10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Rotterman Dog


Rotterman is a surname that sees a fair amount of use. As a result, some people might assume that the Rotterman is some kind of purebred dog. However, this is not the case. Instead, the Rotterman is a designer dog created by crossing two purebred dogs, with one being the Rottweiler and the other being the Doberman Pinscher. Due to this, these dogs have a mix of characteristics from both sides of their heritage.

1. Has Numerous Names

Designer dogs aren’t standardized. As a result, it is common for them to have multiple names. For proof, look no further than the fact that the Rotterman is also called by other names such as the Doberott, the Doberweiler, and the Rottie Dobie. Fortunately, designer dogs tend to have names that make it very easy to figure out their heritage because that is the point.

2. On the Bigger Side of Things

Speaking of which, the lack of standardization means that designer dogs can exhibit a fair amount of variation. However, the Rotterman tends to be on the bigger side of things. There are sources that claim that these dogs will reach about 24 to 28 inches in height as well as 70 to 130 pounds in weight. Due to this, if people want a Rotterman, they need to make sure that they have the right environment for one.

3. Life Expectancy of 9 to 12 Years

These dogs are said to have a life expectancy of 9 to 12 years. Dog breeds can see enormous variation in this regard. However, it is common for bigger dog breeds to live shorter lives than their smaller counterparts. The exact cause is unclear, but one of the biggest factors seems to be their faster growth resulting in faster aging.

4. Active

The Rotterman is a very active dog breed. As such, there are recommendations that Rotterman owners take their dogs out for a long walk not once but twice on a daily basis. Furthermore, they should have various toys with which to provide their dogs with both mental stimulation and physical stimulation. A yard is also much-recommended because that will provide a Rotterman with plenty of space to run around in.

5. Loyal and Loving

Personality-wise, the Rotterman is said to be both loyal and loving without being so much so that these traits become potential issues. For example, they can be protective of their family members, though they aren’t aggressive so long as they aren’t given cause to be so. Similarly, they like to spend time with their family members, but they aren’t clingy in the way that some dog breeds can be. Still, early training plus early socialization will make a Rotterman into the best pet that they can be.

6. Can Be Stubborn

Rottermans can be stubborn, meaning that interested individuals need to be prepared for this. Fortunately, this is something that a lot of people have run into, with the result that there are a lot of resources out there that can help out with such situations. One common suggestion is to take things slow while using positive reinforcement to make the dog believe that being trained is a good thing. On top of this, it is a good idea to avoid things that can make a dog seem stubborn. For example, inconsistent instructions can make dogs confused. Similarly, distractions such as toys and small animals can make dogs, well, distracted.

7. The Rottweiler Is Named for Rottweil

On one side, the Rotterman was created using the Rottweiler. Perhaps unsurprisingly, said dog breed is named for the town of Rottweil, which is situated in what is now the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. For centuries, the town was one of the Free Imperial Cities of the Holy Roman Empire. This meant that Rottweil possessed a considerable degree of autonomy. Furthermore, it was subordinate to the Holy Roman Emperor rather than either a secular prince or an ecclesiastical lord. Eventually, the Free Imperial Cities lost their status for one reason or another. Some became independent, some were conquered, and a small number still exist as city-states in the Federal Republic of Germany.

8. The Rottweiler Is a Working Dog

Role-wise, the Rottweiler is a working dog. In earlier times, these dogs were used for a number of things. For example, they were responsible for both herding and protecting livestock. Similarly, they were used as guards in a wide range of other locations under a wide range of other circumstances. On top of that, Rottweilers were even used as draught animals. Later, these dogs also started seeing use in everything from police dogs to search and rescue dogs. All of which serve as testament to their remarkable capabilities.

9. The Doberman Pinscher Was Created By a Tax Collector

The Doberman Pinscher is named for its creator Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector who ran a dog pound as well. Tax collectors have never been the most popular of individuals. As a result, it makes sense to learn that Dobermann created these dogs for the purpose of protecting himself. Nowadays, the Doberman Pinscher has spread far beyond Dobermann’s native Thuringia under a number of similar but not quite the same names. For example, both the Germans and the British call the dog breed the Dobermann because these dogs can no longer be described by “Pinscher,” which means “terrier.” Meanwhile, the Americans and the Canadians are the only ones who still call these dogs the Doberman Pinscher, though for whatever reason, both have chosen to drop a “n” from the name.

10. The Doberman Pinscher Can Have Different Personalities

It is interesting to note that the Doberman Pinscher can have very different personalities. This is because different dog breeds have taken these dogs in different directions. In some cases, they remain closer to their original role, which emphasized fearlessness as well as a willingness to protect their owner. In other cases, Doberman Pinschers have been bred to be friendlier creatures, thus making them better-suited to be household companions. As such, it is a good idea for people who are interested in Rottermans to find out more about their chosen candidate’s exact heritage.

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