The Complete Rottweiler Pitbull Mix Guide: An Energetic Guardian

The Rottweiler Pitbull mix, also known as the Pitweiler, is popular amongst people who want a protective, large and loveable pooch.

They are an active dog who excel in sports such as agility, obedience, and tracking.

Powerful, tenacious, and clever, they are not a breed for a new owner or someone living in an apartment.

They are also not the kind of dog that will happily lounge on the couch with you at night – instead they would much rather be out for a run.

If you think this active protector could be the dog for you, read on to learn more about them…

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What is a Rottweiler Pitbull Mix? (Overview)

The origins of the first Rottweiler and Pitbull cross is a little murky however it is suspected to have been in the United States.

The intention when crossing these two Pedigree breeds is to get a more agile guard dog.

These dogs do not just look physically powerful and imposing – they are. Rottweiler Pitbull mixes are often all muscle and they can be a difficult dog to keep control of if not properly trained.

Rottweilers and Pitbulls have fairly similar in temperaments, so it is fairly easy to predict what your cross will have (more on this later).

Whether you need a running partner, or an agility dog, this pooch is more than ready to do whatever you want (as long as they are with you).

  • Overview: Hybrid (Rottweiler/Pitbull).
  • Purpose: Guard and Companionship.
  • Weight: 45-100 pounds.
  • Size: 18-26 inches.
  • Temperament: Loyal, alert and confident.

Pitweiler Pros and Cons


  • Very protective of their owners.
  • They do not bark a lot.
  • Low grooming and maintenance.
  • Love to play with children.
  • Amazing guard dogs.


  • Not for novice owners.
  • May be banned through breed specific legislation.
  • Can be a bit too excitable for young kids.
  • Require a lot of exercise.

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix Appearance

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As a mix this pooch can look more like either a Pitbull or a Rottweiler, or they can look like a mix between the two.

Most of these dogs have the powerful, muscular body of a Pitbull with the longer legs of a Rottweiler and the large head that is common to both breeds. They will also have the looser jowls of Rottweilers and may drool.

They generally possess the imposing height of a Rottweiler with the muscular build and thick legs of a Pitbull, making them the kind of dog that will turn heads.


Due to both parent breeds, there is a wide range of potential sizes. Males will always be larger than females, and heavier too.

They stand around from 18-26 inches tall and weigh between 45-100 pounds.

Colors and Coat

Be prepared for a huge range of colors including: chocolate, brown, black, speckled, golden, white, blue, merle and brindle.

The color is usually determined by the Pitbull side of the family since Rottweilers only come in one shade. The most common coloring is the black and tan coloration of Rottweilers.

Their face can also be adorned with the markings too. This consists of brown on their eyebrows, muzzle, chest and legs. They can also have white blazes on their snouts and white socks.

They typically have short coats that do not shed a lot.

5 Fun Facts About Rottweiler Pitbull Mixes

  1. Despite being a tough breed, they are actually very sensitive.
  2. Rottweiler Pitbull mixes does not reach their full size until eighteen months of age.
  3. They excel in any kind of dog sport, especially agility and weight pulling.
  4. Puppies are relatively inexpensive compared to other breeds.
  5. These pooches are often used as guard dogs.

Rottweiler Pitbull Personality and Temperament

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This breed is a energetic dog that does not quite understand its own strength.

Rottweilers have a habit of accidentally running into people, and these mixes are no different. Because of this some care needs to be taken when they are around small children or older adults.

These mixes are very playful dogs with lots of energy. They are constantly on the move, and need plenty of physical exercise and toys to play with. Toys that allow them to play by themselves are the best if you are not available for play.

Rottweiler Pitbull mix are not big barkers and will usually only bark if there is something to alert. Even then it is generally just one or two barks to get your attention and let you know that there is something amiss. However, their barks are very deep and loud.

With strangers, Pitweilers are usually aloof and standoffish so they need a lot of positive socialization when growing up (both Pitbulls and Rottweilers have a huge prey drive).

This means that you should always keep an eye on them around smaller animals and cats. Although they can be taught to not chase or hurt other animals, they should never be left unsupervised.

They are also not the best with other dogs.

Usually, they do better in different sex pairs. Females are especially prone to aggression with other females.

Is A Pitbull Rottweiler Mix A Good Family Dog?

With the proper training and socialization, they make excellent family dogs.

However due to their boisterous nature you need to be cautious with them around small children.

Caring for a Rottweiler Pitbull Mix

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Although they are a fairly easy breed to care for, with few health issues and minimal grooming, the Rottweiler Pitbull mix still is not recommended for new owners.

They require a lot of socialization growing up (this makes it difficult for inexperienced first time owners).

Both Rottweilers and Pitbulls are very active, physically capable dogs and they need a strong trainer that can put the time and effort into training them.

They are an amazing companion for someone with experience owning dogs and that lives in a house with a fenced-in yard. Due to their huge size and extreme exercise requirements, apartment life is not recommended for these dogs.

Exercise Requirements

Both Pitbulls and Rottweilers are high energy and highly driven breeds, so your mix will be no different.

These dogs require at least an hour of straight running per day, and then another half hour at least of play once you are back home.

Tug, fetch, and agility are great ways to physically exercise these dogs.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 2.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: Minimum 60 minutes.

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Grooming and Shedding

Both Rottweilers and Pitbulls have short coats which makes grooming them easy.

A simple brush once a week will be enough (although they will shed more during the early spring). If your Rottweiler Pitbull mix’s coat takes after the Rottweiler more, it may be a bit thicker and shed more.

Feeding and Diet

These dogs typically do best when fed three times a day. If you are unable to do that, you can just split their food consumption between morning and evening. Rottweiler Pitbull mixes require a high protein feed, especially as they are growing.

Feeding requirements will also vary a lot depending on how big they get.

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Known Health Problems

Although generally healthy, Rottweiler Pitbull mixes are prone to a few different conditions. These include:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia.
  • Cataracts.
  • Bloat.
  • Addison’s disease.
  • Allergies.

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How Long Do Rottweiler Pitbull Mixes Live?

Pitweilers generally live for 8-12 years.

How Much Do Rottweiler Pitbull Mixes Cost?

These pups usually cost around $150-$800 if purchased from a breeder.

How to Train a Rottweiler Pitbull Mix


Rottweiler Pitbull mixes do best with positive reinforcement and daily work starting from when they are a puppy.

With these dogs, you can never let up on training. They need plenty of mental stimulation alongside all of their physical exercise.

Working on daily obedience for at least half an hour should be enough. Rally is another good dog sport to train that will help to use their brain and tire them out mentally for you.

These dogs also require a lot of socialization growing up, as both Pitbulls and Rottweilers have high prey drives.

Proper socialization as they are growing will help to reduce these issues, although an eye should always be on your Pitbull mix when around strangers, dogs or children.

Rally is probably the easiest game to train these dogs to play, but you can also train them to play fetch or tug to exercise them more physically. Hiding food or toys around the house and sending them to search for the treats can also be a fun and rewarding activity for your dog.

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Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size:18-26 inches.
Lifespan:8-12 years.
Coat:Generally short (depends on which parent they take after).
Color:Chocolate, brown, black, speckled, golden, white, blue, merle and brindle.
Do They Shed:Yes, but shedding is minimal.
Temperament:Affectionate, loyal and energetic.
Intelligence:Extremely smart.
Socialization:This is a must, and needs to be continued throughout their lives.
Destructive Behavior:Without enough stimulation, they can become destructive.
People Skills:Aloof with strangers, needs socialization.
Good with Children:Love children, but can be too excitable.
Activity Levels:Extremely active.


The active, boisterous Rottweiler Pitbull mix can make a great companion for the right family.

They are not recommended for novice owners or for someone that has very young children. These mixes need firm training and strict rules.

Also they are not a good breed for a small house in the city or apartment. Pitbull mixes do much better in a home where they have plenty of room to run and exercise.

If you are looking for an active, powerful companion that can double as a guard dog, then the Rottweiler Pitbull mix is the perfect dog for you.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions…

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Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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