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Chow Chow Rottweiler Mix Breed: Info, Pictures, Temperament & More

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Chow Chow Rottweiler Mix Breed: Info, Pictures, Temperament & More

The Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix is a loving pet that can get quite large, often weighing close to 100 pounds or more when fully grown.

Breed Overview

Height:

23 – 24 inches

Weight:

50 – 100 pounds

Lifespan:

10 – 12 years

Colors:

Tan and black

Suitable for:

Singles needing companion dogs, families, large homes

Temperament:

Protective, loving, courageous, and intelligent

If you are thinking about getting one of these pets for your home but would like to learn more about them first, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading while we look at the cost of this mixed breed as well as its temperament, intelligence, grooming, and more to help you make an informed decision.

Energy
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High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Trainability
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Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Lifespan
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Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Sociability
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Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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Chow Chow Rottweiler Mix Puppies

Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix
Image Credit: TeamK, Pixabay

These pups are wonderful companions for singles, but they also do well in a family. They are loving and protective.

Besides being a fairly expensive breed, the costs won’t stop there. Your dog will need to receive several vaccinations and checkups for the first few years, and you will also likely need to get it spayed or neutered. Food, treats, toys, and other accessories will be an ongoing expense that can get quite high with a large dog like the Chow Chow and Rottweiler Mix.

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Image Credit: Chow Chow- Liliya Kulianionak, Shutterstock | Rottweiler- Ricantimages, Shutterstock

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Chow Chow Rottweiler Mix

Both the Rottweiler and the Chow Chow don’t like strangers much, so your Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix will need plenty of socialization as a puppy to help to be more friendly. However, this aversion to strangers makes it well suited to life as a guard dog. It’s a loyal breed that is affectionate and protective of family members.

It’s an intelligent dog that will be a little more difficult to train if it takes after the Chow Chow parent but can perform complex tasks.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Yes, the Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix is a great family pet. It’s loyal, affectionate, and extremely protective. Early socialization will help the dog get along with children better, and they often form strong bonds with family members. Their guard dog abilities will also come in handy in keeping your home safe from strangers, and their large size will often scare off intruders before and barking is needed.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix has a strong prey drive that can make it difficult to trust around smaller animals like cats and toy dog breeds. However, with plenty of early socialization, they will usually get along with other dog breeds, especially other Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mixes.

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Things to Know When Owning a Chow Chow Rottweiler Mix

Food & Diet Requirements

Your Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix is a large dog that will require plenty of high-quality protein to stay healthy. To find suitable protein, look at the ingredients list and choose brands that list real meat like turkey, chicken, beef, or lamb first. Avoid brands with a corn ingredient listed first because it digests quickly, leaving your pet feeling hungry, leading to weight gain. Meat by-products can be helpful to boost the protein value, but it’s dried and ground meat that can be several years old, so it’s better further down the list.

Exercise

For a large dog, your Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix is surprisingly active and will require you to set aside a significant amount of time each day to keep your pet active. We recommend setting aside at least an hour each day to take your pet for a long walk or play a game of fetch. If you have a large family, we recommend getting others involved to keep the dog fit.

Training

While the Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix is intelligent and capable of learning complex tasks, it can be difficult to get them to sit in one place long enough to teach them. We recommend setting aside 5–10 minutes each day to designate as a training session. Holding these sessions at the same time can help your dog get into a routine, and having them right after your exercise session can help your dog stay focused since it will be relaxed. Plenty of positive reinforcement with treats and praise is the best way to keep them interested and returning for more.

Grooming ✂️

Your Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix will have a thick and dense coat that will require frequent brushing to keep it looking good. We recommend brushing the dog at least twice per week during the summer and winter, but you may need to brush every other day during the shedding seasons of spring and fall. We also recommend manually brushing your dog’s teeth as frequently as possible with pet-safe toothpaste to slow the progression of dental disease. If you hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, you will need to trim them too.

Health and Conditions

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Dental Decay
Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia

Minor Conditions:

  • Obesity: Obesity is a major concern for many dog breeds in the United States, and since the Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix is so active, it’s difficult to get it enough exercise to keep it from gaining weight. Obesity can lead to several health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and more. It’s also completely preventable by ensuring proper portion control and setting enough time aside each day to keep your pet active.
  • Dental Decay: Another problem that many dogs in the United States face is dental disease. Some experts say that more than 80% of dogs over the age of three already have some form of dental disease. Manually brushing your pet’s teeth with pet-safe toothpaste is the best way to slow the progression of this common problem. Getting your dog used to the procedure when it’s still a puppy will help ensure that you can continue to do it for the life of your pal.

Serious Conditions:

  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia is a common problem for many dog breeds, and it progresses faster in large and active dogs like the Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix. This condition is the result of a hip joint that doesn’t form correctly, so the bones rub together and wear out quickly, reducing your pet’s ability to put weight on the back legs. Symptoms of hip dysplasia include difficulty getting up and an aversion to climbing stairs. Weight management, medication, and surgery can help slow the progression of the disease.
  • Elbow Dysplasia: Elbow dysplasia is extremely similar to hip dysplasia and is the result of a malformed knee. It’s less common than hip dysplasia, but it’s still a serious concern for large active dogs like the Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix. As with hip dysplasia, weight management, medication, and surgery can help slow the progression of elbow dysplasia, improving your dog’s quality of life.

Male vs Female

The primary difference in appearance and temperament will be from what parent your Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix take after more and not what sex it is. There is no significant difference between the male and female Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Chow Chow Rottweiler Mix

1. Popular television personality Martha Stewart owns several Chow Chows.


2. The Chow Chow was a hunting dog in BC China.


3. Due to the high intelligence of the Rottweiler, it was a popular police dog in the early 1900s.

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Conclusion

The Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix can make a great family pet, but it needs plenty of early socialization to stay friendly towards children, animals, and strangers. However, with an experienced owner, these dogs are affectionate, lovable, and protective. Its large size makes it well suited as a guard dog, and it’s intelligent enough to learn complex tasks to help around the home or farm.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this short guide and found the answers to your questions. If we have convinced you to get one of these pets for your home, please share this guide to the Chow Chow & Rottweiler Mix on Facebook and Twitter.

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