When you breed a Siberian Husky with a Rottweiler, you have yourself a ROTTSKY. Huskies and Rottweilers are two striking breeds with equally big personalities. Is the Husky Rottweiler mix a good idea or a bad idea? You’ll find out below.
This will be a complete guide dedicated to the Rottsky containing everything you want to know about this interesting crossbreed. Some things may surprise you…
In most cases, a Rottsky will be a fantastic family pet that’s very loving, affectionate, loyal, and a great protector. There are many good points about the Husky Rottweiler mix but there are definitely some important character traits you need to know.
Appearance, Personality, and Traits of the Husky Rottweiler Mix
The Husky Rottweiler mix is an interesting crossbreed, that has the brains and the brawn… usually.
The Rottsky will be a medium to large size breed depending on which parent has the dominant genes. The Rottsky will be a muscular, powerful hybrid that’s equally agile and fast.
The personality of a Rottsky will be very affectionate, loving, loyal, and protective of its own. Huskies by nature, make terrible guard dogs and are not aggressive or aloof to strangers. The Rottweiler, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the best guard dog breeds today. The Rottsky typically falls in the middle with a nice balance.
Huskies are smarter than what they’re given credit for, and Rottweilers are just smart! The Husky Rottweiler mix can be trained to a very high level, but the training process will prove to be difficult. The stubbornness of the Husky will challenge you in many ways!
|Size||Medium – Large Hybrid.|
|Weight||40 – 60 kg (85 – 135 lbs)|
(males are typically heavier)
|Height||22 Inches -27 Inches |
(males are typically taller)
|Coat||Thick, can be rough or smooth depending on genes. Will be a short-medium length.|
|Markings & Colors||Will vary from browns, reds, black, gray. Rottweiler colors and markings tend to be dominant.|
|Eyes||Depending on the Husky, eyes can be both blue, bi-colored, particolored, or both brown.|
|Ears||Large, triangle shaped ears that hold themselves semi-upright.|
|Head||Stocky with defined features. Usually balanced between both parent breeds.|
|Breed Recognition||Not officially recognized by the American Kennle Club.|
|Average Puppy Cost||$500 – $1000 (varies upon breeder, location, bloodline, and physical appearance)|
|Life Expectancy||Usually 10-14 years.|
|Shedding||A small amount of shedding year-round with two blowouts before weather changes. Depending on their coat.|
|Trainability||Trainable to a high level, but training will be difficult.|
|Obedience||Once trained they’re obedient, but always with a rebellious streak.|
|Aggressiveness||non-aggressive if raised and trained well. Parent behavior will also affect this. Has the potential to be aggressive.|
|Protectiveness||Fairly protective over property and family.|
|Sociability||Typically social if genes come from the Husky. May show some aloof behavior.|
|Good with kids||Good with kids, supervision is always required.|
|Good with other dogs||Typically good with other dogs. Sociability training is recommended.|
Below are two close up photos of the Siberian Husky and the Rottweiler. From these images side by side, you can understand what features are similar and which are different.
The Rottsky can take dominant genes from either of the two parents and can have facial features that vary. That’s one of the most interesting aspects of crossbreeds. However, with the Husky Rottweiler mix, it’s usual to see the colors of the Rottweiler come through more prominently.
Rottweilers have an interesting history that some believe date back to the Roman Empire. It is said that Rottweilers are descendants from Roman drover dogs.
While the Romans were trying to conquer Europe, they traveled vast distances throughout a lot of Europe. Throughout the long journeys, the Roman dogs would breed with many local dogs and this was especially seen in a small town called Rottweil, in south Germany. After spending some time in this important town, the hard-working dogs became named after the town to produce the “Rottweiler” breed
Rottweilers were officially recognized by the AKC in 1931 and in 1936 the breed was exhibited in the famous Crufts dog show in England. The popularity of Rottweilers kept growing and by the mid-1990s Rottweilers were the most registered dog in the American Kennel Club. Although their popularity has slightly declined, today they are ranked 8th most popular dog in America.
Siberian Husky History
The Siberian Husky is considered one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, dating back for thousands of years. They have some very interesting history.
The Siberian Husky was bred by a nomadic group of people known as the Chukchi Tribe, from Eastern Siberia. These hard-working dogs were essential for the survival of the Chukchi Tribe and helped them significantly every day. Used primarily to transport goods and their families across long distances in arctic-like weather conditions. On top of being working dogs, they were kept close to the families, sleeping together, eating together and providing companionship.
Huskies were exported to Alaska where they were used throughout the Gold Rush to help people transport sleds in the harsh weather conditions. Shortly after this, in 1910, a team of Huskies was used in one of the famous All-Alaskan sweepstakes, something that hadn’t been done before. They took first place and gained a lot of attention.
In 1925, a small Alaskan town called Nome was hit with an outbreak of Diptheria, a potentially fatal condition if not treated quickly. It was decided the best way to transport the life-saving anti-toxin would be via a sled dog relay team. Siberian Huskies took the role and successfully transport the anti-toxin over 674 miles in under 6 days. Saving the entire population!
Should You Get a Husky Rottweiler Mix?
You may be interested in getting a Husky Rottweiler mix or Rottsky, but there a few things you should consider first before making the decision.
Too much dog for a beginner?
If you didn’t already know, Siberian Huskies are commonly considered “too much dog” for a beginner dog owner. On top of this, Rottweilers can be powerful, aggressive and dangerous if not trained or raised correctly. A puppy from these two breeds isn’t something to be taken casually.
Are you up for the challenge?
Does this mean you shouldn’t get this amazing husky mix? well, it depends on the time, focus, the attention you can provide your puppy. You’ll need to be extremely persistent, and training will prove to be quite frustrating, with the rebellious streak coming from the Husky genes!
How active is your family?
The Rottsky will best suit a family that is very active and spends a lot of time outdoors. Exercise will be a huge part of their life and without it, behavioral issues won’t be far behind. It safe to say that no less than 2 hours of intense exercise per day will be required.
What’s your daily routine?
If your family works all day, leaving this puppy home alone for many hours on end will not work. Both breeds crave attention and can develop separation anxiety and depression quite easily if left home alone too much, too often.
Do you have young children?
Rottskies do make great family pets and their parents are both fantastic with kids. BUT it’s important to remember that dogs can never be fully trusted, and Rottweilers do have a streak of aggression in them. Despite this, there are many families that have Rottweilers with kids and babies just fine. You must be confident in your training. It’s something to think about…
If you’re up for the challenge then this will be an amazing addition to your family.
Husky Rottweiler Puppies For Sale
If you’re looking to buy a Rottsky, it’s very important you do all the necessary checks prior to making the purchase.
The average cost of a Husky Rottweiler mix or Rottsky ranges anywhere from $500 – $1000. This will depend on the location, bloodline quality and, physical appearance.
The breeder you choose is super important and there are many things you want to validate first. Unfortunately, more so with “designer” dog breeds like this one, many illegitimate breeders catch on to trends and try to make a quick profit by breeding any Husky with any Rottweiler, regardless of the health or behavior of the parent dogs.
Here are some basic, yet important things to ensure when getting a new puppy:
- Only use a trusted breeder with references you can validate. Preferably use a breeder that is recommended by a Vet.
- Ensure the breeder doesn’t pressure you into buying the puppy. If the breeder seems desperate to close the sale. Look elsewhere.
- Ensure the new puppy has had all the necessary health check-ups, with documentation.
- Proper health check-ups and documentation of both parents should be available for you to see. Make sure they’re in good health, no behavioral issues recorded, and that they have been licensed to breed for the Rottsky puppy you’re actually looking at.
- Be very careful when looking online. There are many illegitimate breeders trying to sell mix breed puppies behind their keyboards. Always do your checks, even when browsing the internet.
If you do want to take a look online, here are a few websites that you can check out:
USA Sites: Rottsky availability will always change.
Canadian Sites: Rottsky availability will always change.
UK Sites: Rottsky availability will always change.
Husky Rottweiler Mix Health Problems
Both the Siberian Husky and Rottweiler are generally healthy dogs, but they are also prone to some commonly shared health problems. This doesn’t mean to say that the Rottsky will be even more prone to these health issues, but it’s important you are aware of them.
Common health problems for the Husky Rottweiler mix:
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Typically, crossbreds are considered healthier than purebreds due to a wider gene pool. Some veterinarians agree with this, and there are some who do not.
There isn’t too much cause for concern and nearly all dogs are susceptible to health problems. This shouldn’t stop you from getting a dog and it can never be fully avoided. All you can do is ensure you give your Rottsky a healthy active lifestyle with a good diet and have regular vet check-ups.
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Rottweiler Husky Mix Exercise Requirements
Hopefully, you enjoy exercise… because you’ll be doing a lot of it if you get one of these puppies.
Rottweilers need a lot of exercise in order to be stimulated and well-behaved. They are hard-working dogs and will need a certain amount of physical activity every day.
This goes for the Siberian Husky too. Considered by many to the ultra-marathon runner of the dog world. Capable of consecutively running 100 miles per day. No joke!
Two hours of exercise per day, one hour in the morning and one in the evening consisting of:
- Agility Training
- Sled pulling
- Anything else high intensity
Both of these breeds NEED physical exercise to be happy. If they do not receive an adequate amount, training will be extremely difficult and they will typically develop behavioral issues.
Do Husky Rottweiler Mixes Shed?
A popular question surrounding this hybrid is “do husky rottweiler mixes shed?”
If we take a look at both parents, the Siberian Husky and the Rottweiler, we have two breeds who both shed quite heavily.
The Husky typically has longer hair and sheds more, but both breeds drop a certain amount of hair year-round, with two big blowouts before seasonal changes.
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Both parent breeds have double-coats, so your Husky Rottweiler mix will, without doubt, shed!
A solid grooming routine will be very important. A maintenance brushing routine is best carried out 2 or 3 times per week. When your Rottsky blows their coat, daily brushing will be necessary.
If you don’t enjoy constant dog hair on your floor, it’s best to avoid the Rottsky!
Best Diet for a Husky Rottweiler Mix
Siberian Huskies don’t usually eat a lot of food and typically never have big appetites. Rottweilers have bigger appetites and most of the time they don’t stop growing until they’re 2 years old.
The best diet for a Husky Rottweiler mix will be high in protein, medium- high fat, and low carbs. This would have been the nutritional breakdown for both Huskies and Rottweilers throughout most of their past. This type of diet is what they can digest the best.
Huskies and Rottweilers are both susceptible to sensitive stomachs and it’s quite likely that your Rottsky puppy will have a sensitive stomach too. Therefore it’s a good idea to be using limited ingredient dog food that’s specially formulated for dogs with sensitive stomachs. I have a recommendation for you below.
When your Rottsky is a puppy, it’s best to feed them 3 times per day. A good routine to start off with is 8am, 3pm and 7pm. Once your Rottsky puppy becomes an adult, you can reduce this to twice per day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.
Portion size is also important and after having some basic check-ups with your local veterinarian, they will be able to guide you on how much your puppy should be eating.
Here’s a recommended dog food available on Amazon, this is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs, you can see the reviews here (Nulo Freestyle Grain-Free Dog Food)
Training a Husky Rottweiler Mix
The good news here is that the Rottsky will be extremely smart. The Husky Rottweiler mix can be trained to a very high level of obedience and understanding.
The bad news is that the more this breed learns, the more cunning and mischevious they will get, a common trait seen in Huskies. This has its charm and can even be funny, but there’s always a limit!
Training should start right from the moment you get your puppy home. Your attention, focus, and consistency will be critical in raising a well-behaved Rottsky. They will try to defy you and push your limits, but it’s important to remain consistent and never give up on training sessions.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are being too harsh on your puppy. This isn’t how your puppy sees it. They actually prefer to have a clear hierarchy and will appreciate the leadership and guidance you give them.
Without proper training, it’s likely your Rottsky will develop some level of behavioral issues and with their size, power and strength, that’s something you want to avoid.
I have a complete article on Husky Puppy training, which covers principles that will work exactly the same for a Rottsky puppy too.
Quick FAQ’s | Husky Rottweiler Mix
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Husky Rottweiler mix. Let’s take a look!
1) How big do Rottweiler Husky mixes get?
This can depend on each respective parent. But typically, the average height of the Rottweiler Husky mix ranges from 22-27 Inches (depending on sex) The average weight of the Rottweiler Husky mix ranges from 85-135 lbs (depending on sex)
2) How much is a Rottsky?
The average price of a Rottsky puppy ranges from $500 – $1000 according to doggiedesigner.com. However, this can change and depends upon the breeder, location, bloodline, and physical appearance.
3) What is a Rottsky?
A “Rottsky” or “Rottski” is the unofficial breed name when you crossbreed a Siberian Husky with a Rottweiler.
4) Are Rottskys good dogs
The Rottsky is typically a family-loving breed that loves to give affection as well as receive it. They are very loyal and will protect their own. To have a well-behaved Rottsky, training will be absolutely critical right from puppyhood.
Hopefully, this article has covered everything you wanted to know about the beautiful Husky Rottweiler Mix.
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