Rottweiler Poodle Crossbreed

Crossbreeding is very common nowadays, and it has its benefits, among which is the fact that hybrids usually have better health. The Rottweiler Poodle Mix is one of such hybrids.

What is a Rottweiler Poodle Mix? This is the product of a cross between a Rottweiler and a Poodle. These dogs are also called other names like Rottles, Rottie Doodles, and Rottie Poodles. Since the Rottle is a hybrid, the animal will share traits of both the Rottie and the Poodle.

What a great set of nicknames those are! Let’s see the features of the Rottweiler and the Poodle to see traits and features that the Rottweiler Poodle Mix may inherit.

Features of the Rottweiler and the Poodle


Rottweilers are large-sized dogs with incredible personalities that belie their big statures. These dogs are naturally playful, goofy, calm, confident, devoted, obedient, and courageous. As with all dogs, adequate dog training at a young age will bring forth these lovely personalities.

In the looks aspect, Rotties do not disappoint either. This good-looking dog breed has a short and dense coat that is black with bronze markings. This short coat makes it relatively easy to groom the animal. As for size, the Rottie is quite tall and can reach up to 22 inches to 27 inches while weighing up to 80 pounds to 135 pounds.

As with many animals, females tend to be smaller than males. This is not to say that it is the same for all Rotties as there can be cases whereby a female is bigger and weighs more than a male of the same age. The average lifespan of the Rottweiler is between 8 years to 10 years.

Rotties are highly intelligent dogs and are ranked as the 9th most intelligent dogs. This means that your dog will be easy to train, provided you start the process early enough when the animal is still young, as grown dogs can be stubborn if they are not trained on time.


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Poodles are small-sized, elegant-looking, and adorable dogs with a lot of curly furs. There are three types of them, although they are considered the same breed. The three types of Poodles are the standard, miniature, and mini Poodles.

According to the Poodle Club of America, the standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders, the miniature Poodle is 15 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders and the toy Poodle is 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulders.

These dogs have a harsh-textured and dense coat with different types of coat colors including black, gray, blue, silver, white, and cream, among others.  Poodles are seen as one of the most intelligent dog breeds, and this quality makes them easily trainable. These dogs, regardless of which type, need a firm hand if they are going to have good manners. Neglecting to train your dog can cause the animal to feel like the alpha, and then controlling your pooch will be difficult. Luckily enough, these animals easily excel at obedience training and different types of tests.

As with other breeds, the Poodle needs a fair amount of daily exercise to prevent boredom, otherwise, the animal can get destructive. The traits of Poodles include intelligence, easy trainability, liveliness, calmness, playfulness, etc. The average lifespan of Poodles is 15 years.

Rottweiler Poodle Mix

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The Rottweiler Poodle Mix goes by different names, including Rottle, Rottie Doodle, and Rottie Poo, and is absolutely adorable. The Rottle is medium-sized and combines the traits of the Rottweiler and the Poodle. The looks of this hybrid vary since both parents have drastically different appearances and sizes.

Depending on which Poodle is bred with the Rottie, you will have a medium to large-sized hybrid. Generally, Rottles can grow as tall as 16 inches to 27 inches and can weigh as much as 60 pounds to 100 pounds. Since each dog is an individual, these figures can vary, and your hybrid’s size may fall into or out of the figures given.

As for coat texture and length, Rottles have a curly coat that is dense and medium or long in length and hardly sheds. Coat color in this hybrid varies and may include white, red, black, brown, cream, gray, blue, and pied. The lifespan of the Rottweiler Poodle Mix is between 9 years to twelve years.

Temperament of a Rottweiler Poodle Mix

Knowing the temperament of a dog before you get the animal is important to see if you can cope with such a dog. Below are the various traits that a Rottweiler Poodle Mix has:

  • Protectiveness: Rottles are highly protective of family members and will immediately alert their owners if a threat or an intruder is perceived. The dog’s size, coupled with its loud bark on sighting threats will likely deter intruders from approaching your home even if you are not around. If you are looking for a good-looking guard dog, the Rottle will fulfill your needs.
  • Loyalty: The Rottle is a very loyal dog to those the animal knows and is familiar with.
  • Calmness: The Rottle is a calm hybrid. This calm nature does not mean the animal will not be wary of intruders though, as the Rottle inherits the protective nature of the Rottweiler.
  • Affection: Rottles have a high level of affection for family members and will always want to be near them. These dogs also love a good cuddle and will gladly sit in your lap if you allow it.
  • Playfulness: The Rottle is always ready to play and so is suited to families with children as the animal will keep kids and even parents entertained.
  • Intelligence: Seeing as the parents of the Rottle, the Rottie and Poodle, are highly intelligent animals, it follows that the hybrid is going to inherit this trait too. The Rottle is a highly intelligent breed that is easy to train.
  • Protectiveness: Rottles inherit the protective nature of the Rottweiler and will watch faithfully over family members. Expect your dog to bark loudly to alert you at the sight of an unexpected guest or a perceived danger. 

Training, Grooming, and Exercise Requirements of the Rottweiler Poodle Mix


All dog breeds, regardless of how intelligent the breed is, require training if the dogs are going to be well-behaved as adults. The same goes for the Rottweiler Poodle Mix.

Luckily enough, the high level of intelligence of this breed makes training Rottles very easy and even enjoyable. It is best to begin training early, while the animal is still a puppy as puppies learn more easily than adults.

Since these dogs tend to be wary of strangers, it is best to socialize them at an early age so that they can be comfortable around other people and even other animals in case you have other pets at home, or are planning to get them.

Grooming Requirements 

Rottweiler Poodle Mixes may have coats that are short like that of the Rottweiler or longer and curly fur like that of the Poodle. The frequency with which you will need to brush your dog’s hair depends on the type of fur the animal inherits. Be sure to brush your dog’s hair at least three times weekly, especially if you have a dog with curly fur.

If you have a dog with curly fur that grows very fast and does not shed, you will need to do more than just brush the animal by cutting the hair too. To do this, you can visit a professional groomer who will help cut your dog’s hair, or you can do so yourself at home with the use of dog clippers if you have the experience.

Exercise requirements 

Rottles are animals with a high energy level, despite the fact that they are calm. As such, your dog will require daily walks and more activities like outdoor games to get rid of excess energy. If you’ve got a home with a fenced backyard in which your dog can roam, that would be a plus.

A Rottle will benefit from activities such as visiting a dog park, going on hikes or runs, swimming, and other related activities, so always make out time to take your dog on these activities if you decide to get one.

Feeding Requirements and Health Challenges of the Rottweiler Poodle Mix

Feeding requirements

All dogs require a good amount of quality dog food if they are to grow properly and stay healthy. However, this is not to mean that you should give your Rottle food all the time. Poodles have the tendency to become overweight. Overfeeding in dogs and indeed any other pet and even humans is a big no-no as it can lead to being overweight. Being overweight in turn can lead to several health complications and even early death.

The amount of food you feed your dog will change as the animal grows from puppyhood to adulthood. You can consult your vet to know what amount of food is ideal for your Rottle.

Health challenges of the Rottweiler  and Poodle

The Rottle may be prone to a number of health issues that affect the Rottweiler and the Poodle. On the side of the Rottie, the Rottie may inherit health issues like:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cancer
  • Osteochondritis disease
  • Heart problems

On the side of the Poodle, the Rottweiler Poodle Mix could inherit health problems like 

  • Addison’s disease.
  •  Bloat
  • Thyroid problems
  • Joint issues
  • Eye problems
  • Epilepsy

Some experts argue that hybrids usually have better health than their parents and so it is possible that you will have a very healthy pooch that will not encounter any of the problems listed above.


The Rottweiler Poodle Mix is a perfect dog for you if you are searching for a good-looking and protective medium-sized dog to add to your home. The animal has different traits that any dog lover would want in a dog.

However, you must be willing to put in the work needed to train, socialize, exercise, and care for the dog so that you will have a well-behaved pet that will live as long as possible.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone