The Golden Rottweiler is a newer hybrid or “designer” dog that is a mix of two truly iconic dog breeds.
The Golden Rottweiler, or “Golden Rott,” is also one of the more interesting of the new hybrid dogs because of the unique mix of possible traits Rottweiler and Golden Retriever mix puppies could inherit from either parent dog!
In this article, we take an up close and personal look at the Golden Rottweiler dog so you can decide if this is the right canine companion for you!
Purebred dogs and designer dogs – the controversy & the science
To most dog owners, a hybrid dog is simply another type of mixed breed dog – aka a mutt!
Unfortunately, to purebred dog breeders, a hybrid dog is a dilution of their carefully preserved genetic breed lineage.
This makes hybrid dogs an unpopular new trend in the eyes of many purebred breeders.
But canine biologists have a different take on hybrid dogs.
Breeding dogs to a certain breed standard has caused some health weaknesses along the way that continued purebred breeding often cannot correct.
But with the crossing of these purebred lines, the resulting hybrid puppies inherit greater genetic diversity and the possibility of better future health through the theory of “hybrid vigor.”
The Golden Rottweiler – a Golden Retriever and Rottweiler mix
So what is a Golden Rottweiler dog really like? To answer this question, we need to get to know each parent dog much better!
Origins of the Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is the third most popular pet dog breed in America, according to the American Kennel Club.
Golden Retrievers have an exceptional mix of traits.
They are great working dogs that are descended from a long line of water dogs.
The Golden has never met a stranger and likely never will, which also means this is not the right dog for you if you are seeking a guard dog or a family watch dog!
Golden Retrievers are famously great picks for therapy and service work as well as for hunting and show dogs.
They also excel at obedience, agility, and search and rescue work.
Origins of the Rottweiler
The Rottweiler, or “Rottie” as fans call this breed, is the eighth most popular pet dog in America according to the American Kennel Club.
In stark contrast to the Golden Retriever dog, the Rottweiler makes an excellent guard dog or watch dog, with this dog’s long history of guarding both people and material treasures.
Like the Golden Retriever, the Rottweiler makes a great choice for therapy and service dog work.
These dogs excel at search and rescue, K-9 work, military and police work, herding, tracking, and obedience training.
What Is the Rottweiler Golden mix dog like?
As you now know, the Golden Rottweiler is likely to inherit some traits from each purebred parent dog, as well as a few that are quite opposite!
This unpredictable mix of traits is what makes hybrid dogs so interesting.
But it can also make it challenging to select Golden Rottie puppies if you are hoping for some very specific traits in your new pup.
The Golden Rottweiler is quite likely to excel in hunting, service and therapy dog work, obedience training, search and rescue, and in the show ring.
Where there will be less certainty is in whether your puppy will grow up to be a great guard dog or the social coordinator for your block!
Size, Height & Weight of a Rottweiler Golden Retriever mix dog
The Golden Retriever as an adult can vary in height, size, and weight depending on gender.
A male Golden Retriever can weigh 65 to 75 pounds and stand 23 to 24 inches tall.
A female Golden Retriever typically weighs between 55 and 65 pounds and stands 21.5 to 22.5 inches.
Like the Golden Retriever, the Rottweiler as an adult shows size and height diversity based on gender.
But this is also a bigger dog breed altogether!
An adult male Rottie can weigh 95 to 135 pounds and stand 24 to 27 inches tall. A female Rottweiler may weigh 80 to 100 pounds and stand 22 to 25 inches.
Because there is such a range of possible heights and weights for Golden Retriever Rottweiler mix puppies, the best way to try to predict the weight and height of your Golden Rottweiler puppy as an adult is to learn as much as you can about the size, height, and weight of each parent dog.
Appearance, Coat & Grooming for a Rottweiler and Golden Retriever dog
Here is another area where there is interesting diversity between the two purebred parent dogs.
The Golden Retriever’s famously golden coat is long, wavy, and flowing, yet thick and water-repellant.
The Golden’s coat is double layered, with the top layer being water-resistant and the bottom layer consisting of a thick, shorter insulating layer.
Both layers will shed continually year-round and will “blow coat” twice per year at the changing of the seasons.
The Rottweiler’s medium-length coat is thick and dense but straight.
The Rottie’s shedding is moderate year-round and then there is a seasonally heavier shed twice a year.
With this mix of coat types, you can expect to be brushing your Golden Rottweiler dog at least once or twice per week during most of the year and perhaps more frequently during the twice-yearly seasonal sheds.
Personality & Temperament of a Rottweiler cross Golden Retriever dog
The Golden Rottweiler is likely to inherit the high energy level and zest for exercise and activity that both parent dogs display.
So you can expect this dog to need lots of interaction, enrichment, and activity to stay happy and healthy!
Health Issues of Golden Rottie mix dogs
As we touched on earlier, purebred dogs can have some known health issues because of being bred to conform so closely to an appearance-based breed standard.
This makes health testing for the parent dogs a huge priority!
You only want to work with a breeder who provides proof that the parent dogs have had all required and recommended genetic health tests done before breeding puppies.
Health Testing for Golden Retriever Rottweiler dogs
At this time, the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends that Golden Retriever purebred dogs be tested for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye issues, and cardiac issues.
Rottweiler purebred dogs should also be tested for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye issues, and cardiac issues.
You should also be aware that both purebred dog breeds are considered at higher risk to develop cancer, and both dogs have a shorter-than-average life expectancy for their size group.
The Golden Retriever’s expected lifespan is 10 to 12 years. The Rottweiler’s life expectancy is 9 to 10 years.
You can learn more about Golden Retriever cancer concerns and current research at the Golden Retriever Lifetime study website.
You can learn more about Rottweiler cancer concerns and research at the Rottweiler Health Foundation.
Socialization & Training Needs for a Golden Rottweiler
Golden Retrievers have no guarding instincts to speak of, but Rottweilers more than make up for that!
Since you can’t know in advance which parent dog your hybrid puppy will most favor, it is best to start socialization and training early so your puppy can grow up to be a productive member of your family and community.
Is the Golden Rottie a good family dog?
There is no doubt that the Golden Rottweiler comes from great stock – both parent dogs are consistent favorite picks for pet dogs in America!
However, because your Golden Rottweiler is likely to be a large, powerful dog that may inherit strong guarding tendencies.
This is probably not the ideal pet dog to pick if you have young children or other vulnerable family pets.
How to Pick Golden Retriever Rottweiler puppies
Golden Rottweiler puppies can each inherit different traits from either purebred parent dog.
For first generation (F1) Golden Retriever Rottweiler puppies in particular, there really is no way to know for sure what the coat type, temperament, personality, and overall traits of each puppy will be.
The best approach here is to meet each parent dog so you can get a sense of personality, temperament, and traits.
Then pick a Golden Rott puppy that is active and alert, willing to be held, eager to interact and play with you and littermates, clear-eyed and eared with healthy skin and coat, and trust that that will be enough!
Also be sure to work with a breeder who is willing to give you an initial guarantee of health and a take-back open-door policy if the puppy doesn’t work out for any reason.
Should I get a Golden Rottweiler dog?
This is such a personal question – there is no right or wrong answer, but only the answer that is right for your situation! For the right owner, a Golden Rottweiler dog can make a great companion for an active lifestyle!
References and Further Reading
- Reisen, J., et al, “Golden Retriever Dog Breed Information,” American Kennel Club, 2018.
- Draper, L., et al, “Rottweiler Dog Breed Information,” American Kennel Club, 2018.
- Hubbs, A., et al, “Health and Research, Golden Retriever Club of America, 2018.
- Harrap, E., et al, “Rottweiler Health,” The Rottweiler Club UK, 2018.
- Waters, D., DVM, “Exploring mechanisms of sex differences in longevity: lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs,” Aging Cell, 2009.
Carolyn Mihalko says
Hello there, i am looking for a Golden Rottie mix but have zero clue where to start. Saddly our Bernese Mountain dog just passed and we are heartbroken. We are going to take some time to grieve but hope to have another pup by September. any suggestions??
Does anyone have any connections with someone breeding Golden Rotties?
My boyfriend and I have been looking for a while now and haven’t had any luck.
Bob B says
I have a rescued male black long hair golden rottie. just had him dna tested and came back 50/50
Looks like both maternal grand parents were pure goldens but parents were golden and rot. I have had many both pure bred goldens and yellow labs in the past but this dog is by far the smartest dog we have ever owned. Going on 10 years now and we are looking to find another. Can you steer us toward a reputable breeder for this mixture or we like like to hear from anyone who may have puppies available.
Bob B Boone, Nc
My family wants either a golden retrieve or a Rottweiler. We don’t care if it’s trained, male, puppy, or 1-4 yrs. old, large when it’s bigger, good with kids and other people, medium length of hair, house train, in a year. So if you guys have any of those kinds of dogs please reply!!! THANK YOU!!!
I don’t see any breeders for this mix. Did anyone find one? I am interested in the Golden Rottie mix. tks
I got mine from the pound at 6 months old 10 years ago. Smart dog. Protective and friendly at the same time. SO sweet. So healthy and energetic at ten I do not see her passing anytime soon. I got her from the humane society.
Would also like to know where to get one of these pups(Golden Retriever/Rottweiler mix)We had ours for around thirteen years.He was an excellent pet/companion.
I have a Golden Retriever that just had puppies. Father is a Rottweiler. How much are these puppies worth?
John Gaissert III says
We adopted one from a shelter 11 years ago. And we are looking for another one.
Same if anyone finds a place that sells either a Golden retriever or a Rottweiler then please reply on my/ Lexi’s comment!!! we don’t wanna buy from a store we want to buy a dog from the actual owner that wants to sell it. THANK YOU!!!
Jennifer Cunningham says
My Purebread Golden is pregnant from the purebread Rottweiler. We go for an ultrasound this weekend.
Deb Wurdinger says
We have a 13 yr old Golden Rott mix.. We adopted him from a shelter 10 yrs ago. He has been amazing. With my youngest off to college he is at home by himself and seems a bit lonely. My husband and I are looking for another Golden Rott mix to keep Our Malaki company. Any suggestions for breeder in the Northern Illinois or Southern Wisconsin area..
I have someone that got intouch with me who wants me to stud out my male golden to her female rottweiler I dont know if your intrested but she will come in heat in Feb but she lives in Nebraska!
John Gaissert III says
Do you have any golden rotte puppies.
We have a 11 year old one now and looking for another one.
Maybe you can hook me up as well that will be great just reply in my comment!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
We have a purebred Golden Retriever, who got pregnant with a Rottweiler neighbor… how much do these puppies sell for.
lee tackla says
Are there any pups left?
Looking for a golden/Rottweiler mix as well! We had to say goodbye to ours 3 years ago and would love another puppy of this mix!
My family would love a dog for the first time, so if you can hook us up one that is great just look at my/ Lexi’s comment!!! THANKS!!!
John Ray says
Where can I get a rottweiler golden retriever mix dog?
Tammy george says
Where can u get Rottweiler golden retriever? From?
John Ray says
Please let me know if you find out!
Lynn Darrah says
We had a Golden Rottweiler for 13 and half years and I’m here to tell you that not only was she the smartest dog I’ve ever had, she was a wonderful family dog. I had 4 kids that grew up with her and she never hurt one of them.
That’s great my family is debating whether we should get a golden retriever or Rottweiler so it would be great to have a mix so if you can hook me up with that if you find out how to get one just not by a store by an owner that be great thanks!!!
Rachel Crites says
I have one she is golden brown and beautiful
where did you get yours from?
Yes I would know to where you got your dog because my family really wants a dog and if you could apply where you get it on Lexi’s / my comment that would be great!!
Mine is golden brown too and is 5 months with short to medium length hair, does yours have long or short hair? Im wondering if mine will get longer or not
I would like to know where to get one also
Deborah L Smith Fineout says
I am looking for a golden Dottie mix puppy for a Christmas present for my son and his family. If you know of anyone who has some available please reply. Thank you 💞💞🐶🐶