The Rotterman: A Complete Guide

The Rotterman is the hybrid of the Dobermann Pinscher and the Rottweiler. This dog is most commonly used as a guard dog. They are fierce, territorial, and known for their loyalty.

However, if they are trained properly, and they are socialized at a young age, then they can be friendly and lovable family dogs as well.

The Dobermann Pinscher was originally bred in 1890 by a German tax collector.

These tax collectors would have to travel for miles through dense cities and uninhabited countrysides with chests full of tax money bound for the king.

This would make them prime targets for bandits, and it was a very dangerous profession at the time.

The Dobermann was bred and trained to be very protective of their masters and to be territorial and not let anybody near the precious cargo.

Later in their history, these dogs were adopted across Europe because of their skill as a guard dog.

British police forces and other wealthy individuals would later train these dogs to guard prisons and high-value property.

During World War II, the United States Marine Corps adopted the Dobermann Pinscher as their war dog.

The Rottweiler served a similar purpose but is a much older dog than the Dobermann. In fact, the Rottweiler was one of the prime breeds that were used to breed the Dobermann in the first place.

Rottweilers were known as the “butcher dogs.” Their first recorded use was by the Roman Empire during their long marches.

They would keep a herd of cattle with them in their travels for sustenance.

These cattle could often become lost and distracted, which meant that it was the Rottweiler’s job to keep them in line and on course.

They would also protect the cattle from thieves and other predators on the long journey.

When you combine these dogs, the resulting hybrid is a very protective and territorial breed. They have a “protect and respect” mentality.

They will treat their owners and their family with the utmost respect and will be quite caring and affectionate towards them, but they will protect them against anybody.

If you are going to have visitors or other dogs over, then you will need to make a proper introduction, so your Rottermann knows to trust them.

Rotterman Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Rotterman is your best friend if well-trained and from a good stock.

The Rottermann can sound like a very appealing dog initially, but they require a lot of attention.

You can’t bring home a puppy and expect not to have to spend hours training it personally or hire a professional trainer.

This is a recipe for disaster. Rotterman puppies need strong leadership, and if you are introducing them to a family, then they will need to be properly socialized.

Let’s take a look at all of the information that new owners should know about!

What Price are Rotterman Puppies?

A good Rotterman will cost you quite a bit of money. Expect to pay at least $2,000 for a puppy that comes from a reputable breeder.

A price of $2,300 is far more common to hear. This is because of the high price of both of the parent breeds.

A breedable Rottweiler will cost the breeder between $2,700 and $4,000, and a breedable Dobermann that has been properly screened for health and behavioral issues can easily cost up to $2,000.

When you combine these factors along with the time and money that they breeders have to put into taking care of their stock, then the reason for this high price becomes obvious.

How to Find Reputable Rotterman Breeders?

When looking for a Rotterman, it is very important that you find a reputable breeder.

These dogs can be either be the perfect family guard dog, or they can be an absolute nightmare if they come from bad stock.

A reputable breeder will have spent time screening both the Rottweiler and the Dobermann Pinscher for any health or outstanding behavior problems.

Cheap breeders often won’t use high pedigree parenting dogs and will use dogs that have aggressive tendencies which can result in a very problematic Rotterman puppy.

Be sure to check the parenting dogs’ pedigree papers before purchasing your first Rotterman.

3 Little-known facts about Rotterman puppies

  1. Rotterman puppies need to be socialized almost as soon as they are brought back home. They will form close and trusting bonds with their immediate household. They will learn to love and protect these individuals at all costs.
  2. Rottermans have a lot of energy, and as puppies, they will need plenty of outdoor time to run around or else they will take it out on the inside of your house and will develop aggressive behaviors.
  3. Despite their fearsome reputation, Rotterman puppies are very lovable and affectionate towards their human family.

Physical Traits of the Rotterman

The Rottermans are very active dogs.

The Rotterman is a medium to large-sized dog depending on which parenting breed that it inherits the most from.

They tend to have the long, angular bodies of the Dobermann Pinscher, with the muscular chest and legs of the Rottweiler.

These dogs definitely get their facial features form the Rottweiler. Their snout is long, squared, and the upper lip hangs slightly down over their bottom jaw.

Their teeth are large, and their jaws can open wide. However, they have large, expressive ears that are set up on the top of their heads.

Whenever they are alert, they will stick straight up in the air, and when they are relaxed, they will hang loosely by the side of their head.

Rottermans have large paws and an outward-facing stance which they inherit from the Rottweilers. Their long legs give them a powerful jump and a lot of running endurance.

Rottermans are known for being very fast dogs and can outrun most other dogs their size.

How Big is a Full-Grown Rotterman?

A full-grown Rotterman weighs an average of 120 pounds which classifies it as a large sized dog. If they inherit more from the Dobermann Pinscher, then they may only weigh 100 pounds.

Because of their Rottweiler heritage, these dogs can pack on a lot of muscle if they spend a lot of time outdoors getting exercise.

Looking at their height, they top out at around 25 inches tall. They may be a little bit shorter if they are the runt of the litter, but you can expect to pay less for the smaller dog.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Rotterman?

These dogs have an average life expectancy of 9 to 12 years. This is common for a dog of their size.

Depending on their health and their activity levels they can easily live for a couple of years longer than this.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Rotterman

Both the Rottweiler and the Dobermann Pinscher are known for being some of the most trainable dogs in the world.

This is a character trait inherited by the Rotterman as well. These dogs are incredibly easy to train and are very intelligent and perceptive dogs.

The trick is to begin their training early in life while they are still impressionable. If you wait till after they are full grown, they will have already formed bad habits that will require a lot more effort to train out.

If they are well-trained, then the Rotterman’s temperament towards their family is nothing but respectful and affectionate.

However, due to their inherent nature as guard dogs, they are wary of strangers, and will often behave aggressively towards people and animals who they don’t know.

If you take them to the dog park, you will need to keep a close eye on them to make sure that they don’t pick a fight with another dog.

Again, if they are well-trained and obedient to your commands, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

Rottermans have a very friendly personality towards their immediate family and any visitors that they have built trust in. Rottermans also have a very curious demeanor.

They are always quick to investigate new smells, sounds, and sights.

The Rotterman’s Diet

The Rotterman is a wonderful guard dog.

The Rotterman will need an average of 3 cups of food per day.

If they are on the heavier side or are particularly active, then you give them an extra half cup of food with their lunch in the afternoon.

They have fast metabolisms and are happiest when they are fed three times a day; morning, afternoon, and night.

How Much Exercise Does a Rotterman Need?

Rottermans are very active dogs and need lots of outdoor time to run around off of the leash.

If they don’t get enough exercise, then they can become aggressive and agitated, which is bad for you and your house.

They will need to be taken out for at least 30 to 45 minutes every day, and if you are unable to do this, then you should consider hiring a dog sitter while you are gone.

Rotterman Health and Conditions

These dogs lead active and healthy lives for the most part. They have a particular tendency to develop issues with their prostate once they pass 7 or 8 years old.

Due to their large size, Hip and Elbow Dysplasia are also common in this breed.

Supplements and Vitamins

Supplements and vitamins have become an essential part of human life, with more and more humans opting for them nowadays than ever before.

If you are someone who already takes supplements, you must be aware of the benefits and must be wondering if your dog needs them too.

The Rotterman is a fairly large dog with a lot of energy that it likes to expel throughout the day.

This active lifestyle of the Rotterman means that it burns off the calories that it eats pretty quickly and if a close check is not kept, it could be bad for your dog’s health.

Supplements and vitamins are basically given to a dog if there’s a hint that the food your dog is eating isn’t enough to fulfill your dog’s vitamin and mineral needs.

If your dog eats commercial food then there’s a high chance that all the necessary vitamins and minerals will be present in its food.

However, if you feed your dog homemade food, you might have to start giving your pup a few supplements here and there just to keep the minerals in its body balanced.

If your dog’s diet isn’t enough to keep it strong and healthy, you’ll soon notice that your dog has stopped growing in size and has gotten weaker.

In such a case it is essential that you take your dog to your vet so that the two of you can decide on the best supplements together.

It is often advisable to ask the breeder you got your dog from, what supplements if any, he was feeding the parents of your pup. There’s a high chance that if you give your pup the same supplements, they would only benefit your Rotterman.

Never administer supplements without the advice of the vet and never overdo it since an excess of minerals can also be harmful.

Final Thoughts on the Rotterman

The Rotterman is a wonderful family guard dog, but you must be willing to put in the time and effort to make sure that they are well-trained and socialized with your household.

Failure to do so can result in a nightmare of a dog which will do nothing but cause you problems.

However, if you give them proper attention, then you will be rewarded with one of the most loyal companions and household dogs that you could ever ask for.

 

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OVERALL SUMMARY

2
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
6.5
Family Safety
6.5
Friendliness
7.5
Health Concerns
6.5
Life Span
5
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 5.9 / 10

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Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
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