Whoever thought of mixing a Golden Retriever with a Rottweiler should be given a special award — or a doggy treat at the very least!
Also called Golden Rotties, this dog has dashing good looks and protective, family-oriented nature. No wonder so many families have fallen in love with the Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix.
Let’s dive deep and do an in-depth analysis of this crossbreed.
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The history of the Golden Rottie Retriever
Like most hybrids that are relatively new in the canine world, this fido has an unknown origin. Some say that they were likely created during the 1980s when cross-breeding purebreds was done to produce healthier dogs.
Another good thing that happened when designer dogs started to pop up is having mixed breeds that are low- to non-shedding, smaller, and gentler. But how about this pooch?
Let’s find out what the Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix can get from its parents.
Meet the Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland during the mid-19th century, where they were used as hunting dogs to retrieve waterfowls.
They have a skill that hunters loved about them – the ability to retrieve game birds undamaged due to their “soft mouth.”
Goldens are one of the friendliest and most loving dog breeds and are now among the most popular choices as a family pet.
They are the third most famous breed in the US, and ranks fourth in the world-renowned dog psychology book “The Intelligence of Dogs.”
They’re intelligent, athletic, and swift learners with a pleasing personality that makes them excel as disability assistance dogs, detection, hunting, as well as search and rescue dogs.
Based on breed standards, the average size of a Golden Retriever is 21.5 to 24 inches (55 to 61 cm) in height and 55 to 75 pounds (25 to 34) in weight.
Meet the Rottweiler
Rottweilers got their name from the German city Rottweil, where they were initially bred to herd butchers’ livestock.
As per their breed standard, they’re considered to be medium- to large-sized dogs and have a much different temperament to the Golden Retrievers. Rotties are obedient, self-confident, intelligent, and protective dogs.
Because of its watch and guard dog instincts, many consider them as aggressive. However, a 2008 study showed that Rottweilersranked average in aggressiveness, but it also indicated that the breed showed higher than average aggression towards strangers.
As with most pets, aggressive behavior comes from irresponsible ownership. Things like neglect, abuse, and lack of socialization will inevitably lead to aggression — no matter the breed.
But don’t let their powerful and robust appearance fool you. Properly trained Rottweilers can be goofballs like Goldies. They love their humans and are even known to act clownish around them.
Although Rottweilers are still bred to herd livestock, they also have an essential place in today’s society – as police dogs, guard dogs, and search and rescue dogs.
In terms of size, Rotties can stand up to 27 inches (69 cm) and can weigh up to 132 pounds (60 kg).
The American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t recognize the Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix since it only acknowledges purebreds. But they’re recognized by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR) and International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
The Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix’s appearance
Hybrids can have varying looks as they can inherit the physical traits from both parents or favor one over the other.
However, there are some aspects we can predict based on the parents. They mostly have the Golden Retriever’s build. If not, they still won’t be as muscular as Rotties.
Golden Rottweiler Retrievers have delicate facial features – loose and folded ears with little tufts, bright, intelligent eyes that can be amber or brown, and a black nose. To complete the athletic body of this doggo is a long, feathered tail.
How big do Golden Rotties get?
In general, most Golden Rottweiler mixes are large dogs that weigh around 70 to 90 pounds (32 to 41 kg) and can grow between 24 and 28 inches (61 to 71 cm) in height. But this fido can’t be any bigger than its parents.
If you decide to buy a Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix puppy, ask the breeder to see the puppies’ parents to have an idea of how big your pup will be.
This doggo will do best in a large home. It can also adapt to smaller houses with a spacious yard, but they’re NOT suitable to live in apartments.
Coat & Color: Are they hypoallergenic?
No, they’re not hypoallergenic and are considered moderate shedders.
Golden Retriever Rottweiler mixes have a thick and dense coat that is straight and soft and can be medium-length or longer.
Coat color is yet another example of this mix’s genetic inconsistencies. They usually get the Rottweiler patterns – tan and black.
You can also find them in solid colors such as black, brown, red or fawn, and brindle, but Golden shades are possible, too, such as golden brown.
Check out this video to get an idea of what Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix puppies can look like:
What are Golden Retriever Rottweiler mixes like?
The Golden Rottweiler mix takes the best of both worlds. They’re brilliant, athletic, and protective of its owner. These traits make for a great family dog that will bond with and love you.
Golden Rotties are generally good with children and other pets, but you should start with obedience training as early as possible. The good thing is that since they’re smart, they’ll pick up lessons very quickly.
It may be a problem that the Rottweiler Golden Retriever cross can sometimes be overprotective. Be cautious of their guarding nature and their wariness of strangers, which can be signs of aggressive tendencies.
Another quirk is they’re known for excessive barking, chewing, and mouthing, especially if it doesn’t get enough daily exercise.
Try a chew toy that dispenses treats to keep your fido’s teeth and jaw satisfied.
They are also prone to separation anxiety, so you’ll have to make sure there’s someone at home to accompany your pet.
How to care for your Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix
Golden Rotties are considered low-maintenance dogs, but if your dog has a long coat, expect a decent amount of shedding.
But what else would this pooch require if you are its owner?
How often should you groom your Rottweiler & Golden Retriever mix?
You will have to brush your Golden Rottweiler mix 2 to 3 times a week, but if your fur buddy has longer hair, it should be done daily. It’s best to be prepared with grooming tools such as a slicker brush, deshedder, or a pin brush.
Golden Rottweilers do not have an odor, so you only need to wash your pet when necessary.
Ear care is also essential with this water-loving canine. Moisture can get stuck in their ear canals that can cause infections and irritations, so make sure they’re dry after every swim or bath.
Make sure you clip your Golden Rottweilers nails every couple of weeks or when you hear them clicking against the floor. While this might not seem important, you’d be surprised at how many dogs develop health complications due to nail neglect.
Exercise: How active is this dog?
The Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix inherited its parents’ energy, so this crossbreed requires a daily exercise of 1 to 2 hours.
If you’re someone who loves going on long walks or hikes, your Golden Rottweiler mix will be glad to go with you. Alternatively, if you prefer a lighter setting, a simple game of fetch would suffice.
And as one of the most intelligent hybrids, they’ll also require mental stimulation. One of the best ways to avoid destructive behaviors from developing is keeping your pet from getting bored. Get her a puzzle, too!
Nutrition: What should you feed your Retriever Rottweiler mix?
We recommend a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. The amount of dog food should be based on your pet’s age, size, activity level, and health.
Most Golden-Rottweiler mixes eat 3 cups of high-quality dry kibbles divided into three meals daily.
Since this breed is prone to bloat and obesity, avoid overfeeding your dog by not leaving out food when it’s not time to eat or simply sticking to a routine.
After your Golden Rottweiler has been fed, make sure it doesn’t engage in any physical activities in the next hour, as it can lead to joint problems later in life.
Health problems a Golden Retriever & Rottweiler mix may have
Rottweiler Golden Retriever mixes are generally healthy and have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Still, mixed breeds can suffer from genetic illnesses – health issues that their parent breeds are susceptible to.
Both the Golden Retriever and Rottweiler are susceptible to getting cancer.
There’s also hip, elbow, and retinal dysplasia, subaortic stenosis, as well as minor skin and food allergies.
This is why it’s vital to ask for the puppy’s parents’ health clearances from a breeder before purchasing. It’s the best way to ensure that the fluffy companion you’re taking home is free of diseases and other health concerns.
Looking for Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix puppies for sale
It may be easy to purchase puppies online, but don’t forget to do your research to avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders.
Be wary of puppy sellers who don’t allow potential buyers to visit and see their dogs and those who claim that they offer more affordable or cheaper pups. But that doesn’t mean that expensive is equal to quality.
It’s best to have a questionnaire of what you would ask a puppy seller and be prepared for an interview, as well, because that’s what reputable breeders do.
They would also be able to present not only the medical records of their breeding stock but any document that will help you learn more about the litters’ bloodline.
Aside from giving you a guarantee of your pup’s health, most responsible breeders offer a take-back open-door policy, if things don’t work out for any reason.
A Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix puppy will cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000.
This hybrid is expected to have a litter size of 6 to 10 puppies. Still, the price range will also be affected by the popularity of the kennel, the quality of the purebred parents, the breeder’s location, and the available pups.
Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix breeders & rescues
Currently, there are no breeders or kennels that specialize in producing this designer dog, but you can check out rescue sites that offer Golden Retriever crossbreeds and Rottweiler mixes looking for their forever homes:
- Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (Dallas, TX)
- Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue (Elverta, CA)
- Southern States Rescued Rottweilers (White Hall, AR)
- 4 The Love of Dogs (Hillsboro, NH)
Breeds Similar to Golden Retriever Rottweiler Mix
You’ve read quite a lot about this crossbreed, and you may not be sure if it’s the right dog for you. Fret not, as there are other designer dogs that are similar to the Golden Rottweiler mix.
Golden Retriever German Shepherd mix
Also known as the Shepweiler, the Golden Shepherd is a large hybrid with a guarding instinct that might lead to aggression. They need to go through obedience training as early as possible.
It’s a good thing that this dog is easy to train and will pick up commands quickly.
Golden Retriever Husky mix
The Golden Retriever Husky mix (AKA Goberian), is an adorable pupper with an ever-loving face that matches its friendly temperament, making it an excellent family dog.
If it takes after the Golden, training them is going to be a piece of cake. But, if it’s more Husky-like, you’re going to have to deal with their free-spirited, stubborn nature.
Rottweiler Pitbull mix
Also called Pitweilers, the Rottweiler & Pitbull cross is one of the best guard dogs since both its parents are strongly territorial.
The Rottie Pit mix has a very intimidating outlook, but don’t let that fool you. It develops deep and loving bonds with their owners and is truly devoted to its human.
This crossbreed requires obedience training while they’re young because they’re prone to being aggressive toward strangers.
Should you get a Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix?
While Golden Retriever Rottweiler mixes make for amazing pets, they can also be a handful.
They’re very active, and you should be able to match that lifestyle. Given their energy level, they will do best in a house with a big backyard where the dog can run safely on their own.
If you’re away from home most of the time, we suggest you get a more independent breed, like the Goberian, since this canine is prone to separation anxiety.
You also have to consider that they require a bit of attention when it comes to grooming and shedding. And due to their long coats, it’s best if you live in an area with a mild climate.
Does the Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix able to tick the boxes for what you’re looking for in a canine companion? Congratulations!
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