care for a Pitweiler dog?
This hybrid dog is powerful and naturally active with great stamina, so will need lots of mixed exercise that blends fun and challenges. They’re more suited to larger living spaces with outdoor access than apartments.
Early leash training, and road awareness is strongly recommended for this strong-willed and often stubborn puppy’s safety.
Feed as a large-sized dog. They should be fed twice a day to prevent bloat, a typical build-up of gas that affects dogs that either eat too quickly or drink too much before exercise.
Fact: Any sudden change in diet or change of dog food brand can cause diarrhea in a puppy. So any change must be gradual. If changing the brand of dry food, mix some of the new with original and increase new brand gradually.
This mixed breed dog has a short coat from both parents and does not shed much therefore it is fairly low maintenance, and requires minimal brushing.
This short-haired dog does not need regular bathing, only when required. Certain dog formulated shampoos have a double effect of cleaning the dog coat and protecting it against fleas and insect bites.
Cleaning teeth, nails, and ears
As with all dogs, their teeth need to be cleaned regularly to prevent a build-up of plaque. Chewing breaks down plaque, so use doggie chew-toys, bare-bones and soft toothbrushes and toothpaste. Nails grow quickly and need to be trimmed regularly, say once a month, and checked for debris that could cause infection.
What’s life like for a Rottie Pit?
This breed is sturdy and highly energetic. It will try to be dominant unless controlled and needs to be kept occupied otherwise it can become destructive.
They can be stubborn and aggressive until trained. They will chew things if bored, or left alone for long periods of time, so they need to be kept stimulated and busy. Chew toys can help with boredom.
This breed is a natural watch dog that will act on instinct to be very protective of its family.
Positives and Negatives of ownership
- Strong, protective and loyal
- A good family dog and loyal companion
- Intelligent and affectionate
- A very energetic dog with great stamina
- Needs to keep active and stimulated
- Low maintenance, a light shedder
- Gentle and loving temperament
- Makes a good watchdog for a family
- The stigma of it being a dangerous or bully breed exists
- Can be aggressive so needs to be socialized and trained early
- Destructive if left alone, will bite and chew things
- Strong and powerful needs supervision with small children
- Not good with strangers or packs of dogs
- Not good in sedentary environments needs activity
- Will be stubborn if it doesn’t want to do something
Commonly Asked Questions:
Q: What is the proper name of the Pitweiler dog?
A. A Rottweiler Pitbull mix dog is referred to with many different combinations of the names of the parent breeds: Pitbull Rottweiler mix, Rottie, Rott bull, Rottie Pit, Prott, Rotten Pit, Pit mix or the American Pitweiler.
Q. How much does a Rottie puppy cost?
A. Buying a Rottweiler Pitbull mix puppy from a reputable dealer will cost between $150-800. An alternative is to contact a rescue center to adopt a puppy or adult Rottie. The cost of adopting any type of dog as a rescue dog is much less than from a breeder.
Warning: If considering a Pitweiler rescue dog it is important to find out as much as possible about the circumstances behind why that dog ended up in a rescue center – abuse, neglect, personality, behavior, or any other available details of the temperament or health issues of the parents.
Food costs around $50 per month for an adult and given their possible health problems you must factor in Vets fees and accessories from a retailer like Amazon.
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