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The Labrottie: Rottweiler Labrador cross

The 'labrottie' is a crossbreed dog born of a Labrador and a Rottweiler. advice
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As its name suggests, the 'labrottie' is a crossbreed dog born of a Labrador and a Rottweiler. Most Rottweiler crosses result in puppies of a Rottie appearance, but the genes of the Labrador are equal in dominance to those of the Rottweiler.

By Nick Whittle

The puppies of Rottweiler x Labrador breeding can have the appearance and personality of either parent.

What is a labrottie?

There is little information to speak of in relation to the nature of the labrottie and its history. The cross is relatively new and because of the variety of traits of the Rottweiler-Labrador cross there are no standards of expectation in terms of personality and temperament. However, we can make some assumptions about the breed if we take a closer look at the history of the pedigree parents.

The Labrador was named because it comes from the Labrador and Newfoundland province: a large province belonging to Canada which consists of the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador. It was along the coast lines of Labrador and Newfoundland that fishermen of the 1700s bred the dog to help them to retrieve their trawls. The Labrador was not only good at what it was told to do but it was also exceptionally loyal and affectionate and the breed was soon introduced to the United Kingdom in the early 1800s.

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Meanwhile, the Rottweiler had already had a glorious history in Europe which began with its celebrated use as the cattle drover of the advancing Roman legions. The Rottie was later used (and still is in some places) to pull farm carts and to hunt wild animals. The labrottie can reach up to 27 inches at the shoulder but is more often seen at 25 inches. Both parents can be heavy dogs, which can lead the adult labrottie to weigh as much as 115 lbs (8.2 stones). Their life expectancy is between 9 and 12 years.

The temperament of the labrottie

The labrottie appears not to have inherited any of the parent Rottweiler’s protective instincts, which is something that can at times cause people to worry about unwanted aggression. Instead, the dog is known for its calm demeanour and excellent ways with all members of the family. However, like any large dog breed there is always a danger of unexpected jealousies and frustrations.

The labrottie is known to be wary of the arrival of new people and animals to the household. The dog of the Rottweiler-Labrador cross is intelligent and confident but also extremely keen to be active. Human parents of labrotties should devote a good deal of their time to interacting with and exercising their dogs, and if at all possible must avoid keeping them in confined quarters. Labrottie's will not like to be confined and may become destructive if they are forced to be so.

An owner’s dedication to regular exercise and involvement in family games is needed to ensure the animal’s health and mental state are as they should be.

Labrottie traits to be aware of

Rottweiler-Labrador mixes are known to be affectionate and friendly. They enjoy a lot of family time and will feel aggrieved if they are omitted from a social function. They crave human attention and praise, and learn quickly if training is offered confidently. However, if they are not given enough interaction or consistent training, their behaviour can turn sour and they begin to exhibit anti-social behaviour.


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The dog is not to blame for this anti-social behaviour; it is most of the time brought about by problems of the human chemistry of the house and a lack of responsible dog ownership. It is imperative that all of the family is aware of the demands of the breed and can look after the dog sufficiently well.

Labrottie afflictions

As well as being prone to the ailments that affect any dog, the Rottweiler-Labrador mix suffers with certain conditions and complaints that are commonly seen of either parent. Labradors and Rottweilers are susceptible to certain diseases because of their size (such as hip dysplasia and gastric torsion) and Labradors are especially prone to obesity and ear infections. You should expect one or more of the following illnesses to assault the health of your labrottie at some stage:

Your Rottweiler-cross-Labrador needs plenty of exercise. She is a powerful dog with an exceptional endurance and she should be walked every day at least twice. To be outdoors also stimulates her mind, and regular outdoor activities will help her to become a well-rounded and sociable animal. It is also necessary to keep a labrottie active due to her propensity towards obesity.

The temptation to reduce the lengths of her walks as she grows older must be avoided. The labrottie is a dog that requires a degree of skill of training and patience of dog discipline. As such she may not be suitable for a family that has never owned a dog. Be certain that when you look for a breeder of labrotties you chose one that is recommended either by good friends, kennel clubs or vets.

Cross breeds have a tendency to be bred on demand by unscrupulous breeders who care not a bit for the dog’s health. Their lack of care of the puppies will lead the adult dog to poor health, which will incur great expense.

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