Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

Shepweiler

German Shepherd / Rottweiler Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

A large black and tan dog with tan circles above each dark eye a black nose and a tan muzzle with a little bit of white on his chest laying down in grass.

"This is our Shepweiler Marshall. He's a 2 1/2 year old rescue dog from West Virginia that we recently adopted last December from a shelter in Niagara Falls."

Other Names
  • Rottweiler Shepherd
  • Rotten Shepherd
  • Rottie Shepherd
  • Shottie
Description

The Shepweiler is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the German Shepherd and the Rottweiler. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognition
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
A big black and tan dog laying down outside in the shade on a tan deck wearing a black, white and red  radio station hat and a black, white and red bandanna.

Marshall the rescue Shepweiler at 2 1/2 year old

Close up front side view - A black with tan Shepweiler dog is laying across a black surface, it is looking to the right, its mouth is open, tongue is out and it looks like it is smiling.

King Arthur the Rottweiler and German Shepherd mix at 6 years old—"King Arthur is an extremely loyal dog, a constant shadow always at my side. He is very smart and learns tricks in 2-3 tries. His primary obsession is fetch. He would probably play fetch until he passed out of exhaustion. Other favorite activities include, running, frisbee, long walks in our local park, swimming, shaking paws and training. He needs about an hour of good exercise and walking a day, but this is the minimum as he has lots of energy. KA is a great home protector and is always on the lookout for disturbances and potential burglars etc. He likes to camp out at our front door just in case he needs to bark and protect. He LOVES people and gets along well with babies and children. He does not bark much other than if he hears something he isn't sure of. He does not get along so well with other dogs. Some of them he likes, some he doesn't. He is a very food-motivated dog. If we didn't control his diet, he would probably get a little chub!.

A small, black, tan and white Shepweiler puppy standing up on a red park bench looking into the distance

Jeff the Shepweiler (Rottweiler / Shepherd mix) as a puppy at 6 months old standing on a park bench—"Jeff is very dynamic. He likes to think that he has everything under control and that he is the boss. He is strong, bites pretty hard and barks often and likes to run."

Right profile - A black, tan and white Shepweiler dog  wearing a red harness standing in a stream of water looking to the right. Its mouth is open and tongue is out.

Toby the Shepweiler at 4 years old—"Toby is an international doggie! He lives in Hong Kong right now, but is proudly Canadian. He is the perfect example of a 'gentle giant' and will patiently sit still while kids that barely reach his head pet him and tug on his ears. Toby's favourite activities are swimming, going for long hikes and chasing after his favourite toys, rocks. He's the smartest dog and has many words that he understands; he cocks his head side to side when he's listening to you say walk, beach, dinner, hike, and anything else you may want to say to him, he's very attentive."

Front view - A medium-haired, black, tan and white Shepweiler dog standing on a rug and it is looking forward. It has a white and black plush cow toy in its mouth.

"Toby's got lovely long fur behind his ears and it goes crimped when he gets wet, or if it's really humid outside-just like people hair! He has the body of a big dog, but seems to think he's quite small as he jumps up to lay on your lap whenever he pleases. He has an odd habit, every time he hears a siren, he will run onto the balcony and howl until the siren sound is too far away for him to hear. Also, if he's laying down and sees you approaching, he instantly roll onto his back with complete inhibition! He's a big softie and our whole family is completely in love with our big fuzzy bear!"

The left side of a black, tan and white Shepweiler puppy is sitting in the back passenger seat of a vehicle. It is looking to the right. Its mouth is open and tongue is slightly sticking out.

Rocco the Shepweiler as a puppy at 2 months old—"Rocco is such a good dog, very intelligent, energetic, and always ready to play. He might not be pure, but he is the best dog we could ever have."

Close up front view - A black, tan and white Shepweiler puppy is laying on a red carrying case that is in the backseat of a vehicle. It is looking forward, its mouth is open, its tongue is out and it looks like it is smiling. The dog's ears are folded over to the sides.

Rocco the Shepweiler as a puppy at 2 months old going for a ride in the car.

The left back side of a black with tan Shepweiler puppy that is walking across grass. It is looking forward. The dog has large perk ears that stand straight up.

Kasey Mae the Shepweiler (Rottie / Shepherd mix) as a puppy at 5 months old out in the yard.—"Kasey's mother was an AKC Rottweiler and sired by a pure breed German Shepherd Dog. The mix is a protective guardian / herding dog with good looks, brains and devotion! This accidental breeding is growing in popularity. I think when the masses catch on to the versatility and personality of the mix I'm sure it will be a new breed in progress."

Top down view of a black with tan Shepweiler puppy that is laying on a concrete surface. It is looking up and its head is tilted to the left. It has large perk ears and a long tail.

Kasey Mae the Shepweiler (Rottie / Shepherd mix) as a puppy at 4 months old.

A small black with tan Shepweiler puppy is sitting in grass and it is looking forward. Its mouth is open and tongue is out. The pup looks happy.

Kasey Mae the Shepweiler as a puppy at 6 weeks old sitting outside by the car.

The left side of a small black with tan Shepweiler puppy that is wearing a red harness sitting across a field and it is looking forward. The pup's ears are folded over to the sides.

Layla the Shepweiler as a puppy at 3 months old wearing a red harness.—"Me and my girlfriend were looking for a fun and loving big dog. We ended up getting Layla, our Rottweiler/ Shepherd mix from the Los Angeles shelter. She was three months old when we got her and had her sister with her. We wanted to take both but we already had two other dogs. She is growing up real quick each and everyday. Layla has all the energy in the world and loves to play and interact with anything and anyone she comes across with. She loves to sleep right in between us but it will stop soon when she becomes a big dog."

Close up front side view - A black with tan Shepweiler puppy is laying on a bed, it is wearing a white shirt and it is looking to the left. The dogs ears are folded down to its sides.

Layla the Shepweiler as a puppy at 3 months old wearing a white t-shirt.

Close up - A black with tan Shepweiler puppy that is wearing a white shirt is laying down across a bed.

Layla the Shepweiler as a puppy at 3 months old wearing a white t-shirt.

A black with tan Shepweiler puppy that is wearing a white shirt is sleeping on the back of a couch. Its ear is perked straight up.

Layla the Shepweiler as a puppy at 3 months old taking a nap while wearing a white t-shirt.

The right side of a black with tan Shepweiler puppy is laying on a dog bed and it has a white hard plastic cone on its head.

Layla the Shepweiler as a puppy at 3 months old after getting spayed.

A large black with tan Shepweiler dog laying on its right side on a hardwood floor looking up.

Meika the Rottweiler / German Shepherd mix at 2 years old—"Meika has a personality that captures your heart. She is very obedient and loves to play ball. The funniest thing I have seen her do is if you have a water hose she will try to catch the water as it flys in the air. She would do this all day if you let her. This pic was just after she had a good playtime."

Close up front view - A small, fuzzy black with brown Shepweiler puppy is sleeping in grass and it is looking forward.

Ylee the Rottie / GSD as a puppy at about 3 months old sleeping in the grass

Side view - A large black with brown Shepweiler dog is laying across the back of a blue and tan plaid sofa looking forward.

Reese the Rottweiler / German Shepherd mix at 2 years old laying down on the sofa