The Rottle, also known by the names of Rottidoodle and Rottipoo, is the wonderful and adorable result of a cross between a Poodle and a Rottweiler. These pups are absolute sweethearts and want nothing more than to please their owners. They make great dogs for active owners and are best suited to families, although they can be just as happy in a single-person household given they get the love and attention they deserve. If you love to cuddle with your pooch on the couch but also love a good play session outdoors, this pup is perfect for you!
The Rottle likely existed in nature through accidental breeding long before any efforts to intentionally bring the Poodle and the Rottweiler together began. However, intentional breeding for this pooch started sometime in the late 1980s in North America. In bringing together the Rottweiler and the Poodle, breeders hoped to get a pup with the combined intelligence of the Poodle and the Rottweiler, an incredibly affectionate nature, high trainability, as well as a low-shedding coat better suited for allergy sufferers.
If you want a watchdog that is equally adorable and cuddly as it is vigilant, look no further, the Rottle is the perfect dog breed for you. The Rottle is known to be incredibly sweet and loving with their owners. However, they have a protective streak in them owing to their Rottweiler genes, so they may bark at any strangers that they see around you. These pups make great watchdogs and will alert you in case of any intruders. The Rottle is an incredibly smart pooch, and their constant need for mental stimulation can sometimes result in destructive behavior if the dog gets a little too bored. It is a good idea to give them lots of toys and trinkets to keep them engaged and occupied. Their intelligence also makes them highly trainable since they are very eager to please and obedient. Early socialization is necessary to ensure your Rottle pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality and doesn’t develop any negative coping mechanisms.
While there is a large variation in the size of this pup due to the mixed nature of the breed and the lack of any set breeding standards, on average, the Rottle grows up to be a medium to large-sized dog. You can expect a Rottle to grow up to a height of anywhere between 12 to 27 inches and have a weight of around 60 to 90 pounds.
Generally speaking, the Rottle is a fairly healthy breed. Thanks to some level of hybrid vigor that this breed has due to the increased variation in their gene pool resulting from mixed breeding, these pups generally manage to avoid most genetic illnesses. However, healthy parents are important for a healthy puppy. When getting your Rottle from a breeder, make sure you are provided with health clearances of both parent dogs. Do not buy from a breeder that mates dogs younger than 2 years old since most genetic illnesses begin to show illnesses at that age. Regular visits to the vet should work to ensure that any health issues are caught and treated early on. Some issues that your Rottle may be predisposed to include bloat, dysplasia, heart disease, corneal dystrophy, and Von Willebrand’s disease.
Rottles are incredibly energetic dogs. They need quite a bit of daily exercise to ensure that they stay healthy and happy. Also, this breed is prone to weight gain, so regular exercise is all the more important since being overweight can lead to a host of other health issues. Your Rottle should get around an hour to thirty minutes of vigorous exercise daily. If they do get have an outlet for all their pent-up energy, these dogs may become rather destructive. Rottles are also very smart and need a fair bit of mental stimulation through toys and games. These are highly trainable dogs, and the earlier you start training them, the better it is for you and your pup.
How much food your Rottle requires will depend on your pup’s nutritional needs. It is best to speak to a professional when formulating a meal plan for your dog. They tend to overeat, so steer clear of over or free-feeding.
Rottles come in a mix of both Poodle and Rottweiler colors, and their coats are generally thick and curly. Their coats can also be double or single-layered. Due to their Poodle genes, these pups generally have low-shedding coats.
Your Rottle’s coat, while being generally low-maintenance, will require a good brushing every other day to keep it healthy and free of any tangles or matted fur. Brush their teeth regularly and if their nails don’t wear away naturally, have them trimmed. Bathe your Rottle only when necessary, as excessive bathing can dry out your pup’s skin.
A puppy will cost you anywhere between $250 to $1800.