The Rottie Poo, or Rottle, is one of the most trending Doodle dog types across the world, due to the fact that they’re constantly happy and always so eager to please their owners.
Also known as a ‘Rottipoo’ or a ‘Rottidoodle’, this cross between a Rottweiler and Poodle is considered a family-friendly dog that’s very affectionate and sociable by nature. The breed is also incredibly energetic, therefore, requiring a large daily dose of physical and mental stimulation.
This guide will take a further in-depth look at the Rottie Poo (Rottle), including all the important information you need to know about their background, temperament, exercise requirements, and much more. We’ll also look to answer a few of the frequently asked questions.
However, before we delve into some of the detailed information about the breed, it’s useful to first explain a little bit about the background and history of the Rottweiler Poodle mix.
A Quick Look At Their History…
It’s difficult to pin the exact origin of the Rottie Poo, considering it’s one of the less common hybrid breeds of Poodle.
They may well have existed in a natural sense for a number of years, but it’s believed that designer breeders started to intentionally mix Poodles and Rottweilers together in the late 1980s.
Again, the initial motive behind breeding the two is unknown, but it can be assumed that it was to combine the intelligence of the Rottweiler and Poodle in a large-figured, durable body with a low-shedding tendency.
Despite the fact that Rottles started off as a designer breed, many of them have unfortunately ended up in either the care of animal rescue groups or shelters.
So, if you believe that a Rottie Poo is the ideal breed for you, it’s a good idea to consider adoption and pop down to your local shelter.
What Size Are Rottles?
The Rottle is a relatively new mixed breed which means there are very few standards when it comes to sizing. Despite this, it’s pretty safe to expect a medium-to-large pooch considering that a Poodle and Rottweiler are the parents.
It’s worth noting that Rottles are mainly bred from Standard Poodles rather than Miniature or Toy Poodles (which Cavapoos and Cockapoo are mixed with) due to the size difference.
The average size of an adult Rottle is between 12 to 27 inches in height and a weight of 50 to 100 pounds. However, there are many Rottie Poos that can be smaller or larger than this average size.
Coat Coloring And Grooming
The color of a Rottle’s coat can vary massively from dog to dog. More often than not, they’re a mix of their Poodle and Rottweiler parents’ coats and colors, exhibiting either solid-colored or multicolored fur. The typical colors you’ll find on a Rottie Poo include black, brown, white, red, and gray.
Furthermore, the coat of a Rottle can either be single-layered like the Rottweiler parent or double-layered and longer like the Poodle.
Rottles are predominantly low-shedding dogs, but this doesn’t mean that they’re hypoallergenic. It’s still important to maintain their coat with regular brushing every other day to keep it healthy.
Temperament And Personality
Most Rottle owners describe their dogs as incredibly smart, loyal and protective. They’re also eager to impress which makes training them far easier than other mixed breeds.
Just be sure to start training at an early age so they don’t develop any bad habits later down the line.
There is, however, a downside to their intelligence. Rottles can often become quite destructive if they’re bored or don’t have anything to stimulate their attention.
They can also grow extremely protective of their owner and therefore, bark at unexpected guests. While this, in addition to their large presence, makes them excellent guard dogs, it can be a little intimidating.
In terms of their interaction with young children and other pets in the home, Rottie Poos are well-behaved, so long as they’re socialized early on as a puppy. The mixed breed can get along well in a one-person household, but they flourish as family dogs.
Health And Care
In general, mixed breeds like the Rottie Poo are less prone to genetic health issues, and have an average lifespan ranging from 9 to 12 years.
Nevertheless, they’re still predisposed to a number of the same conditions that the Poodle and Rottweiler face. This is why it’s essential to maintain excellent care of them and provide them with regular veterinary appointments.
Listed below are some of the common health problems that Rottles can suffer from throughout their life.
- Corneal dystrophy
- Heart issues
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
In addition to these health issues, Rottles are also prone to weight gain so it’s important to give them plenty of exercise and carefully manage their daily food intake.
Other considerations include trimming their nails every few weeks before they get too long and cleaning their teeth on a regular basis. If you’re unsure about the latter, your veterinarian will be able to instruct you on exactly how to clean your pooch’s teeth effectively. Check out our blog for information on the best toothbrushes for Doodles.
The ideal diet for a Rottle should be formulated for a medium-sized breed with an endless amount of energy.
Just keep in mind that they have a tendency to quickly put weight on if they’re overfed, so try and stick as closely as you can to a regular feeding schedule and store away their food out of reach during the day.
As is the case with the vast majority of dogs, the dietary needs of a Rottle change from their early years to adulthood, and then again as they progress into their senior years.
If you have any doubts about exactly how much food you should be giving them, ask for recommendations from your veterinarian.
The correct daily intake of a Rottle can vary from dog to dog. You’ll need to take into account their weight, health, and energy to make an accurate decision.
Rottles need a considerable amount of physical exercise every day (a minimum of 60 minutes), so if you’re looking for a companion to relax on the couch with you all day, it’s probably best to look elsewhere.
In addition to walks, Rottles also appreciate trips to the dog park, swimming, and outdoor games that stimulate their attention.
While it isn’t essential for their daily exercise, a home with a large outdoor area is definitely beneficial. If you live in a small city apartment, this isn’t the most favorable environment for a Rottie Poo.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does A Rottle Cost?
The price of purchasing a Rottle will vary from breeder to breeder and depends on the characteristics of the dog. The typical Rottie Poo puppy usually costs anywhere from $500 up to $1500 (£1,500).
Are Rottweilers Intelligent?
Yes, Rottles are an incredibly smart and alert breed of dog that’s also highly trainable if you adopt a firm and consistent approach. The intelligence of both the Rottweiler and the Poodle makes the Rottie Poo one of the smartest mixed breeds you’ll find.
Are Rottles Hypoallergenic?
Yes, Rottie Poos are hypoallergenic. This is largely because of their Poodle lineage. So, if you’re unable to keep a Rottweiler because of your allergies, Rottie Poos make for a great alternative. They shed very little due to their Poodle-esque coats of fur, leaving very little dander around your home. However, as mentioned previously in this guide, just bear in mind it’s not always guaranteed that a Rottie Poo will inherit the coat characteristics of a Poodle.
Although it’s far less common, some Rottles can have a coat similar to a Rottweiler which will shed much more.
Rottweilers have a bad reputation for being aggressive, when in actual fact, these dogs are steadfast, friendly and incredibly affectionate when socialised and trained properly. When bred with an intelligent and loyal Poodle, the result is a loving, energetic, easy to train, low shedding Rottie Poo.