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Rottle Dog

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Rottle is a large mixed dog the result of crossing a Rottweiler with a Poodle, either a Standard size or Miniature size. She has talents in watchdog, guarding, obedience, agility and tricks. She is also called a Rottiepoo, Rottiedoodle, Rottweilerpoo and Rottweilerdoodle. She is a sweet tempered dog with a great sense of humor and a life span of 9 to 15 years.

The Rottle really needs an active home, someone who has experience at training and socializing dogs. She will be loyal and loving, sweet and funny and is a great dog for most people as long as you can give her what will make her great.

Here is the Rottle at a Glance
Average height 10 to 27 inches
Average weight 75 to 100 pounds
Coat type Can be double or single, curly, straight, dense, thick, soft
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Moderate – too large really
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate – needs someone with experience
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Quite active
Tendency to get Fat High
Major Health Concerns Heart problems, bone cancer, bloat, hypothyroidism, Addison’s, Cushings, Epilepsy, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, pano, allergies, skin problems,
Life Span 9 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $1800
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 to $600

Where does the Rottle Dog come from?

The Rottle dog is a designer dog, one of many mixed breeds being deliberately created over the last 30 years. Some designer dogs have some intent behind them and some do not. If the Rottle dog is something you have your heart set on make sure you look carefully at the breeders before you buy a puppy. There are a lot of poor breeders and puppy mills out there who have jumped onto this trend to make money from it. The dogs they breed are not taken care of, they do not health check the parents, it is all about the money. With no information on who, where and why the Rottle was bred we can look at the parent breeds for some useful information.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.

They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.

The Rottweiler

In the South of Germany a red tiled villa’s remains were discovered during an excavation and led to a town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries dogs here were used to drove cattle, for protection and to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but they were saved. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.

Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can be stubborn. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.


The Rottle Dog is a great family dog. She can be aloof with strangers but with her family she has a great sense of humor, is entertaining, loyal, playful and affectionate. She is a good watchdog and guard dog and will be protective. The Rottle is a wonderfully spirited and sweet dog, happy and calm indoors, but energetic and hardworking outside. She has hunting instincts towards smaller animals but otherwise is gentle and intelligent.

What does the Rottle Dog look like

She is a large dog weighing 75 to 100 pounds and measuring 10 to 27 inches tall. She has a sturdy build, rounded head, floppy ears and dark oval shaped eyes. Her muzzle is medium length and flat and she has a black nose. Her coat can be single and like a Rottweiler’s in which case she is not going to be hypoallergenic. It can also be double and like a Poodle’s which is more likely to be hypoallergenic. So it can be straight to curly, dense, soft hard and thick. Colors include black, silver, white, brown, cream and gray.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Rottle Dog need to be?

She has a lot of energy and is large so she is quite an active dog though not the most! She will needs a couple of long walks a day and some play time. She will enjoy some games and some should be mentally challenging for her to keep her m ind engaged. She does have a tendency to gain weight easily so enough exercise is important. She would love trips to a dog park too and should have access to a medium to large yard to play in.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and has an even temper making her usually an easy dog to train. This is especially so for someone with experience who can establish themselves as leader and use positive training methods. Use treats, rewards, toys and praise to encourage her. She should pick up commands quite quickly. Because if her hunting inclination she should be early socialized so she is less likely to stalk any other pets. Early training is also important, the sooner you get started the easier it will be and the more rounded and better your dog will be.

Living with a Rottle Dog

How much grooming is needed?

Usually the Rottle is low shedding but she can have seasonal shedding sometimes, and a coat more like the Rottweiler is going to shed more than one like a Poodle. The latter being the better option if allergies are a concern in the house. Brush her daily to keep away the tangles, take out debris and keep it looking healthy. A coat like a Poodle’s may need some professional trimming now and then too. Bathing should just be done when she gets herself really dirty and only dog shampoo should be used. Her ears should be checked weekly for infection signs and then wiped clean. There are dog ear cleaning solutions you can use with a cotton ball or cloth. Just no inserting anything into the ear. Her teeth will need brushing at least three times a week and her nails should clipped when they get too long, taking care not to cut too low.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With socialization and training she is good with anything, kids, animals, other dogs, seniors. She is playful with children, protective and affectionate. Children should be taught how to play nicely with her and how to approach and touch her appropriately. She can have the instinct to chase smaller animals but socialization should take care of that. She should also be a lot better around ones she has been raised with.

General information

She is a good watchdog and guard dog. She will bark to alert you to an intrusion as well as act to protect you if needed. She otherwise is an occasional barker and will need to be fed at least 4 to 5 cups of high quality dry dog food a day. It should not be fed to her all at once though, two meals at least. She is adaptable to most climates.

Health Concerns

The Rottle Dog’s parents have certain health issues they are more at risk of and that can mean she is at risk of them too. They include Heart problems, bone cancer, bloat, hypothyroidism, Addison’s, Cushings, Epilepsy, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Joint dysplasia, pano, allergies and skin problems. To have a better chance at a healthier dog buy from a good breeder, visit the puppy to see where she has been bred and ask to see parental health clearances.

Costs involved in owning a Rottle Dog

The puppy will cost between $250 to $1800. She will need some things like a collar and leash, crate, spaying, blood tests, chipping, deworming and shots. These come to $450 to $500. Yearly costs for things non-medical in nature such as food, toys, treats, license and training come to $510 to $600. Costs each year for basic medical needs like pet insurance, vaccinations, flea prevention and check ups come to between $485 to $600.


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Featured Image Credit: Left – K L, Pixabay; Right – everydoghasastory, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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