As our understanding of genetics has advanced, it has become ever more common to mix different breeds of dog to create new breeds, usually in the interest of combining the best traits of the two breeds and removing undesirable ones. One of the many mixed breeds which is now available is the German Shepherd – Rottweiler mix.
There is a lot of disinformation out there about this particular mixed breed, even among those who are dog lovers. This comes from the idea that a mix of these two breeds will lead to a dog which is overly aggressive. However, this is not the case in real life.
One positive factor is that both of these breeds are known as highly intelligent, which means that it is easy to train them, whether for obedience training or to reduce aggression. The idea that these dogs are simply impossible to teach to be less aggressive is baseless.
These dogs both offer a lot of beauty and there is no truth to the assertion that mixing the Rottweiler and the German Shepherd will lead to deformed offspring. While of course the puppies that result from this pairing will look a bit different from their parents, but the fact is that these puppies tend to be quite attractive indeed.
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The German shepherd Rottweiler mix is not eligible for competition in dog shows, since they do not meet the breed requirements for either German Shepherds or Rottweilers. They may have heads which are too large or too small or coats which are the wrong color or length.
Of course, these are traits which are only skin deep. As someone thinking of adopting one of these mixed breed dogs, what you really need to know is what the temperament of your potential new pet; and this begins with knowing about the temperaments of the purebred dogs who are their patents. In the case of a German Shepherd Rottweiler mix, people who own these dogs as well as professional dog breeders generally say that in these dogs, the Rottweiler side of the family shows through the most in their temperament. They tend to be loyal, affectionate and deeply protective of their owners – however they are also aloof and on their guard around new people and animals, though unprovoked attacks by these dogs is almost unknown. With proper training and socialization, this is not an issue you’ll need to worry about.
The idea that German Shepherd Rottweiler mix dogs are dangerous, aggressive animals has to do with rare, isolated instances of attacks by these dogs who have not been trained or socialized. As long as this is taken care of, this happens to be one of the very best mixed breed pets for families and individuals alike.