The Pug Rottweiler Mix

Pugs are the superstars of the pupper world. You take a pug, and you crossbreed it with any other breed, and voila! You will end up with a super cute, super cuddly unique pooch.

In fact, hundreds of breeders across the world are trying out pug-German shepherd, pug-Doberman and pug-Rottweiler mixes for creating some of the unique and desirable traits. Just imagine owning a pug with Rottweiler markings, but none of the aggression problems and temper issues they are infamous for.

What’s the advantage of going for pug-Rottweiler puppy?

We all know how adorable pugs can be. However, if you are a true pug lover, you possibly know about their stenotic nares (brachycephalic syndrome) problems. It happens when breeders have crossed pure pugs for over five generations. Their nostrils become narrower than regular dog nostrils, and this often causes them to snort and snore even when they are awake. Out-crossing pugs with bigger breeds like the Rottweiler or breeds with prominent snouts helps in the redressal of the breathing problems in the subsequent generations.

However, breeding a pug with other bigger breeds is obviously not an easy task. Pugs can be pesky little fellas who are more interested in playing with larger breeds and dominating them. Getting a pug male to mate with a Rottweiler female is impossible.


Almost all existing pug and Rottweiler mixes come from In-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods. Experts inseminate the Rottweiler female using pug sperm. The resulting puppies score 100 out of 100 on the cuteness meter. They are completely healthy, and they are also free from the breathing problems and joint problems common to purebred pugs.

Finding a breeder that offers Rottweiler and pug mixes is tricky. You are more likely to find healthy pug rottweiler mix breed puppies in shelters than on AKC recognized breeder websites. In case, you do find pups for adoption online, always double-check the sites and the recommendation to steer clear of puppy mills.

How can you expect your mixed breed pup to be?

Learning about the Rottweiler

Rottweiler puppy

The Rottweiler originated from Roman Cattle Dogs. This is a herding breed like the German Shepherds and Australian Shepherd. You can trace their origin back to the Wurttemberg area of Germany. The legion of the Roman Empire set up camp there, and the settlement soon grew into a sprawling town with signature red roofs.

The area became popular as the “red villa” or “das Rote Wil.” That is where the breed derives its name from. The Rottweiler is a very diverse breed, and people have used them for hunting, protection, and herding. As a result, they are highly energetic, active and obedient. Without enough space to run around, they can develop behavior issues over time.

Learning about the pug

Pug with harness

On the other hand, Pugs originated in China. They can be seen in the works of Confucius in 551 BC. While they are somewhat similar to the Pekingese and Lion Dog, they bear very little similarity to the snub-nosed dog breeds of the west. In spite of the small size, they are active, smart, obedient and quite easy to train.

Unlike other small dog breeds like the Chihuahua, pugs are great with other bigger dog breeds and even other pets. The demeanor of pugs exudes an elegance that they have experienced in their early days in the orient. They were a luxury dog breed who had personal quarters and guards.

Looking at the parents can give us some insight into the attitude and personality of a mixed breed dog. Thankfully, the mixed breed takes up the best of the best traits from each parent breed. Apart from being undeniably cuddly, they are smart, attentive, fast learners, affectionate and alert.

They should be great with children of all ages, other dogs of any breed and other pets too. You can expect their energy levels to be a little high strung, so keeping a Persian cat or a Siamese around the new pup can be a bad idea till the pup calms down a bit.

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You can expect the new inclusion to be socializing and friendly. If playing tug and fetch with your personal mini-Rottweiler has always been your dream, then this is your chance to realize it. We all love having cats and dogs, who are friendly and affectionate, but one of the downsides to it is the separation anxiety that comes with it.

There might be one or two puppies, which show excessive attachment to one member of the house. Sometimes, they do not like being alone in the house. Apart from the big dog genes that are asking them to run about, the little dog genes in the mix are also making them anxious and insecure.

The pug-Rottweiler puppies will need a big space to grow up healthily

If you are thinking of adopting a pug-Rottweiler mix for an apartment, make sure he or she has enough space to play. They love being outdoors, so make time to take him or her for long walks in the mornings and at night. If you have to leave home for a while, give them a comfort corner. This should be somewhere close to the front door and front window, where they can see and hear all movement.

Pugs and Rottweiler breeds are popular for wreaking havoc when their owners leave them home for hours on end. The obvious solution is not to leave them alone and get a puppy sitter, but helping them accommodate to new setups by creating comfy nooks, giving them their favorite toys, talking to them specifically before leaving and installing doggy facetime screens can help manage them perfectly.

The disadvantages of crossing a pug with a Rottweiler

The only downside will be the shedding. Rottweiler dogs shed throughout the year, and a puppy with a Rottweiler mother may actually shed just as much as his or her purebred ancestors. Invest in a good furminator and a good vacuum before you bring the pooch home. Their health is otherwise in prime condition. They might have a tendency to overeat (pug genes!), but you can get them to work out easily thanks to the Rottweiler blood in them.