We are sure you are already pretty familiar with both Golden Retrievers and the Rottweilers.
The Retrievers are famous for being super-intelligent and perfect family dogs, while the Rottweilers are fearless family protectors.
Now imagine having the best traits of both breeds in one dog. Such a breed actually exists already and it’s called the Golden Rottie Retriever.
Sounds like a perfect breed, doesn’t it? But what does this mix actually mean for the pups? Which traits do they inherit? Are they more Retrievers or Rotties?
Will the pups be a good choice for a family? This is where we jump in with the right answers to save you from hours of internet research.
Our Golden Rottie complete guide is here to give you an in-depth insight into what makes this interesting breed mix tick.
You will learn about their temperament, their possible health issues, how to train and feed them. And, by the end of this guide, you will know if this breed is meant to be your faithful companion or not.
But before we get neck deep into the personality and physics of a Golden Rottie, let’s see which questions you should be asking yourself before actually buying a pup.
Golden Rottie Retriever Puppies – Before You Buy…
Of course, Golden Rottie Retriever mix puppies are adorable. But, as any other hybrid puppies, they also have characteristic needs and traits.
However, before getting to those, let’s see if the price of this breed fits your budget.
What price are Golden Rottie Retriever puppies?
Golden Retrievers as a breed on its own isn’t cheap. Depending on the genes, physics, and health, their price can be anywhere between $1K and $2K.
As for Rotweillers, depending on the same factors, they have a similar price.
Now, considering that the breeding process between these two breeds isn’t as complicated as between, for example, a Husky and Pomeranian, the price of puppies should be in the same range as for their parents.
Of course, if the breeder has all the paperwork and health clearances, and the parents happen to be champions, the price can go up to $3000 or even higher.
But, on average, you are looking at $1500 to $2000.
How to find reputable Golden Rottie Retriever breeders?
Okay, now that you know your budget can survive this puppy, it’s time to ask perhaps the most important question of them all – How to find a reputable Golden Rottie Retriever mix breeder.
Our recommendation would be not to settle for anyone that isn’t a specialist in this breed.
The offered price can be a good clue to whether this breeder is reputable and is in this business because of the love for this breed or if he is in it just for the money.
If the price is too good to be true, in most cases, you should avoid that breeder.
Usually, these pups don’t have health clearances, and neither do their parents.
You won’t have an insight into the health history of both parents, and that is a huge risk because you will never know what to expect as your pup matures.
Furthermore, a low price can also mean that the pups come from puppy mills, where quantity is more important than quality, and this is another reason to wait until you find a breeder that offers pups with excellent genetic heritage.
If for some reason, you are unable to find a reputable Golden Rottie breeder on your own, there’s always a choice of adopting from animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Even if they don’t have this breed, they are well connected and in most cases have contacts of breeders you can trust.
3 Little-known facts about Golden Rottie Retriever puppies
You might know a thing or two about the Rottie, and you might know even more about a Golden Retriever. But what about mixed pups?
To have a better understanding of what to expect if you buy a Golden Rottie pup, here are 3 little-known facts about these adorable puppies.
- They are big right from the start
Even though the Golden Rottie litter is usually a big bunch (from 8 to 10 pups), they don’t come to this world as tiny furballs.
They are furballs, but not as fragile as one might think, and they can actually be handled gently right from the start.
So, don’t expect to get a helpless pup, but a playful little hybrid that loves the action and has a heart of a lion.
- Even while pups, Golden Rotties love training and are excellent at it
Due to the fact that Golden Rotties come from highly intelligent parents, it’s no wonder the pups are smart and perform great when it comes to training, even while just a few months old.
Also, they can begin socialization in the early days, which means they can become model citizen dogs quite quickly.
The best period to slowly start introducing other animals and people is from 2 to 4 months of age.
- They should be controlled when it comes to food
Golden Rottie pups are known to bloat as they become older.
So, when you start feeding your pup with kibble, make sure you monitor how much he eats as this breed is known for their problems with obesity.
They love over-eating and receiving carb-loaded or fatty snacks and if not controlled, this can become a serious problem for them.
Physical Traits of the Golden Rottie Retriever
Now that you know how to find a good breeder and what to expect from pups, let’s take a look at the physical traits of this interesting breed.
How big is a full-grown Golden Rottie Retriever?
One thing is sure, these hybrids are everything but small and lightweight. When a Golden Rottie reaches its full grown size, you can expect it to be from 24 to 28 inches high.
As for weight, if on a proper diet and without obesity issues, your Golden Rottie can weigh anywhere from 60 to up to 90 pounds. Of course, males tend to be bigger and heavier than females.
What is the life expectancy of the Golden Rottie Retriever?
What you need to know is that if you want your Golden Rottie to be healthy, it will need plenty of exercise, best-quality food for each stage in his life, and regular vet check-ups.
If you follow these rules, you can expect your companion to have a life expectancy of some 12 to 14 years. This is a usual life expectancy for a dog of this size.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Golden Rottie Retriever
It’s time to see if your Golden Rottie pup is dog-college material and if it will need anger control management therapy, and what type of a “persona” can you expect it to grow up into.
With the proper handling and training, your Golden Rottie pup will turn out to be a loyal, sweet family member.
Of course, you are probably wondering about the aggressive Rottie side, but don’t worry, even with pure blood Rottweilers, this aggression surfaces only if they were mistreated as pups.
So, the same goes for the mixed puppies as well.
In fact, what you can expect is a softer version of a Rotweiller, or if you look at it from a different angle, a braver version of a Golden Retriever.
Any way you look at it, your Golden Rottie will be one hell of a watchdog, and a loving companion that will give his life for you and your family.
However, if your dog doesn’t have enough room and time to run around, the Rottweiler in him can become easily bored, and that leads to slight aggressiveness and destructiveness.
Therefore, it is imperative that you offer your pup a home where there’s plenty of space, and provide proper care and attention it needs.
In such conditions, your pup will find its place in your pack right from the early days and it will be kind, playful, and very loyal. All of the traits that make a good family pet.
Now, when it comes to training, the Rottweiler side in your pup might come as a slight problem. The Rottweiler DNA will demand to be the Alpha with a strong personality.
However, this doesn’t have to be a problem if you present yourself as a strong leader and let him know that you are the Alpha and that you are in charge of his pack.
For the training to be successful, we recommend breaking one session into a few shorter sessions throughout the day.
This way, your dog won’t easily lose interest and the training will be more effective.
As for how to handle it, well, all dogs react positively to positive reinforcement. Therefore, if your dog behaves well and listens to you, make sure you praise it.
Golden Rotties are intelligent dogs and they love both mental and physical challenges, and they will do everything to please you.
Also, it’s important to keep in mind that the more you challenge your dog physically, the easier it will be for you to train him, or her.
All in all, just like with any other hybrid breed, to have an idea of what type of behavior you can expect from your puppy, you need to know the behavior of its parents.
Despite the “bad” reputation of the Rottweilers, they are in most cases sweet dogs and adding the gentle and playful nature of a Golden Retriever into the mix, just gives you more reassurance that your Golden Rottie pup will turn out to be a great family pet with nice manners.
Golden Rottie Retriever Diet
Regardless of the breed, a dog diet should be rich in nutrients and designed specifically for the age the dog is in.
Also, the diet should satisfy the energy levels and size of the dog. And, the first thing you will notice with Golden Rotties, is that they are energetic and muscular.
This means that their diet should be protein-rich.
However, as we mentioned earlier, this breed is prone to bloating. This means that you give your dog smaller meals throughout the day, instead of allowing it to over-eat with one big meal.
Since this breed is known to have problems with joints at later stages in their lives, it is crucial that you get your dog to an ideal weight and maintain it, by not offering your dog an “all you can eat buffet”.
Also, there should be no heavy activity or exercising for one hour after the meal. Ideally, your dog should have its meals at the same time as you and your family have.
The meals should be as we said protein-rich, yet at the same time, with as low as possible levels of carbs, so that your dog doesn’t over-eat just to have that full stomach feeling.
Our recommendation for a Golden Rottie pup, as well as for later stages, is a Raw Food Diet.
This type of a diet will provide all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your dog needs, and if needed, you can add supplements as well but consult your vet first.
How much Exercise does a Golden Rottie Retriever need?
Golden Rotties are great indoor pets, there’s no mistake about that.
But, just because they know how to behave in the apartment, doesn’t mean they can be left inside the house for the entire day, and only have a half an hour running session in the backyard.
These big dogs need PLENTY of exercise, and you should be prepared for long walks of up to two hours, each day.
Sure, you can split these two hours into two one-hour walks, but be also prepared to play a lot of fetch games along the way if you want your dog to burn out its built-up energy and be mentally challenged as well.
This is important to know because if your dog doesn’t get a proper exercise daily, it can pick up destructive behavior such as barking, chewing on the furniture or your shoes, or even urinating inside the house.
Another thing you should consider is taking your dog to off-leash parks, where it will get enough exercise and stay trim, and socialize with other dogs as well, and develop nice manners when in a company.
Golden Rottie Retriever Health and Conditions
Golden Rottie Retrievers are generally a breed that doesn’t suffer from a large number of health conditions.
But, as with any other breed, there are a few conditions you should know about and pay attention to.
We already mentioned that these dogs can have over-eating problems that can lead to obesity.
This problem can further cause internal organs and joint stress issues, and shorten the lifespan of your faithful, four-legged companion.
Besides these health issues, Golden Rotties can also suffer from the elbow and hip dysplasia. This is mainly a fault of the parents as both breeds are known to have these problems.
As for some minor health problems you should be aware of, there is a slight possibility that your Golden Rottie develops VWD (Von Willebrand’s Disease), Entropion, and OCD (osteochrondritis dissecans) (OCD).
But, there are not so common conditions and it comes down to whether the pup’s parents had them or not.
If the pup’s breeder provides all the health test clearances, you have nothing to be worried about.
The Golden Rottie Retriever is a very playful breed of dogs which will be a great playing companion for your children once trained properly.
Even though this dog is not very harmful by nature and does not intend to hurt your children, its large build may pose a threat to the safety of your kids, especially toddlers.
This dog is 24 to 28 inches high, which is a great height for a dog and much larger than average, and if it accidentally runs into your children it can hurt them.
This is also because of the weight of the dog which is around 60 to 90 pounds, so if it falls on your toddler it can cause great pain.
Moreover, the Golden Rottie Retriever packs quite a large amount of energy which might become too much for it to control when it gets over-excited during playing time.
The broad body structure of this dog requires you to give it a spacious piece of land to play with your children on, which will minimize the chances of your children getting hit by the dog.
This is also why you must avoid putting your dog in enclosed spaces where it can potentially topple off things or even your toddlers.
The strength of a Golden Rottie Retriever makes it essential for you to take precautionary measures to ensure complete safety for both the dog and your children.
Begin training your dog from an early age to remove any aggressive or angry behavioral traits it possesses which make your children vulnerable to an attack by the dog.
Also, regular socialization will help make it more amiable and less belligerent.
An important precautionary step is to teach your children the right way to play and behave with your Golden Rottie Retriever so that they do not irritate or anger the dog.
If this is your first dog, you are lucky because you have nothing to worry about when it comes to training your Golden Rottie Retriever through mentally stimulating challenges.
This is because this dog breed loves to be challenged mentally and is always ready to use its intelligence to solve difficult problems.
You can play nose work games with your Golden Rottie Retriever where you hide certain treats, such as small pieces of carrots, in your house and ask your dog to find them.
Now your pet would have to use its nose and sense of smell to locate the treat.
By focusing the most on its sense of smell as compared to other senses, your dog will be training its mind to adapt to a situation quickly.
Also, make sure that you bring new toys for your dog which are very different in their functionality than the old ones.
Learning to understand its new toys in order to play with them is yet another mentally stimulating activity for your Golden Rottie Retriever.
In addition to this, you are advised to get your pet a few food puzzles.
These are quite effective because such games involve rewards for your dog and it will be very motivated and excited to play them.
Moreover, teach new and slightly complex commands to your dog to sharpen its mind.
Do not underestimate your Golden Rottie Retriever and dismiss a command by considering it too difficult for your pet.
Lastly, you can even consider teaching your Golden Rottie Retriever to count.
My final thoughts on the Golden Rottie Retriever
Now that we’ve explained the health concerns, it’s time to wrap up this guide.
Our goal with this guide was to provide all the important information when it comes to Golden Rottie Retriever hybrid breed.
Now you should have a much better idea of how to find a puppy that comes from good parents, what to expect in the early days and later as the dog matures.
Also, you now know how your dog’s diet should look like and how to feed him, as well as how to properly burn that energy and stay fit because this is really important due to the health issues that come with this breed.
All in all, just make sure you’ve done your research and are completely sure you can actually handle this breed, before buying a puppy.
This is a breed that needs active owners that can keep up with them.
If you can provide all this dog needs, and you’ve found an experienced Golden Rottie Retriever breeder, you can look forward to having a loyal and fun companion that will be there for a long time.
- Golden Rottie Retriever Puppies – Before You Buy…
- What price are Golden Rottie Retriever puppies?
- How to find reputable Golden Rottie Retriever breeders?
- 3 Little-known facts about Golden Rottie Retriever puppies
- Physical Traits of the Golden Rottie Retriever
- How big is a full-grown Golden Rottie Retriever?
- What is the life expectancy of the Golden Rottie Retriever?
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Golden Rottie Retriever
- Golden Rottie Retriever Diet
- How much Exercise does a Golden Rottie Retriever need?
- Golden Rottie Retriever Health and Conditions
- Child Safety
- Mental Stimulation
- My final thoughts on the Golden Rottie Retriever