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15 Shepweiler Facts You’ll Never Forget

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A shepweiler is a designer dog that is produced by breeding two pure breeds, the German shepherd and the Rottweiler. This mixed breed is a newly produced designer dog with all the qualities of its parents. The dog is loyal and has an appealing personality. They get their robust and muscular build from both their purebred parents. The Rottweiler-German shepherd mix goes by several other names like Rottweiler shepherd, shottie, rotten shepherd, and Rottie shepherd. Many people are unaware of the presence of this mix breed; as a result, they do not have a large following as of yet.

The shepherd Rottie has very few historical records of its own since they have not been around for a long time. The dogs are generally healthy, but since they are a new cross, many types of research are going on regarding the health of the dog. Some common shepweiler health problems that the dogs inherit from their ancestors are hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, bloating, and panosteitis. The average price of the dog ranges between $200-1000 USD. To know more information about the dogs, keep on reading these amazing facts.

 For similar content, check out German shepherd facts and rottweiler facts too.

Shepweiler Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a shepweiler?

A shepweiler breed is a type of hybrid dog that was produced by mixing the genes of the German shepherd and the Rottweiler.

What class of animal does a shepweiler belong to?

The shepweiler is a cross between two dogs of Carnivora order and the Canidae family that belong to the class Mammalia, consisting of all warm-blooded animals.

How many shepweilers are there in the world?

The total number of shepweilers present in the world is currently unknown. Since the dogs are domestic dogs, their population is not estimated by the conservation organizations. The Rottie shepherd is a relatively unknown breed that has been discovered very recently. To understand the population trend of this hybrid dog, we have to consider the background of its purebred parents, the German shepherd and Rottweiler. Both breeds used for the Rotties are extremely popular. The German shepherd is the second most popular breed in the United States, while the rottweilers stand in the eighth position. A great demand for their parents naturally indicates that the breeding stock of the shepweilers will not be extinct in the near future. This, in turn, stabilizes the population of their breeds like the shepweilers.

Where does a shepweiler live?

A Rottie shepherd is a type of dog breed that lives in the house as a guard dog or a companion. They can be found in any type of house that can meet their living conditions. Both the dog breeds used for the shepweilers come from Germany. The Rottweilers and the German shepherds both have their origin from Germany. Therefore the shepweilers also prefer to live in temperate countries of the world. The parent dog breeds are very popular in the United States; accordingly, their mixed breed is also found in the United States. The thick fur coat of the dogs makes it impossible for them to survive in any hot tropical area.

What is a shepweiler's habitat?

The habitat of a Rottie shepherd depends on the habitat of its parents. They are primarily family dogs that stay indoors with their owners. The mixed breed's ancestors, the german shepherds, and Rottweilers were bred as herding and working dogs in the past. With time they also settled in the house as pets. At present, they are famous pets all over the world. German shepherds prefer cool and temperate climates and Rottweilers have similar habitat preferences. Naturally, it is assumed that the shepweilers also are best suited for such climates. Even though they live indoors, the active dogs need considerable outdoor playtime to drain the excess energy.

Who does a shepweiler live with?

The Rottie shepherd breed is a family dog; they are bred exclusively by mixing two pure breeds to produce a designer breed. They live indoors with their owners and also other pets if they are trained properly. The dogs are big balls of energy that craves your love and attention. It will be a lovely experience to have them as pets. Crate training from a young age benefits the family with which they live. These dogs are active and social in nature only if they are introduced to many people and other pets when they are a puppy. They show low tendencies of mixing with strangers, so the dog owners should be cautious when strangers are in the house. They are aggressive towards anyone they find suspicious, and they get their temperament from both German shepherds and Rottweilers. Early training and socialization are essential for them to train them as good companion dogs.

How long does a shepweiler live?

The life span of the Rottweiler shepherd mix ranges between 10-13 years of age.

How do they reproduce?

The German shepherd was produced as a hybrid in the 18th or 19th century by mixing with ancient racers. Rottweilers are much older dogs that were first produced by the Roman soldiers by breeding the Roman drover in the 7th century. The two dogs were bred together to produce the Rottie shepherd. The reproduction process of the Rotties is similar to all other dogs. Females mate during their heat periods and the method of reproduction is sexual. They give birth to puppies, but the litter size is unknown.

What is their conservation status?

Shepweilers are not listed in the Red List published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature or the IUCN. It is a newly found domestic dog that does not have any conservation actions dedicated to it. They are not even recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) yet but their parent breeds are both registered with the AKC. This stabilizes the future of the rotten shepherds with the hope of gaining a desired popularity in the future.

The health of the dogs is related to the health of their parent breeds. Some common health issues faced by this large dog are elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, allergies, and eye problems. However, such health problems do not seem to affect the population of the shepweilers. This loyal companion dog is gradually rising into fame, and even though they are not a part of any kennel club yet, they have been recognized by the Dog Breed Registry.

Shepweiler Fun Facts 

What does a shepweiler look like?

A shepweiler needs sixty minutes of activity time.
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The physical structure of the German shepherd Rottweiler mix matches the physique of their parents. They are large, heavyweight dogs with muscular bodies and long legs. Rotties also have powerful jaws and big feet, which make them look strong. The coat is thick with straight fur. Grooming is a must for maintaining their coat, but straight hairs make grooming relatively easier. The coat color can vary between black, brown, fawn, tan, and white.

How cute are they?

The German shepherd Rottweiler mix has an adorable and goofy nature. You will enjoy the dog's company and its cuteness.

How do they communicate?

These dogs communicate by barks and by sniffing others.

How big is a shepweiler?

The height of a shepweiler ranges between 22-27 in (56-68.5 cm). Their size is similar to the German shepherd Doberman mix.

How fast can a shepweiler run?

Shepweilers have a large physique, so they are not typically fast runners. Their exact speed is unknown.

How much does a shepweiler weigh?

The weight of a shepweiler ranges between 75-115 lb (34-52 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male Rottie shepherd does not have any specific name, but the females are known as bitches.

What would you call a baby shepweiler?

A baby shepweiler is called a shepweiler puppy.

What do they eat?

Shepweilers are large dogs; they need a heavy protein-rich diet. They should be fed meat-based protein and foods containing a fair amount of glucosamine and chondroitin.

Are they slobbery?

They are moderately slobbery, unlike the pitbull mastiff mix.

Would they make a good pet?

The German shepherd rottweiler mix was produced to serve the purpose of pet dog only, so yes, the breed makes a good pet. They are friendly in nature but do not mix well with strangers if not trained properly. Grooming requirements for the dog are high since the thick coat is prone to shedding.

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Did you know...

The dogs are easy to train, and they need proper training to develop their socialization skills. They are brilliant dogs that only accept seasoned training; otherwise, they refuse to train. Exercise and outdoor activities do not only keep the dog fit, but it also helps in controlling their temperament by keeping them happy.

Is a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix a good dog? 

Whether the German shepherd rottweiler mix will be a good dog for your family depends on the traits that you are looking for in a dog. Like any other dog, the personality of shepweilers also has a list of pros and cons. The dog owners should be well aware of the dog's traits before committing to adopting this breed. It is a common belief that the dog is an aggressive one with temperament issues, unlike golden retrievers. The lineage of the dog is the main reason behind such beliefs. However, it is true that they might show aggression towards strangers sometimes if they are not properly trained from a young age.

Training and grooming play an extremely important role in the personality development of the German shepherd rottweiler mix. The natural fright of strangers also gives them the title of one of the best guard dogs. The energy level of the Rottie shepherds is always high; therefore, they need regular exercise and plenty of playtime to drain the stored energy. An hour of exercise each day is enough for the Rotties. Even though they are loyal and friendly towards their owners, the german shepherd rottweiler mix is not an easy dog to take care of. Shedding is a big part of their life. Their thick fur coat sheds a lot; therefore, grooming the dogs in regular intervals is a must.

How strong is a shepweiler?

A German shepherd rottweiler mix results in a muscular and large dog having muscle strength shows the vigor and strength of your dog. German shepherd and Rottweilers are both large breeds that were bred in ancient Germany as herding dogs or guard dogs. This gives the German shepherd and rottweiler mix all the strength of their parents. The German shepherd was bred in such a way that it was used for wrangling ships. The rottweiler is also a very powerful and strong dog breed that descended from the ancient mastiffs. They were bred first by the Roman soldiers to fight for them during the war. The strength of the two dogs was the biggest selling point behind the breeds in the past when they were used as police dogs or as means of transportation.

Later their lovable and affectionate nature turned them into a favorable household pet. The hybrid German shepherd rottweiler mix gets the strong personality and physical strength of their parents. It is an active breed with high levels of energy, so since their puppy years, they need training and exercise to drain the excess energy. They are large dogs with great strength; they will try their best to protect you in any situation with their life. The shepweilers make one of the most hard-working dogs that you will ever find; it is a treat to have them as your house pet.

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*We've been unable to source an image of a shepweiler and have used an image of a Rottweiler instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of a shepweiler, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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