Breed group: Mixed Breed dogs
Other name(s): Rottle
Country / place of origin: United States
History: This is a cross between a purebred Rottweiler and a Poodle.
Details: Individuals may differ in appearance. In general, they are medium-sized dogs with medium to long coats.
Average height and weight (mature size and weight): 18-25 inches, 50-110 pounds
Color / coat variations: They have thick, medium to long coats of almost any color.
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Litter size: 6-8 puppies
Grooming and shedding: 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.
Food habits: These puppies and lactating bitches have higher dietary needs compared to adults. Puppies should be fed with the same food type and brand as fed by the breeder as some puppies have sensitive stomachs. Change in the food type for a puppy needs to be gradual and closely monitored to prevent any side effect. Commercially made high quality dry food suffices to meet their nutritional requirements.
Climate and environment: They do well in all types of climates. However, they are more suited to cool climates compared to hot, as their coat can make them shed profusely in hot climes. They can be kept in an apartment if their exercise needs are met.
Behavioral aspects: They are affectionate and loyal to their families and fun to be around. They may be bit aloof with strangers. They are hypoallergenic and ideal for those allergic to dog hair. They are intelligent and quick to learn, but could be self-willed at times.
With children: They enjoy the company of children but could be reactive sometimes. This can be easily overcome by socializing Rottle puppies with as many children as possible in controlled situations.
With other dogs and animals: They are good to dogs, which have been raised with them. They may not like other dogs in what they consider their territory. Outside their territory, they will not pose any threat if socialized and trained properly.
Training and learning rate: They are intelligent and trainable. Basic obedience is essential to ensure proper behavior. 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.
Agility: They are agile and have the potential to do well in agility competitions.
Affinity to water:
How noisy are they: They are calm dogs and do not bark much.
Exercise: 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.
Health issues: Not much is known about the health conditions seen in these dogs.