A Rotterman is a large breed of dog having a mix of genes of Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher.

Both of these breeds are known for their agility and fierceness, and so is the Rotterman. Being a clever dog with strong and loyal instincts, it is generally employed by people as a guard dog. 

However, don’t let the perceived fierceness scare you, it is an easy-going dog that many pet owners now choose to keep as a family companion dog.

Rotterman is definitely a low-maintenance dog; however, it needs proper training and exercise. It is also important to note that if poorly trained, this wonderful dog can turn aggressive and become hard to handle. 

Quick Information

Height24-28 inches (2-3 Feet)
Weight70-130 lbs (31 kgs – 59 kgs)
CoatSmooth and short
Tendency to droolmild
TemperamentSmart, loyal, active
Life span9-12 years
ColorsRed, brown, blue, black, rust
SheddingMinimal, occasional 
Children FriendlyYes
Suitable forFamilies with children and other pets, Experienced Owners
Originated CountryUSA
SizeLarge in Size
IdentificationIDCR – International Designer Canine Registry®
ACHC – American Canine Hybrid Club
DDKC – Designer Dogs Kennel Club

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As already mentioned above, Rotterman is not a purebred dog, but has originated by crossing rottweilers and Doberman pinschers. 

There is very limited information about the history of this dog but has been thought to be first bred in the United States around 30 years ago. Though Rotterman’s history is limited, we can look at its ancestors to get a clearer understanding.

Rottweiler is a guard dog from Germany whose history goes back to ancient Rome where it originated by crossing the local farming dogs with the Molossus dogs. 

Rottweiler’s name comes from Rottweil, a German town where they were used primarily as cattle dogs. The breed gained popularity in the United States in the 1920s due to their strength and agility.

Doberman is also a native German dog, and is actually a descendant of Rottweiler. It originated in the 1890s by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector by profession, who bred different breeds of dogs in order to get the perfect powerful tax collector dog that could also protect him.

Doberman pinscher is a clever dog with impressive strength, and has also been used in war and marines by the USA in the second world war.

Temperament and Behavior

  • When it comes to the Rotterman’s personality, it’s quite random. They can either have a rottweiler personality, a Doberman personality or a perfect mixture of both. 
  • However, one of the main qualities of Rotterman, which is consistent, is that they are fiercely loyal.
  • They are also very protective, clever, and active. If trained properly, they can turn out to be great family pets and can cohabitate peacefully with other breeds of dogs. 
  • Rottermans are large dogs that need a lot of training while growing up. They love toys and love to chew on bones.
  • They don’t bark a lot but can be suspicious of people they don’t know and can get aggressive with them. 

Health and Care 

  • While Rottermans are generally healthy, they can have any of the health problems that their ancestors suffer from, depending on the dominant genes they inherit. 
  • They can live up to 12 years easily without any serious health issues, but it is essential that you buy them from a reputed breeder and take them to the vet frequently to check for any underlying problems. 

Common Health Problems 

  1. Narcolepsy
  2. Allergies
  3. Eye issues
  4. Albinism
  5. Von Willebrand’s disease
  6. Panosteitis
  7. Joint dysplasia
  8. Bone cancer


Rottermans are low-maintenance dogs that don’t require much grooming. However, they tend to shed a lot, and don’t get fooled by their short fur.

Brushing their coat everyday will maintain its health and remove any loose fur. 

Bathe your dog once in a while only when it’s essential, as too much bathing can cause them to lose their natural protective oil.

Clip their nails and brush their teeth once in a couple of weeks to make sure they don’t get too dirty.


  • Rottermans are large dogs that require a good amount of training, especially when they are young. 
  • They have an independent personality and can also be really stubborn, so if you are a new pet owner it is advised to take help of a professional trainer.

However, they are very smart dogs and it won’t take long to train them properly. Just be a bit firm and serious with the training and they will follow through pretty quickly.


Q. What is Rotterman breed price in India? 

A. Rotterman puppy in India can cost you anywhere between Rs. 18000 to Rs. 40000.

Q. What is Rotterman breed price in USA, UK, and Canada?

A. While this unique puppy can cost anywhere between $300 and $800 (USD, $) in the USA, it can cost 1500 pounds (GBP, £) upwards in the UK and around 700 can $ (CAD, Can$) upwards in Canada.

Q. What is the life expectancy of a Rotterman?

A. These dogs can live somewhere between 9 to 12 years on an average. 

Q. What is the average size of an adult Rotterman?

A. While a male Rotterman can grow up to 28 inches (2.3 Feet) tall, a female Rotterman can grow up to a height of 25 inches (2 Feet).

Q. Is Rotterman a family-friendly breed?

A. A Rotterman is usually friendly with his owner and his family and the dogs it grew up with, but may be averse to strangers. A lot depends on the training too.

Q. Does this breed need exercise?

A. Yes, Rottermans are active dogs that require some sort of exercise daily. Usually, it is recommended to take them cycling, running or two walks per day.

Q. What is the average weight of a Rotterman?

A. A Rotterman is a large breed dog and can weigh anywhere between 80 pounds to 130 pounds (36.2 Kgs – 58.9Kgs) easily.

Q. What should I feed my Rotterman?

A. These dogs need nutrition-rich food that provides it with the required amount of energy. Talk to your vet regarding the quantity of food, and what to feed.