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The Brottweiler is a medium to large sized mixed or cross breed. He is a mix of the Rottweiler and the Brussels Griffon and is therefore also known simply as a Rottweiler/Brussels Griffon Mix. This is a dog who loves to please, loves to chew and has talents in tricks and watchdog events. He has a life span of 10 to 14 years.
|Here is the Brottweiler at a Glance|
|Average height||Medium to large|
|Average weight||45 to 80 pounds|
|Coat type||Harsh, medium or smooth and short|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be (Brussels Griffin is)|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low – can suffer from separation anxiety|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to good depending on coat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Low to very good! The Brussels is not good with children but the Rottweiler is. It will depend which parent he is more like and socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to very good! The Rottweiler is not very good with other dogs but the Brussels Griffon is so again, it can vary|
|Good with other Pets?||Moderate to good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high – again varies a lot|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate to good, depends on its size but best with space and a yard|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Low – this really is a dog for experienced owners only|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Average to high – food should be measured and he will need his daily exercise|
|Major Health Concerns||Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism,|
|Other Health Concerns||Skin allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Joint dysplasia, Pano,|
|Life Span||10 to 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$515 to $615|
Where does the Brottweiler come from?
The Brottweiler is one of many new designer dogs to appear amongst the growing demand and popularity of these dogs. It is a term given to describe then and to set them apart from regular mutts. These dogs are meant to be bred by knowledgeable breeders with skill and intent. However that is too often not the case as there are a lot of puppy mills and backyard breeders selling mixed dogs with their only priority being profit. Take care to find a place where there is thought put into the process and where the health of the dogs is a priority. With no information on where and when the Brottweiler was bred here is a look at the parents to learn more about it.
This breed comes from a mastiff-type dog the Romans brought with them to Germany to drive cattle. The mastiffs bred with local dogs along the way. In the South of Germany 600 years later a red tiled villa's remains were discovered during an excavation and led to the town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries these dogs were used to drove cattle and for protection against thieves when the cattle was sold. They were also used to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but in the early 20th century breeders took notice and saved them. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. They came to America in the late 1920s and became very popular. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.
Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have against this great dog. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat to his people. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can have a stubborn streak. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.
The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon originally comes from Belgium where they were more terrier like and were bred to hunt vermin in city stables. Over the years they were mixed with the English Toy Spaniel, the Pug and the Affenpinscher and eventually the dog we know today emerged.
Today he is an intelligent and lively dog with an expressive almost human like face. They can be sensitive and high strung, but can make wonderful companions and tend to bond more closely with one person in a family.
The Brottweiler is an intelligent and sweet dog, very affectionate and dependent on having a certain level of companionship and attention. He loves to please and when well socialized and trained is a very well behaved and trustworthy dog. He is protective and tends to become more attached to one person in the family though he is still caring of the rest. He can be inquisitive and bold and also loves to chew things. He is sensitive to the moods of those around him and can adapt to that offering comfort, or company when he feels it is needed. He does not like being left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety.Advertisement
What does the Brottweiler look like
This is a medium to large dog weighing 45 to 80 pounds. It can like like either parent, sometimes like a large Brussels Griffon and sometimes more like a Rottweiler. He has flappy ears and his double coat can be harsh and medium length or smooth and shorter since the Brussels Griffon can have two coat types so it depends on which the parent has. It is straight and the common colors are golden, light brown, black, dark brown, mahogany, red and tan.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Brottweiler need to be?
This is a fairly active dog and is best really in a house rather than an apartment with a ayrd for him to play and explore in. He will need at least two daily outings which will be long walks but should also be able to have some time off leash to run freely and burn off more energy. A dog park is one idea but be sure he is well socialized especially if he does not always get on well with other dogs. Try to have some mental stimulation for him too, remember a bored and under exercised dog can become aggressive and destructive.
Does he train quickly?
For an owner with experience the Brottweiler is moderately easy to train. It is important to clearly establish you are in charge and to set rules and expectations that you do not then bend. Be consistent, clear and firm. But also be patient and positive. Offer treats and encouragement, praise and rewards as opposed to punishments and scolding. Some Brottweilers can be a little stubborn and more resistant to training which is where the leadership and consistency come in. Alongside the obedience training also put into the schedule socialization as soon as he is home with you. He will interact better with different people and animals and handle different situations and places with a lot more ease. You can feel more confident in taking him out and being able to control him.
Living with a Brottweiler
How much grooming is needed?
There will be some grooming and care to do to keep him looking good and clean and healthy. He sheds a low to moderate amount and can have a yearly blow out, it depends on the coat he has. Therefore there may be loose hair around to clean up, and his coat may need to be brushed as often as every other day. Avoid bathing too often though. When he is smelly or dirty use a dog shampoo only, but otherwise stick to brushing and perhaps dry dry shampooing. This way you are protecting his skin and coat.Advertisement
His teeth should be brushed at least three times a week to keep them in good shape. His ears too need to be checked for infection and wiped clean using a cleanser once a week. His nails are something to be careful about. If he does wear them down naturally they will need clipping but you should be careful not to cut too low or it can cause pain and bleeding.
What is he like with children and other animals?
Because the Brottweiler becomes attached to one person he can then become jealous if that purpose pays anyone else, but especially other dogs, more attention than him. Socialization is essential for this dog. With it he can learn to put up with other dogs present, and he can accept accept other pets though it helps to have been raised with them. If he is more like the Brussels Griffon he will get along better with both of them. With children it is the reverse. If he is more like the Rottweiler he will be affectionate, playful and protective. More like the Brussels Griffon and he is not good with children at all.
The Brottweiler is a good watchdog, he will bark to alert you of a stranger or intruder and is also going to act to defend you or the family if it is needed. He barks occasionally and will need to be fed a good quality dry dog food each day totaling 4 to 5 cups, split into at least two meals.
Having a healthy puppy who grows into a healthy dog is something we all hope for. Buying from a good breeder is a step towards that as is visiting the puppy before buying. There are health issues he can inherit from his parents and they include Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Skin allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Joint dysplasia and Pano.
Costs involved in owning a Brottweiler
As this new designer dog is not a common one it is not possible at the moment to offer a price range for a Brottweiler puppy. Other costs can be estimated though based on it its size and general dog needs. You will need to have it micro chipped, neutered, vaccinated, given a physical, have blood tests done and dewormed. You will also need a crate, bowls, leash and collar. This comes to about $500 in initial costs. There are also annual costs, some medical and some not. Just the basic medical needs like shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and vet check ups come to between $485 to $585. Non-medical costs like treats, license, basic training, toys and food come to between $515 to $615.
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The Brottweiler is a great dog but is suited to experienced owners who can be active, will socialize and will train. He needs a yard and room and will become very attached to one owner over the rest of the family. He could be a good family dog but that really depends on which parent he is more like and that is something that cannot be predicted.