The Rottweiler Husky mix, sometimes referred to as the Rottsky, is a rare, unique hybrid that’s often tough to find. These dogs end up with expressive eyes and a very unique personality, providing a beautiful, loyal, and loving pet. Of course, as with all mixed breeds, they have the potential to take after either parent breed, so many characteristics will be tough to predict. However, to help you decide if the Rottsky is right for you, here’s a closer look at some helpful information on their origin, potential appearance, temperament, health, and more.
Origin and History
While the Rottweiler Husky mix is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry, there’s not a lot known about when it was first created. It’s likely that it was created within the past 20 years, since designer dogs became popular during the last couple decades. However, these dogs are still quite rare and we don’t know a lot about why they were created or when. Still, we can learn more about the Rottsky by looking more closely at their parents.
The Siberian Husky, bred to be an endurance sled dog, traces all the way back to Siberia and has probably been around for thousands of years. During the 20th century, these dogs were eventually imported to Alaska, where they were also used as sled dogs, both in competitions and in other capacities. During World War II, Siberian Huskies were also used as part of a search-and-rescue unit in the Arctic Circle.
The Rottweiler also has a long history, and experts think these dogs can be traced back to drover dogs the Romans used to help move livestock. The dogs were used to help work cattle, helping to drive them to market, and were eventually called the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, which translates into the “Butcher’s Dog.” Railroads eventually eliminated the need for these cattle driving dogs, leading to a decline in the breed. However, later they would resurge in popularity, being used in World War I by the German Army. In 1931, the Rottweiler was added to the AKC’s Stud Book. However, it wasn’t until 1971 that the American Rottweiler Club was started.
When the Rottweiler Husky mix is just a puppy, they usually look like a fluffy Rottweiler with the eyes of a Husky. These dogs generally have partially dropped ears, a head that is shaped like that of a Rottie, and a muzzle that’s just a bit longer. Of course, individual dogs can take on any of the physical characteristics from the parents, which means these dogs can vary in appearance.
Generally, the Rottweiler Husky mix will grow up to be between 21 and 26 inches in height, and they usually weigh somewhere between 50 and 100 pounds. Their coat often looks more like a Husky’s and is a bit longer than the coat of a Rottweiler. The color of their coat can range in color, including colors like brown, black and tan, white, black, red, and gray.
The Rottweiler Husky mix is usually alert, intelligent, social, brave, independent, and loyal. Since the Rottsky tend to be a bit wary of strangers, they can make great watchdogs for your family. While these dogs are not considered dangerous, they should be supervised around very young children, something that is true for any breed of dog.
Since both the Husky and Rottweiler are known to be a bit stubborn and independent, the Rottweiler Husky mix may be a little tough to train. Training your Rottsky puppy will take some patience and time, and it’s important to start training as early as possible. Keep sessions short to avoid boring puppies and make sure you use plenty of praise and positive reinforcement with these dogs.
Expect your Rottweiler Husky mix to be very active, since both of the parents are active dogs. They need plenty of exercise and playtime. The Rottsky will love going jogging, hiking, or walking with you. Playing outside will be excellent for your dogs as well.
Huskies shed moderately throughout the year and Rotties shed seasonally. You can probably expect some shedding from the Rottweiler Husky mix, so brushing their coat several times a week is a good idea. You’ll only need to bathe these dogs as needed. Regular ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and nail clippings will also be needed.
The Rottweiler Husky mix may do well as a watchdog. However, most of the time these rare dogs aren’t used in working roles and are best suited for loyal, active pets.
You can expect the life expectancy of the Rottweiler Husky mix to range between 10 and 14 years. Since they are hybrid dogs, they are usually expected to be healthier than their parent breeds. However, they can end up with some of the health problems common in the parent breeds. Potential health concerns for the Rottsky may include:
- Basal cell tumor
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Nasal depigmentation
- Von Willebrand disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome
- Crystalline corneal opacity
- Perianal gland adenoma
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Chronic superficial keratitis
- Oral eosinophilic granuloma
- Juvenile cataracts
- Follicular lipidosis
- Congenital deafness
- Cranial cruciate ligament injury
- Mucocutaneous hypopigmentation (nose and lips)
- Enteritis and enterocolitis
- Parvoviral infection
- Medial canthal pocket syndrome
- Elbow dysplasia
- Iris cysts
- Subaortic stenosis