Rottweiler VS German Shepherd

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The differences between the Rottweiler breed and German Shepard breed 

Choosing your new best friend for your family home is a massive decision, not to be taken lightly. Your new dog, especially a bigger dog, such as a Rottweiler or a German Shepard is a major decision. 

German rottweiler

As much as any dog lover would love to follow their heart, it’s still a good idea to research the best dog breeds for your home life, remember that at the end of the day, a dog is for life. So the researching stage is so critical. 

The Rottweiler and the German Shepherds are both very recognizable breeds of dogs. They are very much alike in many ways.

But at the same time, they have little differences and personality traits that keep them apart. 

Let’s have a little look and compare the differences between these two great breeds of dog.


The Rottweiler is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Hailing from Germany, it’s sturdy and robust. They were originally working dogs, pulling carts to markets. They were even used by the Romans to protect their cattle herd and outposts. For more facts about Rottweilers you enjoy this link

They are a strong breed of dog, one of the reasons people love them. Rottweilers are still used today for guarding and security companies, many years of training has made this their innate skill. Rottweilers have a excellent temperament.

But their tough exterior hides a somewhat affectionate dog that loves its owner’s attention. 

If trained correctly from the start, these dogs are affectionate and loving.

The Rottweilers main personality traits are:

1. They are a quiet dog

2 If training correct they are well-behaved 

3. They are highly protective of household and family

4. They need loads of social interaction

5. They will suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Rottweilers are huge dogs. They can weigh anywhere between 110 to 135 pounds. Also, they have an average life expectancy of between 8-11 years. So when choosing what dog to get its vital that they fit in with your family situation and home life. We have Purebred German Rottweiler Puppies For Sale. Big Block Heads 150 lb goal

German Sheperd

Unlike the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd is a somewhat young dog in breed terms. The breed as we know it today stems from the early 19th century.  AKC German Shepherd Standard

Also originally from Germany, the German Shepherd was initially bred to herd sheep. Similar to the Rottweiler, they are a strong dog and have working roles in the military and police force. 

The German Shepherds man personality traits are:

1. They need a high amount of social interaction

German shepherd

2. They are incredibly affectionate and loved to be pet and played with

3. Shepherds like to be a part of your family

4. Like the Rottweiler, they need loads of social interaction

5. They are intelligent compared to other dogs

The breed’s popularity has increased in the US ever since the first dogs were inducted by the American Kennel Club in 1908. The Rottweiler frequently ranks as the top five dog breed all over the world.

The average weight of an ordinary adult German shepherd is 67 pounds. Like the Rottweiler, they also have a long life expectancy of at least 12 years.

German Rottweiler vs Shepherd

The most apparent difference between these dogs is that their appearance. Let’s compare these two beautiful animals. Either breed will need to be trained for with basic training.


1. The Rottweiler is a large dog that looks heavy, muscled with a stocky looking body, complete with a broad chest. Check out the breed Standard for a Rottweiler.

2. Their heads are compact with straight backs and have a look of strength and power.

3. The Rotts tail is short-haired, though still long.

4. They can measure 28″ tall

5. Rottweilers are quite and barely bark

German Shepherd

1. The German Shepherd is another large dog. They are more of slimmer a build than the Rottweiler and much more athletic looking. 

2. They have a long dog than they are tall, with longer snot. 

3. Their tails are long and bushy

4. German Shepherd measure between 22″ and 29″.

5. German Shepherds can bark quite a lot.

Similarities between German Rottweiler and Shepard

1. Both the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler, if trained correctly from the start, and given a loving home, can be amiable affectionate dogs. They’re just like big cuddly bears. 

2. Both dogs are highly intelligent, devoted and extremely loyal to their families.

3. Both dogs are likely to weary around strangers and take some time to warm to them.

4. Both have the urge to guard due to nature instinct 

5. The primary key to a happy Rottweiler or German Shepard is to socialization your dog a lot. 

6. With both dogs, many hours of hard work and patience will be crucial to raising a caring and loving animal.


Now that you know the difference between these two iconic dog breeds, you can start planning on which one will be more suited to you and your family situation. 


At the end of the day making the right choice relays not only on information or research you make but occasionally on how you feel about the animal. Go and see some dogs, remember not to think just with your heart and always remember an animal is for life. 

 All dogs have different personalities, usually based on the parent dogs. So if you are going to see a breeder, ask to see the puppies parents in the flesh. No matter which breed you get be sure to feed your new dog a great dog food.

What about Rottweiler and Sheperd Mix?

Other Names Rottie Shepherd, Rotten Shepherd, or the Better known name Shepweiler.

IS Mixing a Full blooded German Shepard and Full Blooded German Rottweiler a good idea? Getting a mixed puppy even from two top breeds like the Rottweiler and shepherd is not really a great idea for anyone except for experimental purposes. These two breeds have been specifically designed over many years to produce top quality and unique traits. Mixing these two dogs will cross DNA increasing the chances of bad behavior and unwanted genetic defects. Giant Rottweiler Puppies

Can it be one with success? Yes. But it’s not recommended. You will not be able to determine what the dog will look like, act like, how big it will get, how kind it will be. It is definitely not recommended to breed a Shepweiler. It’s highly recommended to have your Shepweiler spayed or neutered asap. If you found this interesting check out my page about Rottweiler and Doberman and check out our page about German Rottweiler and Pitbull mix

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