Rottweiler Pitbull Mix – A Complete Owners Guide to Pitweilers

The Rottweiler Pitbull Mix, or commonly known as the Pitweiler is an incredibly strong and loyal companion.

With his high energy and intelligence this is definitely a hybrid dog which will keep you on your toes.

He loves being active and thrives when he has a job do to, he is suited to most families if they have the time and experience he deserves.

They are instinctively loyal and loving – you can thank both of his parents for those qualities. The silliness from the Rottie and the zest for life from the Pitbull makes this hybrid dog a character of foolishness and folly; you will never have a dull moment.

Both friendly and aloof, let’s find out more about this hybrid mix.

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix Infographic

Pitbull Rottweiler Mix Facts
Breed Type Mixes and More
Purpose Companion
Suitable For Most families with experience of large and powerful dogs
Size 18-25” to the withers and females are generally smaller
Weight Between 40 to 100lbs (females are generally smaller)
Lifespan 12 – 15 years
Color Variations Chocolate, brown, black, speckled, golden, white, blue, merle and brindle
Temperament Affectionate, loyal, obedient, trainable, intelligent but can carry the aloofness from the Rottweiler
Activity Levels High – Upwards of 60 minutes each day
Daily Food Consumption Between 1,000 – 2,000 calories per day
Known Health Issues Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Bloat (Gastric Torsion/GDV), Addison’s Disease, von Willebrand’s Disease and Aortic Stenosis

What is a Pitweiler?

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix
A well socialized and trained Rottweiler and Pitbull Mix can be incredibly loving, loyal and affectionate. They are super energetic and will definitely keep you on your toes. (c) Instagram

The Rottweiler Pitbull Mix is not a purebred dog but as a result of mating a purebred Rottweiler with a Pitbull Terrier.

This is a stocky, muscular dog and often finds its way into homes to be their protector (i.e. guard dog). Some say they are an intimidating dog, but we wonder if their ancestor’s history has more to do with this perception than how the dog actually behaves.

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FAQs

What is the lifespan of a Pitweiler?
On average you should expect your Pitbull Rottweiler Mix to live between 12 and 15 years.

How big is a Pitbull Rottweiler Mix?
He should grow anywhere between 18” and 25” in height and weigh anywhere between 40-100lbs – females are generally smaller.

How much does a Rottweiler Pitbull Mix cost?
You can spend anywhere between $150-800. This will vary from breeder to breeder. Ensure you seek out a reputable breeder where you can ask questions about your puppy’s parents and his early socialization.

To consider this crossbred dog in more detail let’s look at his origin.

The American Pitbull Terrier

Blue Nose PitbullPitbull terriers were originally used in Britain for bear and bull-baiting. Thankfully, bull and bear baiting was eventually outlawed but this meant the barbaric Brits then turned to dog fighting as it was easier to conceal.

Pitbull terriers were bred to be stronger and more aggressive to stand a better chance of winning their fight. Their tenacity won them a popularity which has made them ideal candidates for illegal dog fighting.

However, what we consistently miss throughout this saddening history is how trainable this dog is. When he finds himself in the right hands with an experienced owner, the Pit is the most loving, affectionate and loyal dog you could ever wish to meet.

They are alert and intelligent and have thrived as service dogs.

Unfortunately, Pits have found themselves subject to much breed specific legislation which means they have been banned in a number of municipalities or at least restricted.

So the one half of the mix has a controversial past, what about the other one, the Rottweiler?

Rottweiler – aka Rottie!

A Rottweiler Walking
The American Kennel Club describes these guys as a loving and confident guardian.

They are actually the oldest herding dog dating back to Roman times. It is believed that the present day Rottie descends from the Roman drover dogs, which were very mastiff like.

When the Romans were conquering Europe, they traveled with cattle as their food source. They used the drover dogs to keep the cattle with them.

Fast forward to the World Wars and interest in the Rottweiler peaked yet again – they were used as messenger, ambulance, draught and guard dogs.

Their work ethic hasn’t been forgotten to this day, with many Rotties being used in search and rescue capacities acting as key members in the rescue efforts for both the Oklahoma City and World Trade disasters.

They are large and muscular, presenting with an unwavering endurance.

One more thing to note; catch them at the end of the day when their family is together and you will have the silliest dog you could ever wish to meet. They have no concept of personal space, or their great size. They will jump on your lap and chase flies into the side of the sofa. The Rottie will have you laughing until your sides hurt.

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix Temperament and Personality

Characteristic Rating
Friendliness 4 Star Rating for Friendliness
Ease of Care 3 Star Rating for Ease of Care
Trainability 4 Star Rating for Trainability
Exercise Requirements 5 Star Rating for Exercise Requirements
Social Tendencies 2 Star Rating for Social Tendencies

We know it’s difficult to predict the temperament of a cross-breed dog or a hybrid as they could posses any characteristics of their parents; the Pitweiler is no different.

You may end up with a more Pit temperament, a more Rottie temperament or a mix of them both. The best chance you have of predicting their temperament is by asking questions about their parents and how they have been socialized as a puppy.

As we have mentioned, both parents have working backgrounds with an incredible prey drive.

Thanks to this, the Pitbull Rottweiler Mix has an unfaltering love to play. Ensure you have a box full of toys to throw around the yard and the lounge.

The Pitweiler is best suited to those families who have experience with large breeds dogs.

These guys are super intelligent and highly trainable for those who have the time to commit.

Expect to spend upwards of 60 minutes per day exercising these cheeky guys, with additional time spent working on some training or brain games. The Pitweiler loves to be busy and can get bored easily, for that reason they don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods, if you do leave them expect to see the following behavior:

  • Going potty in the house
  • Chewing /digging at exit points (doors, windows, gates, barriers)
  • Pacing
  • Excessive panting
  • Escape attempts
  • Vocalization (howling, barking, whining, crying, etc…)

This guard dog can be super-friendly with anyone you meet however, we have to consider their ancestors and their roles as protector.

Rottweiler and Pitbull Hybrids can be alert and wary which is why socialization is so important with these guys.

It is also worth noting the aloof quality that Rotties are renowned for. It is quite common for a Rottie to just ignore people. This can be passed on to your dog.

Don’t take it personally – I bet there are some days you feel like ignoring certain humans too.

Let’s have a look at what it takes to care for this incredible mix on a daily basis.

How to Care for the Breed

Rottweiler and Pitbull Mix
They are high energy and super intelligent – he will definitely give you a run for your money (c) Instagram

As we’ve already mentioned, the Rottweiler Pitbull Mix is suited to most families if they have experience of large breed dogs and have the time to commit to training and socializing.

As with any dog you bring into your home, all family members need to be on the same script – consistency is key.

Food and Diet Requirements

This dog is classed as a large breed as they can potentially grow up to 100lbs in weight.

We know that Rottweiler’s are prone to bloat or gastric torsion/gastric dilation volvulus, unfortunately this risk is passed on to the Pitweiler. Despite the unknown cause of bloat, it is advised to feed small meals more often to large breed dogs to reduce the risk.

Your Pitbull Rottweiler Mix Puppy should be fed 4 meals throughout the day in small, but even, portion sizes. When fully grown, between 12-18 months old, you could reduce this to 2 or 3 meals per day.

Most large breed dogs continue with this for the duration of their life.

It is also advised to avoid feeding at least 1 hour before or after exercise.

Opt for a high quality dog food which meets his daily nutritional requirements. As an adult, he will need 1.6g of fat per kg of body weight and 2.62g of protein per kg of body weight and your Rottweiler Pitbull Mix’s calorie intake will vary depending on his age and his activity level:

Weight Summer Calories Winter Calories Puppy Calories
50lbs 1350 2000 2000
70lbs 1680 2500 2500
100lbs 2400 3600 3600

Exercising a Rottweiler and Pitbull Mix

Pitbull Rottweiler Mix
A high energy dog (c) Instagram

Your Rottweiler Pitbull Mix will love being busy and having a job to do; not faring well being bored. Expect to spend upwards of 60 minutes per day exercising him plus additional time training and playing.

Despite this guy’s friendly nature, you have to consider the legal requirements of owning a Pit Mix. Firstly, Pit Mix dogs may not actually be legal in your municipality. Even if they are, they could be restricted; this means that you could potentially be limited to leash walking only.

Going back to the Rottie’s aloof nature, this could be a good thing.

If your pup has inherited this aloofness, recall can be an issue. That trash can on the other side of the park is just far more interesting than you… better to be safe than sorry and keep him on leash.

Whilst the Pitweiler is happy hiking up trails or playing in the yard, they do have an off switch. They will happily chill out on the sofa – though, like their Rottie parent, have no concept of personal space or their size. They truly believe a human’s lap is the best place to be.

Training a Pitweiler

Rottweiler Puppy
Keep training sessions short and don’t try to cover too many commands or behaviors in one session.

As with all dogs, they respond best to positive reinforcement and reward based training.

We know that aversive techniques and punishment actually create and exacerbate problematic behaviors!

Use food and toy rewards when your guy is behaving how you want him to, ignore and re-direct when he is demonstrating less than desirable behaviors.

Again, coming back to the aloof nature often found in his parent, training can sometimes be challenging if he continually ignores you.

We know that memories are made more effectively in the brain when then neurotransmitter dopamine is released.

What this means is that our dogs are more likely to learn and retain those memories when we make them motivating and exciting (i.e. when our happy hormone is released).

Set your Rottweiler Pitbull Mix up to succeed with training! Is he ready to learn? Is he distracted? If he’s losing interest or just not succeeding, switch to a behavior you know he can perform, and end the session on a high. Come back to the more difficult command or behavior another day and start with the basics again. Stay positive and keep your tone of voice high pitched and exciting.

As we’ve mentioned, your dog will need early and on-going socialization.

Known Health Problems

To finish off this care guide, let’s have a quick look at the know health problems in the Rottweiler and Pitbull Mix:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia – this is when there is abnormal development in either the hip or elbow joint. A common issue in large breed dogs.
  • Cataracts – a common issue in both the Pitbull and the Rottweiler, not surprisingly we are seeing this eye disorder in the Pitweiler. Cataracts; when the lens becomes opaque, can often being successfully surgically treated.
  • Bloat (Gastric Torsion/GDV) – common in large breed dogs, can often be fatal. This is where the stomach enlarges and twists.
  • Addison’s Disease – this is when the adrenal glads do not produce enough steroid hormones which are vital in your dog’s internal organs and body systems, resulting in lethargy, weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite and sometimes lesions.
  • Aortic Stenosis – this is a condition which reduces blood flow through through the heart. The aortic valve becomes narrowed and stiff. Lethargy and intolerance of exercise are usually the first symptoms.

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix Appearance: Coat, Color and Grooming

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix

As it’s a cross-breed, the Rottweiler Pitbull Mix can vary in appearance. They can look more like their Pit parents, or more like their Rottie parents. They are generally muscular and stocky dogs with a short coat.

They can range from 40lbs to 100lbs in weight and stand anywhere up to 25” in height; females are generally smaller and will have a more petite frame.

The Pitweiler has been seen in a range of colors, but most commonly:

  • Chocolate
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Speckled
  • Golden
  • White
  • Blue
  • Merle
  • Brindle

As both parents are short, smooth coated, you can be pretty certain this is what you will end up with.

Relatively low maintenance on the grooming front, a couple of brushings per week will be ample to keep his coat in tip top condition. Introducing grooming and health checks from a young age will keep it as stress free as possible for both you and your pooch. Regular teeth brushing is a must; whilst you’re at it check over his eyes, ears and nails.

Summary

So if you’re looking for a loyal and loving companion, the Rottweiler Pitbull Mix is definitely a contender.

He suits most families if they have experience of large breed dogs and have plenty of time for exercising, training and socializing.

He responds well to positive reinforcement and reward based training, but remember his potential to be aloof. Don’t take it personally and warn family and friends of the same. After all, why would he leave his comfy bed to meet the neighbor for the millionth time?!

An active lifestyle would suit him best; that intelligent mind needs working.

But when all is said and done, when he’s explored the woods, played tug in the garden, and patrolled the perimeter of the garden for squirrels, you can be sure he’ll either be practicing some sort of dog yoga by your feet, or will indeed be curled up on your lap. Let us know what you think about this hybrid in the comments below.

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.

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