When it comes to rare dogs, the Rottweiler Husky mix is definitely among them. And no, not rare purebred dog breeds. Those are a separate thing. In the world of designer dog breeds, this one is a rare and relatively new.
Huskies are a popular option for crossing breeds due to their beautiful nature. Rotties are a good option as well, they have a guarding instinct and personality that is great for a family dog. But they need a bit more friendliness in their genetics, which is where the Siberian Husky helps.
So, let’s take a closer look at this designer breed, shall we?
Meet The Breed
We have to start at the beginning. The Husky Rottweiler mix is a relatively new hybrid dog, and not that many people know something about it.
But it is a perfect family-loving breed. This puppy also has a fun name, Rottsky. It is similar to other Husky mixes, for example, a Goberian is a cross between a Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky. Or Shepsky, a German Shepherd Husky mix.
Both parent breeds have a long and rich history. Their offspring, however, does not. But we can expect more from this canine in the future. They are amazing dogs. Let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
Meet The Parents
The fact of the matter is that the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize mixed-breed dogs. As such, there is no breed standard or breed info. So, the best way to find out more about your puppy, and what you can expect, is by understanding its parent breeds.
We begin with the Rottweiler parent breed. This canine has a long and rich history, dating back to the days it pulled carts in Germany. Over the years, the Rottweiler has evolved into a versatile dog that can fill many roles, like working dog, guard dog, police dog, family pet, and everything in between.
This might come as a surprise, but the Rottie is among the smartest dogs in the world. And that makes him one of the more popular as well. Let’s take a look at some of the common personality traits of the Rottweiler parent breed.
- They have an unwavering loyalty to the family, including extended family like other animals in the household
- They have a natural instinct to protect their territory and family members
- Rotties show confidence, but they are generally calm and composed. They carry themselves with self-assurance
- Highly intelligent dogs that excel at solving problems
- Watchful and attentive, their natural sense of awareness and alertness makes them a perfect guard dog
- Despite their strong presence, they exhibit a calm and composed demeanor
- Obedient dogs that follow commands and behave well
- Family-oriented puppies that enjoy spending time with people
What we have to note in the beginning is that individual dogs may have variations in their personalities. But most often than not, they succumb to some of the common personality traits.
The Siberian Husky was created as a sled dog. The Chukchi tribe created the dog breed thousands of years ago. The nomadic tribe in the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia need a dog they can use for transportation, an animal that was different than the reindeer.
As a result, even nowadays, Huskies have a tendency to pull, and they have a bundle of energy. With that in mind, here are some more common personality traits of the Husky parent breed.
- Friendly and sociable dog, they enjoy spending time around humans, other animals, and everything in between
- Extremely energetic, they need plenty of energy
- Their endurance makes them a perfect partner for hiking, running, playing, biking, and everything in between
- They have an independent streak and might display stubbornness at times
- Famous for their expressive vocalizations, they do not bark, instead, they howl or make other vocal sounds to communicate
- Pack-oriented, they need a leader in the group or will assume that role
- They have a friendly and gentle nature and are quite affectionate with the family
- Famous for their mischievous side, they are prone to playful antics, including digging, escaping, or other forms
If you look at the Rottweiler dog breed and Husky dog breed side by side, you will notice they are quite different. Black and white. Literally. Rotties often come in black color, while Huskies are white with markings.
You can also notice that the Rottweiler is a bit larger. So, what can you expect of your Rottsky puppy? Well, for starters, the size of your Rottweiler Husky mix will be somewhere in between the two parents. That means weighing between 50 and 100 pounds, and a height between 21 and 26 inches.
Here is some good news for all the Husky lovers out there. This mix often has blue eyes, you might say even more often than purebred Huskies.
Generally speaking, Rottsky pup is a handsome dog and it will often take on the Rottweiler body with the head of the Husky. Yes, those infamous blue eyes will look even more appealing on a dog with a Rottweiler body.
Sometimes, however, they might have mixed-colored eyes. For example, one blue eye, and another brown eye.
Speaking of their coat, a Husky Rottweiler mix will have a double coat. Colors may vary, with variations from the coat colors of both parents. But they will have a double coat. It can be either smooth like the Rottweiler parent or longer like the Husky parent.
You have to admit, this is an interesting combination. On one side, you have the calm, confident, and protective Rottweiler. And on the other, the sociable, playful, and mischievous Husky.
What will you get from your Rottsky dog breed? Well, nobody knows. And even worse, the temperament of your puppy might change after their puppyhood.
There are a few things we know for certain. This puppy needs plenty of exercise. Otherwise, it might resort to some destructive behavior.
You can expect a temperament somewhere in the middle. A social dog that is not as easy to warm up to strangers and other animals. You can even expect some barking, something you do not hear from a purebred Husky.
Whatever you do, provide plenty of exercise. You do not want your mixed breed dog to resort to behaviors like digging and tearing up your hard. That happens with a bored Siberian Husky mix.
When it comes to training, we have a total opposite as well. Rotties are listed as “agreeable” by the AKC. Huskies, on the other hand, are stubborn and independent.
Training will be a challenge here. But I can assure you, with positive reinforcement, you will get to the finish line.
The trick is to do short and quick training sessions. And add some playtime in the training session. This will make your Husky willing to train and work. You do not have to worry about the Rottweiler genetics. That is a true working dog.
Start with basic manners, and then work your way up to some more complicated exercises and behaviors.
As I said before, the Rottsky pup needs plenty of exercise. That includes both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Remember, you have a working dog genetics from the Rottie, and sled dog genetics from the Husky.
That means their offspring is a highly energetic canine that will love to do running, hiking, biking, and every other activity with you.
These dogs excel when they are regularly walked and mentally exercised. Combine some puzzle games into the exercise routine and you will be fine.
Now, generally speaking, they need between 45 and 60 minutes of exercise per day. That is the minimum. And if you can up that to 90 minutes, your furry friend will be even happier.
There is a reason why designer dog breeds have risen in popularity lately. It is all because of health. Mixed-breed dogs live longer than purebred dog breeds.
The Rottweiler is not among the healthiest breeds, which is a shame for such an amazing canine.
This is why crossbreeding is popular. By crossing a Rottweiler with another dog, like Siberian Husky, you get a healthier breed that can live between 10 and 13 years.
And then you also improve their temperament in terms of friendliness and social demeanor.
Truth be told, we cannot predict how challenging grooming will be. It depends on what coat type your puppy inherits. It will have a double coat for sure, but will it be smooth and short, or long like the Husky?
Huskies are among the heaviest shedders in the canine world. They shed all year long, and then even more during blowout season.
So, be ready to brush your dog two times per week if it has a coat like the Husky.
According to some designer dog websites and listings, this mix can cost between $500 and $1,000. But the price can vary from one reputable breeder to another.
Why Shouldn’t You Get One?
- The stubborn streak of the Husky might be a challenge for inexperienced owners
- Can shed quite a lot
- Large dog that requires more space in the household
Why Should You Get One?
- A guard dog that is more sociable
- A Rottweiler dog with blue eyes
- Lives longer than its purebred parents