What is your opinion on mixed-breed dogs? Whether you know them as designer dogs, hybrid dogs, or simply mutts, crossbreeds have enjoyed a roller coaster ride oscillating between popularity and disdain.
The Victorian Age, with its elevated status, saw a coming of age of the purebred dogs. Subsequent generations exhibited snobbery against so-called mutts and mongrels in prosperous times. But, they also turned to the good old standby mix-breed dogs when purebreds became too expensive.
Designer or hybrid dogs skyrocketed both the status and demand of certain crossbreeds. The Rottweiler Chow Chow mix, although it seems an unlikely match, is considered as one of these designer dog breeds.
Like with most hybrids, the first-generation results are quite unpredictable. However, given the characteristics of each parent breed, you can expect to get a medium-large, protective, and loyal dog.
Moreover, your Rottie-Chow mix will probably be black and tan with medium-long thick fur, a compact and powerful body, drop ears, a moderately short muzzle, and a broad head.
When you talk about a mixed breed pup, a Rottweiler Chow Chow mix will rarely cross your mind. But, a Rottie-Chow is a viable option if you want a loyal and protective crossbreed companion.
So, if you are on the lookout for Rottweiler Chow mix puppies, stick to this article as we will explain everything you need to know about this uncommon match.
Rottweiler Chow mix: origins
We do not know for sure who bred the first Chow Rottweiler mix, or why. It is easy to guess that the first owners wanted a reliable guard dog by mixing these two canines. Or, maybe they wanted additional fluffiness in the Rottweiler, or a black and tan coat color in the Chow Chow.
Whatever the case may be, this mixed breed most likely arrived in significant numbers after the peak of the hybrid dog craze in the 1990s.
To this day, it is still a relatively uncommon mix. But, enough interest is present that there are a few second-generation crosses between them.
To better understand this unusual mix, we need to take a closer look at its parent breeds. So, let’s dive right into them.
Rottweilers – German-based dogs with a Roman heritage
Rottweilers are an old breed, and most historians believe that their ancestors were Molosser war dogs that had branched into livestock guardians and war Mastiffs. Livestock guardians most likely branched further to give rise to the herding dogs we know today.
When the Roman empire invaded Germany, their troops brought cattle and the dogs that herded them along. Rottweilers at that time were drovers, meaning they mostly led cattle forward from behind at a casual pace.
They nipped at their heels or pushed them with their massive bodies to keep them organized and help them maintain pace with their owners. Rottweilers, unlike most other dog breeds, had the ability to control cattle by establishing a dominant relationship over the lead animal.
In a town called Rottweil, in Germany, Rotties maintained their duties of driving livestock to market and hauling carts of butchered meat. It didn’t take long for owners to discover the knacks these dogs had for guarding valuables.
The breed faced extinction in the 1830s when the railroad overtook most of its jobs. Fortunately, they quickly found a role in the police force and in the military during World War I. To this day, Rottweilers have maintained their strong work drive and versatility.
Chow Chows – an ancient Chinese breed
These dogs originated from indigenous Chinese canines around 6700 BC. They belong to the East-Asian group of dogs, recognized as a basal breed or one of the earliest descendants of grey wolves.
Chow Chows developed as a sporting breed during a period of time when humans were becoming more agricultural. In the following years, these pups took on additional diversity as their owners used them to herd livestock, pull sleighs, hunt game, and guard their property.
Chows became a distinct and prominent breed approximately 2,000 years ago. During the Tang Dynasty, these fluffy animals guarded the rich imperial palace and were used for hunting.
They retained their original noble purpose after the Tang Dynasty ended only in monasteries and among people who could afford to keep them in luxury.
When poverty hit the region, the dogs were farmed for meat and pelts, although such practice likely existed earlier, but to a lesser extent. However, Chow Chows received their name from the term that the English sailors applied to ship cargo, and not the practice of eating them.
In the United Kingdom, people did not think of them as pets, but looked at Chows as an exotic novelty and kept them much like a wild animal exhibit. These dogs started commanding the show circuits in the UK in 1879, and in North America early in the 1900s.
Chow Chow mix with Rottweiler: appearance
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To determine how your mixed breed pup will look, we have to examine the physical characteristics of its parents.
Rottweiler – a bear of a dog
Rotties are a large breed of dog. Male dogs of the breed stand at 24 to 27 inches tall, and weigh between 100 and 130 pounds, whereas females are usually somewhat smaller, at a maximum of around 110 pounds, and 22 to 25 inches tall at the withers.
Both genders make an impressive dog without being as gigantic as some of its close relatives, such as the Great Dane. Rotties have a deep and broad chest, with powerful legs and a frame that is almost square.
Their heads are also broad, with wide-set eyes, a slightly shortened wide muzzle, and medium triangular ears that sit high and fold over.
Rottweilers have a barrelling gallop and an efficient ground-reaching springy trot. In countries where it is allowed, these dogs have a short docked tail.
Where it is prohibited, these dogs have a tail that is rather full and hangs just below the level of the hock. It also has slight feathering towards the tip. Rotties carry their tails in a slight curve over their back when excited or when working.
A Rottweiler’s coat color is black and tan without exception. Tan exists in stereotypical points on the chest, above the eyes, along the cheeks, inside under the tail, and down the lower limbs.
Chow Chow – more than a teddy bear
Chow dogs are much smaller than Rotties, but their relatively large heads and massive thick fur make a visual impact just the same.
Often called lion dogs, Chows have a large skull with somewhat small upright ears, deep-set eyes, and a short face. A Chow’s double coat is long and dense, with a ruff of thicker hair growing around the neck resembling a mane.
Furthering the lion dog image, many Chow owners manage the coat by shaving it in the summertime and leaving it long on the neck and head, the lower legs, and the tip of the tail.
A chow is strong, compact, and square in shape. Its tail curls tight on its back. They are also quite unique among dogs with a blue-black tongue, straight hocks, and a staggering 44 teeth!
These characteristics are more reminiscent of bears than of wolves, and while athletically built, Chows have a distinct stilted gait because of their rear legs.
There are only a few acceptable colors when it comes to these fluffy animals, and they are:
• Solid black
• White: This is most likely the result of a gene that covers up the expression of red or brown pigmentation. White Chows can be white to honey to cream.
• Red: The most common Chow Chow color.
So, what does a Rottweiler and a Chow Chow mix look like?
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A Rottie-Chow will have a square and powerful build inherited from both parents. It will likely be smaller than a purebred Rottweiler, with a height of around 23 to 24 inches, and a weight of between 50 and 100 pounds.
Chow Rottweiler mixes have a full tail that is slightly curlier than a Rott’s. These mixed breed pups will also have semi-pricked ears of medium size, a medium-long dense double coat, wide-spaced intelligent eyes, and a rather short snout.
Just keep in mind that the description above applies only to a balanced sharing of traits from both parents. Most of the Rott Chow offspring will lean a little to one side or the other. For example, your Rottie Chow mix may have longer or shorter fur than the average mix, or it may come with a straighter tail.
A few of these crossbreed dogs will look just like a Rottweiler or identical to a black and tan chow. Second- and third-generation mixes will begin to look more like one parent breed or the other depending on what the breeder opts for.
A quick note: a next-generation dog (second, third, and so on) is a Chow Rottweiler mix that the breeder crosses back to a purebred Chow Chow or a purebred Rottweiler, or is a cross that breeds with another cross. These dogs are usually called “backcross” generations.
Rottweiler Chow mix puppies: why do they mostly come in black and tan?
Color inheritance in canines is a very complicated matter even when dealing with purebred dogs. You might be wondering why most Chow Rottie mixes come in black and tan? And, you might be onto something since black and tan are not a very dominant color pattern in dogs.
However, when it comes to the Rottweiler breed, it is the only gene choice they have. Their black and tan color appears dominant to the red color that is most commonly found in chows. It is also dominant to blue, white, and solid black.
Dogs require recessive genes to appear in both of the parents for that color to show up. And, since there are no blue, white, or solid black Rottweilers, presumably, a Rottie parent of a Chow Chow mix would not be able to carry these genes. So, the dominant black and tan gene will prevail in most cases, except in those cases where a rare mutation occurs.
Rottweiler Chow Chow cross: are these dogs dangerous?
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First of all, you need to understand that socialization is key to a well-behaved Rott Chow mix. Despite their similar reputations for viciousness, Rottweilers are different in many ways just as they are the same in many traits of their personalities.
When we take into account that both the Rottweiler and the Chow share the qualities of protectiveness, loyalty, and chillness towards strangers, we might come to the conclusion that the Rott Chow mix would be a dangerous dog.
Unsocialized Rottweiler dogs can either be anxious and shy fear biters, or aggressors that have no inhibition or discretion in their attacks. Likewise, Chows that remain sheltered as puppies or young adults grow up unfriendly.
All pups need socialization in order to be well-mannered dogs in adulthood, but your Rottie Chow mixed puppy needs exposure to lots of places, people, and situations in order to avoid an indiscriminate and overdeveloped guarding instinct and unprovoked biting.
Your designer pet should be watchful and calm with strangers who approach it, but will likely inherit quite a bit of aloofness from its Chow parent. The goal is to have a well-rounded canine that will accept guests over time, and will only act aggressively towards real threats.
Despite the fact that any pup can be dangerous, you should know that many countries, states, and localities have breed-specific bans. These bans also apply to mixed breed dogs if either of the parent breeds is on the specific list. Bans can determine where you can live with your Rottweiler Chow Chow mix.
Chow Chow Rottweiler mix: how intelligent are they?
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Even though your Rottweiler Chow Chow mix will be very smart, it will probably not be among the easiest to train. Chow Chows rank #76 in working intelligence compared to #9 for Rotties, according to Petrix’s quote of the research of the renowned canine psychologist, Stanley Coren.
Your Rottie Chow puppy could be one of the two extremes, but it will probably fall in the middle and be as trainable as a Samoyed. You can expect the strong independence of the Chow Chow, and the dominance tendencies from both parenting breeds.
Chow Chow Rottweiler mix: Exercise requirements
Although it might not have crossed your mind, Chows are a brachycephalic dog breed. This means that their ever-shortening muzzles make it difficult for these dogs to breathe normally, and they can suffer from the heat.
Despite their thick coats, their short muzzles make them less adaptable to the colder climates than some of their Northern relatives, like the Akita. Nevertheless, Chow Chows require 30 to 45 minutes of exercise daily. On the other hand, Rottweilers have incredible stamina and require two to three hours of exercise every day.
When you cross these two dogs, you can expect their offspring to require around an hour to an hour and a half of daily exercise, with over 40% dedicated to strenuous activities. You also need to ensure that these pups get a great deal of training and socialization.
Even when your doggy is all grown up, it will still need lots of training, and physical and mental stimulation to lead a happy and healthy life. And, while your Rottweiler Chow Chow mix will be able to handle the cold well, you should try to avoid exercising in conditions above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity above 15%.
Do Rottie Chow mixes make good guard dogs?
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Both Chow Chows and Rottweilers have a long history of guarding mostly property. Their undying loyalty has extended their ability to guard people and their families as well. So, you can rest assured that your Rottie Chow mix will protect you and your loved ones without any special training.
You can expect most dogs to come into their own and start exhibiting effective guarding instincts when they are about two years old. However, some aggressive expressions, such as barking and growling, may begin as early as six to eight months old.
Is this crossbreed good with children?
Rest assured that your Rottweiler Chow Chow mix will be great with children in your family as long as you provide it with proper socialization. This crossbreed is likely to act towards strange children the same way they would react towards strangers in general.
Since small children have behavior and body language that may seem foreign or even offensive to canines, your Chow-Rottie may show more aggression against them than it normally would against unfamiliar people.
What about other pets? How do they get along?
Due to their size, and the fact that the Chow Chow breed found extensive use in hunting, a Rottie-Chow offspring is not trustworthy around small animals, including little cats and dogs.
Of course, there are cases when Rottweiler Chow Chow mixes are great with other pets in the household, but it is quite rare and requires a great deal of socialization from an early age.
Every dog is unique in its own way, but the general genetic makeup of this mix is not a good match with unfamiliar dogs either, especially those of the same gender.
Rottweiler Chow mix: health problems
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Crossbreed dogs, in general, should be healthier than both of their parent breeds. This is due to a phenomenon called hybrid vigor. This basically means that when you breed two unrelated purebred breeds, there is less chance to pass on the breed-specific health issues to their offspring.
However, when it comes to the Rottweiler Chow Chow mix, things are a bit different since both parent breeds are prone to several health conditions. As a future Chow-Rott mix owner, you should be aware of the following health problems:
• Hip dysplasia: Both Rotties and Chows are prone to this common skeletal condition. It is most often seen in large or giant dog breeds, but it can occur in smaller breeds as well.
In dogs suffering from this condition, the ball and socket of the hip joints do not fit or develop properly. This results in grinding and rubbing of the joints instead of sliding smoothly, which leads to deterioration over time and eventual loss of function in the joint itself.
• Elbow dysplasia: This is one of the most common causes of lameness in a young pup’s forelimb. Similar to hip dysplasia, this condition is brought on by skeletal growth abnormalities, but in the dog’s elbow. As your Rottie Chow mix grows older, elbow dysplasia worsens, and can lead to malformation and even degeneration of the joint. The more it degenerates over time, the more painful it is for the dog.
• Obesity: Obesity is one of the reasons why you should provide your Rott-Chow mix with lots of exercise, especially in its adult and senior years.
Since both parent breeds are prone to skeletal health problems, ensuring that your dog spends the extra calories will keep its weight at an appropriate level; thus, decreasing the load its joints will have to carry.
From the Rottweilers side of the mix, you might have a variety of problems such as dilative cardiomyopathy (large heart), bone cancer, and entropion. On the other hand, your Rottie Chow mix may inherit skin infections and luxating patella from its Chow side of the parenting mix.
When it comes to life expectancy, Rottweilers have a lifespan of eight to ten years, while Chows are known to live between nine and fifteen years on average. This means that you can expect your Rott Chow mix to be by your side for anywhere between eight and fifteen years.
How long your pup will live depends on numerous factors such as diet, living conditions, how much time it spends with its family, and so on. So, if you provide your Rottweiler Chow Chow mix with a high-quality diet, a warm and cozy place to live in, and lots of cuddles, you can be sure it will be with you for a long time!
Rottweiler Chow mix: feeding requirements
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While Chow Chows are relatively low-consumption dogs that need only between 300 and 500 calories per day, active Rottweilers may need close to 2000! This is why during early times, dog owners selected Chows for their efficient metabolism.
When it comes to their mixed-breed offspring, plan on feeding it about 800 to 1400 calories per day depending on activity level and how easy it keeps weight on. This boils down to about two to four cups per day of high-quality dog food for a 50- to 70-pound dog.
Additionally, you may want to supplement your Rottweiler Chow Chow mix’s diet with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which will greatly benefit them! Generally speaking, a high-quality dog food already contains everything a dog needs to be healthy; however, there may be times when your dog lacks the necessary nutrients to function properly.
This is where some human foods may come in handy! You might have thought that human foods are dangerous for our canine companions, and in some cases, you are right. But, there are some plants, herbs, and spices that you can safely add to your Rottie-Chow’s diet.
If you think your dog needs extra nutrients, or you just think that your furry friend is bored with its usual food, here is a list of some of the foods you can feed to your pup:
Just be careful when introducing any new food to your pet’s diet. Never try to force your dog to eat something it doesn’t like, and always consult your vet before adding anything out of the ordinary to your dog’s regular dish.
Rottweiler Chow mix puppies for sale
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Finding Chow Rottweiler mix puppies can be somewhat tricky. The first option for finding one of these awesome crossbreeds is via a breeder. Be on the lookout for reputable breeders with Rottie-Chow mix puppies for sale.
These breeders understand the health care needs of their pups, and will do everything in their power to provide them with a good home. Make sure to visit the parents and the litter before committing to the sale. This will give you the opportunity to look for health or behavioral problems before picking a puppy.
Keep in mind that the best Rottweiler Chow Chow mix breeders will always offer a fair price for their efforts. Try to avoid those that sell too high or too low as it may prove to be a Trojan horse in the long run.
Chow Chow Rottweiler mix price
The average price for a Chow puppy from a reputable breeder falls between $800 and 1,200. For a purebred Rottweiler, you can expect to pay anywhere between $600 and 2,500 on average.
This puts the average price for a Rottie-Chow mix at around $1,400. However, you can come across breeders selling far below this price range or far above it. We highly recommend that you stay away from these breeders and only shop from reputable ones.
Rottweiler Chow mix puppy: adoption
The alternative to buying a Rott-Chow mix from a reputable breeder is to adopt one, and there are a number of advantages to this approach.
First of all, this is an excellent way of finding an adult dog in need of a second chance in life. Second, it is a highly rewarding process that also eliminates the need for puppy training and socialization. Lastly, the costs of adoption fees are fairly low compared to the prices charged by reputable breeders.
Other Rottweiler mixes to consider
If the Rottweiler Chow Chow mix is not the right crossbreed for you, but you still want to own a dog that resembles a Rottweiler in a lot of its physical and personality traits, then you can always choose another Rott mix instead! Here is a list of the most popular Rottweiler mixes around:
1. Rottweiler x Boxer mix = Boxrott
2. Rottweiler x Husky mix = Rottsky
3. Rott x Corgi mix = Rottgy
4. Rottweiler x Poodle mix = Rottoodle
5. Rott x German Shepherd mix = German Rottie
6. Rottweiler x Beagle mix = Beagweiler
7. Rottweiler x Labrador Retriever = Labrottie
8. Rott x Chihuahua mix = Rotthua
9. Rottweiler x Great Dane mix = Greatrott
10. Rottweiler x Border Collie mix = Rottcollie
11. Rott x Dachshund mix = Rotthund
12. Rottweiler x Pug mix = Pugweiler
13. Rottweiler x Cocker Spaniel = Cockweiler
14. Rott x American Bulldog = Bullweiler
15. Rottie x Cane Corso = Rottcorso
16. Rottweiler x English Bulldog = Englishweiler
17. Rott x Golden Retriever = Golden Rottie
18. Rottweiler x Pitbull mix = Pitweiler
19. Rottweiler x French Bulldog mix = French Bullweiler
20. Rott x Shih Tzu = Shihweiler
Other Chow Chow mixes you can opt for
If, on the other hand, you wish to have a Chow mix, but a Rottie-Chow is a bit too much for you, then there are plenty of crossbreeds you can consider. Here are some of the best Chow Chow mixes:
1. Chow x Labrador Retriever mix = Lab-Chow
2. Chow Chow x Siberian Husky mix = Chusky
3. Chow Chow x Golden Retriever mix = Golden Chow
4. Chow x American Pit Bull Terrier mix = Chowpit
5. Chow Chow x Akita mix = Akita Chow
6. Chow Chow x Shar Pei mix = Chow Pei
7. Chow x Boxer mix = Boxer Chow
8. Chow x Pekingese mix = Peke-A-Chow
9. Chow x Bernese Mountain Dog mix = Berner Chow
Is the Rottweiler and Chow mix the right choice for your family?
Hopefully, all of the Rottweiler Chow Chow mix info we provided in this article has offered an insight into the true character of these pups. Even though there are some risk factors in their behavior, there is also a very strong chance of getting a loving family pet.
It mostly depends upon the attention and care you give to your Rottie-Chow pet, and its training. So, as a potential owner of this mixed-breed pup, be prepared for some tough training sessions, strict diet control, and possible health issues.
But, also be prepared for a beautiful, loyal, and protective new member of your household!