Aussie Rottie Overview

Parent Breeds:
Australian Shepherd & Rottweiler
Breed Nickname:
Aussie Rottie
23 to 25 inches
55 to 80 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 12 years
Coat Colors:
Black, tan, gray, white, and brown

Aussie Rottie Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Aussie Rottie

What Is An Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix Called?

The offspring between an Australian Shepherd and a Rottweiler is often called an Aussie Rottie. They are incredibly loyal dogs with plenty of energy to provide you with hours of fun throughout the day.

These dogs are known for their herding abilities and their seemingly endless energy. They make excellent companion dogs for experienced dog owners, especially those who have kept herding dogs before.

The Aussie Rottie is similar to the Rottie Shepherd, but with some distinct differences. Keep reading to find out all about this wondrous breed.

Aussie Rottie Breed History

  • First bred in the 1990s.

  • Rottweilers have a negative history with untrusted breeders.

  • Australian Shepherds actually originated from the US!

The Aussie Rottie is assumed to have been bred first in the 1990s, as this is when the majority of designer breeds were first born.

This was a big decade for breeding to minimize health issues in purebred dogs, and demand quickly rose for the new breeds, forcing breeders to come up with new designer dogs.

The parent breeds of Aussie Rotties have a much richer background. The Australian Shepherd, despite what many believe, originated in the US. They were used to herd livestock and are still used for this purpose today.

This breed wasn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1993! While they are often used for herding, you can also see Australian Shepherds working as service dogs and agility dogs.

Rottweilers first came from Molossus, an ancient dog breed that worked alongside the Romans. Over the centuries, Rottweilers were born. They have been very popular in Germany as working dogs.

Today, they are still sometimes used for guarding or protection, but many owners have them as lovable companions.

Rottweilers saw a massive spike in popularity during the 1990s, and lots of backyard breeders tried to capitalize on this.

Their irresponsible breeding techniques saw the breed suffering from plenty of poor genetics. Responsible breeders are now trying to reverse this setback and restore the Rottweiler to its former glory.

Aussie Rottie Personality & Temperament

  • Loving and gentle dog.

  • Early socialization is vital.

  • Don’t fare well being left alone for too long.

Most owners will agree that the Aussie Rottie is a fun-loving and sweet dog with their owners. Once this dog gets to know you, you have a friend for life.

However, they can be overprotective when it comes to strangers. They always seem to be on high alert so they frighten easily.

While early socialization is important with any dog, it is exceptionally imperative that you follow through with an Aussie Rottie.

Without this, they will be highly reactive to strangers and other animals, which can limit their interaction with others as they get older.

Aussie Rotties don’t do well being left alone for long periods of time. They can get bored and quickly turn destructive, which can cost you a lot of money in the long run.

Aussie Rottie Health

  • Considered to be a healthy dog breed.

  • Always ask your breeder for health information on the parents.

  • Routine vet checkups can help keep your dog healthy.

Aussie Rotties are generally considered to be healthy dogs, provided they have been bred by responsible breeders. However, this doesn’t make them immune to any health concerns.

The main concerns for Aussie Rotties include Joint Dysplasia, Obesity, Deafness, Cancer, and Lymphoma.

Routine checkups with a professional vet should be able to pick up on any concerns quickly, getting them treated as soon as possible.

The earlier your dog is treated, the less likely the illness is to become detrimental. So, keep up to date with your routine vet checkups.

Aussie Rottie Training

  • Start training as early as possible.

  • Using a professional trainer will be easier for most Aussie Rotties.

  • Positive reinforcement and lots of patience are needed.

Aussie Rotties need to be trained very early on to avoid them becoming overprotective or assertive. They can be resistant to training so many owners prefer to opt for professional training classes rather than doing it themselves.

If you do want to try to train your Aussie Rottie yourself, use lots of positive reinforcement and keep sessions short and snappy. Let your dog know who is boss from an early age to help training run as smoothly as possible.

Aussie Rottie Exercise Requirements

  • Start training as early as possible.

  • Using a professional trainer will be easier for most Aussie Rotties.

  • Positive reinforcement and lots of patience are needed.

The Aussie Rottie is a large dog with lots of energy to burn. Ideally, they’ll need at least 45 minutes of exercise a day. They enjoy lots of high-intensity exercise, such as running, hiking, playing fetch, and more.

However, these dogs also need plenty of mental stimulation to prevent boredom from setting in. Training is a good way to keep your dog stimulated, as well as obedience games.

The Aussie Rottie isn’t a very adaptable dog, so we wouldn’t recommend keeping them in an apartment.

They are too large to be comfortable in such a small space, and they like to make lots of noise which isn’t ideal for your neighbors.

Aussie Rotties need an owner who has plenty of time to spend with them, lots of room for them to run around, and is active enough to keep up with them.

Aussie Rottie Diet & Feeding

  • Offer food formulated for large dogs with lots of energy.

  • Consider playing food-motivated games at meal times.

  • Only feed them enough for their weight.

The Aussie Rottie needs a diet of food formulated for large dogs with high energy levels. This will be full of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Bonus points for food fortified with vitamins and minerals!

To help with their mental stimulation needs, you can use snuffle mats or other food-orientated tasks. These make them think about how to get their food and prevent them from eating too quickly, which can lead to bloating.

Aussie Rotties are known for overeating, so only feed them as much as their body weight requires. Your vet can help you determine this amount if you’re unsure.

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Aussie Rottie Cost

  • Costs $1,000 to $2,000.

  • Using a reputable breeder is imperative.

  • Ongoing costs can include food, training, and other maintenance needs.

An Aussie Rottie can currently sell for between $1,000 and $2,000. The price is higher as reputable breeders are having to work harder to use only the healthiest of Rottweilers to reverse the effects of backyard breeding in the 90s.

Since many breeders tried to cash in on the Rottweiler’s popularity in the 90s, many Rottweilers have suffered from genetic issues.

These could be inherited by an Aussie Rottie if one of the ill Rottweilers was used as a parent.

Reputable breeders conduct many screenings and tests to ensure that they are using the healthiest dogs to breed with. These responsible practices are what increase the price, but the extra cost is more than worth it.

Always use a reputable breeder when buying any dog, but especially a Rottweiler mix.

Ongoing costs include lots of food, sturdy toys, furniture, and vet bills.